Somewhere along the way I became a mother and lost myself.. There I said it. It’s not as strange as it sounds.. And I’m not afraid to admit it. Becoming a mother to my darling little angel, my craziness, my giggle, my monkey is the greatest thing I have ever done… And yet the hardest. Growing and nurturing this little bundle of joy from just a little splotch to a mini me is the most amazing thing. I literally baked a baby…. So where was the point in time where I lost myself? I don’t know. I was way too busy that I somehow forgot to notice. And suddenly I have. How do I (my time poor current self) find my way back to me (my former daydreaming self)? Not long ago my blurb would’ve said, “Hi. My name is Sare and I like long walks along the beach. I surf. I practise yoga and Pilates. I’m a crazy Gemini. I like solitude. I like music. I eat healthily. I cherish the earth. I smell the flowers. My body is a temple. I love life. ” I’m currently lost in the craziness of dirty nappies, cooking, cleaning, playing wife, renovating, working part time, running a small business and now I’m about to move house…again!! If you find me, please let me know. 😉 xx
Nearly six months later and I am only just beginning to feel as though I am resurfacing into the world after having our baby. Some days are still hazy; other days the clouds are starting to lift. Sleep, on the other hand, is still very much only a dream.
It’s quite amazing. No-one can ever truly prepare you for motherhood. Every mother’s road will be different. Every child unique. Just like a David Attenborough documentary, every parent evolving just as a caterpillar metamorphosises into a beautiful butterfly. Never to return.
Just like my life you will find that this blog too evolves. I write from within so therefore how could it possibly not. This year is going to be a big one as we begin plans to rebirth our home. Evolve our home. And as always, expand our dreams of living green in a modern world.
Less than five kilometres from our city centre, yet we are creating a world away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy modern age we live in. Green grass, gardens, worm farms, edible backyards, chickens, insects, compost, solar passive designs, sustainable living, baby steps…
Life is taking time to smell the roses.
As the clouds lift higher, I plan to make time to blog. I plan to reconnect again with this earth. I plan to feel the wind on my cheeks. I’m looking forward to you joining me on my journey.
As I gear up toward the next stage of my life, motherhood, I realise that the toxic free life I have chosen is ever so much more important.
Did you know that an average of 287 different chemicals were found in the umbilical cord blood from 10 infants born in US hospitals*?
This fact shocked me and quite literally stopped me in my tracks!! What!! How could a little embryo be subjected to so many chemicals and all before it is even born!! And that the life-giving umbilical cord is already causing our children harm!
Our bodies are amazing things. They support life, they are our life! And for us women, they are the creators of the next generation.
We know that BPA is a hormone disruptor. (I for one, believe that BPA was a main cause for a micro-ademona found on my pituatry gland a few years ago. This little lump luckily wasn’t found to be cancerous, but it was playing with my hormones. Basically, my body had not received Oestrogen for years! This little lump had rendered me infertile and very ill.) I found my home and my kitchen FILLED to the brim with BPA. Cans, receipts, plastic containers, shampoo bottles… you name it…
And BPA is only ONE toxic chemical found in our homes and our everyday lives! There are over 80,000 chemicals in use on this planet.
There are mercury, thiomersal and aluminium in our vaccinations, permeates in our milk, fluoride and aluminium in our water, pesticides on our food, tungsten in wedding rings, lead in our paints and household dust, titanium dioxide in our sunscreens, not to mention the toxic cocktails found in our beauty products…..
So what can we do about it?
We could drop out of society all together. It may be fun for a while, but totally not practical. And besides, this blog is about living green in a modern world… Our modern worlds don’t have caves. So what can we do?
We can rid our homes of chemicals. Simple.
And we can all eat only organic produce and take a detox supplement such as milk thistle. Drink green liver loving smoothies. Sauna it up. Dry brush your skin. Drink only filtered water (and NOT out of plastic bottles.) We can stop over burdening ourselves with chemicals. Start with cleaning your insides. I prefer to call it a clean not a detox. Detox is too harsh and short-lived. A clean can be gentler and continue forever.
And if detoxing your home and ridding it of chemicals sounds too full on and too expensive, why not focus on one room at a time. That way it’s achievable.
And remember, a clean home does NOT need to smell clean. Only the artificial fragrances left behind do.
Given the cost of illness to us and our children…. Doesn’t that make clean living all the more economical?
There is only one time to start and that is NOW!
* Wellbeing Magazine, Issue 144