Winter weather wrecks havoc on my skin. My face is dull, dry, in some spot flaky, all because of the harsh cold wintry New York weather. I have spent lots of money trying to find a solution from the drug stores in the area. Half filled tubes fill my bathroom cabinets of products that didn’t really work. So, since I am on this quest to be more natural in the way I live my life and the products that I use I decided to try something completely different.
Talking to friends, and reading various magazines and computer sites, I have come across some solutions that take the natural path. One such solution for my dry dull wintry skin was an avocado facial. It was very simple to create which works well for me. Simple and quick with beautiful results.
Take an avocado and slice a piece off. It doesn’t need to be a big slice, then take a spoon and mash the avocado until all the lumps are out. I’ll be honest I’m not a huge fan of the lime green color or the slimy feel on my fingers, but after taking a nice size dollop and massaging it into my face it felt really nice. Make sure to get as close to the eyes as possible and leave on for 20 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. The end result is a nice healthy shine and glow, that’s made from all natural ingredients.
I love this time of year for what it could be. The possibilities are endless for what this time could be. If everyone focused on peace on Earth instead of a piece of consumer pie, the world would be a much better place.
“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” –Christina Baldwin
I have kept a journal since I was in the 6th grade. Even then I knew that I needed a place to write down my thoughts, feelings and the going ons of my life. I needed a place where I could be honest and true, something that I couldn’t always do with friends and family.
Over the years, the purpose of my journal went from being the place where I was my most honest, open self, sharing my dreams, aspirations, thoughts, etc. to a place where I kept a chronicle of the events that happened in my life. I didn’t discuss my hurts, happiness or disappointments. I didn’t discuss my feelings or the lessons learnt from those experiences. I cheated myself from growth.
As time past I realized that there were certain experiences I kept going through, the same dead-end relationships, the same stoppage of growth and learning. I get to a certain part of a journey or experience and I’d either get stuck or have that feeling of deja vu. For a while I let that cycle play out, not being happy about the situation but not knowing what it was or how to fix it. Until, I decided to put in the work to stop the madness of the cycle. I started asking myself questions of why did certain situations feel familiar, why did it feel like I had been down this particular path before?
The answers, when I found them, were in a box in the basement of my home. My journals supplied answers to some of the questions that I had about feeling like I had been down a certain road before. But because of how I stopped being honest with myself in my journal writing, how I stopped analyzing my feelings and thoughts, there were still many questions left unanswered.
This experience has led me back to how things were in the very beginning. My journal has become the place where I am most honest with my thoughts and feelings. Once again it is a place where I can examine me, see what works or doesn’t. Journaling now allows me to grow, no more editing to make it look good, because I have finally realized that in life, there will be good times, there will be bad times, but all times are times for learning, living and growing. There are no edits or do overs, you just go out and live.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
Even though we are nearing the end of another year, and most people wait until the New Year to make all sorts of resolutions to change, I am not that person. I believe you should change when the need arises, and you are ready to do the necessary work to make the change. I am at that point right now.
With that being said, I will share some changes that has already occurred in my life so far this year. My place of residence has changed, moving is never easy and I’m still adjusting. I stopped smoking, going on 9 months, after smoking for 20+ years. That’s a huge change.
I am now on a journey of changing my eating habits and lifestyle. I am on a journey to become healthier, to exercise more, to become more in touch with a natural lifestyle. I am also changing my mindset. I am working on my spirituality and my creativity. I am reading more material and learning different practices that help center me and keep me calm. In terms of my creativity I am writing more, experimenting with different genres. I am also experimenting with different types of art –photography, media, painting and whatever else my heart may desire to get the creativity out of me and help my growth. I invite you all to come along for this journey.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
— Leo Tolstoy