I have been trying so hard to find the time to write. I know, it isn’t an excuse. If it was something I really wanted to do, I would find the time, right? I am truly trying. These stories in my head won’t get written without me, but currently, I am juggling so much. It’s hard trying to make the one thing I love to do in a world of have to do‘s a priority. Being a wife and mother; working full time; taking my daughter to school, daycare, and dance class; house chores; the demands are endless.
What I have come to find is when I haven’t written in a while, the stories I have outlined either on paper or in my head start pushing to the forefront of my thoughts. They begin to play out in my mind’s eye, developing the characters, building details. I start to see a clear picture in my mind of all I want to put on paper. Then when it is time to sit down and write, all those beautifully built ideas vanish!
I’m starting to carry around a notebook because, at this point, I need to start writing these things down as they occur.
Perfect example: last night, I had this vivid dream of a dramatic story line. I don’t think it is something that anyone would want to read, but the premise of the drama and some of the dialog may feed some other projects. As soon as I awoke, I began to write them in my new notebook, and hopefully, I won’t forget I wrote them down. I guess my next task will be to organize the notes I do take.
It never ends.
I hope that one of these days I get the time I desperately desire to write all that is in my mind. I mean, I have a third novel in the Guardians trilogy I need to get in print! I make no other commitment to this year than to find time to write. Hopefully, with no other expectations for myself, this will be an easy win!
That’s right! I’ve done it again! Christmas shopping for 2020 is now complete. Mind you, I typically pick up a few knick knack items if I run across them between now and Christmas day, but ultimately, I am finished! I make it my goal to be finished shopping before December 1st every year. That way I have about 25 days to wrap.. I hate wrapping.. Maybe I’ll invest in bags this year instead of wrapping. I digress.
Here are a few of my tips to getting Christmas shopping done before December 1st!
No matter what has happened this year, we can all agree on two things: 2020 SUCKS, and Carole Baskin killed her husband. However, on this most giving of days, I am trying to remember the meaning of this holiday season. With COVID ramping up again and restrictions on how to spend your holiday, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of this supposed wonderful time of the year. Instead of dwelling on the negative, which has been in abundance this year, I am determined for even just this one day in this horrible year to take a moment and be thankful for all I have.
Continuing on our zero-waste journey after discussing two of the areas in which we wanted to cut back our single use plastic, toothpaste and cleaning products, we now find ourselves at shampoo and body soap, or shower essentials. It still amazes me how many of these companies are up and coming in the zero-waste space. I want to badly to support them all, but when it comes to researching their true goals, we have quickly found which organizations align with our goals.
Ethique drew us in with their zero-waste products, but they don’t stop at just providing products without single use plastic. Their products go so far as being packed in compost-able material! Why is this a big deal? Because it means their waste, their packaging, their products end of life has no negative impact on the environment! AMAZING! Did I also mention they plant a tree for every order made?
Happy birthday to the man of my dreams! He’s the best father and husband I could ever ask for, and aging like fine wine. (We’re only in our thirties, but still. That’s old for wine, right?)
Thank you for all you’ve done for our daughter and me. Thank you for always loving me even when I have made it impossible to do. Every year together means another year in forever, and I couldn’t imagine spending it with anyone other than you. We love you!
Research ways to become zero-waste, and you will be amazed at how many small businesses are popping up everywhere! There are so many new organizations being born in this space, it took quite a while to decide which company to go with. On a broader scale, it became a focus as to what products to start with on this journey. After some serious thought, cleaning supplies, shampoo and soap, and toothpaste are where we decided to focus first.
In the toothpaste race, there are so many choices to choose from! There’s Unpaste, Chomp, Georganics, and so many, many more, all with the promise of zero-waste. For my family, it truly came down to a composition race.
If you haven’t seen the advertisements on your social media for Blueland yet, get ready to start seeing it pop up! The moment you read this article, the tiny gremlin in your phone tells Facebook, Instagram, etc., that you looked at something related to Blueland! Now every ad will be about the zero-waste company. (Insert maniacal laugh.)
Our household decided to go zero-waste for a number of reasons, but single use plastic is one of the largest drivers. Once we were done with a detergent bottle or a toothpaste tube, it was dropped in recycling, and hopefully, it is handled properly. Too many times now, I have seen that recycling isn’t dealt with appropriately, so instead of throwing it away, we looked at alternatives.
Everywhere you look, there are calls to minimize pollution, but in those same places, you will see advertisements for single use plastic, large consumer stores, and products to buy in bulk. Now, buying in bulk isn’t a bad thing; what those bulk items are packaged in is.
The world is slowly filling with trash. We can yell all we want about pollution, but until we take a look at the items we are buying, change will be a long and hard process.