Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feelings of Inadequacy

Do you see this, friends? This is my name. In print. As a conference workshop speaker.

I'm sitting here at Starbucks finishing up my notes for the workshop, because ohmystars it is this Friday and wow, that came fast. I've only known about it since April, haha. They asked me to do a workshop on blogging for a group of Christian writers, and I'm all like, why me? I think I am the smallest most insignificant blog on the planet, and they want me to speak about it?

The notes came together pretty well - I have a whole board of blogging tips to refer to, plus an amazing network of other bloggers that have helped me along the way. I even have a simple slideshow and handouts and that part is easy. But now I'm to the hard part, the most important parts: the introduction and conclusion, where I desperately want to encourage people that they can do it, show them that it is worth it, and ignite a spark of creativity.

And now I just feel inadequate. 

Because how do you encourage someone to do something you yourself feel that you stumble to do?

I've been blogging for several years, but it is definitely something I've just slowly learned along the way. I guess in my mind, a person that teaches others has to be a professional in their field, right? And I'm no professional. But maybe that is where my thinking is wrong. Maybe I just need to be the best version of me. The version of me that gives God the credit and relies on Him for help, and share what I have learned personally and not worry about being professional.

So I just keep repeating these words from fellow blogger Emily (who is the type of gal that should be doing this workshop!)

So despite my feelings of inadequacy and the feeling that I am not good/smart/famous enough, I'm just going to remember that I have something to offer. I have the Words of Truth, after all, and since when is that not enough?

I really, truly am excited about this opportunity. Really! I can't wait to stretch myself a little and try something new, while meeting fantastic people and being encouraged by the rest of the conference. You can be sure I'll be back next week to share how it went and all I learned! Thanks readers, for being there...for being my readers, because without you fantastic people supporting this blog I wouldn't be here at all.

What events/circumstances are facing you that force you to rely on God?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello...er, Goodbye??!!

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We're doing something a little different around here today, folks. Instead of a typical hello Monday post, where we greet the new week with a smile and reflect on the past week, we're saying goodbye.

Goodbyes are hard. Trust me, I've had my fair share of them!

I don't want this to be a sad goodbye for you, however. Parting can be sweet sorrow, in this case! That is why I am giving you this one last chance to grab the healthy living eBook bundle before it is gone...because in just 8 hours (midnight EST) it will be, forever!

So lets take a moment to say goodbye, shall we?

Goodbye, over $1,000 worth of eBooks that will help me provide nourishing meals for my family, take control of my own health, and give me the knowledge to keep harmful chemicals and toxins out of my home.

Goodbye, $288 dollars worth of ecourses, including a fitness challenge, essential oil course, and helps for grocery store savings.

Goodbye, bonus memberships, store credits and other freebies worth $200.

Goodbye to endless healthy, nourishing recipes and free, cute recipe cards to put them on.

If you purchase the bundle through my links, just contact me in any way and let me know...I'll send you these specially designed recipe cards for free!

Goodbye to all the best, trusted healthy living bloggers and their best resources all in one place.

Are you about ready to be done with the goodbyes? I am! :) Put an end to my foolish goodbyes, and pick up your bundle now in the final hours. I really, truly don't want you to miss out! If you are still on the fence, why not read these testimonials from people just like you, or browse through the list of authors and see what they have to offer?

I know $30 might seem like a big commitment...but I think I am safe to say that you spend WAAAY more than just $30 on other areas of your family's health and wellness. Am I right? This is $30 that you WILL get back in long-term benefits!

I'm done talking now. Just go get the bundle. The End. And Goodbye.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One Small Step at a Time

My own journey to healthier, greener choices did not begin until I was out of college. As I started to read blogs, research real foods and recipes, and make some healthy decisions for myself I found that I was quickly overwhelmed! Things like grinding my own flour, knowledge of herbs and herbal remedies, essential oils, etc. etc. went way over my head. Too much information, not enough time and money!

It is easy to feel like this healthy living thing is just a fad, and sales gimmic, and a way for companies to get more money. But after learning more about what we are really putting into our bodies each day and the truly negative effects it has, I have come to realize that it is a very important topic! Our bodies can not function the way God intended if we do not have the support and nutrition that he designed for us to need.

But it does take work, and it does take money...precious money we might not have. Trust me, I get that! I don't have the money to shop at health food-y, organic-y stores all the time. So along the way, I've tried to make small, healthier changes as I am able. Do I always eat grass-fed beef? No. Does my makeup contain all natural ingredients? No. But each time I make one small change that is one more area that is helping my body work how it was designed to work.

Here are a few of the simple changes I've recently made on my own healthy living journey:

Non-GMO cream for my coffee - I use Stonyfield. The ingredients on this carton are better than many other creamers, and the No GMO, no pesticide, no hormone standard makes me feel better about the whole thing. I love Stonyfield yogurt for breakfast, too.

I use lemon juice to boost immune system, and pair it with honey for a cough. I can count on one hand the times I've put drugs or antibiotics in my system. I know this isn't possible for everyone, but it is one small step that makes me happy! The lemon juice and honey methods that I shared with you here have worked well for me for several years now.

I recently started using Hydrogen Peroxide for a mouthwash. People, this is huge. I absolutely hate the flavor, but I'm doing it anyway because I hate going to the dentist even more. :) I dilute it with water and swish it around my mouth every night. Peroxide is the ingredient in whitestrips and whitening toothpaste, so this should not only clean my mouth and gums but whiten my teeth as well! I also use Peroxide to clean up foot fungus as I explained here.

I bought the Healthy Living book bundle. I know, maybe this doesn't seem like a "small step" to you...but I believe it is one of the easiest small steps you can take! It is available at the click of a button, and will provide you with so many resources and helps for whatever area of healthy living you are interested in. This is one small step we all can take....what are you waiting for? Take this step with me right now!
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These are all small changes, I know. Compared to other people, I still fall way short, but that is why we don't compare ourselves to other people, right? {wink} I know I still have a long way to go. I know buying cream at the store is still cream from the store, not the farm. But it is something. And I believe it is better to do something than nothing at all.

Here are some other healthier changes I've read about and would like to try:

The "no 'poo" hair care method. If you haven't heard of this, it consists of not putting store-bought shampoo and conditioners in your hair and using natural ingredients instead. You can read about it here, here and here. There are possible side effects, however, after years of using baking soda on your hair: here is an example, and here is another. So perhaps just the occasional use of this method would be better? I've also heard that coconut oil strengthens and protects your hair, so maybe that fits into the routine somewhere?? We'll see!

The oil cleansing method for my face. You can read about it here, here, and here, but basically this is removing harsh chemicals and letting natural oils clean your face as they were intended to, with only a little help from you.

And other natural beauty routines. Here is homemade hairspray, deodorant, zit zapper, makeup remover and face scrub, just for starters! One step at a time, people...

I'd love to hear what small steps you are making, or what steps you want to make in your own healthy living journey! Have you tried any of the things I mentioned above? Feel free to share, and of course we won't compare your story to anyone else's. {wink!}

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