When we are looking out at the world we see through a unique perspective. In that case, all things should be considered filtered in some way. That’s why it’s a pretty ridiculous concept that body image and the concept of physical beauty isn’t considered to be a matter of personal perception but rather trying to conform to beauty ideals is like asking someone to take a photo using their lenses and filters with your own camera that has a different set of lenses and filters on it.
I am currently on a journey to protect my own body by removing toxins from places that have fairly simple and exciting alternatives available for them, such as replacing my expensive face cream with argan and rose hip oil. I’ve recently been noticing that at some point humanity has devolved from a natural environment and natural hazards (i.e. weather, animals, etc.) to a society in which toxic chemicals are pumped into our bodies from everywhere we turn, such as through our skin, our hair, the food we eat and the continued proximity to computers, electricity and pollution. Even the proximity of such a cultural melting pot of people in most capital cities introduces new and different bacteria and bug strains which in turn lends itself to the rise of the ‘superbug’ and antibiotic resistance.
The last hundred years the world has changed more and faster in terms of population (largely due to advances in medicine) than in the preceding millennia. It is not difficult to reconcile the rise of the hyper-city with the toxicity that accompanies many in the Western world. It is exactly due to this acknowledgement and recognition that I am trying to reduce my own toxic load.
Let me introduce myself (in an anonymous internet type of way of course). I am starting this blog as a sort of diary to chronicle my my ups and and downs as a 33 year old, professional, married, woman trying to do the best that I can. I am a self-confessed scaredy cat of the highest degree, so after much good natured ribbing from pretty much everyone I know I have decided to designate this week as the first “face your fears” week of 2016 !
Fear number one being tackled- writing down honest thoughts and feelings on a public forum where someone else might gain an insight into my slightly crazy, slightly obsessive, definitely scared point of view of the world. I will be talking about fashion as I am a bit (read a lot) enthusiastic about clothes, fabrics, shoes… (Hmm, still on the fence with this one, is 150 pairs of shoes too many?). I will also be talking about my experiences with IVF as I am soon to start my sixth cycle, having had five failed cycles in the last two years. This also brings me to one of the other major subjects I will be talking about, and that is on my journey to better health, weight loss, and toxin reduction in everyday life, including in food, makeup, body lotions etc. as I prepare my body for what is probably our final chance at a pregnancy.
On a lighter note I will also be covering books as I read them as they are my greatest love after my family and friends. I have been collecting young adult and children’s books since I was a teenager and I now currently have nearly three thousand so I am always thrilled to make recommendations. Hopefully I will one day have a child of my own to read them with but at the moment I am happy to share my passion with others.
So, that’s a bit about me very briefly, I’m looking forward to sharing any journey with you!