Hey! Wow, 2013 has flown by, hasn’t it? At the beginning of last year, I posted some “Appearance Goals” in an effort to encourage myself to grow in 5 specific ways. You can read that post here.
Since we are fast approaching 2014, it is time to evaluate how I did! Honestly, I totally forgot about these by about May. But, since the principles were ones I’ve been trying to apply overall to my life, I did manage to make progress. Let’s see here…
“I would like to make the best use of fewer pieces, rather than searching through a mountain of rarely-worns trying to find that one item I adore to wear again.”
I feel like I have grown in the area of quality, for sure. I got over my fear of the expensive, but unfortunately I did not trade that out for an “in moderation” mentality. Something got into me this year and I’ve felt like I needed to completely re-do our wardrobes. Which, since some things were still hanging on by their threads from circa 2005, was probably true. But it cost be a pretty penny.
In general, I have definitely adopted a more simplistic approach to life and as a result have been tossing things out like crazy. I actually have a goal # of trash bags to fill up each week as I try to de-clutter our lives. Also along this vain, I’ve been more strict in my closet clean-outs and hosted a “Shop My Closet” event earlier this year that was so much fun! I have another one scheduled for January once the Christmas rush at the Post Office is over. 😉 It feels really, really good to purge and have less stuff to spend time walking or digging around to find what you’re looking for. Did I grow in this area this year? Yes!
“I’ve strayed from putting the effort into a necklace and bracelets. I would like to re-inspire that part of my attire and accessorize more!”
I bought/acquired several necklaces this year! Sadly I learned that my neck muscles can’t handle the big chunky ones I love, but the light, sparkly ones are fab. Bracelets were trickier than I remember with my skinny wrists, but I have bought several now that I really enjoy wearing. I even bought a watch! Haven’t worn one of those in 8 years. 😛 I feel a lot more put together wearing a bracelet now for some reason. Did I grow in this area this year? Yes!
“I would like to make a general move towards less chemicals on my skin. 🙂 ”
Well, this one has been a journey for sure. I posted in March about how much I loved my new homemade deodorant, which was one thing I mentioned specifically wanting to pursue. It worked awesome for me for a couple weeks, but then my skin started having a bad reaction to it and I actually got an infection and had to get a medicated cream. 😛 I realized my recipe had too much baking soda, so I experimented with using different ratios but haven’t found one I’m happy with yet. I go back and forth between conventional and natural now, depending on the day’s activities, but I’m still pursuing this. (BTW, the Arm & Hammer deodorant in this picture does have aluminum in it. I didn’t realize that when I took the picture.)
Besides deodorant, I have switched to several other natural beauty products and am loving it!
- The biggest one has been going from washing my hair every-other day with normal shampoo to washing it every 4-5 days with baking soda and vinegar! (Here’s the link) My hair has never been happier.
- As mentioned in the Awk+Awe post I linked to a second ago, I made my own body butter and am still using it (a little goes a long way!) in place of chemical-laden lotions.
- This year I also have learned a lot more about essential oils and have enjoyed quite a few Epsom-salt and oil-that-will-help-with-whatever-problem-I’m-having baths. My favorites have been a combination of clove, orange, rosemary, and clery sage. (Heads up, ladies, clery sage and/or frankincense are incredible for getting rid of cramps!)
- Another thing I made was shower gel from shea butter and castile soap. Very nice and perfect for scrubbing after a sweaty day in the TN summer heat.
- Although I have yet to try to make it for myself, I have been getting organic bar soap to use in place of like, Irish Spring and I feel really good about that switch.
- During the summer (before I had to stay out of the sun completely thanks to that nasty antibiotic), I used coconut oil in place of sunscreen.
- No longer ever use conventional chap-stick: only all-natural stuff.
- I spend a lot of time brushing my teeth. So, after an attempt or two at making my own toothpaste (bleh), I splurged and bought Auromere Herbal Toothpaste which has lasted me a good long while since it takes less. I’ll be buying this again when I need it, fo sho.
“Since I have to be smart about how much I spend on clothing, I would like to support thrift stores and second-hand shops instead of Walmart.”
“I hope 2013 is the year I make use of the things already in my possession and create one-of-a-kind pieces.”