Biofriendly Tips For Life and Living

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Life isn’t always cut out the way we think it should be. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most out of it, right?! As Eleanor Roosevelt so aptly stated: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” So, with that in mind…here are some simple biofriendly tips for life and living:

1) Don’t regret the past: Regardless of whether or not you’ve made mistakes in your life (which I’m sure we all have), don’t regret what you’ve done in your past. The things you did in the past are part of what made you who you are today.

Learn from your past and use it to help improve your future. You will find that today, tomorrow and many tomorrows will be better for it.

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2) Get outside daily: Even if it is just for 15-20 minutes a day, take the time to get outside. Smell the fresh air, get some sun on your skin (Vitamin D, you know). Look at the beauty of nature around you. Who knows, it might even inspire you.

3) Eat locally grown foods or better yet, grow some of your own: You hear it said all the time. So what’s holding you back? It is probably easier than you think.

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Besides, it doesn’t matter why you want to do it…whether it’s because it is a biofriendly or environmentally-friendly thing to do or because you want to save money or maybe because you realize how great freshly picked food tastes. Fresh fruits, herbs, vegetables, etc. are great for you too. They can be a healthy snack or a smart addition to a well-balanced meal.

4) Cut down on your transportation emissions: Are you aware how much smog and harmful emissions can affect you? Plus, who wants to be breathing in harmful toxins? I know I don’t.

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An easy way to reduce your exposure to these harmful transportation emissions is by cutting down your driving time. Car-pool or ride-share whenever you can. Take public transportation where available. Use a proven fuel additive to further reduce your vehicles emissions and improve your fuel economy. Walk or ride your bike around town. Talk to your office about telecommuting. Have video conferences rather than requiring employees to travel long distances for a company conference or meeting.

5) Get up and get moving: As Sir Isaac Newton taught us as part of his first law of motion: “Every object persists in its state of rest…unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed on it.”

Well, the same applies to your body. You don’t want to be stuck in a continuous state of rest, therefore you need to get moving. Regular exercise such as walking, bike riding, hiking, swimming, playing sports, etc. is a great way to get moving and keep fit.

6) Buy less, save more: We can’t measure our success in life by how much we own. Some people may try to do that, but life isn’t about “stuff”. I mean seriously, how much stuff do you already own that you rarely use? When was the last time you cleaned out your closets or garage?

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Measure your life by what you have accomplished or by how many lives you have touched. The kind words, the helping hand, the smile when someone was feeling down are often a lot more valuable and more memorable than you can imagine.

Togetherness7) Live life: Every person’s life is worth living…every moment and every breathe. Don’t let one moment pass you by.

While you’ve probably heard that many times in your life, let me tell you there is nothing that makes that point clearer than watching your children grow up. Every moment is precious. Every experience worth having. Nothing is small or insignificant.

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When it all comes down to biofriendly living, recognize the life all around you. Be smart and respect that life, care for the people and things that have a positive impact on your life and create the kind of life you want. You are the only one who can.


  • Stephanie

    Super list and one from the heart! I have a friend who is going through a difficult time and this article should resonate with her!! Nice work. 🙂

  • Emily

    I love the simplicity and straightforwardness of this list – isn’t it funny that making an effort to live bio friendly goes hand in hand with getting back to the intrinsic natural and happy things in life? I work on an eco friendly, sustainable Panama real estate development, a private island property called Isla Palenque. I get to research everything from water conserving toilets to local adventure companies, but what it always comes back to is these simple, beautiful things – growing and tasting our own food, walks through the wild jungle, an exhilarating kayak venture, electric cars that don’t disturb the peace, and of course recycling and trying to leave the smallest human impact possible on the beautiful corner of paradise we have found.

    Thanks for such a positive take!

  • solargroupies

    Ahh, Newton’s first law- speaking of inertia, time to get moving! Oh- great post by the way!

    • Tara

      Thanks Steph – so glad to hear it! I hope things turn around for your friend too 🙂

      Hi Emily – thanks for checking out my blog…I’m glad you liked it. Makes total sense to me. Wow, what a great “job” you have. You should email me with pictures and more information. Would love to learn more about what you do. Tks!

      Ha,ha Glenn! Thank you very much.

  • Rich

    Great post T! Honest, inspiring and sensible! Words of wisdom that should help keep everyone in check. Nice work.

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