Social media has changed the landscape of relationships and connections. Because of social media, I’ve been delighted to discover the “other Beth Terry’s” out in cyberspace. We are finding that we are very similar. This morning, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Beth Terry from FakePlasticFish.com She’s in Hawaii for a few days and our paths finally crossed in the “real” world. We met at the incomparable Dukes Waikiki Restaurant and immediately bonded.
I love her passion and intelligence. It’s readily apparent why she’s made such an impact in environmental circles.
Beth brought her dad, Ray Terry, with her. He watched his daughter and I with bemusement as we carried on like we’ve been friends since childhood. We are cut from the same cloth: our passion for our mission is palpable.
Beth is a well-respected and much followed blogger on the issues of plastics clogging up the planet. I’m proud to share my name with her. She gave me a glass straw so I can be more mindful of even the smallest plastic infringement on our environment. And I gave her a copy of my book, along with a cloth bag one of her fans gave to me in an airport – mistaking me for her.
That’s not the first time I’ve been mistaken for her. I recently gave a proposal to a company in Hawaii, and they told me, “With your broad experience in both staff development AND environmental issues, you’ll be quite an asset for our company.” I had to set them straight. After meeting Beth Terry this morning, I think I’ll talk with her about dialing her into those clients… That’s a win-win-win-win proposition!
Now that I’m aware of Beth and her blog, I find myself apologizing to her silently when I use a plastic bag, as I did just now when I bought leis to take back to the mainland. Even though I brought a cloth bag, I know the leis won’t make the trip very well without plastic. And of course, I forgot to bring an extra plastic bag. So I will recycle the plumeria-smelling bag when I get to Phoenix and deliver my cargo.
Go check out Beth’s Blog and join in the fight to protect our environment.
Then go online and find people with YOUR name. Write me and tell me of your adventures.
Life is good.
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