I’m not particularly good at environmental sustainability, but I think it’s a cracker of a concept.
I would like to be the person who has no waste in their house, reuses everything, and grows their own vegetables. The truth is I’m more of an occasional visitor to sustainability than a permanent resident.
It is not place in which I lead myself well. I’m excellent at reading articles and pretending that I’m somehow contributing to The Greater Good by doing so. Considerably less excellent at walking the streets or speaking the language.
Occasionally, though, I DO something.
A month ago, inspired by Box Garden, the muse descended and I instigated a revamp of our courtyard, with a grand plan to use the garden beds for an actual garden. Thus followed two frantic weekends of digging, paving, and striding purposefully (but cluelessly) down the gardening aisles of Bunnings. I learned the difference between a trowel and a hoe, created a fire pit, started keeping food scraps for compost, and planted six herbs in two pots…then the muse returned from whence it came.
The empty garden beds have provided our dogs with fabulous digging spots and I keep forgetting to water the herbs.
In the world of sustainability I’m more of a sprinter than an endurance runner.
I did it because Wasteless Pantry inspires me. I did it because it seemed like a good natural exfoliator. I did it because I needed to feel like I was increasing my fluency in this area.
But mostly I did it because it’s coffee.
I lead myself well with coffee, and it’s important we all lead from our strengths.