Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Green Light- Charlene

An eco-sista who likes being informed and aware

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly for the majority of my life but really started to turn things up a notch over the past year or so since pursuing this blogging avenue.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? The core reason behind why I choose to be more eco-friendly stemmed from conducting my own research into the adverse effects of leading a not so eco-friendly lifestyle. As I said in my previous answer, since becoming a health care blogger I feel it is my duty to uphold certain principles and to be more conscious of my own surrounding. This in turn helps to heightened my on going mission to be as eco-friendly as possible.

What do you like about it? I like being fully informed and completely aware. I'm very much an inquisitive woman to begin with. The more I learn about being eco-friendly the confident I feel with lifestyle choices, how I cultivated myself into womanhood and conversing with others. While we are on the subject of eco-friendly, I'm even in the midst of looking into launching my own eco-friendly bag range. I've always wanted to tap into something which I'm passionate about- health and entrepreneurship, that's something in the pipeline.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? If I'm quite candid, my biggest obstacle is remaining consistent. I'm a work in progress and human too. I make mistakes and succumb to many things just like anyone else would, so yes consistency is a major hurdle. I strive to remain disciplined and try not to be so hard on myself.  

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Be realistic, if you're not accustomed to living eco-friendly then of course you'll be outside of your depth. Going green is an alien concept to some that I can completely comprehend some type of hesitance. Without sounding condescending, proceed to take baby steps by making small tangible changes. Don't rush into a green lifestyle with immediate effect, as you've only fail miserably and give up at the first instance. Do your own research, take small steps, and make adjustments that you're comfortable with. 

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? Yes, I believe because there is no code or written rule this can evoke the "deer in headlight" syndrome because stringency absent. The truth is you should be your own leader and focus on being the best example you can. We are our worst critics. The complexity of going green shouldn't deter you, we all make mistakes from time to time. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural for most of my life. I do rotate between braids and blow drying my hair straight to give it some volume sometimes. I keep it FLY by implementing a low maintenance, no fuss routine, and the key to grow is moisturize and seal. I ALWAYS keep my hair moisturized to lock in hydration and enable growth. My hair is brastrap length at the moment.

Is there anything you like to add? Thank you for featuring me on your blog. It's been a pleasure talking to you. Remember to do your research and really think prior to going green. Keep a watchful eye out for my eco-bag range (I hope to launch 2016 TBC). I also have a healthy eating website which features gluten-free and dairy-free recipes with a Caribbean twist. If you're interested in cooking wholesome food as well as going green, then check me out at That Girl Cooks Healthy.


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