I’ve always been inspired by the notion of utopia. I first deeply considered the idea when living on exchange in Denmark, while reading the English novel aptly named Darcy’s Utopia (by Fay Weldon). It got me thinking about my own cultural values and the type of world I would create.
Now, as a mother of three, I feel like every day is an opportunity to define and create my own utopia. My husband, Kevin, is my co-creator, and thankfully, after eleven years of marriage, we are mostly unified in our quest for a more harmonious family and a better world. It’s about reflecting on the many humbling lessons of parenthood, and hoping that with real honesty, integrity will flourish.
Striving for utopia is not the same as living in la-la land or narcissistic naval gazing. It’s not all about me and the way I wish the world would be or how perfect our family is/could/should be.
My version of utopia is very much centered around reaching beyond myself to learn and grow. Creating my utopia is about creating a connected community where caring and reciprocity are second nature. Sustainable living is simple and systems are geared to help us make the natural choice. It’s about living in the moment and connecting with nature. Utopia to me is the gift of raising the next generation and having the faith that together we will continue to thrive, while reveling in the wonder and joy that this earth holds.
Darcy’s Utopia will be a place to explore the paradoxes that challenge me on my path to such lofty aspirations. Blogging is my creative outlet, and I’m ready to take it to a deeper level. I love writing, and I can only hope that by expressing my hopes and fears to the world that I’ll inch closer toward utopia.
- Simplicity Parenting – I’ve been certified as a Group Leader and plan to launch my first workshop series this winter, January 2014. This blog will be a forum for me to share how the philosophy fits into my actual family life…both the challenges and the joys.
- Sustainable Family Living – A central family value is our continual goal to living a more sustainable lifestyle. In my first blog I chronicled many of these projects, like reducing our carbon footprint and investing in Clean Energy Works. We’ve also made efforts to use cloth diapers and bike commute or use mass transit with kids. We are also working to implement a permaculture plan and get our Backyard Habitat Certification.
- Family Travel and Adventures – Family fun is a true priority for us. Whether it’s playing in the backyard or planning a 3-week family trip to Denmark, we love a good adventure. We’ve invested in family beach cabins so that we can have a place to create family traditions and connect with nature.
- Giving Back – If there is one thing that I hope defines me, it’s my desire to give back and help others. I am an active member of the Portland Pearl Rotary, where I volunteer regularly and donate to both local and global causes. I have an ongoing Kiva Experiment, and have more than quadrupled my impact on entrepreneurs and families around the globe.
- Creating a Tribe – Community is something I feel is sorely lacking in our society today. We are often too busy to make deep lasting connections, nonetheless just meet our neighbors. One of my long term goals to create a tribe where my family can thrive, both giving generously of ourselves and feeling fully supported and connected.
Thanks again for taking the time to read/follow my blog…I really appreciate it. I hope you’ll join me, while crafting your own genre of bliss.
Have a beautiful day!