I enjoy every opportunity I am given to share my lifestyle and the things I have learned, with others. If I can encourage anyone to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I do it. This is also why I have a blog in the first place. A few months ago I was contacted by a reporter from The Weather Network asking if my family would like to be interviewed and filmed demonstrating our “green lifestyle” on television. I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with others so I accepted.
For weeks beforehand we worked exhaustively preparing our place to have a television face. The barn was painted, the chicken coop was painted, the bucks’ barn was stained, the fence was built and stained, the deck was stained, the gardens were weeded, the yard was tidied, the body products and cleaning products were made ahead of time, and the homemade ice cream was ready to treat our TV crew. They were here for 2.5 hours filming and talking, and all of that was condensed to 1 minute and 32 seconds. Phew! Talk about a great way to make sure the property was on its best behavior!
I talked about what kick-started our homesteading movement, I explained how to make wise food choices, I demonstrated how to make some of my cleaning products, I displayed my homemade body products, I milked a goat, the children collected eggs, we played with baby goats, my husband opened up a hive, we sampled a honeycomb… And The Weather Network picked out what they wanted, cut the rest and produced a concise, short version of our family. You can’t even see the newly painted barn. I don’t think I could handle a Hollywood life.
Since I spent so much time preparing, I thought I’d share with you a link to our 1.5 minutes of fame. So, take a moment, sit back, relax, and enjoy a very short version of our lifestyle! And think of me, not used to a camera in my face, answering questions I hadn’t practiced ahead of time, and trying so hard not to say “um!” I watched it 5 times afterward before I could even focus on what I was saying. I am pleased to say that, despite my hair poking up like devil’s horns, they picked out 2 of my most important points and shared them with a television audience across the province and online. The points being: in order to provide your children with a more sustainable future you need to live it yourself, and the value of knowing the difference between your wants and your needs. Enjoy our “crazy” life!