Sustainable Life: Why Building One Matters
I care deeply about creating and cultivating a SUSTAINABLE LIFE (with mission, devotion, passion, and purpose) because...well...I've lived life without all of these before and it hurts. It's hard. It's nearly impossible, really. I began struggling with anxiety in my 20s (more about that another time), and anxiety almost always comes sneaking up with depression behind it and self-destructive behavior on top of it. My life hit a brick wall. Life has a way of hitting brick walls every now and again. These 4 values help create a circle in your life that cultivates a strong heart and a circular economy of energy and focus to sustain you when these may be flagging.
Who do I think I am to write about cultivating bravery, getting over grief, creating self-discipline practices...who am I to write anyway? Who am I to dare to call myself a Modern Lifestyle Philosopher or a poet? I'm no one. These things are labels that don't matter, they're made-up and self-given. Then again...I'm someone. I'm someone who has lived life, daggonet (no idea how to spell that), in all it's gutsandglory (as I say), and if I DON'T write about my experiences, who might never know someone has gone there before them, felt what they've felt, that they aren't alone, and that someone is cheering them on? Who am I to NOT do that, really?
Trust me, I'm the first one to admit I'm not perfect. I JOKE that I am perfect all the time (my nickname was Miss Perfect in high school), but in the same breath I laugh heartily and admit that I am, through-and-through, 100%, IMperfect. The second I try to portray perfect my shoes come untied, I fall on them, grab at something on the counter nearby, which happens to be a tea towel with precious dishes drying on them, and a cup of coffee, which all splashes and crashes down on me, and the dog, most likely. It just doesn't work for me. When I was in grad school, we had a red carpet heading down stairs into our formal dance, and someone taking photos at the bottom. Who tripped down then? This girl. I wonder if there's a photo of that somewhere in the Dartmouth archives....or maybe I don't....
Happy Pretty Messy is the first step...feeling good about yourself and your life. The Self-Discipline Handbook builds on that flywheel and cultivates tips, techniques, and really, mostly, life practices, to help you do the things you want to do! The Modern Organic Home (and Natural Home Handbook, Natural Cleaning Handbook, and Organic Country Home Handbook), take the idea of sustainability literally, to the physical things you use to keep your home tidy, safe, and healthy. And Gifts in Jars...well that book is all about celebrating life, and celebrating is grease to the gears!
We live in tough times. Times are always tough, I guess, looking back at history, and even at the 33 years I've been on this fast-spinning earth. But particularly, the foundation of our country is at stake, the very souls of this generation are at stake, as so many struggle with fear, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts/actions. And guess what. I have something to say about that. I cannot watch those things happen without saying something, so I will use my words so our little singular worlds, and our world at large, may build heart-centered lives. Call me a modern lifestyle philosopher, poet, or maybe a crazy dreamer. That's fine with me.