Living in one of the poorest countries in the world, has opened my eyes to a more worldly view; a "One Human Family" if you will...... It has made me more compassionate about living creatures of all sorts, of the health of our environment, and the people that work to make our lives more luxurious (yes, slavery still exists in this world). I became incredibly frustrated with myself for participating in these actions (ie. shopping at stores that utilize sweatshops.. fast fashion) and not doing anything about it. I care enough about people living in what we deem as "poverty" to sacrifice a year to go live amongst them.. then why couldn't I do MORE that would impact MORE lives by SIMPLY changing the way I live. Setting a new standard and context of life.
Over the past two years, I have spent time talking with some incredible human beings and reading (and reading... and reading.. and reading), and reflecting on what all of this means. I am still trying to make sense of it all, as I am sure I always will be. Throughout the course of these 2 years, however, I have learned an incredible amount of information about this statement:
"FOOD IS POWER"
I have learned about fast fashion, climate change, human slavery, body image/ eating disorder... and the destructive behaviors we do that kill people and kill ourselves, most often times without our conscious consent (The Bangladesh Factory fire in spring 2013 anyone?). Maybe I am wrong in believing this, but I don't think we, as human beings, want to live in an uncivilized world that causes undo harm to ourselves, our neighbors, and our planet. Or maybe that's just me?
So after several restless nights and some exchanged messages with friends, "Moxie Musing" was born. Moxie meaning courage, pep, energy, and positivity. For those that know me, positivity is my strength... and I'd like my message to be positive and empowering. Musing means to think deeply or meditate on something. And that's what I hope to do... and hope to inspire others to do too. I want to muse on life.. muse on health, nutrition, fashion, environment, hunger, poverty, social justice, but I don't just want to muse about these things.. I also want to provide alternative solutions to these problems. AND I DON'T WANT TO DO IT ALONE. I am hoping this will become a COLLABORATIVE project that will feature OTHER MOXIE people doing MOXIE things to respond to social injustices, climate change, poverty, and health... I DONT have all the answers. I DONT know all the problems. AND I am continuing to learn about them the more I engage in conversation with people. WE ARE ALL LEARNING... and the more we learn, the better we can do to create a world of peace and justice. By learning, we MUST be willing to change ourselves in an effort to respond. Sometimes this takes great strength and courage... especially in a world full of social norms and social pressures. But you won't be alone.
(This is the sound of all of us)
Moxie Musing is currently on Facebook! I have already started posting about health/ nutrition things, environment, food systems, body products, social justice issues, slavery, fast fashion.. I've provided some recipes, fashion ideas, gift wrapping options.. etc.
In 2014, I will be launching a new website/ blog. I hope that you will follow along.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME WITH IDEAS, RESOURCES, AND STORIES (things related to plant-based eating, social justice issues/ poverty, sustainable/ eco-fashion, environment health, eco-lifestyle).
I might even learn something from you!