A Real Green Life: skills and empowerment to help you get back to basics for a healthier, happier, more regenerative life.

A Real Green Life: skills and empowerment to help you get back to basics for a healthier, happier, more regenerative life.

You want to be guided by your values, not by consumerism. You're into real food, family and community, and ethical living. 

You want to live in ways that don't keep unraveling life on earth so your kids and grandkids can get a fair deal, AND, you need to do it in ways that are manageable for you.

You need small, actionable, affordable steps that make your life easier, not harder.

And you need to hear ideas and concepts that bring a sense of relief and hope, not guilt and despair.

Is that how you feel?

Me too.

Imagine being able to learn how to...

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rely less and less on supermarkets, pharmacies, and the whole industrial complex -- so you can sidestep "business as usual" and live a healthy life that doesn't cost the earth.

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parent yourself compassionately so you can get your personal act together and be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

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feel connected and comfortable in the relationships, communities and ecosystems that hold you, knowing you're supported by them and also accountable to them.

That's an attempt to describe what I mean by "a real green life." Every day I have moments of deep gratitude for how far I’ve come in this direction... And every day I also have moments where I mess it all up and have to start over again.


A Real Green Life is about the transition from "business as usual," which is making us and all of life on earth very, very sick, to a way of living that restores and regenerates Life. 


Here you'll find:

Practical skills for your bathroom, kitchen, and garden...

In the last few hundred years everything people used to do for themselves and each other has been commercialized or institutionalized. We've ended up relying on professionals and experts for everything. My goal is to re-build the self-reliance and community-reliance that we've lost along the way. And to help you do the same. 

...and personal empowerment for you

This category of offerings has come about through my personal quest to feel better in my own skin. I offer stories, ideas, questions, insights, and more empowering ways of seeing the world. My goal here is to acknowledge the pressure we're all under in these crazy times, and to reassure you that you're not crazy, you're not alone, there is hope, and you CAN make a difference to what's important to you. 

Hi, I'm Kate.

This website, ARealGreenLife.com, shares my exploration and journey into thinking more freely, out-growing consumerism, and living in ways that actually make a difference.

I'm on this journey firstly to make a difference for me. Inside me. And by extension, in my home and for my family. Yes, it's a selfish approach. Me first. I'm approaching life this way because I've learned that Life and I are one and the same. If I haven't addressed my internal needs for healing, reconciliation, and personal responsibility, any work I attempt in the outer world will be ineffective. 

Secondly, I want to help you make the difference that matters for you. More about that, below.

Hi, I'm Kate

I hope you'll join me on an exploration into thinking more freely, out-growing consumerism, and living a more natural, connected, and sustainable life...

Not sure? Here are 8 ways to find out if this is for you.

Hi, I'm Kate.

This website, A Real Green Life, shares my journey towards thinking more freely, out-growing consumerism, and living in ways that actually make a difference.

I'm approaching it in two ways. 

Hi, I'm Kate

I hope you'll join me on an exploration into thinking more freely, out-growing consumerism, and living a more natural, connected, and sustainable life...

Not sure? Here are 8 ways to find out if this is for you.

Firstly, I'm working to make a difference for me. Inside me. And by extension, in my home and for my family.

Yes, it's a selfish approach. Me first. I approach life this way because I recognize that Life and I are inseparable. Until we address our internal needs for healing, reconciliation, and personal responsibility, any work we attempt in the outer world will be ineffective. 

The second part of my approach is that I want to help you make the difference that matters for you. More about that, below.

What is "real" and what is  "green"?

A real green life is a life that's "real" in the sense that it focuses on what's real and important to you. It's living according to your values, as opposed to allowing your life to be driven by global capitalism and consumerism. 

(Values are universal; we all recognize values like freedom, respect, kindness, etc. But your personal set of values and their order of importance to you, is unique. It's worth taking the time to identify your personal values. Once you've named them it's easier to live them on purpose, and as you do, your life feels better.)

A real green life is also a life that's "green" in the sense that you strive to live in ways that are regenerative, or at least that do no harm. 

The ever-growing consumer economy conditioned us to live in ways that are  extractive and destructive. It's time to recognize that conditioning and begin the process of undoing it. (Re-wilding ourselves, one might say.) A "green" life seeks to give to the World in balance with what it takes, and even to leave some parts of it more beautiful than they were before we touched them.

It's an inside-out job

I believe that a real green life is a selfish life. Learning how to take good care of you is how you also learn to care for everything else -- because you are Life, and Life is you. If you neglect your own needs, by definition you are also neglecting your responsibility to the rest of Life. 

Secondly, a real green life is one in which you reclaim your responsibility and agency for and with your family, from the corporations and institutions that have stolen it.

(If you have a human family who are dependent on you, this is what I'm referring to. But "your family" may also be a metaphor for whatever you care about, whatever you are taking care of.)

When you sincerely dedicate your attention to caring for your Self (first) and your family (second) with a focus on your truest values, you are indirectly taking care of the Whole. If this is all you do, you will be living a real green life. Anything more will be extra. 

The care you take

Moment by moment, your children are watching you. Metaphorically, the World is watching too. Watching what you focus on, how you make decisions, how you care for yourself and others. The big things do count, but they're made up of small moments. The care you take in each small moment will play out in the world for generations.


Don't underestimate what ripples out from your most basic intentions and actions. 

Are you doing enough?

Some people rug up and go to the Arctic to make films about it. Others tie themselves to trees or march in the streets or camp in blockades. Still others build websites, work social media, and write books.

Thank goodness all these people do what they do. Activism in all its forms is critical. But does that mean that "just" staying home and taking care of your family is not enough? I don't think so.

I think that when...

  • you refill your own cup so then you can replenish someone else's
  • you show your children how to appreciate and connect to ALL their relations, human and non-human
  • you choose real, local, ethical food
  • you take your neighbor a carton of eggs or a bunch of excess greens from your garden
  • you bypass the supermarket aisles with the toxic cleaning and bathroom products
  • you reject consumerism in all its forms and choose a lifestyle that respects the web of life it's nested in

...you’re acting not only for yourself and your family, but also for healthier ecosystems and communities in the world around you.

Healthy individuals, healthy families, healthy communities, and a healthy planet, are linked. We can't have any one of these without the others.

Your part matters

Your work and your life, whatever that comprises, is significant. Parenting or homemaking or community building are as important--in some ways more important--as any other kind of work. 

Breaking the whole into pieces so that we can say, "This kind of work matters and makes a difference, and this other kind does not," is impossible.

Because you are important, because your work is an essential part of what must be done, my work is to share what I call "a real green life" with you. My goals in doing so are to make you feel a little less alone, to help you realize you are not crazy and your choices are not insignificant, and to share practical skills and useful ideas that you can put to use. 

My goal is that the tools and concepts you'll find here will help you take better care of yourself, your family, and by extension, our living planet.

You are not crazy.

Your choices are not insignificant.

What people say about A Real Green Life...

"Honest, genuine, thought provoking...

Kate shares her journey away from the ideology of our 'mainstream' world, without ever preaching or taking the high moral ground.

As a homeschooling Mum pursuing a more meaningful life for my family, ARealGreenLife supports me in questioning and expanding my existing world view."  

Melita

"Love your non-threatening, easy to read, commonsense style.

Reading ARealGreenLife offers people the opportunity to question what, where, how, and why they live the way they do. 

The idea of understanding oneself first sure makes sense."

Gina

"Inspirational and informative.

Reading Kate's blog feels like going on a journey with her and her family. It's both inspirational and informative; she will tell you what you can do better, how to go about it and why it's important (without ever talking down to you).

As a bonus - Kate is a wonderful writer and imbues everything with her sense of humor, making it entertaining as well. Totally recommended."

Sarah

"Truly helpful through career and life transitions...

I'm a new subscriber and just wanted to take a moment to say 'Thank You.'

Your insights have been truly been helpful for me as I work to find a happier and more meaningful place to reside mentally, spiritually and physically."

Randy

"No fluff.

So much interesting and important info, neatly packaged, no fluff. "

Gunter

"A way forward that rings true holistically...

Thank you, Kate, for the way you weave research with your own experience and then use these streams of understanding to bring context to the things we humans are struggling with psychologically/ spiritually/ emotionally.

You offer a way forward that rings true in a holistic way that can be applied to daily life.

Chelsey

"Insightful ideas and concepts...

I love your stuff - you come up with very insightful ideas and concepts. For example, I never realized that essential oils had become such a big industry that it was impacting on the environment.

Cathy

"Food for thought...

I subscribe to quite a few homestead/green lifestyle newsletters. Yours is so relatable, informative, and gives excellent food for thought; Get Off the Bus is a great example. Thanks so much for your work. Cheers from a Nova Scotia!"  

Jessica 

Raven's Ridge Permaculture

"Lucid insights...

Thank you Kate. You express your insights and understandings lucidly...

I appreciate the broad perspective you share on subjects that are meaningful to you—social, spiritual, environmental, economical—and the research and reading you do to inform your writing."

Meg

"Realizing how numb we are...

Dear Kate, Thank you for posting such deep and thought provoking blog posts. ... I think you are doing a great service to make us all aware of the consequences of our actions. It makes me realize how numb we are, and how comfortable it is to be numb, just doing what everyone else does and not questioning the real, true and deep impacts of our lives."  

Anonymous

"I'm home.

"Reading ARealGreenLife, I have the ‘I'm home’ feeling of being with a friend with whom you can shamelessly wear that very old sweater you would never wear in public."  

Sara
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