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September 30th, 2014
The eco wellness community is many members strong. Our bonds have been strengthened by our online connection and an occasional meet face-to-face. Our friendships and collaborative efforts continue to grow, but there’s something missing in our tight and powerful community. We’re lacking a space to exchange ideas and information in real life. There are countless blogging conferences out there to choose from, but none of them are designed specifically for us.
Until now. Finally someone’s decided to step up to the plate to change that.
We all know there’s something much more magical that happens when we collaborate face-to-face.
A little over a year ago I was at BlogHer, a blogging conference in Chicago, and I had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Segedie (third over from the left in the photo above), the founder of Mamavation and the powerhouse behind a new conference that’s launching this coming weekend in Los Angeles called ShiftCon.
During that conference last summer ShiftCon was only a dream, but it has blossomed into a reality. Through the hard work of Leah Segedie and her team at Mamavation this conference is happening and I couldn’t be more excited.
This weekend I’ll be hopping on a plane to Los Angeles to collaborate with so many of my colleagues in the green world, many of whom I’ve never met in real life.
ShiftCon is the very first international social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers all over the United States and Canada in one place.
Stay tuned for photos and updates. This one below is from one of my favorites from the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Stroller Brigade.
I’m Speaking! If You’re Headed to ShiftCon Come Join Me! Social Media for Change
Not only will I be spending time with so many green colleagues, but I’ll also be speaking at this conference! I’m on a panel called Social Media For Change alongside two of my friends and colleagues, Lindsay Dahl (in the middle of this photo) and Trina O’Boyle (on the far left in the top photo).
The panel will be happening on Friday, October 3rd at 1:30 pm PST. Be there!
If you’re interested in using your writing and your leverage to make a difference in the world, here’s why this panel is for you!
We’ll be covering some important questions when it comes to a successful social media campaign.
- How can my writing fit into a larger movement and have the highest impact?
- How can I start and run a successful petition? And do they matter?
- Is there a best practice for taking social causes with out being too political?
- What is the best social media network to break out of the “echo chamber”?
- How to run a successful campaign.
Enter our raffle!
If you attend our panel in person, we’ll be collecting business cards for a live raffle.
You’ll get the chance to work one on one with our panel after the conference to help analyze opportunities to make your social impact stronger. Are you interested in running a petition about an issue you care about? We’ll help you craft that petition and create a successful campaign. Want to take on topics that may alienate some of your base? Get expert messaging advice how to build the movement without offending people. Want advice on which non-profit partners are the best to work with on the topics you care about most? We’ll help recommend the best organizations in the field.
Let me know if you’re planning to be at ShiftCon! I’d love to connect with you.
September 5th, 2014
This week The Huffington Post in partnership with NRG launched a new section called Generation Change. This launch is very exciting for many reasons, but one that is super exciting.
Writing for The Huffington Post
My BIG news: I’m going to be writing for this new section of The Huffington Post! My first post went live this week: How Climate Change Could Affect Your Breakfast. I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting and important addition to an already fabulous publication.
This new HuffPo section is dedicated to creating awareness of and fostering a conversation around climate change and clean energy with the goal of preserving our planet. It will explore everything from clean technology options for homes and businesses to breakthroughs in climate legislation and the latest developments at the forefront of renewable energy.
Through a mix of news articles, slideshows and instructive content about sustainability, along with opinion pieces from thought leaders on the topics of climate and energy policy, Generation Change will be a prime resource for educating readers about the realities of global warming and the importance and impact of our individual choices, as well as those of society as a whole.
I would love for you to check it out and comment if you feel up to it. Better yet, if you’re on social media please give it a share!
Here’s a Tweet for you:
Featured on everydayhero
I’m also honored to be featured on everydayhero, a company that helps people give back to causes they are passionate about. everydayhero, it is an online platform that helps people fundraise for any cause they choose. The platform is integrated with MapMyFitness, VolunteerMatch, Facebook and Twitter, so that people can see how everything they do (fun for charity, volunteer at the SPCA, share their stories on social) contribute to and count towards giving to a cause. All this information is calculated into your Giving Footprint that grows with your activities over time.
Stay tuned for more from me on The Huffington Post.
And while you’re waiting have a fabulous weekend! Any big plans?
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May 5th, 2014
The ideas never come to me when they should. Sticky notes are everywhere and I never remember their intended order.
When I write a blog post the final piece somehow ends up organized, but certainly doesn’t start off that way. There are nights when ideas hit and are preserved in a dark bathroom on a single piece of toilet paper or on a stray sticky note by the side of my bed.
Running also seems to bring on random ideas for articles. They come fast and furiously once I’m in a running groove. The problem is there’s no toilet paper or sticky notes-just me and my forgetful brain, trying desperately to remember each and every idea for 6 miles. Many are lost by the second mile.
I share this with you because I’ve been invited to participate in a blog tour called “My Writing Process“. Thanks to my lovely friend, Maggie, the author of the fabulous blog Maternal Dementia, for reaching out to me and asking me to join. Maggie writes about motherhood from the heart and everything that goes along with it. Her honesty and eloquent writing style is refreshing and always welcome in my world. She has given her family adorable pen names such as De-facto for her darling partner and Short-pants and Buddy-roo for her beautiful daughters. Maggie and her family lived for many years in Paris (where I last saw her) and have now made the move to Barcelona. I’ve known Maggie for quite sometime and am honored to call her a friend on-line and in real life.
As part of the blog tour I’ve been asked to answer 4 questions about my writing process.
What are you working on?
This was probably the most challenging of the questions to answer since my work changes daily. This is also what I love most about my career change. There’s certainly no room for boredom. Right now I’m working on finding time to write my book. I just can’t find the time. Or is it that I won’t make the time? While struggling with this, I’ve also taken on quite a few clients for various exciting projects. Stay tuned for more details.
How does your work differ from others’ work in the same genre?
Many writers bring a unique and powerful voice to the blogging world. I feel very fortunate to be part of a strong and passionate group of bloggers that write about green living. Each of us is unique, and the green living umbrella is wide providing space for many of us. I’ve been saying for quite sometime that our collective voices are what can and will make a difference. When we join our unique voices together and write about similar topics we show a united front. The issues we tackle are real – climate change, product and food safety, GMOs, keeping our families safe and healthy -these are issues that affect each of us in many ways.
Why do you write what you do?
After practicing law for many years, I realized that I had outgrown the fast paced and stressful lifestyle. My body and health were starting to show signs that it was time for a change. I slowly shifted my focus towards a creating a green and clean lifestyle and began to educate myself about chemicals and other toxins that were going into and on my body. I was amazed at what I found as I continued to dig. A few years later, two of our children developed life threatening food allergies. My commitment to living as toxin-free as possible became even stronger as a way to gain some control over their allergies. Blogging offered a venue to share information and connect with others interested in a green lifestyle. When my youngest went off to Kindergarten I decided to trade in my suits and focus on writing. I was inspired and continue to be inspired by the incredible community of like-minded people I have found. Blogging has provided me with a space to find a voice that I didn’t know I had and an opportunity to stand beside many remarkable people who are making a difference.
How does your writing process work? Sticky notes and more.
Over the few, short years that I’ve been blogging there’s actually a writing process that takes place before each post is published. In addition to the sticky notes, toilet paper and random running thoughts, I try to settle on a topic the night before. Finding the perfect photo takes up a good chunk of time. When I write I use my laptop and carve out time to write without social media distractions. After I’m finished I don’t hit publish. I let the post sit and then go back and read it with fresh eyes. I’m almost guaranteed to find a few errors that would have otherwise not been caught. Once published it doesn’t stop there. The post is shared throughout social media- Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest. I also have a weekly newsletter used to share my writing and other special offers with subscribers.
My last task was to find two bloggers to join the blog tour and share stories about our writing processes.
Micaela from Mindful Momma will be joining on Monday, May 12th. I’ve known Micaela for quite sometime. She was one of the first bloggers I connected with online before I launched my blog. I’ll never forget her wise advice: “Write from your heart”. After connecting we discovered that we both grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, went to the same high school and graduated a year apart. We are certainly proof that it’s a small world out there.
Lindsay Dahl will also be participating. Lindsay is the Deputy Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the founder of LindsayDahl.com. I’ve been working with Lindsay for many years on various projects fighting for the health and safety of our families including the Stroller Brigade and the Mind the Store campaigns. She is an amazing leader, advocate and friend.
Feel free to follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #mywritingprocess.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by.
Do you have your own writing process?
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April 25th, 2014
My plan was to take this week off from writing, but I have a few green updates and other info to share. Before I dive in, I can finally say “happy spring!” The weather has been gorgeous and I’ve really been able to enjoy it since this week is our spring vacation. Hope you’re able to do the same.
Home Harmony Class
Thank you to Christa O’Leary, MA, MFT, founder and CEO of Home in Harmony Lifestyle for inviting me to be one of the speakers in her Home In Harmony Master Class. Christa pulled together experts who are successful at creating an inspired life to share how they’re doing it. Christa is an Interior Designer, Marriage & Family Therapist, and Green Living expert. She teaches people how to ‘Design Inspired Living’ and has been featured on CBS, NBC & Dr. Laura.
There were over 20 of us who participated, each with our own take on what has worked for us. If you want to check out the interviews (including mine) you can sign up HERE.
Named one of the Top 10 Green and Eco-Friendly Blogs
I’m honored that voiceBoks, the Voice of Parenthood, has named Groovy Green Livin one of the Top 10 Green and Eco-Friendly Blogs. I’m in some good company-some of my ‘green’ favorites made the list too!
In the Hot Seat at The Collective
Thanks to The Collective for the exclusive interview feature! I was in the hot seat for a few great questions. Check it out HERE.
My Manilla Makeover Makes its Way Over to The Huffington Post
Helping college student, Annie, transform her kitchen into a lean, green, eco-friendly kitchen was a lot of fun. If you haven’t had a chance to watch my Manilla Makeover: Green Kitchen Edition you can now check it out on The Huffington Post.
Green Tips to Celebrate Earth Day from thredUp
In honor of one of Earth Day I was interviewed over at thredUp along with Diane MacEachern from Big Green Purse, for simple tips to incorporate into our daily routine that can benefit the environment. If you’re not familiar with thredUp, it’s a great way to save money on great Women’s and Kids’ clothing brands and sell clothes for cash. They’re like a consignment store, but online. What a great concept!
Green Update: BIG News on the GMO Labeling Front
On Wednesday Vermont passed a law requiring the labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. This is HUGE! The good news is that there are no real strings attached…except the law won’t go into effect until July 1, 2016. I understand that it takes a while to get labeling into place, but this seems like an extraordinarily long time to wait. Don’t you agree?
Green Update: Eco-Warrior Makes an Appearance on The Queen Latifah Show!
The amazing Kristina from The Greening of Westford was asked to fly to LA for an appearance on The Queen Latifah Show! This was quite an honor for all of her hard work to make the world a better place. And there’s more….she was given a gorgeous red Ford CMAX Energi. Read all about it HERE. Congratulations Kristina!
That’s it for groovy green updates for now. Enjoy the weekend!
Do you have any groovy green updates to share?
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February 26th, 2014
The apartment wasn’t anything special, but the location was amazing.
The North End of Boston was a happening place. At any moment of the day or night people were roaming the streets with a fresh cannoli in hand. The locals and the yuppies were constantly competing for space. It wasn’t uncommon to see a random chair in the street as an attempt to save a parking space for later use. We all knew not to mess with that spot. It’s been a few years, but I’m guessing things haven’t changed much.
The apartment belonged to my boyfriend at the time (now my husband). We were both in school and I spent most weekdays and weekends living there, although I had my own apartment not too far away.
On a cold and windy Thursday night I was sleeping alone in the apartment while my boyfriend was up in Maine doing an externship for school. My plan was to head to classes the next day and then drive up to Maine to meet him for a weekend of skiing.
Early Friday morning, while I was still deep asleep, someone yelled “fire” and began pounding on the door. The apartment was on the first floor, directly across from a famous North End restaurant where the customers could easily look across and wave (which they often did). The photo above is the actual apartment building.
I’m a deep sleeper so someone yelling “fire” didn’t register for a few seconds. Once I realized what was happening I grabbed what I could, which happened to be my ski gear, and ran through thick smoke to the street outside.
There I stood, along with the other residents of the building and several onlookers, for what seemed like an eternity watching the building burn.
Everyone made it out.
I remember a very kind woman taking me into her home and giving me shoes to wear. The ski jacket, hat and gloves worked, but the flip flops on my feet weren’t going to cut it on this cold and wintry day.
My boyfriend’s sweet mother (now my mother-in-law) drove to the North End at an ungodly hour. We sat in her warm car together watching the building continue to smolder.
Thankfully everyone was fine. Our possessions were not. The flames impacted the upper apartments the most, however everything was severely smoke damaged. Virtually nothing was salvageable.
A kind firefighter escorted me back into the apartment after the flames subsided to help find my car keys and a few important pieces of paper. It was a crazy scene. Everything was covered in soot and the walls were ripped apart. It was hard to imagine that we had lived there just a few hours before.
To this day I still love heading to the North End of Boston. The North End has some of the best people watching in the city and the restaurants are fabulous. The apartment building has been rebuilt and now looks like something special.
Now I’ve become one of those parents who points at the building, makes her kids stop talking to look at the building and then tells them the same story over and over.
I didn’t ski that weekend, but I survived a fire and I thank my lucky stars.
I felt inspired to write this after seeing the #WhereILivedWednesday prompt over at Ann’s Rants. Head on over to Ann’s wonderful site to see where others have lived.
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January 6th, 2014
I was inspired a few years ago by Chris Brogan to come up with three words for the year ahead. This is NOT a list of New Year’s Resolutions. The commitment to lose 5 pounds or the intention to cut out sugar-that’s not what I’m talking about. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not big on resolutions. While they’re generally well -intentioned, I usually try them out for a few days or even weeks and then I’m right back where I started.
For all of us, January resolutions roll in just as the holiday season rolls out. After a wonderful two week vacation with my family the last thing I need to do is create any extra burdens. Waking up after sleeping in for many days is challenging enough. That’s my resolution: to wake up every morning on time. This morning didn’t go very well.
In place of a resolution I’m going to stick with something that has proven inspirational rather than daunting. Chris Brogan came up with the brilliant suggestion to forgo the idea of a resolution, and instead, come up with 3 words that will help define your goals and experiences for the coming year.
I took Chris’s advice and chose words that “….mean something to you. Who cares if others don’t get it?”
MY THREE WORDS
Working from home can cause the lines between family time and work time to blend and overlap. Towards the end of 2013 I worked hard to stop working when my kids came home from school and really be present for them. My intention to create clear boundaries for 2014 continues. My oldest turned 13 this year and I’m realizing that he’s only home for a few more years before heading off to college. When my kids come home from school my mom hat is back on.
As much as I love social media and spend a good chunk of my day on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google + it’s really a huge time suck. I’m working towards creating a better system for managing my social media and spending more time writing and working with my clients. I have about 100 plus posts in draft form for my blog and about 50 others for sites I write for. I also have a book draft that needs my attention. Managing my time is imperative if any of this is going to happen.
I’ve seen over the past few years how together we truly can make a difference. The power of our collective voices is unstoppable and together we can make change happen. We’ve seen how it’s possible to sway some of the largest consumer product companies. I have no doubt that in 2014 we will see much more of the same. I’ll be focusing on how we can do this together. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller
AND NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: What are your three words?
I would love to know what you want to focus on in 2014. Feel free to leave a comment here with your three words or write your very own post.
Happy New Year!
My three words in 2012: honesty, present, learn
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December 20th, 2013
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward
As 2013 comes to a close and many of us are heading off on vacation for a few days, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what I’m truly and deeply grateful for.
This year the answer is simple: I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and all you bring to this amazing community of groovy greeness that we’ve created together.
As of this afternoon the long awaited winter vacation will officially begin. I’m planning to spend some quality time with my family and relax for a few days on our local ski slope.
May whatever you do to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year bring you much joy and happiness. I am going to take a few days off from writing and I will be back in 2014 with more groovy green info to share.
If you want to follow me on vacation I’ll be posting photos of my ski and snow shoe adventures on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to find me on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+!
I’ll leave you with this heartwarming and funny video from Kid President: How to Change the World. He says “The world is changed by ordinary people. Little people living out big love,”. I love this kid.
Much of my gratitude this year goes out to you. Thank you.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Wishing you much love and groovy greenness in the new year. See you back here in 2014.
What are you most grateful for?