Sunday, January 11, 2009

Feeling Von Trapped

So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, goodbye - Burbanmom attempts to climb ev'ry mountain and become an upbeat, singing governess / postulant. Or something like that.


Ya know, when I started my Going Green Blog in June of 2007, it was simply a way to keep myself accountable. I wanted to ensure that I finally did something more than just lament the state of our planet and instead tried to "be the change I want to see in the world". And so I emailed a bunch of my friends and family and said, “Hey, I’m going to green my life and I’m going to write about the changes I make so you all can see what I’m doing and encourage me. Alternatively, if I stop posting, you can get on my ass about being a lame-o quitter”.

And so I made one change every day toward a greener lifestyle and chronicled that change on my blog. And my mom or sister would call me and we'd talk about the change I'd made, or my other sister would leave me funny notes in the comments section and I'd tell her she was a dork. It was all very comfortable. Too comfortable. Odds are I would get bored and quit within a month.

Well, the interwebby is a crazy place and the next thing I knew, perfect strangers were reading about my adventures and offering their support and encouragement - and criticism. Well, now I had an audience and, like Mary Martin, I love to perform. Now there was no way to stop it and so I continued making my changes and I also made a bunch of online friends (including a lonely goatherd) and learned even more about environmental causes.

But now sixteen - going on seventeen - months later, I feel like I have reached my initial goal of become a more ecologically responsible person. I am happy with the changes I've made and I have transformed from a "keeping up with the Joneses" suburban soccer mom to a much more mindful consumer. In short: I'm about as green as I'm gonna get.

Now don't get me wrong - if money starts falling from the sky and I can finally afford to put solar panels on my house or install an on-demand water heater - you can bet your sweet ass I'll do it - after all, these are a few of my favorite things. But as far as making the daily changes - that's it. I'm finished. el finito. Do-Re-Mi-Done.

Also? Too? I just can no longer commit to the time necessary to blog. I am heading back to college - starting today, in fact - wish me luck! I am also looking forward to working on the new environmental committee in our subdivision (did I ever mention that they DID pick me to serve?!?!). On top of all that, I have given up my CSA in favor of a 20’x20’ garden plot at a local county park. And I'm pretty sure I still have two little kids running around here somewhere... hmmmm.

Anyhow...

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm done writing online about eco-issues and will now begin introducing my wacky lifestyle to those in my “proximity community” as opposed to the “interwebby community”. Hopefully, they’ll be as accepting as the wonderful people I have met online.

But I doubt it.

So keep on keepin’ on. You guys have been a great support during the past year and a half and I appreciate all the kind words, criticisms and conversations we have had. Thank you all.

Much love, respect and admiration,

Erin AKA Burbanmom

12 comments:

Robj98168 said...

Snfff. Sound of music always brings a tear to my eyes. Do over to my blog- there are seed giveaways for your garden spot!

Heather @ SGF said...

Good luck with school. How exciting!

leslie said...

So what you're saying is it's a Brown Paper Package Tied Up With String?

Burbanmom...you have been more than an inspiration to thousands of people. You will continue to be an inspiration.

I am so excited to think you will be gardening! I have a strong visual image of you elbow deep in tilth, singing, the hills are alive, with the sound of earthworms...

xoxoxox

daharja said...

Good luck! :-)

Beany said...

Good luck with everything burbanmom. Wish you well. Thanks for making me laugh with many of your posts.

heather t said...

Aw, I'll miss you! Please keep the blog up tho if you can because it is a good resource for those of us still not quite where we want to be.

Will you still be posting on Green Phone Booth?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of your posts, it has been very inspiring (and funny) to read about your adventures and start making my own changes. Good luck with school, the garden, and everything!

~kt

alline said...

Wow! Good luck! And I hope Rolf and Leisl stop by to help weed your garden.

Natalie said...

Good luck. And thanks for all the inspiration! You'll be missed!!

knutty knitter said...

Awwww...remember us occasionally. Its been fun in here.

viv in nz

Danielle said...

You've inspired lots of people to take that first step, then that second step, then that third, and you've shown them how to do it. Thank you!

I've given you an award. You can find it over at my blog.

You'll be missed.

Going Green said...

Build your own solar panels :)