Happy birthday to us!

Not our baby. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Not our baby. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Hello friends! It’s been a long time. I hope your winter was a relaxed time of reflection and introspection. I can assure you mine has, aside from a very busy Christmas. And now I'm so happy Spring is making an appearance! (This is early for Chicago, but I'll take it!)

I’m feeling especially nostalgic and reflective right now because Girl Meets Green is ONE YEAR OLD today! I can hardly believe we’ve been going for a whole year already.

Anniversaries, birthdays, and new years make me do two things:

  1. Look back at what has been accomplished and how far I (or we, depending on what the anni is celebrating) have come.
  2. Look ahead at what I want the future to look like.

While living in the moment and appreciating things as they are right now is super important, I find this practice really helpful for acknowledging accomplishments, learning from challenges, and setting milestones to reach the goals I want to achieve.

If you’ve been on your own journey to a greener, healthier home, I encourage you to do this exercise with me. List all the accomplishments, big or small, you’ve had over the last year.

Here’s a look back at the last 12 months on our wellness journey.

We acknowledged the need for change and got started. We set some realistic goals, then started small to make changes that would last. Then we began to kick some bad habits and create some good ones. We educated ourselves on some common toxins in our cleaning supplies, and got rid of those toxic products. Then we began to try out some replacements.

Even though there were some rough patches where it felt like maybe I was getting a little off course, I got through it by getting really clear on WHY I want to make these changes in the first place. Then it was back to work, and we learned about the frightening reality of our personal care products and dug in deep to understand and find better body, hair, skin care, and oral care products.

I had the privilege of attending the BeHealthful Retreat and trying lots of new healthy snacks and treatments, and heard a few inspiring panels that helped me feel I was on the right track. Then I really started taking a good look at my mental and emotional health and approaching my own wellness journey from a deeper perspective. Which gave me the courage to step away from Girl Meets Green for a little while and let the real work begin.

My intention in pressing the pause button on the blog was to take a step back and see where I could improve it so I can better serve you awesome readers, and just have more fun with it in general.

And while I’m not ready to fully relaunch right this second (don’t worry, it’ll be soon), I want to be sure that when I do, I’m in this for you, and I can deliver the quality and consistency that you so deserve.

There was a very tiny wrench thrown into this carefully-laid plan. One that I’m sure will be cute, but a wrench nonetheless. Right around the time of my last post in November, we discovered that we are expecting our first CHILD!!!! Which, yes, is crazy exciting news! Holy balls!

But, it does mean that things are going to get slightly more complicated. However, it also opens up a whole new leg of the journey and a world of things to discover and discuss here. We are so excited to become parents, and thrilled to take you along for the ride.

So this brings me to the look forward.

Where do we still have room to grow and what is in store for GMG in the future?

We’ve struggled with some pretty big things since we started making these changes. This is where I’ll be the first to admit that we are not perfect, and are very much taking baby steps toward a greener, healthier home and life. Truthfully, I’ve ignored some categories on here entirely because they were so hard for us to get a grip on. And now I’m realizing that is all the more reason to share them.

The biggest area in our home that still has room for improvement is FOOD. This has become even more apparent now that everything I put in my mouth also feeds my growing child. Yet, there are still some serious barriers to making good choices. So you can expect to see us tackle the food beast when we return.

Another area I want to dive into is energy and water consumption. There are so many little ways to save energy and water around the house, and I’m excited to share those with you and discover more along the way.

There are many more fun things to come for GMG. In an effort to make this blog more useful and dynamic, I am introducing more in-depth categories (and easier navigation through categories and sections). You’ll find interviews, reviews, resources and more helpful posts here. I’m also experimenting with a new type of post I’m calling “Buy or DIY” in which I’ll compare the natural/organic store-bought option of something (like toothpaste, dish detergent, etc.) to the homemade version in an effort to help you determine whether you would rather DIY it or buy it off the shelf (or online of course).

One more important improvement in the relaunch will be our newsletter. Meaning I plan on actually having one. It’s important to me that we stay in contact, and I want you to know that you can always reply to any email you get from Girl Meets Green with questions or suggestions, things you are curious about or struggling with, and any general comments. The whole reason I started this blog in the first place was because I knew I couldn’t make this transition alone. And I want you to know that you aren’t doing this alone either. The GMG community is here for you.

My dream is that GMG will become a strong community of people helping each other to live cleaner, greener, truly healthy lives. If this is something you want, I invite you to participate. Comment, sign up for our newsletter, connect through facebook, share and tag us on Instagram, use our Pinterest for ideas, inspiration, and a way to find more greenies, and let us know of any other way we can support you.

I’m truly excited for everything that is to come, and blessed to have the opportunity to share it with you. See you in April!

- Sarah