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All articles here are written by Melinda Briana Epler (that's me!) unless otherwise noted. I'm a documentary filmmaker, writer, and brand experience designer - I've dedicated my life to living a sustainable lifestyle and helping others do the same. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or thoughts for articles. Welcome!

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Temporarily Engaged With Business Planning, Strategy, and Culture Design

Hi everyone.  I’ve dropped off the face the One Green Generation earth for a moment.  Many apologies!  Don’t take it to mean I don’t love this blog and our community here – for I do, and I am so glad I’m able to help support you all, as you support me!!

As many of you know I co-founded my own business officially a year ago, but we’ve been working on it for a year and a half.  At the moment we’re going through some hefty growing pains – as is the nature of any startup as it moves into profitability.  So any free time I’ve had of late has been spent talking with our current staff, mulling over ideas with my business partners, and doing a WHOLE lot of reading.

Anyone want to know about innovative organizational, operational, and strategic development?  I feel like an encyclopedia of information!  My brain is swimming with org charts, strategic consulting services maps, organizational culture building, and competitive analysis.

It’s highly likely my brain will be devoted to this for the next week or two, possible up until September 25.  My apologies, as I know this is a regular daily visit for many of you.  I hope you’ll understand as I help a world-changing company become more efficient and effective in its world changing.

If you don’t want to keep coming back to see when I’ve posted, please feel free to SUBSCRIBE – you can choose to receive an email when I next post, or you can see it in your reader if you use one.

If you can’t wait to read more, I encourage you to peruse the Archives in the right-hand column – can you believe there are 422 posts there??!  Wow – My guess is there is something you will find that you haven’t read before!  You can also start with Post #1, and work your way forward – I have heard that’s a lot of fun, too.

Thanks for your patience, wish me luck and good strategic dreams.  See you soon!



Kathy reminded me that it has been an awful long time since we’ve talked about all the challenges!  So… spill it everyone – how are you coming??

The Growing Challenges

The Growing Challenge New! The Growing Challenge Advanced Edition – From Seed To Seed! The Growing Challenge: Evangelist Edition

I planted seeds in my new p-patch 2 weeks ago.  I’m experimenting with peppers and tomato seeds directly in the ground.  Who knows if they’ll come up!

My mom and I spent Saturday morning at the Seattle Tilth and Master Gardener plant sales, stocking up on seedlings for her garden and our balcony garden.  Neither of us had the ability to do seedlings indoors this year – due to travels or too much work.  But I’ll grow lots straight in the ground, and supplement those with organic seedlings!

Evangelizing wise, I’m here and pumping away on the blog, hoping to reel in a few more gardeners here.  I also spoke at Sustainable Capitol Hill a few weeks ago about urban gardening, I’m regularly writing for the city’s Community Garden Post (comes out quarterly), and every time I garden at my p-patch plot I talk to about  10 different people passing by!

Accomplish Your Dreams and Walk 10,000 Steps

Accomplish Your Dreams Challenge

I walk to and from work every day, and I now walk to my garden patch, too!  I very rarely drive now – it’s getting easier and easier to walk everywhere.  I’ve also lost several pounds, and shrunk from a size 12 to a size 6!  :)

As far as accomplishing my dreams, I’m pushing my new business forward and really really really trying to make that work for me financially, socially, and environmentally.  It’s growing, we’ve hired 6 employees with a couple more on the way soon, plus a few sub-contractors!  Each job we take on is more exciting than the one before.  On the path!

Green Your Insides and Buy Sustainably

The Buy Sustainably Challenge! I\'m Green Inside

Buying sustainably took a turn for the worse when I started working so many hours and Matt started graduate school.  I continue to find more and more locally-sourced products – there are very few things we buy regularly that don’t come from Washington or Oregon.  But… I’m eating a fair amount of packaged, organic food for lunches and even – gasp – dinners!  I can’t wait until the local farmer’s market opens up again – I think it will help considerably because I can eat a lot of raw fresh foods again.

As for greening my insides, I think I’m pretty much green inside and out.  That’s the one I’ve done pretty well for a while now, due to my asthma.  Soap, moisturizer, deodorant, shampoo, dish soap,… all our body products are low-impact on our bodies and our world.  Yay!

So How About You?????

Winner: $25 Abe's Gift Certificate

Abe's Gift Certificate

For those of you who missed learning about Abe’s, I wrote a bit about it here.  If you can’t get all the things you need locally, Abe’s is a good alternative market.

$25 Gift Certificate Winner

Our lucky someone who gets to try out Abe’s Market is….

And the Winner is....


Congratulations, Maureen! I think heard you jumping up and down in the back there.  ;)  Please email me and I’ll put you in touch with Ilana at Abe’s!  (And please note that you have a week to email me, otherwise I’ll draw a new name.)

Thanks for joining in the fun, everyone!  It seems like y’all are enjoying these giveaways – so more to come!