Thundersnow, Part II

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu

In case you missed it, the storm started on Tuesday with Part I.

Thundersnow is beautiful. It combines powerful elements into one huge force of nature … Ice, wind, snow, thunder and lightning.

Living a happier life works in the same way. Each change contributes to the whole transformation. On Tuesday, I shared ways to live a full life, slow down and get smart about money.

Today, you can:

Create a job that cares about people, not just profits.

Start building an income based on helping people. Profits can be part of the end result, but not the focus. Place it on creating the most incredible products – writing that inspires change, jewelry that helps women feel beautiful, photographs that show the world what it looks like to use your voice. When your focus is on the right place, the money will follow.

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Eat real food.

A diet full of fruits and vegetables doesn’t have to cost a fortune. What if you eliminated one junk food item for every bag of fresh produce? You could actually save on groceries. Here’s my math:

  • 2 pounds of fresh green beans, $2.58
  • 1 bag of Doritos, $3.59
  • Savings of $1.01

If you feel sad at the thought of life without junk food, start with one item. Choose green beans over Doritos and experience the amazing effects of healthy choices. Give your body the nutritious foods it desires.

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  • Consider going primal. Matt Madeiro of Three New Leaves created a fantastic series explaining the primal lifestyle. Check out parts one, two and three, in that order. The lifestyle calls for a return to our roots, placing focus on natural food. The alarming trend in America is to emphasize something that comes out of a laboratory: low-fat or fat-free concoctions, fake meats, and all kinds of products that our bodies literally never encountered until modern times.
  • Natural is good. Remember that.

Help fiction become reality.

I’m not typically a sci-fi kind of girl, but the movie Moon described a future so beautiful, I felt drunk on hope. In the futuristic film, energy is harvested from the sun via moon rocks. “All the energy we ever dreamed of, right above our heads.” Here’s a future we should all hope for:

There was a time when energy was a dirty word. When turning on your lights was a hard choice. Cars burning fuel to run. But that was the past. Where are we now? How did we make the world so much better? Make deserts bloom? – intro to Moon

We may not be harvesting moon rocks *yet*, but answering that question – “How did we make the world so much better?” – is a charge for us all. We must find a sustainable way to live. Every action counts. We must be held accountable to that question.

Here are a few of my favorite blogs that promote sustainable living:

  • Upcycled Love – Lynn Fang writes to empower and inspire you to realize that you have what it takes to make a difference. From personal transformation to community service, everything you do can be a vote for social change.
  • Rowdy Kittens – Tammy Strobel encourages readers to imagine what the world would look like if we pursued our dreams rather than a consumer focused lifestyle.
  • Raam Dev – Download this free ebook – Small Ways to Make a Big Difference – to learn ways to start making a difference right now.
  • Be More With Less – Courtney Carver shows you how to make big (and small) changes to live life on purpose.

I said it on Tuesday, but I’ll say it again: The power to shape the world is within your reach. To me, slow, conscious living is the key to happiness. This includes shifting the way we work, nurture and make the world so much better. Each part contributes to the storm.

A thundersnow of change.

Photo by Mitya Kuznetsov

Check out Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk, coming January 2016 from Delacorte Press/Random House. Visit her author site here.


1 Raam Dev March 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

Hi Melissa,

Your quick math comparing green beans to Doritos really says a lot! The health value between the two is off the charts and yet the healthier option is cheaper.

As for junk food, I think it’s OK to have it once in awhile. However, we should have a base diet that’s healthy and then add junk food every now and then, not the other way around!

I also loved your bit about making fiction reality! It’s so important to dream big and really believe those dreams are possible. All the people who changed the world did so by dreaming big and then believing that dream was possible. (I always come back to the recent example of Martin Cooper, who invented the mobile phone after watching actors in Star Trek use “science fiction” Communicators to talk wirelessly between great distances. Now there’s more than 1 mobile phone for every 2 people on the planet; about 4.6 billion subscribers!)

Big things won’t happen without people like us dreaming big and pushing the boundaries of human innovation. And of all the people on the planet, people like us — those who have the privilege to read and write about these things instead of scrounging around for food to survive — we have a responsibility to dream big and make things happen that improve humanity as a whole.

2 Steve Rice at Karmic Kappuccino March 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

“When your focus is on the right place, the money will follow.”

Love this statement most out of the whole article, Melissa! I guess it really connects with me because I’ve been in the process of restructuring my life. At first, you kinda wonder if it’s really possible to live like that…I mean, make money ‘and’ do what you love. When you find it’s possible, life becomes so exciting. Thanks for this post! Great work as always.

3 Living the Balanced Life March 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I love this. I am working to create my own career that is about helping people. I am trying to eat more healthy than ever (being over 40 has something to do with that, lol!) And, living lighter, I am working towards that, but not so good yet. I will say that my oldest daughter has started an awesome business using repurposed items making jewelry & accessories from items she gets at the thrift store for .25. (you can look up (Re)Fab on Facebook!
I love your blog and your outlook on life!
The journey of a work-at-home mom

4 Laura April 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

‘Natural is good. Remember that’

Hi Melissa
I’m writing this on my kitchen chalkboard!

Thank you

5 Melissa April 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Excellent, Laura! I hope it helps.

6 Lynn Fang April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

Hi Melissa,

Thanks for the link love! I also loved the doritos and green beans comparison. What a savings! I hadn’t realized that before, and always assumed fresh organic produce must be too expensive for most people.

No great change happens out of the blue. It always starts with a crazy idea, a vision. Technically fiction, though hopefully grounded in reality. It’s so so important to dream and vision the sustainable world we want to live in. Otherwise we would have no idea where we want to go. Love your message!

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