And so it begins. My first post in the big world of blogging. Why a blog, you ask? Why not, I say. For the past 17 years or so, I have been a sponge. Soaking up anything and everything I can concerning health, healthy living, and creating what I call a “sustainable life”. I was diagnosed with EBV, Epstein Barr Virus, when I turned 36 (another story to be told) and my learning journey began. I delved into many forms of healing and exploration, everything from eating organically, vitamin therapy, herbal remedies, yoga (still practice every day), network chiropractic work, and a shamanic journey to name just a few. Some explorations were what I call “keepers” and others not so much. Needless to say, over the years I have accumulated a bit of knowledge of what works best for me and what doesn’t.
My husband, R and I along with my daughter were living in the city during this time. We enjoyed a beautiful New Englander home that we gentrified, right in the heart of the city. Loved the home, the neighborhood, and neighbors. The convenience and noise? Not so much. I love to grow things and gardened every square inch of our small lot that I possibly could. We had no room to grow. Our priorities began to shift substantially once I was diagnosed with EBV. My focus turned inward toward healing and that included the most important factor….nutrition. We wanted our daughter to know where a carrot came from. The effort, time and love it took to create it as well as the difference in the flavor, and yes, I believe the nutritional content. I wanted to grow our own food organically. We needed to move. So we did.
We tend to do things ourselves, not only for the money savings but for the learning experiences as well. Sometimes we ask ourselves after a long days work and we’re falling asleep where we stand, why? But, nothing worth anything comes without hard work, and the hard work definitely pays off.
I am blessed to have a life partner who is incredibly talented in ALL things DIY. There is nothing my man cannot do and do well. In 2005 we purchased six acres in the country, cleared the lot and built a beautiful working property, a small homestead. I have the best of both worlds, one side of my home is what I call the “working side” and the other is my “haven”. It is here that my learning journey flourished.
I learned how to CREATE herbal remedies and how to tincture, make lotions and household cleansers. I learned to GROW an organic vegetable and herb garden, can and preserve, raise hens and meat birds and swine. I learned how to TRANSFORM my home into a beautiful one, re-purposing the old into something new and unique. It’s these LIFESTYLE skills & more that I look forward to exploring, sharing and discussing with you!
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