All You Need is a Spark And a glass of Wine

I have a confession. I have been suffering from a lack of “going” green for several months now. Lately, I feel like I’m all “greened” out. I routinely recycle, I strive to buy less packaging, I search for non-GMO products and I bring my bags to the grocery store. It’s not like I’m trying to “go” green anymore because I’m already there. So, is that it? What’s next?

This dark shade of green is almost a depression. I do what I can and then look beyond, to do better. I was writing about second-hand stores in this blog, but several in our area have closed or moved. Then I also need time and money to shop, which I have neither. But I also fell into a rut of not writing and it’s hard to get out. Work and family has been keeping me super busy. Sitting down to write something for my blog seems like a chore. I don’t want to simply regurgitate the same green tips over and over again.

Some days, I’ve thought about shutting down my blog for lack of time and lack of inspiration. My husband and I have discussed our suffocating lives and even learned about trying to create breathing room. Yeh, we’re still working on that one. But irregardless, I still have a tiny spark of interest in continuing to write. And I’ve realized that all you need is a spark to light the fire of inspiration.

My spark returned brighter when I spent some much needed quality time at a neighbor’s house. I was a last minute invite to a wine-tasting party and I am sure glad I went. Not only was I able to discuss life in an adult conversation, but I also enjoyed some of the best tasting wine ever.

My neighbors helped to reignite my eco-inspiration. We discussed the local landfill out of pure interest in recycling and trash, we browsed through my neighbor’s craft space and soap making area, we toured the fruit trees and honeybees and we even sampled amazing homemade food.

You see, I’ve learned that life shouldn’t only be about going green or living green. Life should be about living a sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability is more than the environment. It is about community. My “green” focused life should not be shared but celebrated with my closest friends and neighbors. Our neighbors are the best living examples of sustainability. We need to know our neighbors and by “know” them, I mean have a real conversation with them. We are not only there for each other, but we save money in sharing resources and reducing our waste. We help each other out. Sustainability should be theĀ epitome of life with our friends and neighbors.

PS. My neighbors and I decided to have a “spa” day where we will make our own natural homemade soaps and lip balm!

the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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