When I stopped to think about what I’ve been grateful for lately, I was reminded of the things that have inspired me, awakened my creativity or encouraged my heart. And I noticed a recurring theme of natural beauty. Not conventional beauty, but the kind of beauty brought on by change from within.
I guess that is the point of Emily’s post.
Health & Beauty
Let’s start with the Real Food Reset.
The Real Food Reset was a game changer for me. First, it was exactly what I need to break through the plateau I’d reached with healthy eating. I knew that I needed to step up my game by eating real food. I just had no idea how powerful that change would be.
I feel good from the inside out. I am more aware of what I’m eating and how I’m eating. I’m learning to chew slowly and savor my bites. My taste buds have changed for the better. I no longer crave pasta or starches. (Dr. Pepper is another story.) I want to eat healthy foods. I’ve gotten creative in the kitchen and started making my own dressings and sauces. (So satisfying!)
And, I lost more weight.
Bullet Journaling has become a life-saver. Writing down ideas, planning my day, tracking habits, and processing the events of my day has helped me sleep better, kept me on track with my goals, shown me where I can improve, caused me to find ways to be more productive, yet slow down.
It’s such a fulfilling way to live!
My living room has become my winter sanctuary. The new living room arrangement makes me feel safe and warm and a comfortable place to gather as a family. I’ll be sharing the living room makeover this coming Wednesday.
Fresh green stems. The other day, I stepped outside to clip a few branches from the Red Tip Photinia bush just outside my front door and brought them inside. The fresh green leaves did wonders to lift the winder blues.
It’s amazing how something seemingly so small could make such a big impression. Like tension rods and velvet hangers.
I was inspired to get the three tension rods I bought this past Christmas to hang wreaths from my windows out of the closet when I read, 10 Ways to Use Extension Rods in Your Home.
And, I found a great resource for black velvet hangers. I’ve been in the process of switching out my hangers for a while now, picking up a pack here and there. I recently bought two packs of black velvet hangers from Homegoods only to be disappointed when I opened the package and discovered half of them didn’t have a hook.
Needing to replace them, I ran into The Dollar Tree the other day and found some really nice, quality velvet hangers for a dollar. Making strides on a project is always a great feeling.
Watch the video to see the hangers and how they compare to others I’ve bought. You’ll also get to see my natural skincare routine, hear about Beautycounter and learn how to make DIY mouthwash.
Finally, one of the greatest joys this month was learning that my Dad can walk again!!! He started using a walker a few weeks ago and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Wishing you the natural beauty of gratitude.
See you in class,