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

Happiness Blooms From Within

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Last night, before the sun went down, I watched as six robins flew freely about, singing and flocking their feathers in stray water puddles. I always love to experience the sight of robins after winter. There’s something magical about a change of the season. Spring is nearly here, and soon a mamma robin will be nesting right under my balcony from the same nest left year after year.

Today is my day off, and as I wait to see those robins again, I sip my coffee slower, not gulping it down to the last drop and jumping for the second cup. It wasn’t too long ago that I had stopped drinking coffee all together (a whole twelve days). Now I limit myself two to four ounces daily. It’s just enough to satisfy my craving, but not so much as to cause acid reflux or anxiety. It kinda sucks to get older and have to deal with acid reflux. After the new year something clicked in me and I decided to start making changes. A ton of changes. Call it my new years resolutions times two!

For awhile now I’ve been a mostly all organic grocery consumer, and very particular about what goes in my household as far as toxins go. But I guess this new year has challenged me more so. It became so that I was changing everything. I mean EVERYTHING! I got rid of our microwave and bought a new toaster oven. It’s actually amazing! I used my 40% off at Kohls to purchase a KitchenAid brand. I got rid of the last of our aluminum pots and pans and bought a really nice pair of All-Clad D5 Set of 2 French Skillets 9 Inch & 11 Inch which I bought at Williams-Sonoma, but amazon has them on sale often as well. Now my kitchen is stocked with Le Creuset and All-Clad cookware, and I completely love it! If you want to know more about this cookware checkout “A lesson on cookware” to see why I love these brands.

My changes didn’t stop there…

After my mom went through breast cancer treatment, I learned about wire-free bras so of course I changed out all my bras, too. Even all my candles are now only beeswax, though I’m craving to get some really good smelling soy candles. I found myself doing so much research about what’s healthy and what’s not. It was almost overwhelming. Henry said it’s just a phase I was going through after seeing my mom go through what she had and I believe that. It was hard, and maybe this is a way I cope. But, of course, my changes didn’t stop there…

I decided to make a dreadful doctor appointment to remove a mole on my back. No one wants to do this, ever. But it was here when I realized something. Right here, when I was cooking my oatmeal on the stove instead of the microwave, having Henry change my bandage on my back from where the mole was, and trying hard to overcome the sluggish feeling I was having after quitting coffee. I had realized that it was too much and I was frustrated because I couldn’t recognize my lifestyle anymore. I was trying hard, yet again, to be and do everything perfect. And that is a scary thing.

A huge part of me is glad that I made those changes though, because I learned a lot. I learned that I can overcome it. I learned that I can set limits on my coffee consumption. I learned that it’s okay to not be perfect. I learned that it’s a good thing to do things we are afraid to do, like make those doctor appointments and just go through with it. Because now I can be excited for our vacation to Florida and Door County to wear any bikini I want and not have to hide the mole on my back. Now, I can cook real food and reheat it without a microwave.

My decision to embrace these changes led me to a little spring inspiration. I took a shopping trip to the Jo-Ann store and picked up a copy of The Magnolia Journal (the only magazine where I’ve actually read all of it). I went with Henry’s mom and found a magnificent spider plant. My favorite houseplant for many reasons-one being a great air purifier. But while I was shopping I found a beautiful quote, “Happiness blooms from within.” Yes, it sure does. Happiness can be found by changing things in life, sure. But, don’t change too much, because we are who we are. Try changing things that would make your life better. And just remember, not all change is bad. Sometimes that change can bring new happiness into your life.