Taking care of ourselves & our planet

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Show Me the Green

We recently returned from a trip to our hometown in Missouri, the "Show Me State," or as I like to refer to it, "Show Me the Green." Missouri is SO beautiful with their very distinct 4 seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. I can't say I can narrow my favorite season down to one as they all have their own beauty but Summer has to be one of my favorites due to its "greenness." Look at these awesome photos of my parents' yard that I grew up in...it's no wonder I have a passion for going green! Can't you just smell the clean, green air?!

I was able to capture a photo of a furry friend...

a slippery friend...

and then some more slippery friends that we caught and released...

My older daughter caught one...

and my younger daughter caught 3!!!

I was quite surprised that BOTH of the girls were willing to take a dip in the pond!

You can imagine how tired they both were each day after running around on 3.5 acres of green!

Friday, July 16, 2010

On the air with Green Girl

I am in total amazement at the power of good editing!

Click on the link below to listen!
KRLD Community Hero « KRLD-AM

Thank you so much Alice Rios, with KRLD-AM 1080, for interviewing me!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Community Hero"

After the media release about me being awarded Volunteer of the Year by Keep Texas Beautiful was put out by the City of Fort Worth, I received an unexpected call from coodinator of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful, Debbie Branch. She informed me that a local news radio station, KRLD-AM 1080, wanted to feature me as their "Community Hero." How awesome!!

...but me, a hero? Curious, I searched online for a definition for the word hero and saw this. "A hero is anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem." I often think of heros as people who save other people from danger. When I saw this definition, however, I guess I can see how my passion for educating children and parents about taking care of ourselves and our planet could be seen as courageous. I face the problems of unhealthy living and environmental issues, and I show people how we can educate ourselves about the little steps we can take to make a huge difference!

The nervousness in my voice during the interview may not sound courageous but, nonetheless, I am anxious to hear the broadcast of the interview tomorrow, July 16th, at 7:50am and 4:50pm. I will be able to access a link to the interview online after it airs so I can post it. Tune in!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Proud Recipient

I was so honored to receive the Volunteer of the Year award from Keep Texas Beautiful just a few short weeks ago! It was awesome to hear about other individuals and companies who are also eco-minded.

City of Fort Worth's Media Release:
Keep Texas Beautiful presented its prestigious Volunteer of the Year award to Fort Worth’s own environmental caped crusader at its state conference this week in Austin.
Susan Johannes, a volunteer for Keep Fort Worth Beautiful, was a stay at-home mom and fitness instructor who turned her passion for educating children about healthy lifestyles and protecting the environment into a superhero persona. As “Green Girl,” complete with her superhero costume, she conducts programs for schools, churches and civic organizations complete with songs and cheers and encourages audience participation.

My family and I had a great time visiting Austin & San Antonio for the first time! We enjoyed seeing the Texas capitol building in Austin as well as the Riverwalk and Sea World in San Antonio.