How Far Matt & I Have Traveled In Just One Year…
A year ago Matt and I were living in Geyserville, California, a town of 1,600. We had only recently brought Raisin into our home. A year ago I wasn’t sure what my next life step would be, and Matt wasn’t either. We were headed in a very different direction, one that was more isolated. One that involved personal survival, a sort of self-sufficiency in solitude.
Between then and now, I’m not sure it was one thing that made us change our minds and to go in a new direction. Certainly almost losing Raisin (and our own futures) to the pesticides were a big issue. Plus a growing understanding that community is important, that we cannot survive and thrive without a community. And the feeling that actually, Matt and I weren’t finished searching for our own places in society yet.
I was also thinking about my grandfather’s mortality – about how much we hadn’t talked about yet, how much I still wanted to learn from him. And we were redefining sustainability in our minds: was it really sustainable to live in a small town – where we didn’t feel like we belonged to the community despite our efforts, where we drove far to work, and where my life as an artist and activist was unclear?
Our time in Geyserville gave us the mental space to think about where we had gone, and where we were going. It was essential to our well-being. But it wasn’t the final stop we’d originally thought it would become.
From there, we gave ourselves the freedom to move to a sustainable city, surrounded by family and people who care about the issues we hold dear. Matt decided to go to school (he starts at the University of Washington in the fall). I started a new business with 7 other people who really, truly care about changing the world.
My world has grown, my thoughts have grown, my writing has grown, and my audience has grown! My heart feels fuller as I head in the right direction. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished this year. I have reduced my carbon output to just 10% of the average American. I have figured out the next steps in my life.
And, very importantly, I have (hopefully) inspired a few of you to make changes in your lives, to inspire others and make your communities stronger. My changes catalyze your changes, and your changes catalyze others around you, and this, my friends, is HOW WE CHANGE THE WORLD!
So let’s keep doing that, shall we?
Where One Green Generation Has Traveled In One Year…
- We hosted The Growing Challenge. 184 participants from many countries around the world. It started exactly a year ago – can you believe it? Because it was so successful at “planting seeds”, I am going to continue it this year. I haven’t decided if it will remain exactly as it is, so please give me any input you can offer as to changes, thoughts, ideas, suggestions… I’m all ears!
- We hosted The Green Your Insides Challenge. I believe there are a lot more participants than the web page suggests, as I’ve seen this little icon in many places around the blogosphere, and I know a lot of you non-bloggers are following along, taking steps to change your indoor health. I’m not sure how long I’ll continue this challenge, but it will continue for a while longer yet. I have a long list of posts that are ready to be written, so I’m not done!
- We hosted The Buy Sustainably Challenge. Again, I’ve seen this little icon in many places around the blogosphere, so I’m not sure how many people are participating. That said, I was surprised that more people didn’t join. Several readers are already well on this path, so maybe that’s why? I would love to know your thoughts about this. Please share!!
- We wrote quite a bit about Community Building / Living Locally and Growing Our Own Food. These are some of my favorite topics, so expect them to continue into the new year.
- We Redefined Normal – that was a feat! Shall we redefine some other things? I think it’s time! I welcome your suggestions.
- We discussed the state of the Economy and how we can live more Simply and Frugally. We also discussed the state of our Energy supply and our changing Climate. Since these are pressing issues, I will explore them more deeply this year.
- I’ve written several Recipes, made with Local, Seasonal Food – I will add to these and build a Recipe page so they can more easily be accessed.
- We also tackled many everyday issues of life and learning, of world changing ideas and life’s little intricacies. These are the essays, the inspirational thoughts, the ideas that spring into my brain. I love writing these, and they are popular here, so I will continue to do so when the inspiration strikes.
Changes… What You Will No Longer See Here
- Videos. I had high aspirations for videos, but alas – they are a lot of work, and though some of you loved them dearly, they weren’t highly watched. So while they may pop up occasionally, I won’t promise new videos.
- Challenges that last one or two months. Sustainability is a lifestyle. I am challenging myself to change parts of my life and lifestyle for good, because our planet needs and deserves that, and so do I. So the challenges I post here will focus on lasting change. They won’t make you instantly change your way of life, but they will make you constantly work toward it. Let’s focus on sustainable changes, shall we? I’m open to new ideas here!
Where Would You Like To Go Now?
I like the direction we’re headed with this website. But more importantly, do you? You are why I write, so please – what would you like to see, read, and think about? Anything you’d like to see more or less? What’s missing? What sustainable changes would you like to be challenged with?
Seriously, anything is fair game here – please, please, please let me know your thoughts!!
A Lasting Thought For you…
We Join Together From Many Borders and Continents
Here’s one last bit of information I wanted to share…. The issues that we discuss here at One Generation clearly know no borders – these are the countries and territories that you’ve all come from in December alone!
Algeria Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Bermuda Bosnia-Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria Cambodia Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt Estonia European Union Finland France Germany Great Britain Greece Greenland Guam Guatemala Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Iran Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latvia Lebanon Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Macedonia Malaysia Malta Mexico Moldova Monaco Morocco Mozambique Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Peru Philippines Poland Polynesia (French) Portugal Puerto Rico Romania Russian Federation Saudi Arabia Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan Thailand Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United States Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam Yugoslavia
I am so inspired by our diversity. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for visiting and bringing your thoughts, your expertise, and your questions; and for spreading the word and inspiring change in others. We are all in this world together, and the world is stronger when we come together. Thank you, and I look forward to our new year together!
I can’t wait to hear what thoughts you have for the coming year at One Green Generation…