Fear of Fall-ing: Inner Shopper Beware!

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Fall has actually begun to show its beautiful face here in our city. It feels great. And for some sick, strange reason, every change of season makes me want to shop. Stay with me. I pretty much believe everyone has their “inner shopper” that needs to be controlled. For some of us it may be shoes (never too many in one color) or jackets (huge temptation for Mr. Green and we live in a HOT climate) or maybe just that one more Halloween decoration that would look so cute on the coffee table. This newsletter is to encourage you to have a talk with your Inner Shopper and control your fear of Fall-ing as the cool weather sets in.

Halloween Fall-ing Fears to control:

  • Don’t buy ANY candy corn. I am convinced it has a secret addictive ingredient, it has NO nutritional value, and human beings are incapable of passing it by without grabbing a handful. It is the devil tempting you. If you already bought it, go throw it out. You will be forgiven for wasting food because it really isn’t food in the first place.
  • Don’t be tempted to buy those last minute cute PAPER napkins, plates or cups. Use the real ones you have and instead maybe buy another cute pumpkin, cut the top off and put some cute flowers in it. Then it can go into the compost pile. Guilt free and beautiful decorating.
  • Don’t be tempted to run out and buy a last minute costume from a retail store. Your local Goodwill, Savers, Buffalo Exchange or any thrift store has EXACTLY what you are looking for. Guilt free shopping and you have what it takes to avoid this FALL!!!

Thanksgiving Fall-ing Fears to control:

This most special holiday is just around the corner and planning has begun – at least in Mrs. Green’s family. How about a list of “dos” instead of “don’ts” for this round?

  • Do plan your food menu. Don’t fall into the over buying trap. Order only one of each pie. If a small group, beware of “fall-ing” into the trap of more choices are better. Pick one and savor every bite.
  • Do plan to use real plates, napkins, knives and forks. Fear of fall-ing down the paper rabbit hole can be tempting. Don’t fall! It’s cheaper, prettier, nicer and more sustainable to give thanks on Thanksgiving by not producing more waste for Mother Earth to deal with. No brainer.
  • Do plan to send people home with leftovers. Don’t fall into a scarcity mindset or fall into the “We can eat ALL the leftover turkey sandwiches with stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo” trap – or you will be fall-ing into a bigger size pants.
  • And no matter what – do plan a group walk, even two or three short ones throughout the day. Easy to fall onto the couch to watch football or a movie.

My final pearls of green wisdom are these: conquer your fear of “fall-ing” now and you will be more than ready to have the most stress-free, joyous, conscious holiday season ever. You can be certain I will have lots of great thoughts to share with you on holiday joy and holiday giving. A great place to start is planning with your heart!

Sharing a Mrs. Green Dream

I feel moved to share with you a dream that is coming true. When I launched my radio network in July of this year, I knew it would be a risk, I knew there would be challenges (and, yes, there have been many) and I knew I had to face my fears and do it anyway. The Mrs. Green team did it and we will continue to make it better every week in every way we can.

Time for the next dream, right? I also dreamed that I would add a daily radio show with a name like “Spotlight on Tucson” featuring all the great, green, exciting, sustainable happenings in my own city. Hope to make that dream come true early in 2012. Simply need to put the package together and find sponsors.

Now to the “dreams come true” part. I knew I would like to add another “Tuesday Night Special”. Aptly named “Down to Earth with Mrs. Green”, my idea for this was a half hour, no commercials, live show on a Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. featuring a timely, fun, out-of-the-ordinary radio content mix. Last night I had the sheer joy of hosting two young men (I mean really young – 6th graders Konrad & Alex) who delightfully shared their teaming up to create a green haunted house. Konrad actually called me about the concept, approached his school principal, got his Mom to help (trust me when I say Konrad knew EXACTLY what he wanted help with) and Down to Earth with Mrs. Green became a reality.

If you have an idea for a half hour, fun, green, sustainable topic you want to shout out to the world or even simply chat about, Mrs. Green has a seat and a microphone waiting for you! Coley? Kristen? Cassandra? Madison? Payton? I know you are out there and I can’t wait to hear from you!