Alright, I’ve given it a go and it isn’t my thing. My original goal was to make two posts/week and I, for the most part, haven’t been able to hit one post every other week. The act of writing is frustrating and time consuming. Reading has started feeling like work and I’ve felt guilty for reading books that aren’t on my official blog list. I have other projects that I’ve been neglecting. So, I’m calling this quits. I’m going to work on my novel and see what I can do to bring a branch of The Thirty Million Words Initiative to Milwaukee. I’m going to read books on a whim and check out new musical artists. If something really strikes me, I might pop on here and share it, but I imagine those times will be few and far between. Here is my wrap-up of Zoe Weil’s Most Good, Least Harm.
Ten Principles for a MOGO Life
Commit to the three Is: Inquire, Introspect, live with Integrity–I like using this rule to guide my life. Most of my inquiries relate to my interest in education. If I see an article about kids and healthy food, I ask myself if it can be incorporated into a school lunch program. When I saw Michael Moore’s documentary, Where to Invade Next, I wondered how Finland’s education system could work here in the states. So, I read from a variety of sources, I watch a lot of documentaries, and then I meld what I’ve learned with my primary interests of education and poverty. There are many things that I’ve learned and thought about that I haven’t acted on yet. I need to learn about who to present my ideas to rather than shouting into the void…individual teachers, the local school board, the State Superintendent of Schools, the United States Secretary of Education? In the meantime I donate when I can, mostly to teachers through DonorsChoose.org. Sometimes I order books for a local organization called Stork & Company which provides baby boxes to new parents.
Work for change–Oh, I guess I covered that in the last section. I will say that I am re-reading Thirty Million Words by Dana Suskind. When I am finished I will contact their organization to see what I might have to do to start a branch here in Milwaukee. Basically TMW works with the 0-3 set, insuring that little ones are exposed to a lot of language early in life so they are ready for preschool. I am also considering volunteering to rock babies at Aurora Sinai hospital.
Rethink, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle–This one is not one of my strong points. I do rethink (and I consult references such as Ellis Jones’ book The Better World Shopping Guide) before I make most purchases. I would like to re-read the book Choose to Reuse. I don’t repair much and I would like to work on that. I’m getting better at recycling, especially since my building has brought in more bins to accommodate the number of residents.
Eat for life–I became a vegetarian on January 1st and it’s going well. I do eat a lot of dairy products and some eggs, but I can see myself going vegan at some point. I’m just not their yet. I have made the switch to almond milk.
Reduce your ecological footprint–I need to get into better physical shape. Right now I can (sort of, with a walking stick) walk to the bus stop, but I am unable to walk from the bus stop back to my apartment. Once I fix that I won’t be dependent on rides as much. That’s probably the biggest thing I can reduce at this point.
Transform education–Okay, I have fully covered this already. Please refer to the first two sections in this post if you’ve already forgotten.
Invest your money ethically–I don’t have a lot of money to invest at this point. I don’t feel too bad about my bank, but I am stuck there, at least for the time being. If I could change, I would switch to a Community Development Financial Institution. I would also look into a financial institution called Aspiration (admittedly, I know little about it at this time). Keep in mind that choosing a financial institution is among the most important things you can do.
Build community–Funny thing about this, it’s what I was trying to do with this blog, but I don’t have many followers and I really don’t have the desire to work for more. I have made a significant step in this area by joining the Greenfield Woman’s Club a few months back.
Teach others–I’m pretty good at this, mostly from sharing thoughts and ideas on Facebook. Also, talking to fellow members at my church, and as I mentioned in the last section, the women of my club. So, the blog didn’t work out. I would like to teach by writing books. I would also like to present the ideas related to education to the appropriate people.
Strive for balance–This is something that I’ve been working on and must continue. I have a hard time saying no to people when anything is suggested that might make the world a better place. I need to put limits on my donations, shifting more to volunteering my time. Also, now that I’m in a pretty good place in my mental health issues, I need to focus more on my physical health.
In peace and health,