Today is day 100 here at Deconstruct The Yuck!
Amazing! In some ways it is hard to believe we have written every.single.day for 100 days! But, you know what? It hasn’t been that bad. This project has proved to be so fun so far and I have already learned so much. I have met a ton of people I never would have, pushed myself to try new things, really, really thought about my beliefs, choices and actions and created something I am immensely proud of. There are certainly days that I feel overwhelmed with the whole project, but I also feel like I have found my feet in a way I have not felt before.
To commemorate these 100 days, I would like to summarize a bit of the last three months for you all. Upon learning about the blog, a lot of people ask me if I am continuing with any of the earlier challenges or, as each month passes, if I am just completely moving on. So, I thought it might be fun write a little review!
Less is More – This month began with me thinking I was going to clean out my basement and ended with me cleaning out my mind too! I really loved not only completing this challenge but delving into my emotions on this topic. As for de-cluttering these days… well, I admit, it has not been perfect. I have worked really hard to maintain the areas I de-cluttered in January, but it is amazing how quickly things seem to pile up! Our basement still looks great – but there are a few areas in my house in need of tackling again! I have continued to work really hard at creating space in my life and this is an area I have seen a lot of success as of late. My husband and I are re-claiming our weekend time; decreasing the number of times we host dinners and implementing a “reading” hour at least once a weekend as a family. Success! As for putting myself out there and experiencing new, crazy things as a way to decrease the “noise” in my head… turns out the blog is perfect for that. I am constantly pushing my comfort zone and experiencing new, amazing things these days!
Sugar Rehab – This was not an easy challenge and to be frank, I was relieved when those 28 endless days finally came to a close. Once this month was over, I vowed to continue to keep my extra sugar intake low and treat myself with homemade snacks made with honey and maple syrup. I have to admit, for the past 6 weeks or so, this goal has ebbed and flowed. Some weeks I am able to really stick to this and other weeks are a bit trickier. One thing I can see clearly however, is that the more sugar I eat (specifically the more sugar in processed food), the grosser I feel. I enjoy not having the rigidity of the challenge, but I always regret it if I am not careful.
Vanity Insanity – This month was a huge eye-opener for me. I was really nervous to analyze my perceptions of beauty… a part of me felt like I would have to give up some of the things that made me feel beautiful in order to take a stand against forced messages of beauty. However, the exact opposite occurred. By stripping away the lies and misconceptions around beauty in the media, I was able to see the truth and the truth allowed me to finally figure out what “healthy vanity” felt like. Editing my photos to be “magazine ready” was a very impactful experience and guided me to accept and love myself for being real. This message has stayed with me – I continue to feel confident and pretty some days and not as much other days – which is just real life. I hope that I will be able to continue on this path and finally free myself of the clutches of feeling never good enough.
As for this month, the Green Please Challenge continues! Here are my two positive acts for the environment…
My shower drain is clogged. Gross. So yesterday, instead of pouring liquid poison down the drain and into our water system, I tried using a concoction of baking soda, vinegar and boiling water, I found here. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. Today I thought to myself, “Screw it – I tried – draino it is”. And then I watched a preview of the documentary “No Impact Man” (which I hope to discuss soon) and then thought, “FINE… I’ll try again!” So, I have tried another time and will let you know the final result after our morning showers tomorrow!
2. I ordered my chicken and eggs from Bowden Fresh Farms. Kyla introduced me to this farm a few years back and I have been enjoying their chicken ever since. They offer chicken that is antibiotic free, naturally grain fed with no preservatives, additives or animal by-products. And best of all – they are local (Bowden, Alberta). You can check them out at http://www.bowdenfarmfreshchicken.com/