One year ago today I started this blog, en route to DC after finishing grad school. I wrote:
Some of the recent trends in environmental living – eating local, reducing one’s carbon footprint, etc – are ideas I’d like to adopt into my everyday life, at least to the extent that the constraints of time, geography, and personal finances allow. I’m not in a position to get religious about this, but I’m trying to make the sorts of incremental changes that eventually add up.
Tangentially, I’ve been bitten by the gardening bug. […] It’ll mostly be container gardening again this season, but perhaps in the future I’ll get a plot at a local community garden.
Over the course of the year, a couple of things happened. As a political analyst, I got VERY busy with the election season and stopped having the time to blog – or, for that matter, to put much effort into being eco-friendly. But then after the election when things were calmer I was indeed assigned a plot at a community garden, and I recommitted myself to my earlier goals.
So here I am, blogging again, and finding a good balance in my life. As I said in this blog’s first post, it’s not easy to make monumental lifestyle changes, even if you feel passionately about a cause. So I’m going step by step, shifting more of my grocery shopping towards sustainable and local food, maintaining a vegetable garden without using chemicals, and generally being better about reducing, re-using, and recycling. I am not, and never will be, the world’s most zealous environmentalist, but I’m doing what I can to become greener… gradually!