I’m going to try to keep this as neutral as possible, I don’t typically discuss hot-button issues here like religion or politics, so feel free to skip this first paragraph if that’s not your thing. If you’ve been a reader for a while, I’m sure you’ve noticed that over that past year or so I’ve become more and more passionate about sustainability and consumer responsibility. I don’t think this is chance. Spiritually, I define myself as Christian. I’m not particularly thrilled with organized religion as a whole, I think we all need a lot of work there. But personally, I do believe in God. And I do believe in free will. I’m not the “everything happens for a reason” girl, I’m the sort who feels that we make our own beds so we have to lie in them too. We make choices. Sometimes bad stuff happens and we can’t explain it. Anyway. Back to the point. I’ve always taken that “still, soft voice” of God “speaking to me” as a manifestation of personal convictions. I don’t think my sudden interest in green living is accidental. I think it’s God’s way of speaking to me, personally, and I’m listening. I’m looking for new information and ways to make these changes. The fact that it’s not easy, that it’s a struggle, makes me feel like I’m heading in the right direction. Character isn’t built by taking short cuts. It’s a long road, and I’m glad to be starting down it.
Enough blathering, let’s cut to the chase. Why am I telling you this? Well, because it has to do with the blog. I’ve mentioned before that I host ads and I make money. Not a ton, mind you, but a little. It’s the “fun money” I can use to take a chance on cloth diapers or buy some fun fabric to make a quilt. Little indulgences I wouldn’t take otherwise. Well, that’s over. From now on, I’m donating 100% of the proceeds from my blog. It was a harder choice to make than I thought it would be. But in my heart, I know its right. I don’t need any of those things. What I really need is to wean myself of the addiction to stuff, and to shopping. What I can do is make a small difference in someone else’s life by letting this hobby of mine bring them much needed food or water or shelter. So that’s what happened this month. I emptied my Paypal account that receives my ad payments and donated 4 flocks of chickens to Heifer International.
I had to pick the chickens since we’ve been enjoying ours so much! Anyway, each month I’m going to send out all the ad revenue to a charity I feel identifies with the principles of sustainability and responsibility. I’d like to find a few local Community Gardens I can support too. And please don’t think I’m up here on a soapbox thinking I’m hot stuff for this. It’s just one small step, but one in the right direction. I just wanted to share this with all of you, as well as simply putting it out there so you can all hold me accountable! And feel free to do any extra clicking around. It will go to support charity!