Around here, we are finally feeling ready for a big purge and reorganization. There is too much stuff, and we’re ready to simplify. In some cases, the stuff we will toss (or recycle, or Freecycle, or sell) just doesn’t reflect how we live anymore. I keep thinking that once I get rid of all the clutter associated with shortcuts we no longer take, I’ll finally have the space and time to invest in more involved ways of living with respect to food, health and medicine, housekeeping. And work — writing, editing, tutoring. I spent way too much energy trying to clear a space — literally and figuratively.
I wanted to create a list of goals for the next year but thought I should first celebrate the changes I have made in this past year.
Things I’ve started doing since last summer:
-Made chicken stock from scratch regularly and used it to cook vegetables and rice. (I’d made stock before occasionally before but didn’t know about getting it to gel, and I didn’t use it for cooking everything like I do now)
-Gotten on a coop to get a good price on coconut oil, so I never run out
-Gotten in a coop to get pastured eggs, grassfed meat and real milk for my husband
-Learned a little bit about flower essences and started using them
-Learned a little bit about essential oils and started using them. Also set up an auto ship account with Young Living Oils so that I build up my collection through monthly shipments
-Started using Miessence skin products
-Researched skin product safety for sunscreen and replaced what I had (which I thought was safe) with less toxic kinds (and other skin products)
-Started drinking kombucha regularly and eating cultured veggies more often
-Started soaking nuts and drying them and sometimes sprouting them
-Started making waffles from gluten-free flours and nut flour or from coconut flour and then freezing them (instead of buying Van’s)
-Did a cleanse that succeeded in helping me feel better and clearing up my psoriasis
-Recovered from a sprained ankle; trained for and ran a half-marathon
Things I’ve stopped or greatly cut back on doing that seemed detrimental to my health
-Eating tons of nut butter addictively
-Eating rice pasta, rice tortillas, rice crackers as often
-Eating goat milk cheese — even the raw seemed to affect me negatively
-Using plastic containers to store food
Things I hope to do in the coming year, in addition to purging the house of what we don’t need and creating workable spaces on all three levels — office and basement storage and play area, kitchen, living room and play area, well-organized and clean (tiny bathroom), bedroom for my son, parent bedroom without two mattresses next to each other on the floor
-Establish a sense of rhythm and routine with respect to home life, exercise and wellness practices (like meditation and yoga), and work. This will include regular bedtimes (before 11:30 p.m.) and waking times (not sure yet)
-Focus on possibilities rather than shoulds and take action to get past emotional blockages when I feel thwarted in my attempts to follow through on the more mundane goals outlined below
-Eliminate paper towel use in our home
-Establish a cleaning schedule and make cleaners I feel good about
-Become knowledgeable about herbs for healing, some basic Ayurveda, and homeopathy and delve deeper into essences and essential oils
-Replace current herbs, salt and pepper with new, mineral-rich, fresh
-Make my own ketchup regularly
-Culture my own veggies regularly
-Try making water kefir and possibly other fermented drinks. Research fermented beverages in general
-Tend the compost consistentely
-Tend the garden and yard such that weeds don’t get out of control and plants don’t die. This includes figuring out a good hose and/or sprinkler system.
-Get rid of all plastic dishes and containers and replace with items I’ve researched and feel good about
-Make chicken stock weekly
-Make beef stock occasionally and roast grassfed meat regularly
-Soak rice when time allows
-Soak and sprout beans
-Learn about GF baking
-Get refined sugar back out of diet, possibly including another carb-free, fruit-free (possibly legume-free) cleanse
-Learn about the best source for chocolate if I’m going to eat it
-Learn more about non-supplement forms of calcium and other vitamins and minerals and EFAs
-Possibly do a cleanse if my son weans before we decide we are ready to try to have another child. If I have this time, I would also use my infrared sauna and chi machine, which are of questionable safety while breastfeeding
I actually started this post over a month ago and found it helpful to return to it again before publishing. I look forward to having this info accessible whenever I need a reminder!
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