May 31, 2011 at 6:00 am
It’s not a race. It’s not a contest. It’s not a competition.
Not here anyway. I promise.
A long time ago, someone gave me an I’m Organic Certified Organic Mom magnet for my car. It was before I began blogging for I’m Organic. And it was at a time when I was just a little organic.
I was dipping a toe in the organic ocean — I was learning every day and struggling to make changes in a town where organic produce wasn’t even readily available.
When I was given that magnet it was from someone who knew I was trying to make good choices, and to raise my son naturally.
And then one day that magnet became a talking point. I was loading up our stroller into the back of my car when another mom asked me if I only hung out with the “other organic moms.”
She was smiling, but I saw something in her eyes — she was feeling insecure about our new friendship. No, I told her to break the tension – I only hang out with the other sleep-deprived moms who eat peanut butter out of the jar while standing at the sink.
I told her that my magnet was a declaration of who I was trying to be, and that it was also a gift from a nice friend. And that’s when the real conversation about living organically started.
Since then, I’ve had similar conversations with other moms. Moms who ask me about our diet, or how we afford organics, or why we make the choices we make.
It is a minefield — let me tell you — especially on a first playdate.
Organic living can mean different things to different people — something I didn’t understand at all when I started down this natural path.
But what I have learned in the years since I stuck a magnet on the back of my car and started making little changes, is that organic living really is about the journey. It is about the small steps we take every day — switching to organics for berries, apples and potatoes; trying some organic cheese instead of the conventional kind; swapping out a chemical cleaner for vinegar and baking soda.
If you are reading this blog (thanks!), you are on some level interested in organic living. And interest is great! That’s huge!
Making one small change is even bigger.
So at what point do you officially become organic? I say it’s the minute you take that first organic step.
You don’t have to be 100 percent organic, or 75 percent organic or even 50 percent organic — you just have to want to start down a path.
So there you go — I just certified you. Now how about some free stuff?
Comment below about one change that you have made in your life recently to live more organically. You’ll be entered to win FIVE I’m Organic magents. I only ask that you think about passing one on to a friend who you want to encourage to take organic steps too! Because supporting each other as we learn and grow is really how organic living can become mainstream.
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A winner will be announced in Saturday’s post! Best of luck!!