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Global Green Mamas

Oxfam is helping unite “Sister on the Planet” who are working together prepare for climate change. They’ve posted four stories of Global Green Mamas who are shining beacons of hope in the face of intense environmental challenges.

Sahena’s story:

Martina’s story:

Muriel’s story:

Ursala’s story:

It may have become cliche, but I still believe in the mantra “Think Globally. Act Locally.”  Thinking globally reminds us that we are all connected, as humanity and with Mama Earth. 

Do these Green Mama story move you to act?

Sustainable Family Finances 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Green Mompreneurs

I’ve been really inspired by a few Green Mama friends who have launched their own eco-friendly businesses. 

My friend Amanda used her maternity leave (and subsequent lay off) to dream up a green business plan that could help her family create its own brand of sustainable abundance.  Scoop now serves up organic handmade ice cream from a rehabbed delivery truck  (find on FB). Food carts are all the rage in Portland, and have become a force in the local economy. The flavors are creative and delicious…I’ve tried the “chocolate peanut butter” and “strawberry champagne sorbet”, both scrumptious!  

Another friend of mine has used her skills as a horticulturist to grow Sprig & Sprout (also found on FB). Sprig & Sprout specializes in growing sustainable culinary herbs, which are sold to restaurants and at local farmer’s markets. She started the business somewhat as a hobby business initially, and just wanted a have a way to use her skills and stay at home to raise her kiddos. After a few years on the market she’s managed to pay off her initial capital investments and turn a profit, plus she’s growing her dream!  

I recently met yet another  Green Mama  at an urbanMamas lunch. Hedgehog Hiker  designs and creates hiking pants for children, which are both adorable and practical. She found a niche when she searched high and low for a pair of sturdy pants for her son, so she decided to sew them herself! She takes sustainability seriously and it took her about two years to find an eco-friendly cloth for her products. She also employs her talents as a seamstress.

While I met the “Queen Bee” herself, I was very excited to find a new Green Mama owned business in my neighborhood. Queen Bee Creations & Chickpea Baby designs truly unique purses and diaper bags with colorful silhouettes to suit any Green Mama’s personal style. I actually asked Hubby for a purse for Mama’s Day…I hate to admit it, but I don’t have a purse and am always using random reusable grocery bags!

Lastly, I feel the need to give a shout out to Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics, located just outside Portland. They have amazing products, and I can’t say enough about their postpartum products they really help heal you. A great baby shower gift for new Green Mamas!

Which Green Mompreneurs inspire you? Are you one?

Sustainable Family Finances 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Celebrity Green Mamas

In an “ Ode to Green Mamas ,” I’ve discovered a remarkable collage of celebrity Green Mamas . The trend is obvious, but I was still pleasantly surprised to find such an eclectic variety of superstars growing green roots.

Like all Green Mamas , these women express their green talents in diverse ways:

Soleil Moon Frye is a grown Mama now, best known as “Punky Brewster” who she played as a childhood actress (pictured right). Soleil’s sharing her love of being a Green Mama in her shop, The Little Seed , a specialty boutique that carries eco-friendly and organic products. Soleil has two children, Poet – 4, Jagger – 2.

Julia Roberts has taken her Green Mama superstar status to the tops, by showing Oprah’s worldwide audience how to eat organically. Her house is decked with solar panels. Julia Roberts is a spokeswoman for Earth Biofuels, and she took her passion to the California legislature to push for laws to require biodiesel school buses. Julia has three children, Phinnaeus and Hazel – 5, and Henry – 3.

Cindy Crawford is not only a supermodel, but now a super Green Mama . Her eco-awakening came after her children were born, both home births. Cindy Crawford campaigns for tap water to benefit Children’s Safe Drinking Water, and curb the waste of disposable plastic bottles. Cindy has two children, Presley – 10, and Kaia – 8.

Sheryl Crow, eco-famous singer-songwriter, takes her Green Mama  mission on every road trip. Sheryl is a Green Advocate for NRDC and helped organize college campus tours in biodiesel bus to bring awareness to the need for climate action. Sheryl Crow has her own eco-friendly clothing line, Bootheel Trading Co. Sheryl is mother of Wyatt – 3.

Who is your favorite celebrity Green Mama?

Sustainable Family Finances 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Ode to Green Mamas

You may have wondered about why I sign off as “Green Mama.” It’s certainly not because I think I’m the only Mama trying to raise a family in sustainable abundance, thankfully quite the contrary. 

My sign off is because I hope to inspire fellow Green Mamas. While our family circumstances may be quite different, Green Mamas are united in our quest live our values and sustain the wonder of the Earth for future generations.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m dedicating this week’s posts to Green Mamas:

Which Green Mamas inspire you? I’d love to research your favorites too!

Don’t worry, Guys, I’ll honor you for Father’s Day 🙂

Green Mama 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Reaching Goals

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable.  Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”
– Denis Waitley

A friend of mine recently started a blog dedicated to sharing her favorites quotes, Wise Word Bandit. While I can’t claim to have reflected about quotes as much as her, I’ve always loved the eloquence and timelessness of a great quote. The beauty of a quote is that it can be so simple, and yet resonate so deeply. This quote speaks so much to why I put my  last bits of energy into creating this blog.

For me, this blog is more than just about defining my goals and taking baby steps to achieve them. It’s also a process of learning, which I love. Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled to complete my Master’s and mastering motherhood has kept me plenty busy with its own learning curve. But I was starting to long for a deeper goal-oriented way of learning, and writing this blog has been successful on that personal level. I can only hope you’re gleaning some insight from our story.

Aspiring to reach your potential means believing in yourself, and trusting in the Universe. While I have my moments of doubt, I make an effort to listen to the mumbling of my brain and filter out the thoughts that leave me feeling unworthy. Believe me, my Twin Sis had to give me several pep talks before I was ready to launch my goals into reality.

So, let’s continue to dream and plan and share this adventure of sustainable abundance together.

How can I help you reach your highest goals?

Sustainable Family Finances 
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.