This is an ethical, mindful way of living. What's good for the Earth is good for us, and what's good for us is good for the Earth. That is how we evolved. That is the way of things.
We once asked the moon for guidance. We once followed the stars across great distances. We once knew the names of the plants and the birds, and we knew how the seasons turned. We once perceived ourselves as just one species, one animal, among many.
All people once thought this way. And the truth is that no matter how advanced our technology grows, no matter how detached we feel from the natural world in our cities and our suburbs, we are still Of The Earth. We still rely on the sun for our warmth and our sustenance. We are still members of the ecosystem, still plant-eaters and animal-eaters.
Everything about us humans--both physically and psychologically--is the result of our relationship with the environment. Our intelligence evolved, in part, because of the Omega-3's in fish. We learned to walk upright because of the transition from forest to grassland. Our bodies contain more bacterial life than they do our own cells. We, ourselves, are natural. And, as such, we are healthiest when we follow the rhythms of the Earth, and we are happiest when we've learned how to hear them.
To know, personally, the plants and animals in your community; to know where your food and water comes from and what feels best in your body; to know the constellations by name, and where to find them in each season; to know where your waste goes when you take out the trash; to know how to cook, and fix things, and make things from scratch; these are the ways to learn the rhythm. This is how we learn to notice, again. We are connected to all of the Earth. We are of the Earth. We are Earthly.
We are happiest and healthiest when we follow the rhythms of the Earth.
I started this website because I wanted to combine wellness with sustainable living. The two are complementary--our well-being is inextricably tied to that of the Earth. To live an Earthly lifestyle is to be knowledgeable, conscious, and mindful of our choices, and to recognize that everything we do affects the rest of the world. We are all connected.
Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Francesca Varela, and I live in Oregon, where I work in communications at an environmental non-profit. About a year ago, I received my master's degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, and I also have a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and minor in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.
I've always been passionate about sustainable food systems, so it's not surprising that that's been an emphasis in both my studies and my personal life. I love to garden, go to farmers markets, and try out new recipes with fresh, local ingredients.
Ethical. Healthy. Beautiful. Clean. Simple. Conscious.
I've been eating a modified paleo diet (basically paleo but with legumes) for the past six years. I'll be sharing lots of paleo recipes, and also some vegan recipes since there's a lot of overlap--including lots and lots of veggies!
It's not just cultivated veggies that I love, but wild ones as well. I've taken three wilderness survival courses and several ecology courses, so I'm very familiar with wild edible and medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest (my home!). I have developed a deep bond with this forested part of the world, but I love the ocean, too, and my ultimate goal is to move to Hawaii so I can swim in the warm ocean everyday.
In my free time I love to stay active. I was a figure skater for twelve years, and I've recently gotten into flamenco dancing, yoga, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and short-distance running. I also love to hike, camp, and backpack, and to kayak, stand-up-paddleboard, snowshoe, and cross-country ski whenever I get the chance.
I'm also an environmental writer and a published author. I've written three eco-fiction novels: Call of the Sun Child, Listen, and The Seas of Distant Stars. To learn more about my books and my writing career, visit my website: www.francescavarela.com