Birth of The Sustainable Living Podcast

April 8, 2015

Marianne and I met on a social media platform called Tsu, which has only existed since October 21, 2014.

As a professional content/social media marketer I live on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and usually don’t have time to try new platforms.  But Chris Agnos, the founder of Sustainable Man, published a blog post that convinced me to give it a go.

When I joined Tsu in early November, I knew I wanted to start a blog about sustainable living but I didn’t quite know what form it would take.  What I did know was that I wanted to meet like-minded folks and share information and ideas with them.  I also knew how to build online communities.

So I went about curating content on Tsu all about the the sustainable living topics I was interested in: namely, permaculture, gardening, natural remedies, healthy food, nontoxic cleaning and household alternatives, the sharing economy, fermentation, self-reliance, homesteading and the like.

I didn’t really know where all my efforts would take me, but I knew it was someplace I wanted to go.

As I began to make new online friends, I was struck (and still am) by all the sustainability-oriented people that seemed to be drawn to Tsu. But one of them really stuck out.  Her posts and her bio seemed to mirror everything I was interested in.  So I sent her a private message. I was just excited to connect with her.  But then, she replied with a message I wasn’t expecting.  You can see the conversation that ensued above.

When we had our Google Hangout, we found we had even more unlikely things in common. Both of us teach yoga and both of us were La Leche League Leaders when our children were young.

In addition to all of that, I was particularly excited to know Marianne had so much experience with permaculture and applying those principles in her garden. As a new homesteader my dream is to create a permaculture food forest on my property.

Marianne is upbeat, flexible and heart-centered – a fun person to hang around and someone with whom I’m very excited to be taking this podcasting journey.

We both agree that sustainable living encompasses many different topics. In fact, it can conceivably be applied to every aspect of our lives, so we both feel it will be difficult to run out of topics to discuss.

We also agree that all of it begins in the heart.  If you’re connected to your heart, living in the present and mindful of your impact on the world and others, you can’t help but want to live more sustainably.

We hope to help others do this through practical information that’s easy to digest and incorporate in daily life.

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2 comments on “Birth of The Sustainable Living Podcast

  1. I want to start a blog/online diary, but not sure where to start..

    • Marianne West Feb 6, 2016

      First, I would recommend that you start writing every day, or at least often and see if that is something you like. Then, look for tools available to reach your audience. We are using WordPress, but there are other options available. Good luck.