There is plenty to be depressed about in the world of politics and policy. Still, while certainly imperfect, the American experiment has endured pretty well. I am grateful to be able to write and say what I think, to vote, to support non-profit organizations that promote my values. I am also particularly grateful for the opportunity to practice my faith without persecution.
I love shopping for freshly picked fruits and veggies free of pesticides at my farmer's market, buying grass-fed beef from a ranch I have personally visited, drinking organic milk from a local dairy. I am grateful that when I go to Home Depot, I can find a safe alternative to conventional pesticides to deal with my pest problems. I can find household cleaners free of harmful chemicals at Target. I can find handmade toys made of all-natural materials on Etsy. I am grateful to the farmers, producers, artisans, and businesses making these greener products available to my family.
The Earth is an amazing place. I am enjoying rediscovering its beauties and wonders with my children. I am grateful for those who strive to be good stewards of our planet.
Nothing means more to me than my family. Like many of you, I was inspired to take steps towards a greener lifestyle by my desire to protect and create a healthy environment for my own children. They continue to motivate much of the research I do and changes I make.
Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!