Monday, January 17, 2011

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Green Light- Linda

                                An eco-sista who appreciates the simple things in life

How long have you been eco-friendly?  I think since 2004, when I became vegetarian, I started to look into this area - and in the last 2 years, it's really developed much more.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It just felt right! I've always believed in the flow of positive energy in every action so I wanted to learn how green living could this. I am also a qualified holistic/complementary practitioner in London, UK. I always get questions from my clients so I try to keep up with this growing field so I can pass on positive information.

What do you like about it? I think the most valuable lesson that I have learned from my experiences so far is to appreciate simple living. We live in such a consumerist environment/society, being told by the media and having it drummed into us everyday that we *need* to buy object X, Y and Z to survive, when really it is such an illusion lol! For me, I know that I am much happier now to have less things, yet they seem to  really nourish me (spiritually, physically and mentally) so much more! I have chosen to live a much more simple lifestyle and it's literally helped me clear up so much emotional and mental baggage. I feel the benefits have been amazing as I now focus on what I truly need, not on what I'm told that I need.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I think there will always be people in my life who might not get what's it's all about - but I stay open and I don't preach my ideas/beliefs to anyone which has helped create a level of open communication. Luckily, regardless of their beliefs/opinions, my family and close friends support me.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? It is such a huge topic and it keeps growing... so it can be overwhelming at first. Take it slow and do your research. There are many books and websites that will help you. Go at your own pace because this is your own journey!

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There’s really no “right” way it’s basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? LOL, yeah... I'm hard on my Self sometimes! As I mentioned before, it is a huge area to explore - the tricky part for me has been creating and sticking to new habits that are eco-friendly during the first 3 months - then it just gets much easier lol. But every little step is beautiful and valuable and if I mess up, I know there is always another day/chance to change that... that's what keeps me positive lol.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? *Huge smile* thank you! I have been natural for most of my life, minus a few years in my teens where I relaxed and realised it wasn't for me. My family have always loved natural hair and my African family helped me learn much more about it. I've had my locs since 2001. Again, simple is best! My routine is mainly with natural eco-friendly products or ingredients that nourish my locs... I love to call them my plants lol... I water them regularly, care for them with health (both inside and out), plenty of sunshine and a lot of calm space to grow!

Is there anything you like to add?I just wanted to wish everyone much love energy on their journey through a green lifestyle!


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