A Real Green Life: skills and empowerment 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're into real food, natural and ethical living, and healthy families and communities. 

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 on supermarkets, pharmacies, and the whole industrial complex -- so you can live a healthy life that doesn't cost the earth

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meet your family's food and basic healthcare needs more economically, using simple ingredients with less toxins, less packaging, less waste, more meaning, and better ethics

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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 fumble and stumble and mess it all up.


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. 

Hi, I'm Kate...

I’m a homeschooling mother of two, an advocate for real, local food and simple, natural living, and a writer and teacher.

I’m deeply interested in health, and I have some strong convictions about it:

  • To me, “health” is not just physical; it also has social and spiritual dimensions.
  • For individuals and families to be healthy, our communities and environments also need to be healthy, and vice versa. It’s all connected.
  • Industrialized and corporatized consumerism (sorry for that big mouthful) is destroying our health and the living systems that our health depends on.

That’s why for the last 15 years my mission has been to disengage from consumerism and learn to care for myself and my family in ways that build and regenerate all aspects of real health.

It’s complex. I don’t have it all figured out yet, far from it. But I’ve come a long way, I feel confident in my direction, and I’m ready to help you do the same for yourself and your family.

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.

A Real Green Life is an offering of two kinds. It addresses:

  • "how-to-do-things," and 
  • "who I am and why I'm doing things this way."

Firstly, in terms of “how-to,” 

I share practical, hands on, step-by-step learning about food and self-reliance. My goal here is to help you decrease your reliance on industrial foods, pharmaceuticals, and toxic cleaning products by helping you:

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ditch the two most toxic aisles in the supermarket—the cleaning aisle and the bathroom aisle—and replace them with simple, healthy alternatives that you can make at home from basic ingredients for a fraction of the cost

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ditch the packaged convenience food aisles and replace them with real, whole, foods and wise, frugal kitchen strategies that will greatly improve your nutrition without taking as much of your time as you might be thinking

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grow some of your own food to further cut your costs and increase the nutrient density and cleanliness of what you eat

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make some of your basic healthcare needs cheaply and simply, to significantly lower your exposure to the health threats hidden in pharmaceuticals

And secondly, in terms of "who I am and why I'm doing it this way," 

I share stories and ideas about empowerment, perspective, and hope. My goal with this is to help you define who you are and what kind of world you want your life to be a vote for. More on that in the sections below.

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 "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 and it's worth taking the time to identify them. 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 "green" in the sense that you strive to live according to your values. I assume, since you're still here, that living according to your values means something along the lines of living in ways that are regenerative, or at least that do no harm. 

Industrialization and the consumer economy have conditioned us to live in ways that are  extractive and destructive. A Real Green Life recognizes that conditioning and engages in the process of undoing it.

When you sincerely dedicate your attention to caring for your Self and your family 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 what I call A Real Green Life.

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 first 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 bypass the supermarket aisles with the toxic cleaning and bathroom products
  • you reject consumerism 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, families, communities, ecosystems, and a healthy planet, are all linked. When we work to heal any one of them, we bring healing to all of them. 

Your part matters; YOU matter

A Real Green Life is one in which you reclaim and rebuild your responsibility and agency. It's one in which your life is a vote for how you want the world to be.

Your work and your life, whatever that comprises, is significant. Parenting or homemaking or community-building or growing food or teaching children are all as 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. If it's important to you, then it's important -- because you are part of the whole fabric of Life. 

You are not crazy. It does matter. Your choices are significant. And you are not alone. 

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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