Welcome to Jubilant Fields! We are elated that you’ve taken the time to stop by and be a part of our community. Our blog is composed of four main writers: Abby (That’s me!), Alaina, Arlee and Emilie. We are an eclectic group of women that are united by two main things: living a sustainable life and our love for Jesus. Over the upcoming months we will be introducing ourselves as well as sharing about our own trials and triumphs in regards to an environmentally-conscious way of living.
Where did it all begin for me? You know those moments when you examine your life and think, “What on earth am I doing?” Well around eight months ago, I had one of those moments! I found myself in my messy, beat-up car and as I looked in the passenger seat, I saw a disorganized plethora of coffee cups, plastic water bottles and plastic shopping bags. In that moment, I felt my eyes open to my own laziness and general lack of care. To be honest, I’d always loved the “idea” of being environmentally friendly. Sure, it’s so cool in theory! But what if you’re a stressed out, overworked restaurant manager and you’re just trying to keep yourself hydrated, so you don’t pass out. Or, maybe you’re just trying to keep yourself caffeinated because you’re an introvert and you deal with people all day. Well yes, those were the things that kept me buying water bottle after water bottle, until one day, I’d had enough. One thing I realized is that my own clutter and negligence actually added to my stress.
I genuinely like to be on top of things and feel as though I’m making a difference, so I decided from that moment on that I had to stop. What did I do? I vowed to not buy anymore plastic water bottles, try to remember my reusable shopping bags and work on bringing my reusable coffee cups more often. Were those revolutionary ideas that were going to turn the world upside down? Absolutely not! But, for me they were actually steps in taking control of my life and investing in things I care about. I am pleased to say that I haven’t bought a plastic water-bottle since. That’s pretty much the only thing I can brag about because I still forget my reusable shopping bags all the time and of course I don’t remember to bring my coffee cup all the time either. But that’s not the point we’d like to make with this blog.
Bottom line is, there is always room to grow in caring about the environment! One of the purposes of this blog is to expand our minds in learning to care for ourselves, families, communities and the whole earth. No human-being can care about every environmental issue but we can learn and be encouraged by what others care about. Another purpose is that each of us writers believe that these are things that Jesus cares about, too. To be quite honest, followers of Jesus tend to have a bad reputation of caring for the environment but I personally believe that we were called to steward the earth. This blog may reflect views of four Christian women but in no way is this an exclusive Christian blog either. If you’re not a Christian and you’re reading this, we want to learn about what you care about! Environmental-care is a human issue and not a religious issue.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. – Psalm 96:12 (NIV)