becoming inspired and challenged

The summer has flown by, and I don't want to jinx anything, but it seems to me that autumn is beginning to grace us with her presence. The temperatures have cooled enough to leave windows open all week, and late summer/early fall produce is making an appearance at the farmers' market.
My summer was a flurry of book devouring, house cleaning/rearranging, vacationing, and preparing for my return to school - to complete my final year of undergraduate college, thank God.
Right now I'm reading "Sleeping Naked is Green" by Vanessa Farquharson, author of Green as a Thistle blog. In her book she documents one year of small changes to her life - green changes. She makes one change a day, which ends up being an overhaul to her entire lifestyle. I'm adoring this book, and becoming inspired and challenged to make small green changes to my life.
I want to make some new rules in my life, easy ones to begin with, such as no more styrofoam. That should be easy, considering I almost never encounter styrofoam. Another thing we can do is to consume locally brewed beer from reusable, recyclable glass containers. I'm slowly running paper towels out of our house, as well as incandescent lights, over-packaged food items, and anything that contains harmful or questionable ingredients, such as shampoo. And when our toothbrushes bite the dust, I can replace them with eco-friendly ones. Maybe I won't be turning my fridge off in the near future, or selling my car, but I can try to make other changes.
For the sake of brevity (or is it too late?) I'll stop here.
In short, I am excited to challenge myself and my family. And in other news, Finn is almost one. year. old. Obviously, I cannot believe it.


Jamie Condon said...

I've moved, dearest. For the last time! =) Love you...

natalie said...

hooray! you posted & this excites me!
i love the photo!
& i will have to check that out at the library once you're finished :)

we want to make small green changes as well.

Lainey Seyler said...

yay, an update on your life. can't believe finn is a year old. they just keep getting cuter, don't they? did you ever read a homemade life from the orangette blog--pry the best book i read all year. so i'm intrigued to check out this other book.

Maggie Ann. said...

isn't it wonderful to feel inspired and challenged?!? I love it. I just visited the site you linked to earlier about a new way to wash dishes. We wash by hand too, and I'm loving this new method!
Thank you for your recent comments on my blog, they made me so very happy. You are so dear.
I can't wait to see you again. Hopefully soon! Lots of love and light to you and your beautiful family!!!

Jess said...

Lainey - I did read Molly's book, most of it at least. It was really good!