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, May 21, 2010

General Life Update

My dear daughter: While doing a lot better than this time last week, some anxiety still remains. I'm so glad it's Friday! We've put a few things in place at home, which seem to be helping. We're getting up 15 minutes earlier in the morning. What a difference a few minutes makes - for ME! The kids benefit from a more relaxed me, and enjoy a slightly less frenetic pace in the morning. DD and I make a plan every day regarding her school bathroom anxiety. And we're ending nearly every day with a lavender bath.

Cats: The kittens had their first vet visit today, just to make sure they're doing alright. They are both healthy. 2 lbs each! =) They got their first shots and worm medication (precautionary-they tested negative). They're doing great.

Worms: I am hoping to put the wormies in their new, and vastly improved, home today.

Skin: My eczema is well under control using bergamot essential oil. Yeah!

DS's skin: Excellent. Hardly ever needs special attention anymore. Yippee!

Going to ride on Thomas the Tank Engine tomorrow. Can't wait for school to be over!

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