Walking my talk through Eco-Snobbery Sucks

Walk the talkWhen I first learned that Eco-Snobbery Sucks was looking for writers, I thought to myself, “there’s no way I can do this – I’m not qualified.” After really thinking it through, though, I realized that I was part of the audience that ESS is reaching out to.


  • I’m a 33-year-old married mommy of two young kids (5 and 4) who has a very strong interest in natural health and food
  • I try and make a very genuine effort to be green as much as possible
  • I’m a freelance copy editor and writer in the natural health world

So, I’m busy. Ok, busy with a touch of laziness and procrastination in me. I’ll fess right up and say that sometimes drinking an evening glass of wine (or two) from a Bota box is all the environmental stewardship I can muster up for the day. Not proud, just honest. I even waited until the last minute to write my debut post on Eco-Snobbery Sucks.

I also want to start out by saying that part of the reason why I decided to apply to be a writer here was to keep myself more accountable on “walking the talk.” I Facebook all day about junk foods and natural health remedies, but there’s more than a small chance you’ll find mini Snickers or some Skittles in my pantry on any day of the week.

After snobbishly crowning myself the winner of the healthiest shopping cart at the grocery store (on select shopping trips), I sometimes feel like a hypocrite. I want to raise the bar on my family and me – it’s the least we can do during our brief visit to this planet.

Most importantly, though, I wanted to be part of this movement. Regardless of your persuasion on climate change or global warming, there is NO harm in wanting to make this planet a better place for our kids – the future.

I plan on making this journey fun, very experimental, and with a lot of visual evidence of my successes and failures. My kids are young enough to not know that they’ve unofficially been crowned my guinea piglets. I can’t wait to try out a homemade toothpaste recipe I’ve been eyeballing (can’t wait to see my hubby’s reaction to that – scooping toothpaste out of a jar!) and I’m going to be on the lookout for green crafts and other green home decor projects that I can get my kids involved in.

And don’t forget the food! I have a bad habit of buying these beautiful cookbooks and then never making a single recipe out of them. I plan on digging up my best and experimenting with some new flavors in our house. We’re in sort of a recipe rut. I have a couple of books that I’ve been meaning to, among them: D.I.Y. DeliciousVeganomicon and The Big Book of Juices.

Thank you for joining me on my journey and I look forward to digging in!

[Photo: tibchris/Flickr]

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About Julie Hurley

A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living and is the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media. Visit her personal blog at: ourlunchbox.blogspot.com.