I’ve always been a bit of a hippy. I’ve always loved the environment, and had a mind for living a healthy lifestyle…But it wasn’t until I had my son that I realized something big…In our society, we do what we’re told to do. I know what you’re thinking, “I do what I want!” But, we don’t. We don’t know what we’re doing when we make our decisions. The average person does not conduct thorough research before making decisions about the food they eat, the products they use, and the medicines they take. Honestly, we shouldn’t have to. But instead of getting wisdom from our parents these days, we’re getting our information from television commercials, print ads and, at the very most, government established groups… Over the last year I have been taking more control in my life. I stopped buying things because the television or grocery store told me to. I stopped making parenting decisions based on what everyone else was doing, or even based simply on things pediatricians say. I stopped buying products just because it’s what I’ve always done, and again, what everyone else does.
It has turned me into a weirdo, and I pretty much do everything differently from everyone I know. But I feel good about it. I know WHY I made those decisions.
The big problem? It’s not as easy as knowing the best things to do. I’ve read all the blogs and articles and a few books. I learn new things every day, and it’s empowering. But it’s also imprisoning. It’s turned my life into a bit of a failure. I am aware of the imperfections every day. But the good news is, I’m reminded of Thomas Edison. “I didn’t fail. I just found 2,000 ways not to make a light bulb.” And in the end, I know that every effort I make adds up. I am on a journey. I have not yet arrived, but every baby step I take gets me one step closer.
So this is a record of my failures, my successes, and my struggles. I’m a mother, a step-mother, a Christian, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I’m not the best one. Some days, I’m pretty terrible. But at least I try 🙂