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Earth Day: What’s Your Footprint?

Happy Earth Day!

My friend, Kim Zook, is my guest today. Kim is the editor of The Motherhood Muse, a literary magazine created to encourage mother writers to rediscover and reconnect with nature through their bodies, minds, and souls. It is a creative writing source that inspires mother writers to share nature’s gifts with children through our actions and messages. Read on and don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a free subscription to this inspiring magazine.

The impression of a footprint, both physically and metaphorically, did not truly hit home with me until I held my first daughter’s tiny feet in the palm of my hand. In that moment of feeling her inky soles that just printed themselves on a piece of paper, I began to grasp the realization of how a single pair of footprints can impact one person.

Since that day I often trace my daughter’s footprints with markers on paper, show them how different shoes make different impressions in the ground, and bury their feet and footprints in sand. Footprints may press from within a pregnant belly. Footprints may carry a child from one land to a new one where a family gathers with open arms. But no matter the size and impression of a footprint, one thing holds true for every person’s footprint: it touches the earth in more than one way.

This Earth Day I hope readers of The Motherhood Muse take their love of reading literature about motherhood, nature, cultures, children and more to a higher level. We celebrate the relationship we have with Mother Nature through the sharing of literature about ourselves through the lens of nature, but we may not look to see how our footprints in nature impact the earth.

There are numerous footprint calculators online, but my favorite is at Global Footprint Network. This site asks a variety of questions in an attempt to calculate how much of Earth’s resources one person uses for his or her lifestyle. All too often we find that if everyone lived like us we would need more than one Earth, sometimes several.

I’ve used this calculator more than a handful of times in my life when I’ve had different daily patterns of living: from a hut in a rainforest to a grad student to living in a Japanese high-rise to biking in British Columbia to raising two daughters outside of Washington, D.C. Each time I calculate my footprint I learn the impact of my actions on the Earth as well as on the future of my children.

So this Earth Day I encourage our readers to use this calculator to determine your foot print. If you are brave enough, tell use how many planet earths we would need if we lived like you in the comments! Sadly I am now at the greatest I’ve ever been: if everyone lived like me we would need 5.2 planet Earths.

This calculator is an awesome visual, so pull your children up to the computer with you to do it together and see what you can come up with to reduce your footprint! My goal, besides continuing The Motherhood Muse, is to buy more local produce to reduce the ‘footprint’ of carrying food into my area.

Thank you Judy for hosting us here on your blog today!

  **One person who comments will be chosen by me (Judy) to win a free subscription to the 2010 issues of The Motherhood Muse!

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The Motherhood Muse

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Life is about balance. At least it is for me.

So when Kimberly Zook contacted me about the launch of her new creation, The Motherhood Muse, I was excited because the focus is on the connection between nature and nurture, on balance. How she approaches life resonates with me as a writer, woman and mother. 

The Motherhood Muse Story

Kimberly Zook is the founder of The Motherhood Muse. Upon the birth of her second daughter she recognized a growing distance between herself and nature. Determined to send the message to her daughters that having a relationship with nature is critical to the human body, mind, and spirit, Kimberly created The Motherhood Muse. This is a blending of Kimberly’s passion for literature on motherhood and on nature.

What is The Motherhood Muse?

The Motherhood Muse is a community for mothers and writers.  We are writer-mamas wishing to connect with each other as we journey through motherhood with a desire to draw nature into our lives.

What does this community do?

The Motherhood Muse has four main functions:

Motherhood Muse CoverThe literary magazine (an e-Zine) features literature on motherhood, nature, and children. From literary essays to short stories to poetry, the e-Zine reaches across the globe to explore a mother’s relationship with nature. The e-Zine also includes columns by mothers and unique, intriguing features that will inspire you in many ways. The e-Zine is published four times a year online.

The e-Newsletter offers more for our readers. Eight times a year our free newsletter is sent out to subscribers. It includes blog highlights, writing contest information, features about the readers themselves, web-only deals, and more. By signing up for the e-Newsletter on our website by January 1, 2010 subscribers will receive the first issue of The Motherhood Muse e-Zine free!

The website is the central resource for mothers and writers. We host two writing contests (one for adults and one for children) and accept writing pieces for submission. In addition, we also have a fantastic bookstore with books for writers, mothers, and children. Our boutique features items with The Motherhood Muse logo such as journals, note cards, and more.

The blog is a continually updated resource for mothers and writers. Writers and mothers come here to share personal stories about motherhood, nature, children and writing. Our blog also hosts interviews with authors (and book giveaways), tips on writing, activities to do with children in nature, and more. Our blog is open to submissions from anyone!

Why did you create The Motherhood Muse?

In a nutshell I created The Motherhood Muse for mothers and writers like me, who struggle to connect with nature every day and find nature to be absent in their children’s lives. I needed a voice to help myself and others discover nature through our bodies, minds, and souls. I wanted to set a good example for my children by having a close relationship with the environment around me. The Motherhood Muse is that voice. It is a body of literature uniting writers and mothers with nature.

 The launch of The Motherhood Muse is TODAY. Click here to check it out. Kimberly never disappoints.

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