- My bigger focus at this season in my life is simplifying -- which sometimes means the "natural" choice is out (like the one you mention of soaking grains).
- I am not alone in wondering if I am doing enough but doing the best I can. I do think it is all about baby steps.
- I take some steps forward and sometimes I take some steps backward. I just try and do the best I can with my time & resources, but I hope that I will be able to do more and more each year.
- I don't need to do it all at once, or all of it ever. I feel like it's more of a journey than a destination.
- I'm definitely in the baby step club. I'm always thinking what else I could do, but focusing on one change at a time is a beautiful start to something great... a journey of change that is motivated by integrity and a teachable spirit.
- I want to live mindfully. I love the idea of being more natural and getting away from chemicals and pollutants. But too often cost or convenience or just flat-out being overwhelmed by all the choices out there wins out. I often become paralyzed by too much information or too many choices.
Thanks for challenging and encouraging me with your comments and ideas. The funny thing about starting a "club" is that I didn't give that line much thought when I wrote the post. Ironically, when several people wanted to join, I felt paralyzed in the same way I do when approaching other aspects of this topic! So, it occurred to me that the best thing to do was something small to move forward--aka a baby step, which means finally writing this post as an initial response!
I was hung up on trying to think of a catchy name and all that jazz, and the thing is that I think we can just keep it a community, at least for now. Instead of having an official name or guidelines or trying to keep track of members, it can just be loose and flexible. I'll keep posting about my baby steps with natural living, and would love for you to do the same via comments here or on your own blog.
And by the way, over the weekend, I started reading the book Gorgeously Green, which was recently recommended to me by my friend Amy. It was also reviewed earlier this year by another blog friend named Amy! Some lines from the introduction of the book definitely related to this idea of making little changes that add up: "My motto is one change makes a difference, and if you can make two, that's even better!" The author admits that once she became more aware of the issues and research related to "green living," she felt really overwhelmed. "The most important thing," she says, "was the baby steps I took at the beginning. I had to realize that I couldn't change everything at once and that all I had to do was change one tiny thing a day."
That's great encouragement. I'll keep sharing what I'm learning from this book and other sources, and pointing you to posts I come across on this topic. I do hope you'll keep with me on this journey--you motivate me to stay with it!