Back to the Beginning

So I started this blog almost three years ago — three! And I can’t believe it. I don’t even have 40 posts to show for those near 2,000 days. As with other parts of my life, I’ve struggled to find the focus here. But I think it’s been found. And it’s so simple. As simple as I initially intended.

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Recent winter walk near Worcester, Mass.

A couple weeks ago, one of the publications I follow on Facebook asked readers what adjustments they’ve made to their lives to be more eco-friendly. I immediately felt compelled to respond (which was weird because it’s extremely rare that I seriously consider responding when it comes to organizations). Then I had this horrifying thought that I didn’t even have anything to contribute. Not really. The single gesture that came to mind was that I shun plastic bags in exchange for reusables — or walking out of a store with my arms and purse stuffed full of purchases. (I did, in fact, blog about this once.)

So that got me thinking that I seriously need to challenge myself and the way I live. To make real efforts and not be so passive. Yes, the thought of not recycling makes me cringe, but (thankfully) recycling has become the norm to the point that it feels like it doesn’t even count as serious effort to improve the world.

Anyway, I digress. The point is, I’ve mostly fallen on a few things that do make a difference, like recycling, opting for reusable bags and installing high-efficiency light bulbs, but I have to do more, and on a regular basis. We all do. We need to continue to push ourselves to be better and do better.

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Protect This.

So here’s the deal with A Better Way to Be, from now on. I promise to get back to the roots of what it was supposed to be and to stick with it. I’ll push myself to make a positive impact on the environment and the world around me. I’ll share every little idea and effort I have as well as the struggles along the way, because I still don’t know how to take a five-minute shower. So please read, join in and let’s do our part! As always, thank you.

~ Jacquelyn

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