As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I am feeling pretty optimistic.
2016 has been long, arduous, trying, uncertain, disheartening, and yet has taught us all a lot. For starters, Donald Trump is president, Brexit happened, the Syrian civil war gets worse every day approximately 5038472947583892 cool famous people died young, modern country music is still raunchy, and native americans EVERYWHERE don’t have basic water rights.
And if you think those are the only awful things that resulted from 2016, think again. Because Food Network has this new show called “Farmhouse Rules,” and the lady gets like half her food from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
So yeah… America isn’t any more sustainable than we were in 2015 and that sucks. A lot.
The great thing about 2017 is that things are so bad now that they can only get better next year! New Years resolutions will be easier to make and follow because, hey, they’ll be the change people need in their lives. And people will be more willing to fight for what they believe in because free speech has become more threatened than it was 100 years ago.
I know that as you read this you may think, “Wow… Karen is such an idealist!” And I admit that in some ways I am.
But I really do believe that things can only get better. Or they can stay as bad as they are now. But trust me… Things can’t get worse.
And if they do, I have some cool things planned out for the blog so maybe that will take the edge off of humanity’s ominous future.
I am excited to announce that Adventurously Organic will start featuring guest posts in 2017! Locally, people are doing some pretty great things for sustainability, and I think by reading their work, we’ll all be inspired to engage more with nature.
Additionally, there will be videos for recipes, Vlogs, and adventure posts to add some more tangibility to all things sustainability related.
Finally, in the Fall of 2017, Adventurously Organic is going to college! New volunteer work information, Farmer’s Markets, location themed sustainability articles, dorm-room recipes, and devotional posts will aid in the transition from suburban high school to research university.
In the midst of this horrible year, I hope that we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have strong faith that, despite the fact that Rex Tillerson is our Secretary of State (*shudders*), we can work together to ensure that America does not continue to damage the environment.
Happy New Year! It’s going to be awesome.