Monday, February 9, 2015

Goals

I've been on a journey for awhile now but I'm really feeling it in my heart to reign it in a little and live a little more intently.  So below, I'll talk a bit about what that means and the direction I am planning to take.

1. Simplify! - I have always lived amongst clutter and really, it drives me batty!  It's mostly my own fault, I *like* stuff and it's sometimes hard to part with it.  For a long time the clutter was sort of an outward extension on the chaos that was going on inside me. It truly was a reflection of the craziness of my world but now that things are on a more chilled level on a consistent basis I deeply desire to try to get a handle on all this mess!  It's going to be a work in progress for awhile I am sure, but it's a goal.

2. Health - continue on my path to eating and living healthier. I've made many changes over the last few years and it has made a difference however I'm not were I want to be with it and I need to refocus on finding the right balance. For me that is going to consist of getting back to whole foods and a more natural lifestyle.

3. Financial control - Work on getting out of debt (it's not too terrible but on a low income it's a vicious cycle). Focus on buying the necessities only and search for savings. Eventually the goal is to make some of the necessary bigger purchases...but one step at a time.

There's of course subsets to each of these but this is it in a nutshell.  This is what my heart is calling for.  It's a time for change and focusing on the things that really matter and learning to love life right in the here and now!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Life in Crisis

A friend shared this with me on FB recently and I really feel the need to share it here: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/toronto-man-tracks-down-stranger-who-saved-his-180341597.html

And here is what I wrote when I shared the link on FB:

   " ...this touched me so much...there are so many "Mike's" in my life and I struggled with depression and being suicidal for so much of my life (and sometimes still struggle...)... to those who have made a positive impact on my life I "THANK YOU" wholeheartedly! Sadly, there are those who, although in a professional role, contributed to my feelings of worthlessness...some even telling me to hurry up and kill myself to get it over with, so I'd stop "wasting" their time and resources, or others that dismissed me saying I'd feel better in 5 minutes or my problems weren't that big of a deal. In hindsight they might not have been a big deal to most people, but at that time in my life, they were huge. I was lost and hurting and my crisis' were very real to me. No one, especially someone in a professional position should ever EVER dismiss that...but far too often they do. I've learned over the years, that even though it doesn't feel it, my life is as valuable as the next persons. My thoughts and feelings, while sometimes distorted or inaccurate, are still very much real to me. No one in crisis (no matter how insignificant it seems to those on the outside) should ever be made to feel "less then". We are all human, we all have experiences, we all process them in our own ways....but we all bleed the same. Please remember that as you go about your days and encounter people in your life...you never know the battle they are facing or the impact, positive or negative, that your words and/or actions can have. You might just be the one who gives someone the hope to hang on....or you could be the one to send them over the edge. Tread carefully. Life is fragile. ***BIG HUGS***"

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Missing

I guess I've sorta been missing from the world of blog.  I want to be back, I miss writing and sharing...it helps me figure out myself.  I think Facebook has become the biggest obstacle to my blogging...it took over and my little random updates there have left me with nothing to write about here. 

Well to be honest, I am thinking that's going to change.  Lately my desire to be on facebook has decreased (maybe something to do with my mom finally being online and on facebook)...I just feel like I have to be so much more censored there.  I love her, don't get me wrong.  It just isn't as comfortable anymore especially since I'm working on trying to assert some independence.  I may be in my 30's but I'll always be my mothers "baby".  And for a long time I took advantage of that fact, partly out of necessity due to health challenges...but I'm working to change that.

I'm also working on slowly changing my everyday products to natural, simpler, healthier products.  My goal is to eventual make my own personal care and household cleaning products.  I've become really interested in essential oils and learning about all their benefits and uses and am absolutely fascinated!  It really ties in with my interest in health, medicine, nutrition, and just an overall healthier lifestyle.  Of course, the big challenge is, learning how to make all these changes while on an extremely limited budget.  Disability does not pay well in my case...and I can't wait until I'm able to eventually work even part time...just for that little bit more wiggle room financially.  In the meantime, I'm doing the best I can within my means and trying to learn how best to juggle it all so that I can meet my goals.

I'm not going to write too much more right now but I do want to come back here and write and share on a more regular basis.  This blog is suppose to be about "Life's Journey's" and a journey it certainly is. 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Organic Pest Control - Eggshells

I'm going to be completely upfront here.  I'm only creating this entry because pinterest will not let me link to this article specifically (something about being reported for being spammy which to me it doesn't appear to be at all).  I think it's too good of a tip to pass up on so I'm creating this entry to link to the original page I wanted to pin. I take no credit for any of this.

http://getbusygardening.com/eggshells-as-organic-pest-control/



Monday, December 16, 2013

Cake in a Mug - Gluten and Dairy Free

I tried something a little different tonight.  I really wanted to make a simple cake in a mug but am not able to eat wheat or dairy.  I searched online for some sort of recipe/guideline and then made some adaptations.  Here's the recipe I found: http://newsresults.blogspot.ca/2010/12/cake-in-cup-recipe-microwave-cake-in.html.  I used it as a guideline and used what I had available to me.

I wouldn't say that my substitutions were perfect but with some more tweaking in future attempts I think it can get there.  Overall I was very happy.

I used about 4.5-5 TBSP gluten free vanilla cake mix, 1 TBSP of cocoa, 3-3.5 TBSP of sugar.  1 egg.  4 TBSP of coconut milk, 1.5-2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil (although I'd like to try using coconut oil sometime).  I think I'd use a little less of the cake mix in the future (maybe the 4 TBSP the recipe I found calls for) and get some coconut sugar or use honey or maple syrup in sugars place.  Also, use a LARGE mug.  I used a large mug and still had it spill over the sides some.  Perhaps to be on the safe side and make clean up easy put the mug on a plate before microwaving.  I think there's probably some room to play around with this and still end up with a successful cake in a mug that suits your needs/wants/limitations and still tastes good enough to eat.  



Thursday, June 20, 2013

100 Ideas - Keri Smith Inspired Post #20

62. Write an entry in your journal in really LARGE letters



This concludes the swap.  It was a lot more effort then I originally anticipated and I had hoped to finish it before partners were even assigned.  I, however, am quite talented at procrastinating and putting things off and so it's rewarding to just have finished it before the deadline.  I think I need to do more little things like this.  Get in touch with my creative side more.  It was a lot of fun and a great experience.

100 Ideas - Keri Smith Inspired Post #19

76. Draw the sun