Saturday, March 26, 2016

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Green Light- Tiffany

An eco-sista who comforts her guilt by realizing her limits and honoring her intentions

How long have you been eco-friendly? I would say that I have always been aware of the fragility of our eco system and our duties to preserve our beautiful planet. With this always apart of my philosophy as I grew into my own I realized how eco-friendly decisions not only help the environment but is also the best way to care for myself. So using natural and conscious products is something that has evolved overtime for me.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I guess it was not so much of a choice for me to be eco-friendly but it is interwoven into my purpose and philosophy. I truly believe it is our responsibilities on this earth to elevate our consciousness in a way that honors our growth. So being eco-friendly fits right into my conscious approach to life.

What do you like about it? I like the yummy feeling of doing something good for myself and our world. I like the feeling of knowing something is natural or organic and not another obstacle for my health. It makes me feel grounded.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I would say the availability as well as affordability of eco-friendly products can be a challenge. Although many more options are constantly being brought to the market place, sometimes it can be just down right impossible. I think as we become more empowered as consumers this will change so it is important to put our money where our mouth is and buy products that is eco-friendly.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would encourage those that are looking to be more eco-friendly to start by working on how you can be more prepared to make conscious decisions. Things like meal prepping and buying products before you need them saves you from the pitfall of not being able to make eco-friendly decisions due to lack of convenience or lack of options.

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? Part of my conscious philosophy is being aware of what I have the power to change and accepting what I cannot. This movement is complicated by many systems that don't make it easy to always make green decisions. I think it is important to speak up and share these frustrations and inspire continues efforts to change the systems that do not serve us. But in the meantime of change, I try to comfort my "green guilt" by realizing my limits and honoring my overall intentions.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? When I began researching body image issues that African-American women face for a course that I teach, I realized my own internal struggles with internalized racism and began the journey of addressing my relationship with my hair about 4 years ago. As of last year my hair is completely natural and I protect it by wearing protective styles (mainly braiding it up and wearing sew-ins). I have defined natural hair for myself but I am still on a journey of caring for and getting to know my hair (I would say the beginning of the journey). But so far my biggest lesson I have learned is moisturizing is KEY!

Is there anything you like to add? I love what CluelessCurl blog is doing and represents. This site aligns directly with my own purpose to live a conscious life. You can find out more about me on my site Tiffany Shelton

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