I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Progress...feeling good =)

I don't have anything new to add so far today, no new green efforts or discoveries, no new recipes, ..... I simply feel like updating and musing about my progress. I am feeling kind of good today. I am tired. That hasn't changed. But, at least at this moment, I am not grumpy, feeling sorry for myself, cursing anything, or dreaming about going to a spa for the weekend. (well.......) I believe that my efforts toward feeling better are working. I really do. While cooking healthier adds its own stress to the situation (it takes much longer than opening a can and heating something, which throws our eve. schedule off a bit) every other aspect is great. I made the garden salad that I posted yesterday and everyone loved it. I feel good b/c everyone is eating well. I'm not getting outside as much as I feel I should, but I have a reluctant toddler, so there's not much I can do about that during the week. I encourage (but could even do more of that.) I've done yoga twice in the past week, and *my kids did it with me!!* And of course I continue to seek ways to be less toxic and kinder to the environment and ourselves. I am seeing the effects of my efforts on my family right away, as well as interest from those around me. That definitely helps to keep me on the ball and motivated. I am also pleased with my efforts to reduce stress when possible. I have done my Christmas shopping and ordered the cards. (better late...) And so on. It's good to feel good. =)

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