Renewing Green Passions in the New Year



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!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be live and updated by afternoon January 27 with all the carnival links.)

  • Becoming Intentional with My Time Valerie at Momma in Progress shares the beginning of her year-long journey toward more intentional living. 
  • Alirik’s Birth Story: Sweet Surprise Lauren at Hobo Mama tells the sweet surprise unassisted home water birth story of her second child.
  • My Rebirth: An Honest Look Darcel at The Mahogany Way talks a little about some of the fear and insecurity she’s felt over the years since starting her parenting journey and her blog.
  • Trusting My Body: Ailia’s Birth Story After a very challenging birth with her son, Dionna at Code Name: Mama was nervous about having another natural birth. But practicing relaxation techniques and birth affirmations proved to be just what she needed to have her perfect, peaceful, unassisted homebirth.
  • My Homeschool Philosophy Paige a Bay Dust Diaries shares her new year’s resulution about homeschooling. 
  • Yet Another Resolutions Post... Zen mummy‘s resolutions for a better 2012
  • Renewing Green Passions in the New Year Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction talks about renewing a passion for green living in the new year
  • Birthing and New Beginnings… And Better Mothering Sheila at A Living Family shares her first ever New Year’s resolutions to be a more mindful, compassionate and respectful mother to her two-year old daughter after the recent birth of her son.
  • An Open Letter to MTV Regarding 16 and Pregnant Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama delivers a pointed message to MTV about how they misrepresent birth and parenthood on 16 and Pregnant.
  • Setting Intentions Megan at The Other Baby Blog shares another way to ring in the New Year.
  • Spencer’s Birth Story Momma Jorje shares her family’s story of birthing her son with Down syndrome.
  • Looking Forward, Looking Back Erica @ ChildOrganics shares how she is able to look back at the loss of their daughter and yet move forward with her family at the same time. 
  • Unique unto Itself. Melissa of Vibrant Wanderings has chosen a word for her second child’s birth: awareness.
  • The Unassisted Birth of The LIttle Buddha. Laura at Authentic Parenting shares the birth story of her new baby
  • Birthing and Resolutions: Keeping Good Things in MotionMudpieMama shares her VBAC story and why she skipped making resolutions in the traditional way. 
  • The Birth of a New Era by Mandy from Living Peacefully With Children

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16 Responses to Renewing Green Passions in the New Year

  1. Valerie @ Momma in Progress

    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!
    Valerie @ Momma in Progress recently posted..Becoming Intentional With My Time

    • 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.

  2. mamapoekie

    can you please paste in the code? Bottom code will be there later today
    mamapoekie recently posted..The Unassisted Birth of the Little Buddha

  3. Helen @ zen mummy

    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. Megan

    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!

  7. Jupiter

    All great intentions !
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  11. Terri

    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!!

  12. Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama

    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!
    Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama recently posted..An Open Letter to MTV Regarding 16 and Pregnant

  13. Good Girl Gone Green

    I love that quote!

  14. I Thought I Knew Mama

    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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