Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Green Light- Kimberly

Everyone should be allowed the grace to do it at their own pace says this eco-sista

How long have you been eco-friendly? About 18 years.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I began as a vegetarian then evolved to a vegan. During my journey I became more and more informed about the devastating ramifications and planetary cost a lot of human behavior to animals, earth, and our fellow man were causing. I made a conscious choice not to participate in it to the best of my ability. 

What do you like about it? I like knowing that in my own way I am helping to raise the vibration and hopefully through example, inspire others to find what speaks to them in their efforts to live a more eco-friendly life. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Being a vegan in the world can sometimes be challenging. I also have celiac disease so I cannot eat gluten. Sometimes it's hard at work for example, because one can come across as difficult when really the choice to eat a certain way should be accepted. Often there will be 5 meat options at lunch and for non-meat eaters there will be a bowl of fruit and maybe a salad. Yet we are still expected to have the energy to work another 8 hours. It's frustrating because it is so easy to adapt things that everyone can enjoy.

For example, offering protein choices like quinoa, beans, etc (which meat eaters enjoy too!). Or instead of cooking vegetables in butter cook them in olive oil then more people have the option of partaking in the meal. Tiny, simple, thoughtful things like that make a huge difference. Meanwhile, I'm great at packing my own food for work and bringing extra for others to share.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Take it slow. Don't put a ton of pressure on yourself. Don't guilt trip yourself. Regular, small changes will build up and before you know it you have made a significant difference in the way you are eating and living. Also, educate yourself as much as possible. There are a ton of resources on YouTube and the internet. Overall, it's a personal journey and everyone should be allowed the grace to do it at their own pace. 

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? Well, there are always moments that you can't get it all right. "Oh, I forgot to put that in the compost!" "Oops, I should have put that in the recycle bin". Right now my daughter is lobbying for us to change from plastic straws to glass straws. Plastic straws are very harmful to the planet and to animals.

But, admittedly I love the convenience of them. Still, it is a change we are making (going to glass straws) but it isn't my favorite thing in the world (no more carrying extra straws in my purse! Haha!). Nonetheless, I do my best to make the sacrifices I can in honor of the bigger picture. My motto: Life is a we situation, not a me situation.  

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Ha Ha! Thanks! I became what I call a "conscious natural" back in 2011. Before that, though I wasn't using chemicals or altering my hair. I was dependent on wigs and weaves and had not a real connection or relationship with my own hair. In 2011 I made the conscious decision to get to know my own hair. I fell in love with it deeper and deeper everyday. As for the flyness, it's a part of the learning experience- trail and error!

Is there anything you like to add? Yes, you can read more about me on my website. Info on my upcoming film Death Wish.


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