Rainy Day Thoughts

I can’t believe it is April already! Where has the time gone? First quarter of 2014 has come and gone and, unlike previous years, I feel quite proud of the small accomplishments I’ve made so far (with Mr. A’s support!). I am not sure I can pinpoint the exact moment I made the decision of making some changes in our lives, particularly around food, but I’m glad I’ve started to go down that path.

I don’t think I have made any great or huge changes (hence my label of ‘small accomplishments’), but I do believe all the little changes will add up in the end. Slowly, my eyes have been opening regarding the current state of our food supply and, for me, it is scary. Both Mr. A and myself work full time outside the home and I am just so shocked at how difficult it is to try to make better choices for our health while working. It seems the day does not have enough hours!

Anyways, on this cold, rainy day here in the Midwest, I found myself reflecting on some of the things we’ve done so far:

  1. Switched our milk and eggs to organic
  2. Our grocery shopping habit has changed: our shopping cart now mostly consists of fruit and veggies
  3. I’m more diligent with reading labels. If I don’t know what it is, it stays on the shelf!
  4. Tried my hand at making my own sourdough starter (and it’s still alive!!)
  5. Planted some tomato seeds in the hopes of actually growing tomatoes for us to enjoy fresh (that is, if I manage not to kill the plants)
  6. Baked yummy and better-for-you banana bread using whole wheat, honey, and coconut oil (still tweaking the recipe but the last batch was amazing)
  7. Got past the color and enjoyed a green smoothie for the first time
  8. Made my own peanut butter from scratch!
  9. Enjoyed home made peanut butter smeared on a slice of home made sourdough whole wheat bread!
  10. Trying out a DIY cream for my skin which only has two ingredients: coconut oil and vitamin E

Putting them down on paper (or digital paper) really makes it more real for me and reminds me that it is possible to make changes. You just have to start taking action. It won’t make it any easier, but it does give me the motivation to keep going. I hope that, if anyone is reading this, it gives you the motivation to make the changes you want in your life. Even if you work full time outside the home, it is possible. It’s probably a slower pace of change, at least that’s how I personally feel, but it is change nonetheless.

It is time to put wishes and ideas into action.There’s a quote I have on my desk at work that helps kicking my butt into gear. I can’t remember where I got it from, I wish I did so I could give proper credit, but here it is:

What if today was someday?

Here’s to a good first quarter of 2014 and to an even better rest of the year!