Sunday, September 25, 2011

Conundrum of the Everything-Conscious

Mr. TBS and I do our best to live good lives.  Good to ourselves, good to other people, good to the environment, and so on.  But you know what?  It's hard to do it all!  Some people choose a cause.  Animal rights, nutrition, extreme coupon-ing.  But how can one successfully be everything-conscious?

I've spent a great deal of time looking at The Kind Life, Forks Over Knives, The China Study, cleaning alternatives like EcoCycle, and Ethical Ocean for the last few weeks.  There are so many ways that I want to live a "kinder" life, but without a boat load of cash and free time, it seems really difficult.  I feel like I'm faced with the obstacle of "Here are your options, but you can only pick two at a time."

To clarify, here is a brainstorm of four lifestyle updates I'm currently focusing on.

Be frugal
Find best deals
Buy only what you need
Create a budget

Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Surround yourself with positive influences (both people and things)
Exercise regularly and using various methods
Eat organic, whole foods -- mostly plants
Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night
Keep your brain active

Live a life that is free of animal cruelty
Follow a plant-based diet
Only adopt when you have the time and resources to take care of them as a family member
Use products that are not tested on animals
Avoid leather and fur products
Educate yourself

Nurture Mother Earth
Buy local produce
Eliminate "indoor air pollution" in your home (Use natural cleaning agents and hygiene products)
Conserve water
Use alternative transportation options: public transit, carpool, hybrid or electric vehicles, bike

Let's be honest: Organic produce can be expensive.  I don't sleep enough.  I own leather items.  I'm currently downsizing the amount of chemicals we have in our home.  

I am motivated to update our lifestyle, but there are challenges.  I just have to take it one step cause at a time, I suppose!  It's fun to research and find so many neat blogs and websites about all of these things.  And yes, I've even mentioned bumGenius to Scott.  I'm sure you can imagine his reaction.  ;-)  My inner hippy is gradually taking center stage, and I can't stop her!

I'm on a mission to be everything-conscious!  Want to join me?  When you think about it, it's impossible, because some things contradict each other, but it's still worth a shot!  Along the way, I am sure that some person, animal, dollar, or landfill will be saved.


Ellie said...

You inspire me...

And, BTW, with many of your goals, you should move to Europe (preferably in the next three years...). I don't feel guilty about eating meat anymore because it's not abused beforehand. Germany (although I think it's the whole EU) requires recycling and manages resources extremely well. Public and alternative transportation is the cool thing to do. All produce is local and fresh. And people work to live, not live to work. Aside from the being away from people you love factor, I think you'd adore it here.

Gesci said...

I love this post- I deal with similar conscience-confusion everyday. I'm working my way to vegetarianism, but the chicken I buy is from the farm and free range/happy chicken. I've quit buying any leather, and never bought fur- I've even found a purse I love that's vegan leather as well as a camera bag. I do buy wool, but those sheep are HAPPY- I see them everyday!! Oh, and "E" above me is right- buying local and ethical is A LOT easier in England, at least, but I believe all of Europe. Produce even has to say the country of origin on the labeling- YAY!