Some people hate it, change can be tough and scary and procrastinated over. When we’ve been doing the same thing out of habit, and no longer think about how it affects things in or around our life, it just feels comfy, like a warm cozy sweater wrapped around us and who doesn’t love that?!?
So we put it off, one more day won’t hurt anything and we have so many other things that need to be done first. Clean the lint filter, mow the lawn, new batteries in the smoke detector, cleaning the grout around the tile or anything else that prevents us from starting today. Yeah change can happen tomorrow, and then another tomorrow comes and another and another and anotherrrrrrr……………..okay maybe next year change will happen.
My change happened slowly, very slowly. I had read different reports on high fructose corn syrup and just didn’t like what I read so I chose to eliminate it from my diet. At the time it seemed like an easy choice. I could not have been more wrong. I never read the ingredient list on the foods I bought, I thought I was making healthy choices, and the one thing I was trying to eliminate was in most of the food products I was purchasing. Okay, so I started shopping just the perimeter of my local grocery store unless I needed rice or beans and started making my own homemade food. I even took some cooking classes, I really needed them and my smoke detector thanked me. Holy crap what a difference in taste that made!! Who knew cooking healthy nutritious foods could be so easy? I didn’t know that’s why I avoided it. Change number one complete.
The phase I’m working on changing now is cleaning supplies. We all know of the hidden dangers in cleaning products, that’s why we have to keep them locked away from little kids or your husband who likes to experiment with different chemicals on the grease stain in the garage, geez! Anyway, I’ve found that using vinegar, water, sea salt, lemon and baking soda are excellent cleaners. Those few basic ingredients used in different proportions will clean most surfaces in your home. For example, to clean your wooden cutting boards, use sea salt and lemon juice. The lemon juice acts as an anti-bacterial and the salt is scrubbing away stains. If you like you can rub some food grade coconut oil into the board to help season the wood. Easy right? There are a lot of simple solutions for cleaning products with ingredients you may already have in your home. Try it, it saves you money and helps the environment.
My next baby steps will be learning how to can/freeze food. Since summer is on its way, I’ll do my research now (I wish I could plant a garden…stupid home owners association won’t let me). I’d also like to find some simple solutions for shampoo or body wash so if you have any tips on that please let me know.
Change doesn’t happen overnight or even in a week. It’s a conscious choice to improve yourself because something isn’t working for you anymore. It’s hard to get started but my dear friend told me that if something scares you and excites you both than you know its right for you. Your change will be different from mine and that’s okay, we all have something we’d like to be different in our lives. So what is it that you’d like to be different? Will you tell me about something you changed for yourself?