Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Current Status

I am currently embarking on a journey. A journey to better quality of life. Some people may think I am crazy for doing this...and they might be right. My overall and general goal is to just be green. I want to live a lifestyle where I take ultimate care of myself (physically, mentally, and spiritually), and also take care of my environment.

I know what your thinking. What the heck is this girl talking about? Well I'm talking about eating clean, exercising, growing my relationship with the Lord, and lessening my carbon footprint on this planet. In a perfect world, I can see myself being vegan one day. I can see myself with my little future vegan children going, "Mommy mommy may I pleeeaaase have some cucumber and radish snacks before dinner?" The thought makes me proud and sigh a happy sigh. Which is hilarious because I am currently not married and currently have no children. But a girl can dream right?

Coming from my family background, this is something totally left field. I am Jamaican by heritage so my family cooks with a lot of meats and heavy sauces like jerk chicken, brown stew fish, curry goat, and so on. To make matters even more intense, my family loves doing 3-4 huge potlucks a year where everyone puts together tons of food that we all share as a family. Amongst all of this food is probably one or two plates of something healthy and it is always a boring salad of iceberg lettuce and some sliced tomatoes. Honestly, that is the biggest challenge I face going into this new lifestyle...the temptation to eat food that normal people eat so that I can fit in and be accepted. It's proven that food brings people together. It adds on the pressure when you have to have a slightly different meal than everyone else at the same table and you are looked at as an outsider. That is a big fear of mine. To be singled out and rejected. It's not that I think my friends and family won't understand me... I know they will always be loving and kind. But it is still a thought in the back of my mind that I should be mentally prepared if the moment ever arises.

But you know what? I believe that with patience, discipline, and planning I will be able to overcome these fears I'm having. And who knows, I might be able to inspire someone along the way as well.

I will be sharing with you guys this journey of mine. I like using the term "journey" because I would like to approach this new lifestyle like it's a marathon rather than a race. It's not about how quickly I can loose weight or how fast I'm able to switch out things in my makeup bag for all natural products. These things take time. And finding them is half the fun.

Take care of yourself,