Green words, by Emma

How to lead a greener lifestyle, with Emma Bowen, our previous editor.

Slow and well

Pepe

The things in life that force me to slow down and keep well: a daily walk to our local park with our super happy dog, Pepe, and a spot of gardening (flick through to the next pic). What are your ways for wellness? Email us at editorial@gmagazine.com.au and let us know.

strawbs

The things in life that force me to slow down and keep well: a daily walk to our local park with our super happy dog, Pepe (previous pic), and a spot of gardening. What are your ways for wellness? Email us at editorial@gmagazine.com.au and let us know.

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As we were working on the current Feb/March issue, it was just a week until Christmas – and in the lead up to the year’s end, I’d been working a little too hard. And I know I’m not the only one – we’re all guilty of it at some stage! But in trying to do too much, too fast, I’ve noticed the detrimental effects it’s had on my own health as well as my attempts at a greener lifestyle. It’s funny how these aspects come hand-in-hand.

We may think that our own wellbeing has nothing to do with the health of the planet, and vice versa. On the contrary, some may think that one need to be compromised sometimes for the other. But completing this issue, I was drinking my second coffee of the day (I’m normally a tea kind of girl) out of a takeaway cup (being so busy I keep forgetting my reusable one), and it became pretty clear to me that a green lifestyle and personal wellbeing tend to exist as one and the same action.

So, as the new year rolls kicks off, I hope you’ll join us for a bit of a stocktake – on ourselves, our lifestyles and our actions. We’re on a mission to slow down, live well and live light. We’ve chatted to a bunch of bloggers who make it their business each and every day to do this, and they’ve shared some mighty good tips (p42). We’ve looked at how to live small and simply, by visiting the new tiny home at Milkwood Permaculture (p50). We’ve checked out some great community gardens and offered up some hints on getting involved (p60). And importantly, we’ve explored the huge benefits to both yourself and the environment (not to mention the animals!) by giving up, or at least eating less, meat (p38).

Friends, make of 2013 the lifestyle and outcomes you aim for – we think it’s going to be a good year indeed!