I had always imagined that the road to slow or simple living would be easy. First, I started decluttering. Let me just say here that I have been decluttering since at least the beginning of the year and I am still not done. Decluttering brings up all sorts of emotional issues which may delay or hinder the process. Then other areas of one's life comes under scrutiny. What one puts in to one's mouth, the people one surrounds oneself with and how one spends one's time get parsed on a microscopic level. And if one lives with other people there may be a lot of negotiating going on. One may be negotiating how to redefine the home or living space and even how relationships are conducted. It can seem incredibly overwhelming. So I decided that I had to go back to basics. I would do just one thing a day that would bring me back to center. It didn't have to be a huge grand gesture like chucking everything and going backpacking around the world. After all, who of us can do that? Most of us have bills to pay, responsibilities to uphold and children to raise. And it had to be something that didn't require buy-in from the entire family (although it would be great if they did join in). But doing one actionable step every day, day by day, no matter how small, I figured I could do.
I used to joke about green smoothies. "It's swamp water!" I cried gleefully. But my health issues had plateaued. I wasn't getting worse but I wasn't getting better either. I needed a kickstart in the right direction. So, much to Monsieur's amazement, I came home with a bottle of emerald green sludge. And you know what? It tastes great! It would take me 10 minutes to type out all the ingredients but there is stuff in there such as Nova Scotia dulse which I would never have thought to add in to a homemade version. This is why, as a newbie in the green smoothie arena, I decided to purchase a bottle from Bolthouse Farms, rather than attempting to make my own. I knew it would be a huge time crunch to go to various grocery and health food stores to gather all the ingredients. For example, I don't have the faintest idea where to go to find barley grass, let alone Nova Scotia dulse. More to the point, it had to taste good for me to continue with it. Now, knowing that it tastes eminently palatable, I will be able to down a glass of this on a regular basis. Day by day, it will become a habit that infuses me with goodness. And each time I do it, I am reminding myself that I am being respectful of me, that I am worthy and that I am coming back to center. And tomorrow I will pick some other step to take. And all these incremental steps, strung together will guide me towards a new horizon. So, any suggestions on what my next step should be? I need running buddies to tow me across the finish line. And if you want to join in, leave a comment telling me what small or large thing you did to move you along the path to wellness. Or use #30days2wellnesslbh on Instagram.
If you have any green smoothie or healthy smoothie recipes, please let me know!
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