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Watch with glittering eyes around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in the magic will never find it! – Roald Dahl

Who said kids don’t have intuition?

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

The beauty of a child is innocence. Babies don’t smile & coo at their loved ones in hopes of that big promotion. Toddlers don’t say “I love you” (or I wuv oo or I yuv yoo…) because they think it will score them a second date. It comes naturally for children to love with their whole heart. It also comes naturally for kids to dream big.

We teach them right from wrong. We teach them to be idealistic; to imagine they can do anything they want, even save the world. I’m pretty sure I thought I could save the world when I was a kid. But then I got busy wishing I was an adult, resenting my parents & their rules, making money of my own, catering to a blossoming social life, getting a business degree, and having a family of my own. You know, the natural order of things. (ish).

But once upon a time, on Sesame Street…

A little girl learned about water conservation. And she ran into the bathroom around the tender age of seven – the age my son is now – shouting “Daddy! Daddy! Don’t run the water while you’re brushing your teeth! The fishes are running out of water!” And so it began…

By the way, my dad told that story routinely at family gatherings for many years. Over & over.

Now I work in corporate America. When I graduated from college with a Bachelor of Business, I did it with my future in mind; with the children I didn’t yet have but knew I wanted in mind. The daughter of a stay-at-home mom, I was taught to be fiercely independent. “Never depend on anybody else for your survival, like me,” my said to me at least 100 times as I was growing up.

So I marched my happy cum laude ass into the “real world” and have been there ever since. Earning a living, taking care of my family. When I was married, I was the breadwinner in our family, and I was proud of that. When I got divorced, I was the only income in my suddenly smaller family, and we were able to continue to live relatively comfortably.

We learn so much, we want so much, we dream so big when we are children.

But somewhere between Sesame Street & Wall Street, the message gets lost.

Fast forward to 2012. Back to my roots. Back to the me I’ve always been. You can’t really say she got quiet for a while, because I don’t think anybody’s ever said I was quiet, but she maybe lost her way in the chaos of the big big world. And now I’m raising my son, providing for my family, and getting my graduate degree in Sustainability. Yes, there’s a degree for that. If I play my cards right, I’ll graduate in 2013.

Side note: you CAN go back to school after taking some time off. Note #2: I drastically underestimated the amount of time required for good grades in grad school, particularly relative to the amount of time available when working full time, taking care of a family & planning a wedding. PSA: always remember 3:1 – for every one hour you spend in class a week, plan on spending 3 doing homework, reading, research or some combination thereof. You have been warned. You’re welcome.

In the corporate world, we spend a lot of time analyzing data, putting it in spreadsheets, making presentations in PowerPoint, and then sitting in meetings presenting PowerPoint charts or listening to someone else present them. Or, at least that’s how my days usually go. I once heard an exec at a conference say “Nobody ever gets a PowerPoint stuck in their head all day and drives home from work saying ‘Man I just can’t get that chart outta my mind.’” What we get stuck in our head is a message. A song. Something meaningful.

So get a message stuck in your head, and pass it on…

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

 

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Use THIS to clean!

Harsh chemical cleaners are toxic!

Does anyone remember the Mister Yuck stickers that we used to put on all of our hazardous chemical bottles? Those were designed to deter kids, our most precious – and most vulnerable – from drinking or eating them! According to Janice Hughes from shareguide.com:

Approximately 70% of all poisoning accidents occur in children between the ages of one and five.

BUT, there are lots of easy, safe alternatives. Try this one from http://homesteadingsurvivalism.myshopify.com/:

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Leave a comment & let me know how it works when you try it!!

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Need to get rid of some flip flops?! Go GREEN!

I often find myself cursing my consumerism. I love shoes. A lot. I have several pairs. Okay, well, several is like saying it gets a little warm in the desert. But, I am also nearly crippled by my reluctance to throw things away that I know will end up in a land fill F-O-R-E-V-E-R (read that in slow-mo). This invariable drives my fiance nuts, as I have piles of stuff in virtually every corner of the house waiting to be taken to some recycling place or another.

Well, friends, I saw this on my Facebook the other day & thought I’d share what seems to be a great idea, though admittedly I haven’t done it…yet. I’m sure it will be another pile in the making.

Happy flip flopping!

Click here:  Recycle your flip flops

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