Friday, September 26, 2008

Gorgeously Green!

I've recently read the most facinating and amazing book. It changed my life and I feel compelled to tell everyone I know about it! The book is called Gorgeously Green. Written by Sophie Uliano, it takes a "glamorous" look at being eco-concious.
I recently took a vacation down to Costa Rica. While waiting for the plane to load it's passengers, I wandered through the overpriced bookstore. There sitting in the bargain book was ths book. Not thinking much of it I didn't give it a second glance. But then my boyfriend picked it up and said that I looked like the girl on the cover...Well of course I picked it up immediately (wink). But there beneath the cover was a world of information that was incredible. Here was this woman who talked about being eco-concious WITHOUT feeling like you had to walk around in a burlap sack, never wear makeup or bathe. Instead she detailed out 8 steps in which you could help protect our planet and still be "glamorous" doing it! Take a look at this video for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtyV1RsQBfI
I was hooked and over the next few weeks I learned about all kinds of ways to help the environment and ourselves. For me, I had always thought that being green meant that you had to be an activist. You know hear about it on the news all the time, people tying themselves to trees and oil tankers or throwing red paint on fur coats. That's not what I wanted to do. I wanted to (as Ghandi said) "be the change I want to see in the world." To me, that meant making small changes that have BIG impacts. God made us caretakers of this world. It is our responsibilty to protect it, preserve it, and conserve it. Too people have this view that the enivironment is something outside of ourselves, but really we are apart of the environment. We are part of the eco-system.
This country spends millions (perhaps even billions) of dollars every year promoting health, diet, recovered youth, and weight loss. We put into our bodies all kinds of "magic" pills, oinment, and syrums that are supposed to heal, and safe guard us against the tides of time and the environment. Did ever occur to anyone that all we need to stay strong, healthy, and slim has been provided to us right here on this earth. Or that these magic pills might be doing more damage to you that it is good?
We have become a society of instant gratification. I'm guilty of it and I'm sure that there are others. We want to see results now. We want change now. I believe that because of this attitude that modern day society adopted we have lost (and are losing) something very dear in the process. Our humanity, our connection to others, our connection to ourselves, and our world.
This book teaches us that by pausing, taking and breath and slowing down just a little we can do so much good in ourselves, our homes, and the world. I encourage you to look at the website and buy the book. You don't have to completely rearrange your life to green you can make a big impact with one small change. If we each make one small change in our daily lives, think about how those changes add up. I read in a book the other day, "If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That’s not gallons, but barrels. Small changes in buying habits can make big differences. Becoming a less energy-dependent nation may just need to start with a good breakfast(Animal, Vegetable, Miracle http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/Steven%20Excerpt.html)." I assure you that once you make one small change, others will follow. You'll feel better about yourself and the world around you.
We only have one world and only we have the power to protect it. I leave you with a quote from Gorgeously Green: "In Nazi Germany, it was said, 'the road to hell was paved with indifference.' I think it's the same way with saving the planet (http://gorgeouslygreen.com/)."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Why!

Why is it that we are so good at doing things we don't enjoy? I'd also like to know why people can't except decisions that you make for your life and career. Just be happy for me. If I don't want to follow a career that makes good money, but stresses the hell out of me and makes me crazy and unhappy, don't keep suggesting that I do. If I want to make a career path that pays less, but makes me happy and fulfilled... be happy for me.
C'mon people! You wouldn't want me to do that to you! Lay off!
I'm happy with the choices that I've made. Why can't you just support me and be happy for me in that choice? Why!?

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Hello. I'm Bree Tuttle, owner of You in Mind Designs, LLC. I've been a designer for 13 years and I work with you in mind. There's much joy in discovering those treasures in your home that are, perhaps, misplaced or even in the attic. I will help you making every room a reflection of who you are personally. It's my philosophy that if you feel proud, safe, and at peace in your home, then it will affect all aspects of your life. You stand straighter, walk taller, dress better, work harder, sleep more soundly, and ultimately have a more fulfilling life. If I can help you do that, then I'll consider my job as your designer a success.