Spring: A Fresh Start

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a weekend off and can finally free my mind to write a blog post. I guess you could say I’ve been busy living life. And that’s the truth. Life is so beautiful and precious. I used to write in my journal every night, until I went off to college, then I wrote an entire book! And then I began to live my life. Fell in love. Bought a home. Got married! Oh, yeah I’ve been waiting for 10 years to put on that wedding dress! Life is good.

There are so many things about my life now that are completely different than when I first started my writing journey. I’ve somehow bloomed into a healthy lifestyle fanatic, loving the tastes of flavorful and healthy foods like avocado, freshly chopped cilantro, and yes that squeezed lime juice! I’ve also become obsessed with a toxic-free home, especially cleaning supplies, because no one likes a dirty home! You’ll see that I have a love for ewg.org and all my friends know this! I’m really just me. I love when products are green, safe for the environment, our reproductive health, and safe if exposed to animals. Many of these products like my favorite Native deodorant & cleaning products by Puracy and Seventh Generation I plan on sharing here on Her Healthy Habits. her_healthy_habits__nametag

The way I define Her Healthy Habits is simply finding that balance between loving where you are mentally and physically balancing everyday habits in a healthy, productive way so as to feel absolutely happy with your life. This is how I feel. I love my life. That doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days where I cry, because I certainly do. Crying is a part of life, and happy people cry. We just have to get through it together.

All through my writing journey, my heart has remained the same. I have so much I’d like to share with others. Many things that I feel very passionate about, in hopes to help others. My mother has always said I see the beauty in everything. It’s true, I really do. I could sit for hours just listening to sounds of the peaceful outdoors, until a beautiful hummingbird wisps by me-I always jump a little when they do that. (I’m also so excited for spring!) My mom has actually been the one to always help me on my writing journey. She’s always proof-read everything and taught me so much about how to publish my work. She still writes today, even after going through her rough round of breast cancer. I’m so proud of her.

My latest read was Jessica Simpson’s Open Book. It has inspired me in so many ways. First, I have always loved Jessica Simpson. Second she is so open about the raw details of her life which makes it so beautiful. And third, it isn’t fake. I’ve really enjoyed listening to her tell her story on audible on Amazon. (You’ll learn I’m a huge fan of Amazon). But I also bought her signed copy from Target for only $10 with a coupon. (I’m also a great shopper!) But in all seriousness, I feel like I know so much now than when I was a teenager and biggest fan of Jessica Simpson. It’s a great book, I recommend it to all her fans!

There’s something meaningful that hits me this time of the year. Just before the lilacs bloom. I get this spring cleaning vibe that I can only describe as having a fresh start. I love planning where the flowers will go, and which ones to get. I’m hoping we get our lilacs blooming that we planted last year at our new home. We’ve been fighting with the deer and I’ve been getting pretty crafty at keeping them out. I think lilacs are so meaningful because the bloom only happens once a year and for only about two weeks or so. It reminds me of my favorite quote by John Keats, “I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days- three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

So as we all start cleaning our homes to get that fresh start and clean air, keep Her Healthy Habits in mind. I’ll be sharing all kinds of tips on cleaning supplies for a toxic-free home. One simple thing I love to do is put lemons in the garbage disposal instead of a harsh chemical. It also smells way better! More to come…

Heather Blynn

Cozy Sweater Smile

Finding that perfect sweater for the holidays can sometimes be harder than biting into a peppermint candy cane. It’s sticky, but once you find that perfect sweater giddiness spreads joy in the eyes like that of candy in a child’s hand. And who says you can’t get one in all your favorite colors. That’s what I did…

A new sweater brings hope for the holidays and renews me in a way I’m grateful for. The softness of its cotton reminds me of pure, white snowflakes and the beautiful wonderland they create when millions come together. I love snuggling up with creamy coffee and a Nicholas Sparks novel only to read a snowy afternoon away. Word after word comforts me, yet frustrates me on the concept of gushy love stories.

Why do we read and then watch these gushy movies filled with the ideal, yet seemingly unrealistic train of events? Nicholas Sparks, the ruler of love stories, does not let his characters off easy. At least one will find love and one will die. I just don’t understand why I love, love, love these kinds of stories.

I do know, however, after I’ve seen a Nicholas Sparks movie (just recently seen Best of Me) I have this overwhelming experience that makes me question everything. Everything except this…

Love stories are life. It’s real life whether we want to believe it or not. There are no happy endings because it’s an ending. What’s exciting is a beginning. If you want a good love story, there is no ending. It lives on forever, much like the Christmas Spirit.

There is something magical in reading my favorite novel in a cozy sweater. Its plushy knit wraps around me like a million tiny marshmallows that should be in hot chocolate and inevitably makes a cozy-sweater-smile appear on my face.

Red, glitter gold, and green bulbs hang off branches on my Christmas tree as my tortoiseshell kitten paws them to the ground where she hides them under her belly. She too is soft, and smells like a pillow. The stockings are put up near lit-up garland and colorful sugar is sprinkled onto Christmas cookies. All while wearing my cozy-sweater-smile. This is me, this is real life. And this is what a genuine smile looks like.

Joy to the world is really how I feel. Joy for life, joy for every living thing on earth. This is why I love Christmas. To get this comfort feeling of love and kindness and actually see it and live it throughout the holidays. Now that my spirit is up high in Christmas joys, I need to start my Christmas shopping. Black Friday? No way. Everyone deserves to have off on Thanksgiving and Christmas. So what will I do instead? Wrap myself in my cozy sweater and shop from my laptop. This way I’m not just grabbing gifts and running to the register. I’m able to actually think of each person and show them how much joy they bring me.

Happy Birthday to a Special Friend! (Get Her Book For FREE!)

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When I transferred to a four-year college I had very few people that I knew, but then there was Jenna, who also transferred. She was an English major and I was a psychology major. My senior year I took an Outdoor Writing course with Jenna (my senior year being the best). She was working on writings that I as well enjoy. We became close and soon I was walking all over the University city to get fresh air with this petite and friendly blonde named Jenna. During winter breaks we would meet up for Starbucks and walk to a close by Reserve. And when the weather was hot, we’d walk downtown for soft-served ice cream! College was easier with someone who had the same career interests. She inspired me to create my own blog because of the amazing blog she has, The Jenna Devin Blog. With her inspiration and the help of my intuition, I wrote my first novel and learned what I truly love to do.

Today is Jenna’s birthday, and I would like to thank her for the great college experience. She is a true sweetheart that deserves the best. Today, I wish her a happy birthday! In honor of her birthday, Jenna is giving away her book, Reflections on Life From an Optimistic Romantic, for free in the Kindle version. She writes short stories, poems, and does photography. She is currently writing and searching for a career in editing. She is one true friend and I’m thankful to have had her in my college life.

Happy Birthday Jenna!

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