Hello beautiful souls! I’ve missed you! The whole two jobs, no spare time thing has really put a damper on social time. In case you didn’t know, I got hired for a seasonal job back in October and, not long after, was offered a full time job elsewhere. I’ve been juggling the two at the sacrifice of social media, my loving blog, and communication with anyone who isn’t a coworker or family living in my house. As the month soon comes to a close, I foresee some more time for me to get back to all of that!
For a long time, I didn’t celebrate holidays at all. My family didn’t decorate the house or dress up or play holiday tunes while I was growing up. I would look to friends in awe off their family’s traditions and celebrations and long for something special. It wasn’t until I was in high school that my family started to get together with extended family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. As a kid, I had established expectations from movies of what the holidays should look like. Now, I find myself in a rushed state of activity that I worry the holidays will just blow past me before I get a chance to sit down. The thing is, there are a handful of qualities that make the holidays special.
I used to be the girl with the perfect period. In my school years, my friends would talk about missing periods, backaches, cramps, acne, and other uncomfortable period symptoms. My period would come and go in a few short days but I never had problems. Until a few years ago, when I lost my period.
I was listening to an episode of The Balance Blonde’s Soul on Fire Podcast with Mary Beth LaRue (ep 23) and they made an interesting point about labels. They brought up this Instagram post by Sophe Jaffe which conveys the message that we should be living for ourselves, not for others. If we are doing what feels right, yet, we have to explain our thoughts and behaviors to those around us, there is something wrong in that situation. The insecurity we feel over what others will think weighs too heavily on our opinion of ourselves. Consequently, when we try to explain ourselves to others, we use labels to justify our way of thinking. Pre-set normative stereotypes might be a little part of what we are but they aren’t all that we are. Read more
Welcome to Part 2! On my last post I described my suggestions for how to begin reducing sugar. See the full post for details but, to recap: we want to avoid added sources of sugar and ideally try a week without any added sweeteners. Whether or not you have yet tried a sugar detox, this post might be helpful. Whole foods are the best and ideal alternative to added-sugar foods that allow us to intake sugar in a balanced manner.