Thank you all SO much for the nice words yesterday <3
In September of this year, Brent and I will be celebrating ten years together.
Ten years. I can't believe it's been ten years since we met!
I look back on when we met and things were so different, but yet it still doesn't seem like it was ten years ago. I was eighteen years old. I was fresh out of high school. I was full of energy and really had not a care in the world!
The past ten years have been wonderful. They've also had their hard moments. Five of these years, I've been blogging, so you all have had quite an extensive glimpse into my life.
With thirty being an age quickly approaching, I think about my past ten years and how I've aged. I don't really feel older. I do feel more tired, yes. I've grown as a person, of course, but to me, I think aging is what you make of it.
Aging is a process. No, I'm not considered old right now, but every day I am aging. I worked with the elderly for four years, so I hold the process of aging quite close to my heart.
Along with working hand in hand with those who are quite aged, being quite active in the world wide web, I've been introduced and learned so much as far as aging goes.
Unfortunately, it seems once you hit a certain point, sickness occurs. Of course, many sicknesses out there are simply not preventable. However, it seems like everyday, I come across an article that implies certain foods prevent cancer or certain foods increase your chances of cancer; Certain herbs prevent wrinkles; Certain juices give you more energy. The list goes on.
I, by no means, am knowledgeable when it comes to most things in the medical field. I will openly say that I think things in our food and things in the air poison our bodies. The rate in which certain diseases, developmental disorders and cancer are rising, I just don't see how that's not the case.
Do I think it's fair that our air and food contain such bad chemicals? Absolutely not. I hate it.
I hate that part of my time with my children is (and will be) worrying about what products I put on their skin or feed them. We shouldn't have to worry about that. However, since companies out there are creating products (for all ages) that aren't well researched or safe, I do spend my time hoping that I'm not contributing to harming my children.
I won't go any further on that, but it really just plain out isn't fair that 'they' let chemicals and toxins fly. They fly in our air, fly in our mouths and fly in our skin.
By fly, I mean that even lotions supposedly have chemicals that have been 'proven' as cancer causing agents. What does that even mean? It means that more research needs to be done before products are put on shelves, or, we should all believe that health food, natural & "green" stores, do, in fact, carry the only products we should be using.
For my aging process I have goals. Aging is inevitable, but quite a bit of it is in our control. Of course, I do believe sickness happens. God has a plan, genetics play a role and what is meant to be, will be.
However, I want to feel good. I want to look good. We all know that if you like the way you look, you tend to feel better. Right now, I feel like I'm going in the right direction. No, I don't eat all organic every day, but I've made many changes and I definitely eat much cleaner, more organic and use cleaner household and toiletry products. I am more aware of what goes into my body and in my house. It's not easy, but nothing is.
I have a goal of feeding my children no hormones and as few pesticides as possible. I have a goal of helping them know what a healthy lifestyle is. I have a goal of living to see their kids and as many greats as possible.
I want to embrace aging as there is simply no stopping it.
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