Time For Spring Greening!

Time For Spring Greening!.

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Designer Body Challenge: Week 2, Day 1

Designer Body Challenge: Week 2, Day 1.

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Friday – April 6th – Day 5

Friday – April 6th – Day 5.

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Cancer, ADD, Autism….Could We Be Killing Ourselves?

Maybe you  have not noticed, but Cancer, Autism, ADD, and many other diseases that were once rare are spreading rapidly and consuming us like wild fire.  From the outside looking in, it just does not seem to make sense.  We are a very wealth, industrialized society.  And with all the expansions that science has made, one would think that we should have a better handle on these situations.

The statistics are alarming, cancer is the number one killer of children, and number 2 in adults!  Women who work in the home have a 55% higher death rate of cancer than women who work outside the home!  I don’t know a single person who has not been affected by cancer in some way, and although advancements are being made every day, the fact still remains, there has to be something causing this…THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING MAKING US SICK IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Did you know that over 6 million children in America are being treated with drugs for ADD/ADHD?  And that does not mean 6 million children have ADD/ADHD.  There are many who have yet to be diagnosed.  Scarier still, not only are our children sicker than they have ever been, but 50% of child bearing age adults can no longer conceive.  If you ask me, it looks like the human race is headed for extinction. 

I’m sure that you have all heard the news reports on toxins, but did you really listen to them?  Did you take to heart what they had to say?  The EPA has determined that toxic air quality in the average home is 3 to 5 times higher than outdoor air, even in the most polluted cities!  If you aren’t scared, you should be.  All of this is related.  There are things that manufacturers of the  products we use to care for our children, ourselves, our homes, our pets, don’t want us to know.  They don’t want us to know what they are putting in these products, making them TOXIC, all for the sake of profit.  And even worse than that, the FDA does not require manufacturers to list these toxic ingredients on their labels because they are not “active” ingredients.  Well they are actively killing us!  If you ask me, that’s active!

Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is on over 90% of the products we put on our bodies and in our mouths on a daily basis – INCLUDING BABY SHAMPOO!  Now certainly a single, low dose exposure may not harm you, but everyday use over time is going to have a serious impact.  Think about this, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, bubble bath, cosmetics, lotions, soap – these are just some of the products we use every day that include chemicals that are killing us, and our children!

Many of the products you use to clean and sanitize your home, your children’s toys, where your family eats, etc. also contain hazardous chemicals, some of which are even hormone disrupters, causing infertility, miscarriage and birth defects.  And you do not have to ingest these products for them to be  harmful.  Chemicals are also absorbed through the skin and the lungs, meaning simply using these products and breathing while doing so is harming you.  Did you know that up to two weeks after a substance is used on a surface is can still have chemical toxicity?  Chemicals have what is known as a half life, and if you or your child touches that surface, say your baby (like all babies do) puts their mouth on this surface, there is chemical exposure there.

Now, I have thrown a whole bunch of scary info out there in one short article.  Bottom line, we need to be aware of what is out there, and what it is doing to our health.  Next time you go to the store, ask your self, is this REALLY safe?  All of us should be searching for a manufacturer who has our best interest at heart, not their pocket book, and although this sounds like a complete oxymoron, there are manufacturers out there, who do just that.  For more information regarding toxicity and your family’s health, as well as how to find manufacturers of SAFE products, go to http://greenwebclass.info

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What Is Your “WHY?”

Most of us, as human beings, have accepted a traditional routine lifestyle.  We grow up,  get married, have kids and pursue careers.  But why?  Why do we do these things?  If you were to sit back and honestly assess your life, and ask yourself this question, what would your answer be?  I know what my answer was just a few short months ago – Because it is what I am supposed to do.  It is just the way the world works

I was content, but even that was slowly fading.  I was not fulfilled by living this lifestyle that society has labeled “normal,” or “the way things should be.”  Who is society to dictate how I, or any one of us, should live our lives?  I hated someone telling me what hours in a day I had to work in order to earn the money I needed to survive.  I hated feeling like I had no choice but to drop my child off at day care, where I had to pay someone I did not even know, to care for him while I went and put in my time for a paycheck that was not even adequate.  And all of this hate began turning into resentment.  I began to resent everyone and everything around me, because I was not satisfied with my life, and felt like I was trapped.  I was trapped in this daily 8-5, commuting 2 hours a day in traffic, and coming home only to eat, kiss my family goodnight, and hope that after chores were done on the weekend, there was at least a couple of hours we could all spend together.

Isn’t that what our life should be about – spending time with the people that mean the most to us?  So why do we do the things that we do?  Whether or not you realize it, we all have a purpose that drives up, keeps up going when the going gets tough – so to speak.  But do you know what your’s is?  You know, a few months ago, I might have said my why was to be able to pay the bills.  You know what, in all honesty, do we really care about those bills?  We don’t enjoy paying bills!  This is another evil necessity that no one WANTS to have to do, but we do it.  So again, WHY?  Why do we do the things that we do?  Why are you working where you are?  Why are you, or are you not, in a relationship with that certain someone?  Why do you live where you live? 

If you do not have a very passionate reason for being, then quite honestly, your life is meaningless.  If you do not have a driving force with in you pushing forward, giving you the will power to keep seeking something better, you are simply going through the motions of survival just to reach the end – death.  And folks, money is not a meaningful driving force.  If you won the lottery tomorrow (which don’t get me wrong – that would be fantastic) you would still need a reason for being.  That money might make your life easier, but it will not give you a passion, and you can not take it with you when you go.  Are you getting my point here?

Let’s look at this a different way.  If Monday morning, you walk into the office and your boss tells you that they are having to let some people go, and unfortunately, you are one of them, does the world stop turning, do the bills stop coming?  NO!  Is this the end of the road for you?  Absolutely not!  Some people may really get down and out and worry about what to do next, but the people in this world with a passion for being, will take this on as the next challenge to create a better life.

When you know what your why is, when you have that deep down passion that no one can take away from you, then you are truly living!  When you are passionate about what you do, when it is your driving force you will always be successful, in any aspect of your life.

To help put this in perspective and make it tangible for you, I want to tell you how I found my why, and what it is.  Like I said previously, my contentment in daily life was slowly fading and turning to resentment.  I felt trapped, and suffocated.  I wanted out.  Out of what – that feeling that I was not in control – that my life was not my own.  I did not like working for someone else.  I hated having to drop my child off at daycare.  I was thankful that these institutions existed, but did not like that I was stuck using them.  So I had to ask myself, “Kati, why are you here?  If you hate this lifestyle so badly, what keeps you here?”  My answer – My life is bigger than me.  We all will leave behind a legacy, I want mine to be spectacular!  I want my son, my husband, everyone I care about to be proud of the person I was.  I want to be somebody, that anyone can look at now, or look back at later and say, “She really went above and beyond and made a difference.”

I remember as a child, my parents (like many parents) told me that I could do anything I wanted, and be anyone I wanted to be.  No disrespect to them at all, they meant well, but their lives were not a reflection of one’s ability to do this.  My mom was a stay at home mom for many years, while my dad went to work, and worked way too much often times.  I knew there had to be more to life than this, ad my why came when I realized that if I truly wanted my son to believe that he can have anything he wants in this life, I was going to have to set that example.  I was going to have to stop living with this discontent and resentment and start living a life that I was passionate about.

When you understand your why, when you identify your passion, all else falls into place.  Nothing else matters, but that.  And do you know why?  Because everything else is always going to be there.  The bills will still be there, the laundry will still be there, corporate America will still be there, but if you do not find your passion and go after if full force, YOU WILL STILL BE THERE.  So I urge you, go to your mirror, face your self and ask yourself this out loud, “What do I not like about my life?  What am I passionate about?  How do I make my passion my life?”  Don’t leave that mirror until you  have the answer!

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Rat Race! Is This As Good As It Gets

Rat Race! Is This As Good As It Gets.

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