Becoming “green”really and truly is such a journey. I never considered myself “green” I just liked to do things that were frugal and made sense for our family and for our planet.
When making a purchase or planning a meal it seemed I would always ask myself, “What is the healthiest AND least expensive option?” I was almost a game like I had to be the house maker of the year all the while setting unreachable goals and expectations.
Even when I was out with the kids until 5 pm, grabbing dinner on the way home wasn’t an option because, it cost money, and it’s not healthy. In turn I would get home with tired, cranky, and hungry children. It was dinner time so I am left to scramble around the kitchen to see if there is anything I could call dinner for the evening….homemade and healthy of course.
Sometimes it became almost a competition with myself and it has also just become down right exhausting.
Today I find myself in a very REALISTIC season of life. My girls are no longer babies and I am starting to drastically declutter my life with commitments and STUFF. All that to say I am more clearly seeing what truly matters and asking myself a new question….“What is the less stressful option?”
Let me tell you girlfriend, This question is a game changer. If the “BEST” i.e. healthiest and greenest option leaves you stressed out and wanting to go hide in a closet with a box of cookies…then the true BEST option, for this time, is the easiest.
Here is how that question has changed my life lately:
There are days we have homemade pizza made with homemade dough complete with fresh milled flour and pizza sauce canned from my backyard tomatoes.
And there are days that we have little cesears because it is hot, and ready, and five dollars.
Sometimes dinner guest have dishes and linens because “green girls don’t use disposable dishes”
Sometimes green girls use disposable dishes.
I reduce and reuse like a champ
But I don’t recycle (I know green girls cardinal sin, but we don’t have curbside and having trash build up in my garage is a stressor I am not willing to try again).
There are seasons when I get bushels of apples to make my own homemade apple-everything
There are seasons when I appreciate the wonderful people that are Mott’s applesauce.
I made my own deodorant once.
I decided store bought deodorant will help me to keep my friends.
Ocasionally I walk the kids home from school because we live close and it’s more “green”
However most the time I don’t because walking about a mile with 4 kids (my neighbors as well) 7 and younger isn’t always fun and usualy takes forever.
Sometimes I use the food dehydrator to make my own fruit roll-ups
And sometimes I buy the expensive “good for you ones” because they are easier.
When my kids were babies we would use cloth diapers at home
And not when we were out. (side note to those that cloth diaper 100% of the time, I vote you deserve a trophy)
Semi-unrelated: Most of my green friends did natural child birth
I didn’t because there was no trophy.
Most of the time I make my own cleaners
But nothing gets your whites whiter than good-ole-bleach.
The last time my kids had a cough, I tried all kinds of herbs and teas…
And then I bought robitussin.
I have been known to repurpose boxes and newspaper as a weed barrier in the garden. Which makes for less trash.
I also get secretly almost gleeful every time I have another bag full of trash because that is less CRAP in my house.
I used to make my own yogurt.
I find the grocery store does an excellent good job at this, and for now I don’t want to take that away from them.
So there you have some GRACE for the green girl. While I do make green choices where possible. I also am ok with doing what is EASY when needed too.
How do you give yourself grace with your green choices?