Let’s be honest – this blog sucks. If it were a plant, it would be dead from neglect.
Don’t get me wrong. This thing has been keeping me honest, and helping me move forward. My life has changed significantly as a result of having a little corner of the world to focus in on what needs changing. But that’s the thing – I can’t keep all of this change to myself. I need to buckle down and start spitting these thoughts out somewhere. There’s a reason I started blogging years ago; I love writing, or at least I used to. I think it’s time to get back to it.
So this month, I’m going to be working on retooling things on the blog. I’m not sure yet what that means, exactly, but that’s OK. It’s only the rest of my life, after all. I’ve got a little bit of time (although, given the dumpster fire that is our political and environmental situation, “little bit” is up for interpretation).
First things first, though, let’s take it back a notch and talk about what I was up to in June, and what I plan to be up to in July.
In June, I started transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle. It’s going to be a long journey, but I’m working on eliminating household plastic, incorporating recycling, reducing the amount of wasteful products that I buy, and finding new ways to embrace reuse. This has touched my life in all arenas, and I’m looking forward to talking about all of the little changes that I’ve been making to start caring for the planet.
There’s still so far to go that at times it’s nearly overwhelming. My freezer is full of compost scraps, and the only place that I know can take them is only open for two hours on Thursday afternoon, while I’m at work. I’ve gone cross-eyed (and broken hearted) realizing just how few materials are recyclable in New Orleans (but I still got a new recycling bin for my kitchen). I’ve been learning how to shave with shaving soap and a brush, and my new toothbrush is bamboo. Today, I also started researching vegan, cruelty free, reef-safe, organic sunscreen in zero waste packaging that also doesn’t make your eyes sting – and miraculously, I found a couple of options! I’ll let you know what I buy. A few weeks back, I found a beautiful new cream foundation that checks all of those same boxes, and makes me feel like an old fashioned movie starlet – I want to talk about that, too. And what about shopping without using plastic bags? Not nearly as scary as I’d thought it would be.
Also in June, I danced with the NOLA Chorus Girls TWICE, in two separate public performances. It was liberating, and I’m proud of putting myself out there. It’s hard to tell from this side of the looking glass, but I’m pretty sure I’m much more confident than I was before I started this blog, and becoming a chorus girl was my very first goal, back in January. I feel like it’s finally official. I’ve got a long way to go to be spectacular, but I’m dancing, and that’s what counts.
Speaking of putting yourself out there and just getting the work done, I also started taking Spanish class this month, after years and years of wishing I could just learn another language by magic, or at least osmosis.
In other words, June was a BIG MONTH for me. Like, major leveling up accomplished. I’m off to a good start, but not nearly where I want to be. So where is that, anyway?
In July I’m planning to continue my current work to become more ecologically sensitive and protective. I’m going to figure out what to do with the damn composting scraps, for one thing. I’ll also make some tough choices – sunscreen, toothpaste, a new skincare routine, and a refined diet. Factory farming is terrible for the environment, and I want to significantly cut back on my consumption of animal products, to hopefully lessen my carbon footprint. For that matter, I also want to research my specific carbon footprint and figure out what I need to be doing to offset my negative impact on the world.
But the shift towards taking better care of the Earth is more of a lifelong lifestyle change – so what else do I plan to do in July to put myself out there? For starters, I’ll be continuing Spanish class until August, and I’m going to work on studying on my own each day via TV shows, podcasts, and a set of flashcards that I just bought.
I also just signed up for an introductory pottery course. It’s not something that I think I ever talk about, but I love ceramics. ADORE them. I’m always on the lookout for beautiful pieces of vintage pottery, and I follow at least 100 different ceramicists on Instagram. I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed, but as far as loving art goes, pottery is pretty far up there. I’ve wanted to play with clay since I was a kid, but have never had the chance. So why not now? Anyway, I start next week. I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and why not show you some of the artists that I love, as well? Adding that to my “to write” list.
Last, but definitely not least, is to start working more on my physical health. One of the things that I’ve been attempting to do with this blog is to focus on bettering my life, without getting too caught up in spotlighting my struggles with weight or compulsive consumption. I’m still not going to talk much about intentional weight loss here, because I think it’s unhealthy to focus on a number on the scale.
However, what I will be talking about is getting accountable when it comes to eating mindfully, and exercising regularly. I’ve been falling behind on both counts since my dad died in late March, and I’ve given myself a lot of leeway on account of grief. However, knowing my issues with emotional eating, it’s time to put the kibosh on indulging my feelings with extra helpings of carbs. I have a big hiking trip planned for my birthday, and I want to be in shape to enjoy the hell out of it. My plan is to record all food eaten on the Lose It! app, and to use my new DB Method machine every day this month, to see if it lives up to the hype. Tomorrow we’ll start with a before pic of my butt, so stay tuned!
There’s one last thing that I want to talk about, and it’s a big one. Massive, but wiley and deceptive. It’s something that I’ve been working on since January, and am doing pretty well with, but could still stand to improve upon – giving up alcohol. I haven’t talked that much about it because I didn’t have the words, really. But it’s time.
Not tonight, though. This was enough for this evening. I hope that you stick with me as I start to make these shifts. I love that you’re here with me, and am looking forward to growing with you.