‘Dear T&M’ Category

Dear T&M

Posted on August 11th, 2011 by Tonia 7 Comments

Awesome cardboard mailboxes found on this stellar blog.

As self-proclaimed environmentally conscious people, there is a lot of pressure to perform, isn’t there? And when we fall short, there is a lot of guilt, is there not?

Living simply and greenly {spell-check says greenly is a word, so it must be} is a process. None of us arrive at perfect-harmony-with-nature-and-God-and-humanity-and-rainbows-and-ice-cream {huh?} overnight. Or ever. And that’s ok.

I want to remind us all of something: We do what we can. We strive forward. We find a balance that works for us. That works our unique family. We’re all different. Different comfort zones, different dreams and ambitions, different outlooks.

It’s great to draw inspiration from others {friends, blogs, etc.} and to learn from others, but at the end of the day you need to settle into a rhythm of life that works for you.

Don’t mistake what I’m saying as a get-out-of-jail-free card on all things eco-friendly. I think that it’s really important to hold each other accountable, especially when it comes to the easy things that we should all be doing like recycling. But please, please don’t get hung up on a small challenge and let your frustration spoil your goal.

I struggled for almost a year to get rid of my need for paper towel around the house. It bothered me so much that here I was writing a blog about green living, and I still washed my whole kitchen with paper towel every day. I kind of wanted to quit on the whole deal and just “live like a normal person” who doesn’t worry about this stuff. Finally, one day, it just happened for me. I haven’t bought the stuff since.

Grant yourself some patience and understanding when you come to a road block like that, and don’t give up.

And if you’re really struggling with something, please write to us. Chances are that we have, or we are, struggling with the same thing. We’ll talk it through here on the blog {write in as “anonymous” if it makes you feel more comfortable}, allow commentators to weigh in, and offer encouragement. We’ll point you towards helpful resources like books, blogs, and tools.

For example, cheese-cloths helped me kick my paper-towel habit because they are super absorbent like PT, they come in packs of like 40 and are cheap. If you’re a chronic paper-towel user, get yourself a pack of cheese-cloth. Wash them a couple times and they will soak up any mess better than PT. You’ll never look back. I keep my clean ones in a bag in my pantry for easy access.

Dear T&M could potentially be a new category on the blog, and I’m really excited about it. I would love to work through things together. From your comments I can tell I’m dealing with an insightful bunch of folks, and I think that taking our conversations on Itty Bitty Impact a little deeper than homemaking and gardening once in a while could result in something pretty brilliant.

I’m imagining some cool follow-up letters, too, like “I confronted my family about our ATVing, and we all decided to sell them and get a few canoes instead!”

Let’s do this. Write your questions, challenges, and dirty secrets with “dear t&m” in the subject line: toniasimeone {at} gmail {dot} com