Friday, October 30, 2015

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Green Light- Vee

An eco-sista who understood the importance of protecting natural resources


How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly pretty much most of my life. Each year I feel like I grow in my eco-practice. It's an amazing feeling when you feel like you're doing something good for yourself and the earth.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Growing up I understood the importance of protecting our natural resources and I wanted to do my part. I did things like recycle at first but learned that there are many other ways to support a  healthier approach to living. I started eating better, growing my natural hair in the form of locs, using healthier products for self-care, practicing yoga, and meditation.

As a mother, it is important that I give my children the very best. I did things like make their baby food from the best ingredients. I cloth diapered and I found natural remedies for ailments. 

What do you like about it? The best thing about being eco-friendly is owning my own business where I use earth friendly resources. They are amazing for the consumer because they are natural but I also take an ethical approach to harvesting those resources. In return, I'm supporting local farmers, growers, and contributing to a natural cycle. I feel healthier and happier when I am doing my part in my personal and business life.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Honestly, Money. Sometimes being eco-conscious can be expensive. I hope that changes one day. I've found that it takes some investing upfront but after that, things start to balance out. When money is an issue, sometimes we become inconsistent and fall short of our eco-goals. So it's important to stay true to your mission of becoming eco-friendly. Look for cheaper yet comparable alternative while you grow your funds. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Don't give up. Find someone who can give you hints/pointers, hold you accountable, or someone who is willing to go the journey with you. I'm also a Life Coach and I see this as a focus for many clients. My advice is to choose 1-2 ways that are reasonable for you to become more eco-friendly and focus on those. As you grow in those areas, add on a few more and keep going. Trust me, you're doing your part even if you feel it's very small. Something is better than nothing. 

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? Absolutely! I don't live an entirely green life though I'd love to. Right now that isn't practical. You have to be realistic about what you can and can't do. Maybe I'll get there one day… who knows. Do what you can and know that it's more than some are doing. Set an intention to grow and stay focused. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? In a global sense and in some capacity or another, I've been natural most of my life. Hair wise, I've been natural for 8 years. That's how long I've been growing my locs. FLY? Hmm.. I'm not sure how to answer that. What I'll say is that I try to be open, honest, and real at all times. Even when it means admitting my own mistakes or challenges. As long as you can be real with yourself- that makes you pretty FLY.

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