When I first began my eco-journey, I was certain I was alone. After all, I had grown up in a home with cloth napkins, homemade bread, line-dried laundry and almost no processed foods with no friends like me. I had heard my mother complain how difficult it is to be different. I knew first hand how many conversations can go awry when someone doesn't understand your need to eat locally produced foods. Since I knew that no one in my immediate circle of friends was going to want to spend time discussing pesticides in conventionally produced foods, I turned to the internet.
Through the internet and the wonderful world of blogging, I've made friends, learned new skills and am now actually becoming connected with other mothers who as I've started to talk and ask questions I've found are actually from the same town as I am! Can I just say how refreshing it is to actually be able to sit down and have a cup of coffee with another mom who is on a mission to improve their family's life? Finding these real life friends is akin to that first bunch of asparagus from the Spring farmer's market for me. Thank goodness for Facebook, right?
In the meantime, if you're waiting for your new eco best friend to show up, here are a few places I like to frequent for reference, answers and support:
- http://naturemoms.com/blog/ (bonus for me: this blog is written by a mom in Ohio)
- And, of course, the Green Phone Booth and all the wonderful Eco-Super Heroes personal sites!
I call it "finding your tribe". It may take a while to locate people that you can feel a kinship with while you are making changes in your life. But once you make those connections, either online or in person, they can be life changing. I'm on the fence about whether or not to make the switch to cloth for my bathroom needs. In the last month, I've found 3 women in town who use cloth either in place of toilet paper, menstrual pads or a combination. Knowing them and being able to bounce logistical questions off their experiences may just be that last push I need to add more cloth to my home!