I was asked recently what brought me to the place I am in today: the editor of a permaculture magazine, living in the country on a property with an evolving permaculture design, teaching permaculture, growing food, eating well and trying to bring up my kids to understand and respect the planet.
It made me stop and think: haven’t I always been this way inclined? I’ve always felt a connection to nature, but I definitely wasn’t brought up as the daughter of activists or living on a commune: I grew up in middle class, suburban Melbourne.
So what caused me to choose the life I have right now? When did I start to have this affinity with the earth, and wanting to do the best for her? Was it annual camping trips immersed in nature? Was it watching my dad garden when I was a child, and growing my first carrots? Was it getting arrested for protesting against uranium mining? Was it the feeling of belonging I had among others who felt the same way? Was it setting up my own garden and growing my own food? Was it completing my permaculture design course?
Well, it was all of those things. It has been a slow evolution, a gradual opening up and a growing awareness of what effect my actions and choices have, not only on the planet but on other humans and society in general.
I’ve been learning constantly since I started Pip Magazine; with each issue I gain a greater awareness and understanding of a whole range of topics. For example, after putting together the article on SLOW FASHION (page 62) I am even more aware of the clothes I buy, or don’t buy, and the ripple effect those choices create.
We are all on different parts of this journey, with different levels of awareness, and different priorities and life situations that affect how close to our ideal we can live. I still struggle with making the right choices all the time; and with three kids, and a whole range of external demands, I don’t always. However, I am empowered to make informed decisions, to do my bit to create the world I do want.
It’s good to aim high, to aspire to live in the best way possible. We can look up to people like David Holmgren and Su Dennett, and how they live their life at Melliodora (MELLIODORA: THE ART OF PERMACULTURE LIVING, page 16). We can inform ourselves as best we can, so that we know what effect our actions have; and we can always think about – and question – the choices we make in our daily lives.
I hope each issue of Pip Magazine gives you information and inspiration to help you make informed choices in your life.