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According to SOS-bees.org, in the United States alone the honey bee population has dropped by 40% since 2006. And now, as many of us saw, the first bee has even been put on the endangered species list. This should be a reason for serious concern.

Most of us are probably thinking about bad experiences with bees, bee stings, and the high number of people and animals who are allergic. This is such a small problem though in comparison to a life without our precious bee population.

 

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Why should we be concerned? Why should we act now? Well..

One-third of all food production depends on the pollination provided by bees. Let me say that again ONE-THIRD OF ALL  FOOD  PRODUCTION. Could you imagine a world with that much less? We already have a massive hunger problem in all corners of the world. If you go to foodaidfoundation.org they have actually stated that about one in nine people in the world do not have enough food to live an active life. So with a little math, a world without bees that would bring us to one out of every six people who would be underfed.

Now, there have been attempts to pollinate crops in other ways. Some people have actually resorted to hand pollination in dire circumstances. This means they are taking paint brushes out in the field to pollinate crops by hand. However, it is high cost for a very low return.

Now for the most important part. Hope. Our bees are not gone yet, and there are a multitude of things we can do to help save them! 

  1. Sign the petition at  sos-bees.org  — Your voice always matters.

  2. Support Greenpeace. Ugh, I can only say fantastic things about this organization. They are doing such wonderful things for our planet. But don’t just take my word for it! Check out:  greenpeace.org/usa The best part is in supporting them you are supporting more than just the bees, you are helping the water, the Artic, and so much more life here on Earth.

  3. Adopt a bee or bee-hive at:  beefriendsfarm.com (this even comes with honey from your adopted hive!) or  worldanimalfoundation.org (they give you a cute photo of your bee plus an adoption certificate– adorable)

  4. Shop organically for honey. Even better, buy honey from a local bee keeper at your farmers market. Spending a dollar or two extra on this sweet goodness will support your local bee population and help sustain the hives in your area.

  5. Plant bee friendly flowers. Now I am by no means a gardener but some of these are even easy for me to keep alive! (I have lavender and daisies) But for a list of 25 visit  beefriendly.ca

 

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BONUS:

Shop these brands who are doing their part to SAVE THE BEES:

  1. Haagen-dazs— ice cream that is also doing good? That is something I can get behind!
  2. Me & The Bees Lemonade
  3. Bee Raw
  4. Burt’s Bees ( pretty sure my husband’s chap-stick addiction alone is keeping this company in business)
  5. General Mills— Hello Cheerios!
  6. Friends of Honeybees
  7. Honey Colony
  8. Bramble Berry
  9. Whole Foods
  10. Sweet Home Farm
  11. Justin’s– I know you all love your nut-butters!
  12. Droga Chocolates
  13. Savannah Bee Company (I have 6 of their chap-stick tubes and am obsessed– Mint Julip is my favorite!)

 

 

Know of any more?! Tell me about it! Email me at: exceptionallyaverage@outlook.com

Next week we will continue our topic of the bees by talking about The SAVE Farm, and their mission. (Fun fact: It was a total God-moment meeting these guys by chance at a farmers market here in Kansas while I was writing this article!)

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Introduction

Hello and welcome to Exceptionally Average!

Exceptionally Average is a project I have been dreaming about for a little over a year now. Finally, with a little courage and encouragement I am launching.

For the last few years I have spent many days being what my husband and I like to call “exceptionally average”. It is a state of being where we are by no means doing bad but we know that we can be more, do more, and help more. We are conditioned to think that to cure this case of average-ness we needed to pursue conventional success. We should get a good degree and a good stable job with room to move up the corporate ladder. I chased this, the worlds dream, for several years now.

Here is the thing though, we are not all called to lead those lives. I personally feel that I have been blessed with a heart to serve. It gives me peace and a sense of purpose. I have even gone as far as to do a few mission/service trips to Africa, Jamaica and a few here in the US. These started at the age of 16 and went until my sophomore year of college. At that point in time I got lost in my pursuit of conventional success. I therefore stopped doing, stopped helping, stopped serving. I suppressed my burning need to help others and this planet that we are caretakers of. And so I fell into an exceptionally average life that I had built for myself.

The great news is we are in total control of what  our life to looks like and with effort, heart, and persistence any dream can come to fruition. So here, I will share my effort and heart with you all. It is my hope that you will share yours with me as well!

Now the purpose of Exceptionally Average is simple. I want to highlight the good in the world. Specifically, people and organizations that are making a positive impact on people and the planet, and how we as a community of people hoping to do more can help them in their cause.

Eventually, it is my hope that we can expand and become a non-profit where we are the ones going forth into the world and our home communities. We will plan trips, and events that will leave our own impact on the only earth we were given.

For now, let us be inspired! We have no need to feel exceptionally average. We can do and be whatever we have enough motivation and perseverance to be.

 

If you know of any individuals or organizations that you would like highlighted on here please share! You can comment here or email me at exceptionallyaverage@outlook.com.

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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — Gandalf