Toxic “Beauty” Products

I received this incredible post from mindbodygreen.com with a video from EWG, (Environmental Working Group,) that’s right up my alley concerning chemicals in products we use on our bodies.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14369/why-beauty-products-are-toxic-what-you-can-do-about-it-heather-white.html

I hope this helps improve the awareness of how insane the situation is that we’re in the middle of.  Watch, get informed and pass the word.

With warm wishes on your journey,

Nance

 

 

Simple Pleasures + 100 Happy Days = Making lists

A recent blogging “assignment” I had was to write my blog as a list. That was something different; self brainstorming, no grammar worries, a different kind of writing. Not bloggish as we think of a blog, but a list. As I wrote on May 22nd, I also recently signed up to do the 100 Days of Happy, where I take a photo of something that made me happy during my day. Every day, for 100 days! That’s a lotta happy. A fellow blogger wrote a post about 50 simple pleasures in her life. http://lyrallya.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/50-simple-pleasures-of-life/#more-3401 All of a sudden, I’m seeing a theme going on in my world.

It seems like people are trying to find the good stuff, the stuff that makes us happy, the positive influences, figuring out what’s real and important to us individually as well as universally. This is really incredible! Those moments that matter so much, and help us be genuine and true to ourselves. Wow–it’s the reason why I’m focusing on this blog; it’s really a purpose for my life. I’ve been teased my entire life for being a Pollyanna, seeing through rose colored glasses, being too happy. That IS who I am, and I’ve tried to understand why people aren’t always comfortable with me being like that. Hope those folks get over it!!! And if they can’t, it’s a true shame.

So far in my 100 days of happy, I have seen the absolute joy and love in my dog’s eyes, Gracie Jane. Next, I was awed by a big urn of pansies with their petals turned towards the sun. It was followed by my other dog laying down on the other side of the urn. A moment later, my son came over to lay down next to Spencer and laid his head on him. My heart just about overflowed with the happiness I experienced in a matter of a moment.
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The next day, my son took pictures of the young apples on the trees in our yard for me. This was so I could see the progression since I can’t get out there myself with my foot in the big old “non” walking boot and crutches. I got so excited to realize that I’d be getting to make apple pies, apple bread, apple sauce, apple crisp, apple butter… and more, come fall! We thought we might have to move for my hubby’s job, but he was offered a great position locally. We get to stay and enjoy the food our little 1/3 acre lot will produce. WOOHOO happy!!
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Another food related moment of happy was when Hubby was making dinner last night of grilled Vidalia doused in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, perfectly grilled chicken and grilled sweet corn. Yep, my honey knows how to make some wonderfully tasty stuff.
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And today had several moments of happy for me; my hubby installing a new bunny proof (HA!) fence around the garden today, as well as going to lunch and sitting in the sun with a dear friend, finally getting out of the house!

This activity of acknowledging things that make me happy has really opened my eyes to the frequency of my happy moments. Once again, I feel so lucky, even with the fragrance and chemical sensitivities, the broken foot, leaving my teaching career of 10 years, and not knowing what the future has planned for me. Last night I was seriously freaking out due to the unknown. Tonight, I’m happy with my simple pleasures, and recognizing that even though it’s not what I had planned, everything will be good as long as I treasure the moments I’m given. Same goes for you, you know!!

With warm wishes on your journey,
Nance

All Natural Air Fresheners

Love the Organic Gardening website. With my fragrance and chemical hyper-sensitivity, this was a great article. Toward the end, there are also some alternative home cleaning “recipes” that I plan to try. Anyone have a good window cleaning formula? Just click on the link below and you’ll be taken right to the site and article. Happy reading!!

http://www.organicgardening.com/living/6-weird-all-natural-air-fresheners?page=0,0

With warm wishes for your journey,
Nance

The 11 questions from Lyra

This was pretty funny–I nominated Lyra at http://lyrallya.wordpress.com/ at almost the same time that she nominated me for the Liebster Award! Here are her questions and my answers:

1.What time is it where you’re at? 3:53 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014
2.What did you want to become when you were 6? – If you still remember… I don’t remember at age 6, but at age 11 I was sure I was going to be the wife of a farmer (?) while being an artist (not sure what type,) and running a “Boutique” filled with unusual things and clothes (!).
3.Describe your best friend in three words! Funny, caring, smart
4.What has been your biggest challenge in life so far? Learning how to live with most things that we take for granted fitting in the “unknown” category–my health, with the fragrance sensitivity, has really turned my world upside down and inside out–people don’t understand it, and often get offended if their scent gives me hives. I can’t work, so income was dramatically slashed; dealing with that. Hubby not sure where his next job will be (location in the world as well as the actual company) because the company he works for was underbid and oooops on May 23 he no longer has a job. Not of his doing, so trying to help him cope with the worries, fears, guilt has been challenging. With that, should we prep the house to put it up for sale? Or live like we’re staying (i.e. plant a veggie garden, paint a room the color I want or the color that will sell better…)
5.Are you happy? Surprisingly, most of the time. 🙂
6.Do you have allergies? YES!! achoo–it’s spring! (pollen), achooo–it’s fall (decomposing leaves,) chemically produced fragrances, nickel (in costume jewelry,) Neosporin, poison ivy, mold, dust, and more than I can remember!!!
7.What is your favorite dish? Depends on my mood–sushi, or lasagna, or grilled pork tenderloin, pie, cake, … I love variety!
8.You’re in an amusement park: what ride are you afraid of? One that twirls and spins–I’ll spew my guts!
9.Do you believe in love at first sight? No, but that passion/infatuation can grow into love. I definitely believe in like at first sight!
10.Describe your first kiss! ewwwwww. Lots of spit, big mouth, ew. Luckily, the second bloke KNEW how to kiss!!! 🙂
11.What is the first thing you think about when I say / write “Belgium”? Chocolate, IMMEDIATELY followed by Waffles!!

Fun questions, Lyra!!

Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

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4.15.2014

As I looked at this glorious full moon this morning that I renamed The Blossom Moon (true name is the Rose Moon for it’s coloring,) I felt insignificant, yet so very real and whole.  Almost giddy!!  I’m here for a purpose, and am in the process of trying to figure out what it is and where I’m headed.  I’m taking a blogging “class” to learn how to be a better blogger, one whose messages reach those who need them, a person providing comfort, information, some humor, a connection to the greater things…  My purpose for this blog is to provide these things as well as give myself an outlet for myself as I bumble my way through life’s journey. 

I have a unique health issue in that I am super hyper-sensitive to some ingredients in many fragrances.  Guess what–artificial fragrance is everywhere in our world.  Air fresheners, cologne and perfumes, clothes detergents and softeners, shampoo, conditioners, deodorants, lotions, hair styling products, cleaning supplies, …  It’s almost everywhere.  The problem is that the doctors can’t narrow down the culprits and treat me for those allergens because there’re too many of them. 

I know I’m not the only one with this problem–yet when this reaction really hit my fully, I felt like I was alone.  Five doctors later, multiple medicines tried, finding alternate ways of doing things, missing many, many gatherings and events, and still it continues.  Friends and family have encouraged me to provide a resource to others, be the someone experiencing this real life challenge to perhaps give moral support or help others feel less isolated. I hope I do that, plus find ways of bringing me/us back to what is real and important. 

I thought about Blossom Moon, how many times she’s risen over this planet, how many times she’s been photographed and gazed upon with awe and respect and almost disbelief in her beauty.  It’s the first time I’ve noticed our moon with a pinkish tint.  How many other things have I simply looked upon, utilized, ignoring beauty in a different format?  It’s rather exhilarating to be recognizing some of my potential.  My life is based upon the thought  that the journey is to provide the happiness, not the destination being the provider of that.  The further I travel on this journey, the more I recognize how important it is to keep my eyes, heart and soul open to the energies of the Universe, finding the simple happiness that helps make my heart sing.

With warm wishes,

Nance