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 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
Sometimes I feel like my Type A personality gets the most of me. I have a very motivated attitude so rest doesn’t come easy for me and I’m happiest when I can be productive.
Lately, I hear more and more reasons why we should make the switch to organic food. The organic label is thrown around a lot so I used to place little to no importance on it. I figured it was good enough to be buying produce and eating as many colorful foods as I can. Though, recent articles and news about glyphosate and its manufacturer have caught my concern.