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There is something in me, there always has been, a need to be creative. Whether it is writing, drawing (not well but trying none the less), painting ceramics or boxes, scrapbooking, sewing, building sets & props – I need to be creative.

This need is the reason I opened my little Euphorium store at the back of our Euphoria Smoothie store. Ok, I didn’t open it all by myself I had help from my wonderfully, fabulous friend Effy. She is talented, independent and I see in her all the things I wish I could claim for myself. Only me-ish. Weird right?

Anyway, I have been so busy running the day to day of both of the stores (Hi Honey, I love you), that I haven’t had any time to be creative. And that was the purpose of opening this wonderful artisan consignment shop in the first place. So, what gives.

I’ll tell you what, I may feel creative but I just don’t have the talent to back up what I want to do. I would love to paint & draw – real pictures – actually whimsy pictures (Effy got me hooked on those – they are so fracking CUTE). But, well, I suck at it. I try really hard but I just don’t feel that I am good enough to do it. So, I went traipsing around on the internet (Ok, I stole the link from Effy – she has all the best links to all the best artsy stuff), and found this place:

Now, Effy talks about this place all the time and how fabulous it is. And now she is giving a workshop for this website – I am so excited!
THE ART JOURNAL AS SOUL MIRROR
Effy Wild :: Wild. Precious
She creates these beautiful art journals that look so impressive and professional, and I find myself reluctantly comparing my talent to hers – I KNOW, I not supposed to do that but knowing and doing are different things.
As well, a while ago I started receiving e-creative courses from Andrea Schroeder, my self-imposed limits have prevented me from actually doing any of the work, well that and lack of time.  I have saved all of the emails though, I just hope the links still work when I finally decided to take the plunge.
I wandered around on the Dirty Footprints page that talk about the instructors for 21 Secrets and discovered:
GET IT OUT :: GET IT DOWN
Connie Hozvicka :: Dirty Footprints Studio
This workshops seems to lay out all that I have trouble with. I’m so concerned about how it will look that I just don’t get it all out. I would love to do this workshop.
Oh, and then there is:
THE SECRET OF BEGINNING
Lisa Wilson :: Life Unity
Another workshop on just beginning Art Journaling. So, many choices!!!
Actually, I would love to do all these workshops but I just don’t have the time or the money (Hey Mom, can we skip the gift card and can you buy this for my birthday?? 🙂 Please, maybe, okay).
But if you have the chance and have ever felt even the tiniest inclination to be creative, I would check this out.
 
I think I have attached a button that will take you directly there in my sidebar but I’m just getting the hang of this, so if I haven’t please be patient OR better yet send me instructions on how to do it. 🙂
Ciao for now
 
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Day 3

Well, I cheated a little bit last night when I went out with a friend. I had an ice creamy alcoholic drink, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. The rest of yesterday went well. I had raw veggies for lunch: broccoli, green beans, mushrooms and carrots. And then for dinner I made baked 3 cheese tortellini with broccoli and mushrooms. Yummy!

Today, I missed breakfast. So I had some veggie straws (just a handful) at about 10am. Then for lunch I had some non-fat unsweetened yogurt and some cherries and grapes with granola. For dinner the hubby and I are going to have the leftover tortellini from last night.

I think I’ll take out some of the ground turkey that I bought and cook it up to add to the veggie chili I have in the freezer. Should be delish.

I really do have to remember to eat breakfast of some sort. Even if it is to nab an apple and some grapes to eat while I’m doing all my running around.

Later!

Day 2

Feeling pretty good today. I had a falafel wrap with red pepper hummus, tzatziki, red onion, cucumber, lettuce and tomato for lunch yesterday with part of an iced peppermint tea. And for dinner I had a small amount of corn, lots of steamed broccoli (mmm broccoli), and 2 smallish red potatoes. Lots of pepper, a little vegan margarine and a huge glass of water.

So far for breakie this morning. My new style of coffee – still trying to get used to it. And some red grapefruit pieces. Not really hungry for anything else at the moment but I will listen to my body while I am painting and try to have a snack in about an hour and a half.

Cheers!

I’m sure this recipe can be found on just about any living green website or in any book on green living, but I will post it here and save you all the trouble of searching for it.

  • 1 part lemon juice (squeezed if you have the time and patience, or use the Real Lemon bottled stuff)
  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1 part water
  • 15 to 20 drops of bergamot or tea tree essential oil (both great antiseptic/antibacterial agents) & it helps to cut the smell of the vinegar
  • Mix together and pour into your favourite reusable spray bottle (good sizes found at any respectable dollar store)
  • Need to scour something – use baking soda – cleans tubs, stainless steel sinks – you get the idea

Refresh as needed. All in all, even with the cost of really good essential oils, this solution will save you a ton of money.

I have come to the realization that I have nonexistent willpower. So, I’m starting again. I have three specific goals in mind:

  • to eat cleaner so that I can be healthier
  • to lose 30lbs
  • to try and stick to as much natural (green) eating, cleaning, etc., as I can

To this point I have been somewhat unsuccessful in the eating department. I don’t have a problem cleaning green or living green. I turn off lights; I try and conserve water (we installed a rain barrel for the yard); I even use only lemon juice, vinegar, water and bergamot to clean with (I’ll post the recipe); or given a truly green alternative (see a previous blog about Nature Clean products), I use those. My issue is with food.

I used to say that I only eat to survive, because I have too. But after some serious contemplation and some guidance from the Goddess, I realize now that I am lying to myself. I eat when I am angry, depressed, sad, happy or bored. This destructive pattern of filling a void with food has to stop.

How? I have started painting again. I’m also sketching some fun characters (thanks to my lovely Fey), and I am generally starting to become more creative. A venue that has been sorely lacking thus far. The problem there is that when I get going on a project, I forget to eat. That is not healthy. So, I’m starting over.

I am going to carve time out of everyday to be creative in some way, even if it is just sketching for an hour. I am also going to make time to sit with the Goddess every day. Especially the one inside me. And I am going to eat better. There I said it out loud. Now, how do I ensure that what I am eating is good for me; that I am not eating too much or that I am eating enough. That is where this blog comes in, and anybody who reads it. This space and its readers (provided there are any) are going to be my Jimminy Cricket – yep, my conscious.  I’m going to write out everything I eat over the course of the day for the next 30 days, and if I don’t log in anyone has the right to message me and say something. Just be kind.

So, today I am starting the day with a cup of fresh ground brewed coffee, sweetened with honey, spiced with ginger and cinnamon and lightened ever so slightly with almond milk. It’s a little more bitter than I am used to considering I usually have a triple triple but it’s not bad. I’m going to get some more agave nectar when I have a chance and try that instead. I am eating a bowl of red grapefruit pieces, unsweetened yogurt with some really yummy granola (from St. Jacob’s market) on top. The granola is high in calories but I have put less than a 1/4 cup on it and it has wonderful things in it like currants, raisins, almonds, oats,  and sunflower seeds.

That’s breakfast. If I get hungry a little later I will have some grapes or an apple.

See you at lunch.

New Product Find

This is just a quick entry. I know I have been lax and I am hoping to remedy that in the near future.

So on a previous post I mentioned the whole issue of things not being organic as they claimed. The other issue is that the majority of SLS and paraben free stuff seems to come from the US and is just impossible to get here because of customs and shipping charges BUT (that’s a big but – hee hee), I have found a great from right here in Canada. It’s called Nature Clean. You still have to do some label reading (allergies, etc) but they encompass the entire Green line of products.

I am currently using their fragrance free shampoo and conditioner – fabulous. Usually these allergen/eco-friendly/organic products leave my hair crunchy but not these ones. They are great. They also have wonderful body wash/scrub with crushed walnuts in it that I am loving.

As an added bonus, they are not overly expensive. I mean it’s more costly to produce stuff that isn’t riddled with chemicals so I’m willing to pay a little bit more for that stuff (my to my husband’s chagrin).

They also make cleaning products. Yep, cleaning products that won’t burn your mucus membranes, create issues with your neurological system or cause nasty red blotches and scaly skin from use. 🙂 Score! I have a bottle of their Lavendar & Tea Tree dishwashing soap. Now I can wash dishes and relax. Who’d have thunk it!

Anywho, their website is http://www.naturecleanliving.com. I haven’t had the chance to check it out in it’s entirety yet but I’m getting there. Besides, the greatest thing about this product is that it is available in most grocery stores. Just look in the Naturliving part of Zehrs or try and find it in the beauty or cleaning product aisles at your local store. Oh and don’t get suckered in to buying Martha Stewart’s lastest line of eco friendly stuff. It’s stupid expensive and still have some nasty stuff in it.

Ciao for now.

Ok. So I fell off the green food wagon. Well, kind of. I just can’t seem to stay away from wheat. And for me that is super bad for 2 reasons: (1) I’m not supposed to have wheat. I does terrible things to my body and makes me feel all yucky and bloated; and (2) I’m a carb-aholic. And that is my dilemma. I have something bready and the next thing you know everything I put in my mouth is bready.

We sell these amazing pretzels at the store. I love them and it is really really hard to ignore them when they come out the other end of our mini-veyor oven wafting out their toasty, bready goodness. No, NO – BREAD BAD!

I’m starting again today. I have only had 1 cup of coffee with raw sugar and a little bit of cream and a bowl of gluten free corn flakes with almond milk for breakfast. Now I’m moving on to caffeine free tea and veggies for lunch. Dinner is going to be a bigger challenge. Any ideas?

I’m hoping that when we move into the new place I will be able to find time to pre-make meals so that I don’t have to suffer through this awful torture of decision-making at every meal. It boils down to this: I don’t have something I’m allowed to have in the house, ready to heat and eat (which can be done on my limited diet as long as it is made up before hand), so I eat whatever is readily available. Unfortunately, it is usually ladened with wheat and I begin this whole terrible cycle over. *sigh*

I don’t doubt that I will be able to eat the way I’m supposed to but it is going to take some willpower. Something I am seriously lacking. But that is an issue for another day.