i have been struggling lately with my determination to be a healthier, stronger, leaner, and overall more natural version of myself. i have not only stopped chemically straightening my hair (may 9th will be 3 years since my last relaxer!) but i am also using more natural hair products, featuring sulfate-free formulas and lots of butters and oil, instead of things i can't pronounce. i am also eating less fast/processed/packaged food and more fruits and veggies/unrefined sweeteners/whole grains.
i chose the natural route for my hair, because i realized that i can't expect my daughter to keep her hair chemical-free if i continue to relax mine. i had this same dilemma with my own mom-- as a child, i begged and begged for a relaxer, and after a while, she gave in: she couldn't convince me that it was bad while continuing to use it on her hair. so, up until 3 years ago, i had thin, broken, completely unhealthy hair... and a three-year-old daughter who was beginning to hate her own kinky locks-- a change had to come!
three years later, we embrace our natural curls! we have found natural products that work for us. we have soft, shiny, manageable hair. and we love it!
once again, my children are my true motivation, as i witness my 37-year-old husband suffer from diabetes on a regular basis. he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 6 years ago, most likely due to poor dietary habits, in addition to genetics. and although my daughter has pretty good eating habits, as she likes most fruits, some veggies, fish, and whole grains, my son is on a downward spiral, fueled by spoiling grandparents, little debbie brownies, and a ton of white pasta!
leading by example, i try to cook healthy meals, filled with lots of colors and nutrients. i don't keep too many unhealthy snacks in the house. i even try to exercise when i can, at least by doing lots of housework and always moving around-- every bit counts, right?
but of course, like everything else that's good for you, being healthy is a day-to-day struggle. and I. LOVE. CHOCOLATE!!! but i have support. i have a husband who knows how hard it is to just say no. and i have my friends, who have the same and different struggles...
yesterday i met with some friends and made intention candles. we chose from affirmation and intention cards and let them speak to us, transforming these ideas into beautiful candles we can later light with purpose and meaning. of course, the card i ended up choosing (or did it choose me?) was green man: synergy. and i used green papers of different prints and hues and patterns to decorate my candle. i thought of my want to become more closely connected to nature as i adhered strips of tissue paper, intertwined and spiraling around the glass, along with flowers in bloom, cosmic stars, and a giant butterfly, symbolizing my need for change.
just the act of creating this candle was another step in the right direction for me, as i continue on my creative and spiritual adventure to find the best version of myself. i hope that you will continue to watch my journey, cheer me on, and maybe even join me!
see you soon!
- an intention or affirmation (no cards necessary)
- a glass votive candle holder
- tissue paper
- a clear glue/sealant, such as mod podge
- other embellishments, such as magazine pages or scrapbooking images (optional)
glue on papers and images any way that you wish, seal with a top coat of glue, and let dry.