Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Green Light- Monica

An eco-sista who says educate yourself and take one step at a time

How long have you been eco-friendly? This has been a long and temperamental journey for me and to say that I have reached my destination would be somewhat inaccurate. My journey however began about four years ago when I was 14 and made the decision to become vegetarian. Ha Ha! Sorry the temptation to joke is so strong. I did turn vegetarian when I was 14 but that was more like 22 years ago…whoa!!!

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? It wasn't so much a choice, it felt more like a duty imposed on me by my subconscious. I felt in myself that things as they were being conducted at that time were, how can I explain it, off balance. I set out to become the change that I wanted to see.

What do you like about it? I like how I feel. I have a general feeling of vitality when I am being eco-friendly. I am no angel and I have my moments but my conscious and subconscious being knows the difference!

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I face challenges daily. The biggest obstacles are people, friends, colleagues, and family alike…they mean well I suppose. They neither understand nor wish to understand the journey on which you embark. It is easier to declare a person cooky than to actually take the time to understand profound differences. When I try to explain the principles of eating clean they label it boring. 

They declare you only live once, you have to let your hair down sometimes, what is the point, it's all so expensive, yada yada yada. My discussions around quality of life and the price they place on health fall on deaf ears. Discussing choices of beauty products is an even bigger issue that often ends with agreements to disagree LOL!

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? It is a journey. Educate yourself, take one step at a time and don't beat yourself up if you believe yourself not to be doing it right. What is that saying "Rome wasn't built in a day".

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? Oh most definitely! To be totally green we have to be organized and that can often mean stock piling. When you stock pile you lull yourself into an infinite sense of security believing it will never run out and when it does it can often catch you unaware. This can mean purchasing  mainstream consumer goods that are not so eco-friendly. It happens to even the best prepared…so chill.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Well, I have been natural this time around for about 8 weeks LOL. I had locs for about 8 years but unpicked them due to hair loss two years ago and went back to relaxing as I wasn't aware of my options (I know, I know). After two years I woke up one day and asked myself what I was doing. This simply did not fit with my way of life so I stopped. I am currently transitioning and have chosen braids as my go to until I get some length on my natural tresses. You can read my full hair story here

Is there anything you like to add? Just a huge thank you for taking the time to read a little snippet of my journey. If you would like to read more you can find me over at FuzzyMonzStar where I blog about all things clean and follow me on twitter @FuzzyMonzStar to keep up to date with my general ramblings. Thanks again. Love and Light!


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