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Me, the Overachiever

By Fredrica Syren
Because I told someone the other day that I bake all our bread each week, she asked if I don’t feel like an overachiever. It made me realize that I probably do make people feel really bad and guilty sometimes. Of course that is never my intention: rather, I want to be an inspiration. The truth is, even though I might look like a super woman when I cook from scratch, bake bread each week, run a business, write books, and try to save the planet at the same time, I’m still just a human and I make plenty of mistakes, too.
I have not always lived my life as a green mom. I grew up with parents and a grandfather who loved nature and passed it on to me, for sure, but I didn’t really make it a priority until I became a mom. Suddenly I realized how all those pesticides could effect my #1 priory: my child. Of course, all our changes to reduce our carbon footprint and live a toxin-­‐free life have happened gradually. Today, I look at what we have achieved and realize we can do more, and will do more -­‐-­‐ a little at the time.
There are days when I’m tired of cooking, so we eat out (not always healthy food, may I add); we drive two cars because we have no choice; we Lly on vacation; and buy brand new things, not because of necessity but rather because I want it. I think that, if I am inspiring, it should be because I try to be a good mom, a good wife and a good friend, and most days I try my best to live as green as possible to save our planet. After all, I am only human!

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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