Life has a funny way of reminding us that we are here. One minute we are laughing and riding the clouds, and the next minute life is grabbing us by the wrist and pulling us down.
In January 2010 I lost my mother to cancer. My mother was my best friend, my confidant, my role model, my everything. She taught me all there is to know about life – how to fight through its downfalls and appreciate its blessings. Losing her at 22 years old was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure, but it also forced me to take life’s “lessons” and live with them.
In the last three years I have learned how to Live Lightly. Because of my mother I have began to practice a life that I always talked, but rarely walked. I became a journalist, an environmental steward, a rational person, a kinder person, a mother of a puppy, an aspiring photographer, a world traveler. I fought through pain and fear, became an advocate of my own health, looked to people for true pleasure instead of materials, and I started caring about not just my future, but the future of others and the future of our planet.
I would like to think my footprint on the planet is a lighter one. I’ve been called a free spirit here and there… So this blog is about living that way, about Living Lightly.