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Welcome to the first edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama!
In the month of January, we start afresh, a new year, new ideas. Hence, our participants have looked into the topic of “Birth and New Beginnings”. Take a look at the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants.


“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

- John Lennon

Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my way on some things that I believe in very strongly.  It happened this summer with my garden:  I started out in the spring with big dreams and aspirations, and by August my interest waned and fizzled and my garden withered.  I went from washing my clothes with homemade detergent and line drying them to pouring on chemical cleaner in a plastic jug from the grocery store and running my dryer in the heat of the summer.  Even little details – like taking reusable shopping bags to the grocery – fell by the wayside.  Why did I stop?  It is as though I started to have this mental ennui towards things that were once  so very important to me.  Where did my passion go?

With the start of a new year comes new resolutions for many:  new goals, new hopes and new aspirations.  I find myself rediscovering old passions and renewing my love of things that had been put on the back burner. I am thinking about new ways to go green.  I’m making an effort to be an example to my son of living harmoniously with the planet.  I’m becoming more aware of the products we buy, the foods we eat, the choices we make.  These are all things that make me happy, that make me feel right with the world, and if I’m not doing them, then I’m doing something wrong.

With that, I have made a short list for the new year.  These aren’t resolutions or even aspirations.  They are just things that I enjoy doing because they feel right; because they invigorate me and remind me of who I am.  I’m renewing myself, resetting to a place that I like much better.

In 2012, I’m going to make more of an effort to be less of a consumer.

In 2012, I’m going to use fewer chemicals in my home.

In 2012, we’ll go through a lot fewer trash bags because REDUCE is the most important part of reduce, reuse, recycle.

In 2012, I will have a compost bin.

In 2012, my garden will be fabulous, and if it isn’t, it won’t be because I didn’t put in enough effort.

In 2012, my clothes line will grow very tired of me.

At the end of 2012, I will feel better about the person that I am – more confident, more sure, and more happy – than I was at the close of 2011.


Visit Authentic Parenting and MudpieMama to find out how you can participate in the next Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival!
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(This list will be live and updated by afternoon January 27 with all the carnival links.)

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  1. Love this. I seem to have good intentions in this area that always fall by the wayside. I recall beginning 2011 thinking this is going to be the year I drastically reduce the number of chemicals I use in our home. Now it’s 2012 and I *still* keep thinking I’m going to do that. We are moving soon, though, and won’t be able to transport any chemicals/cleaners so maybe once we get into our new home it will be easier to start fresh? My five-year-old keeps telling me she wants a garden when we move, too. (We live in an apartment now.) So, maybe we’ll finally try that, too!
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    • Jenn @ Monkey Butt Junction

      I love the phrase “new dust, new broom.”. When you start someplace new it is a good time to start new habits too in my opinion.

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  3. Amazing quote from John Lennon to open your post ~ love it!
    I’m with you on so much of what you say ~ I’m great at starting out with a bang, but more often than not it fizzles and fades (and I’m a nightmare for using the dryer ~ I tell myself that it makes the nappies more fluffy and absorbent, and that it’s still more eco than ‘sposies, but still, it ain’t great).
    Your list is wonderfully honest and simple, and I admire that everything on there has a real purpose. And ‘I’m renewing myself’ may well become my mantra for 2012 :-)
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  6. I really relate to this. I think we go in cycles and have seasons with our passions. I haven’t gardened in a few years, and it bothers me. But we can only give so much of ourselves, and with a toddler, I think we’ll just support our local farmers. =)
    I’m looking forward to hearing how things go on your journey!

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  10. Yay! Great intentions Jenn. The planet is thanking you for it. onelove T xx p.s looking forward to Earth day with you later this year!
    Terri recently posted..Happy Blogaversary to me – 3 years of Child of the Nature Isle!!

  11. Oh how easy it is to let the green lifestyle slip, especially towards the end of the year! I too am guilty of a few less than ideal non-green choices that I used to be adament about. And much like you, my 2011 garden was, well, um, bleh. Ignored perhaps? But life happens and you take baby steps to get back to a more natural way of living and forgive yourself for slipping. Thanks so such a honest post. It is invigorating to get back on the wagon!
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  12. I’m so glad to hear your green passion is renewed! It really is so easy to get lax with some things, and suddenly you realize you’ve let too many things go. That has definitely happened to me too at times.

    Thanks for linking up at the Green & Natural Mama Linky! (Yes, we do it every Thursday, except for a rare occasion when I had to post it on Friday or Saturday instead ;-) Like we were saying, sometimes things slip a little!)
    I Thought I Knew Mama recently posted..3 Green & Natural Gifts Any New Mom Will Love (LINKY)

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