Things I Love: October

Things I Love: OctoberI’m starting my month of gratitude early to once again share with you the things this month that I am thankful for, or that even just made me smile.

Things I Love

  • My family, for being so supportive of me and my goals
  • My mom, whose birthday is today
  • My fiance, who puts up with my emotional turmoil and loves me just the same
  • My uterus, for giving me a period. It may have been a short one with no preceding ovulation, but it was something
  • The pharmacy school I interviewed at, for putting me at ease, making me feel confident, and overall being a place I want to be at for the next four years (if I get in)
  • The friends I’m slowly making

Things that I love (with accompanying blog posts):

  • Garlic. It’s like my favorite thing to put in food. And it’s actually really good for you. It can be used for so many ailments! Like this homemade garlic oil that can be used for ear infections, among other things.
  • Anything sustainable. I’ve been making good progress on sustainable products, but I am still doing lots of learning about eating sustainably.
  • Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie. Because it exists.
  • Acne remedies, which my skin currently could use. I have tried some of these and I actually find them quite helpful!
  • Quick and easy meals, like these crockpot freezer ideas (complete with shopping list)
  • Pie crust made with lard. This is how Will makes his pie crust and, let me tell you, it is the way to go! Excuse me as I drool a bit.

What are some things that you love this month?

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30 Days of Gratitude

30 Days of GratitudeAs a college student, it is very easy to forget to be grateful. Really, this is easy for anyone, but since it’s Wednesday and I should be doing a dorm eating post, I figured I should give a shout out to all the other students out there.

Anyway, for the month of November, a few other bloggers and myself are starting a challenge: 30 Days of Gratitude. Every day, we will post something that we are thankful for (I will be posting mine on my Facebook page) and invite our readers to share things that they are grateful for.

I really hope you join me in this endeavor. Take time to remove some negativity from your life and remember the good things you have. Share with me what you are thankful for and visit the following blogs to share as well (definitely check out Simple Clean Living – this was her idea!):

Simple Clean Living
The Darling Bakers
Gutsy by Nature
The Aliso Kitchen
Walking in Light
Oh, The Things We’ll Make
The Urban Ecolife

Tomorrow I will start a day early with my monthly “Thing I Love” post.

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Tell me about yourself!

It seems like every day I share so much of myself with you, dear readers. I think it is time for you to tell me a bit about yourselves. Tell me whatever you want in the comments! Here are a few questions to get you started:

  1. How old are you?
  2. What is your job?
  3. Who do you live with? What does your family look like?
  4. Do you have any pets?
  5. What is your favorite color?
  6. What is your favorite book and why?
  7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  8. What is your favorite food?
  9. What is your favorite thing that you do to improve your health?
  10. What is your favorite thing that you do to improve the health of the planet?
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Changes are afoot

Don’t worry, it’s all good. 🙂

I’m working on moving my blog to its own domain name and self hosting. The name of this blog will also likely change. I am still working out all the details and getting everything organized and pretty. However, I plan to have everything finalized by the first of the month.

Hopefully for you this means a better, more user-friendly reading experience, as I will be able to do much more with the site than I can now. And you do not have to worry about getting lost, as I will make sure this site redirects to the new one.

More details about all of this will come, and if you are signed up for my newsletter, you will get them there as well as on the blog.

While I am still working on this, though, I would love to hear from you. What would you like to see different? What do you hope stays the same?

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Sunday Reflections: Summer Camp

I need to do this. I have been keeping this inside for over 3 years now, and it is really emotionally hard on me. Last week I told a story about the spiritual moment I had at summer camp. While this was not a regular occurrence, it goes to show you just how special and important this place was to me.

This was a summer camp where campers go for four or eight weeks. 8 and 9 year olds can go for two weeks, and some campers go for six. Four weeks is the most common, except for the oldest campers who often opt for eight weeks. It was a summer camp where you really get to know the other campers, and you see them year after year. These are true friendships that develop. These are two out of the seven friends invited to my wedding are camp friends friendships, not just Girl Scout camp friendships. To be fair, though, my social and friendship issues did follow me to an extent.

I started going when I was 14. This is pretty old compared with when other campers started, but it’s how long it took me to convince my parents to let me go to a 4 week sleep away camp. I was the kid that never got homesick; I got campsick. I loved every second I spent at this camp. Participating in plays, doing archery, taking “soapies” in the lake (which, oh, green living me just cringes at the thought of!), going on back packing trips, forming great inside jokes with my friends.

When I was 16, I was invited to be a counselor-in-training (CIT). There were 12 of us girls in a cabin, which was a lot! In that situation, you either hate or love each other by the end, and with us it was pure love, laughter, dance parties, and “nakey lakey” (we skinny dipped a lot that summer). I will never forget that summer as the best summer of my life.

Two years later, I was so excited to be a counselor there. There would be 8 of us from my CIT summer, as well as many other super cool people. As I mentioned last week, the training week was amazing. Then the campers showed up.

This was not a job I was ready for. I am an introvert. I’m awful with children. I have no concept of what is socially expected. These all led to me being a decent counselor, but not inspirational or awesome and being really bad at planning and running activities other than archery class. The first month I was partnered with older counselors, and they did not respect me, which led to me being viewed by my boss in a not-so-hot light. This improved once those counselors left and I started working with another new counselor, but it still wasn’t a great job for me. The worst was that I needed more sleep to function on a basic level than most 18-year-olds, so I couldn’t even socialize with the other counselors after lights out.

At the end of the summer, both my boss and I knew that this was not the job for me, and we both agreed that I should not come back the following summer. She told me I would always be part of the family there. My fiancĂ© is the only person I have told that my boss didn’t want me back. Everyone thinks it was just me making the decision because the summer was too rough on me.

Since then, I have had a lot of negative emotions with that camp. When I see pictures from the summers, or people from my CIT summer still working there, or when I see the camp friendships that have been better maintained than mine. I left camp on a negative note, not the strong positive note of my CIT summer. The negative emotions are not anger, just overwhelming sadness at what I lost because of my personality type.

Every once in a while, I have camp dreams. The night before I typed this up was such a night. I wake up from them feeling emotionally drained and desperately wishing I had a close female friend to talk to. I wish I could go back in time and experience my CIT summer again, or even to just experience that level of friendship and joy again in my life now.

Eventually the emotions from the dream fade and I forget about camp for a bit longer. But they always come back. Even after three years. As it is, however, I would trade those summers for anything. Even my summer as a counselor. I would rather have had that experience, than to have missed it and always wondered.

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What I Learned this Week

What I LearnedYesterday was crazy. From 11:30 to 4:30 I was at an interview and information session for pharmacy school. Then I visited some research labs. Then I had to get back to school, eat dinner, and deal with the, like, thousand emails and comments waiting for me. It was a great day and I think the interview went well, but it was busy. To be honest, I just didn’t have time to formulate a good, coherent post for today.



So you get a list of some fun things I learned:

  • The school I hope to go to has study abroad programs. I could intern as a pharmacist in Germany!
  • How to decline demonstratives and pronouns in Greek. Don’t know what that means? That’s okay. Basically, in Greek (and Latin, and German, and some Slavic languages), you conjugate nouns based on the role they play in the sentence. It’s awful.
  • We talked about externalities in economics class. I don’t fully understand them, but it has to do with unintended consequences of actions, negative or positive.
  • I learned about EFT, which is actually pretty cool. I don’t know if it benefiting me the way it is supposed to, but even just using it as an active meditation is really helpful.
  • I re-learned how comfortable the diva cup and cloth pads are. Because…drum roll…I got my period! I don’t think I ovulated, but I am still super excited about this development.

I know I learned more, but that’s what I got for now. What did you learn?

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Join My Mailing List!

I have recently created a mail list for Healthy People, Healthy Planet. You can sign up for it here.

If you are worried about your inbox being flooded with emails (especially since I’m still doing my 60-Day Challenge), no worries! You will not be getting emails ever time I post unless you elected to do so when following my blog through WordPress.

Rather, I will be sending out newsletters when there is big news at the blog, be it giveaways, huge sales, or changes that you should know about. If nothing else, I will send out a newsletter once a month to update you with goings on and feature a few cool posts.

I promise you email will not be sold or given to another mailing list. I hate spam as much as you do.

I hope you sign up! I would hate for you to miss any exciting blog news!

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Getting Started with Real Food, Part 2 – Online Courses

For those of us who need a little more help than just meal plans, online courses can be a great resource. I think I’ve mentioned that I could only make pasta and pancakes when I graduated high school. Yet this summer I found myself needing to make soups, stews, and other dishes for myself every day. I learned a lot, but I probably also created a lot of bad habits. And I’m still too scared to cook meat other than ground beef.

Real Food. Real Good. CourseEnter e-courses! I already told you about the grain-free course last week, so I will just briefly mention that again as an option. Click on that link to learn more.

Another really super awesome course I’ve found is about learning to eat paleo. While I know not all of you are paleo, this course has really great tips, no matter what your flavor of real food eating is.

This course, offered by Stupid Easy Paleo, is called “Real Food. Real Good.” It begins with an introduction to real food and why it is important before diving into paleo specifics. The course discusses kitchen tools, spices, stocking a real food pantry, batch cooking, and even chopping skills. As a girl who can’t use a knife without practically cutting her thumb off, I LOVED that video on chopping!

There are also more specific videos about paleo for certain lifestyles and food quality. If you are looking into or struggling with paleo, the paleo pitfalls video will be quite helpful!

This course also comes with PDF guides and a cookbook to put your new knowledge into practice. There are additional tiers of the class available, too, with more content.

The reason I am plugging Real Food. Real Good. so hard is because it is a really great deal. Most e-courses available cost over $100, but with this course, the video tutorials, guides, and cookbook are only $39. As I mentioned, there are higher tiers, but it is pretty unique to have a course with such an economical starting point. That’s why I’m so excited about it!

Well, that’s all I have for now. I really hope you check out and enjoy this real food e-course. I know I have found it incredibly helpful.

What are some of the resources that helped you really get started on your real food journey?

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