I believe my blog "A Thousand Miles...The First Steps" is aptly named. I am on a journey, and I know we all are. However, I am keenly aware of this truth lately, and I'm more intimately connected to the journey itself. Every aspect of my life is a mini-journey and plays its own unique part in my overall journey.
The weeks before 2013 are my introspection weeks; I spent a few hours over the Thanksgiving weekend looking back into 2012 and looking forward into 2013. I realized I'm at peace, and the intense desire to accomplish it all is SLOWLY giving way to enjoying the journey. This truth was alive in the way I approached what I put in and on my body. I have always desired to live healthy, naturally, organically and be socially conscious when about what I put in and on my body. However, it felt like there was an overwhelming list of things to do to get there. I actually went vegetarian for a week a few years ago, and it was so hard. Maybe if I had looked at it as a journey not something to just turn around and do...I might have succeeded past a week. :)
2012 was a year I saw myself take more radical steps to accomplish the lifestyle I want in health, wellness and beauty. I am not going all organic or vegetarian (well not yet), and I have not dumped all my chemical-rich store bought beauty products. However, I took a hard look at my life, my choices and the products I use and began wondering how to incorporate or switch to natural or organic substitutes. In 2012, I began questioning why I am not using natural, toxin free and socially conscious products. I also began asking myself to develop the habit of investing in entrepreneurs and smaller businesses.
Truth be told, I am currently taking bigger steps in what I put on my skin (beauty) than in what I put into my body (diet) and where I spend my money, but each step I take opens me up to making changes in other areas. It is a journey, and I am taking the steps. It does involve a few research into the science above and beyond what the blogsphere had to say.
Changes I made in 2012:
- I use *coconut oil as a facial moisturizer in the mornings and at night.
- I use a blend of *olive oil and Shea butter (winter) as a body moisturizer.
- I use *raw honey as a facial cleanser in the mornings and at night when I have no makeup on
- I use the oil cleansing method (blend of castor oil and olive oil) as a facial cleanser when I have makeup on.
- I use a mix of honey, coconut oil and brown sugar paste as a lip scrub.
I am looking forward to implementing more changes. For instance, I am almost done with my St. Ives apricot scrub and I could re-invest in this company. Its products are advertised to be toxin, paraben and animal testing free (I need to investigate that), but I am thinking of going all natural by using oat, brown sugar, honey and kiwi or strawberry as a scrub twice a week.
I am excited to keep moving in this direction in 2013, and I can tell you that the results are unbelievable already.
If you use natural products for your beauty regimen, what products do you use & how?
Oh, I am currently shopping around for a natural deodorant. Any ideas? :)
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