I have never been a materialistic, high maintenance person. I’ve always appreciated the little things in life and find myself grateful for having the simplest luxuries. That doesn’t go to say my taste in life is cheap (hello art student grad!), but I don’t need a million dollar home with all the bells and whistles to make myself happy. I believe the less we need out of life, the better off we are.
Since I was 20, I’ve cut red meats and pork out of my diet (save a few times during my recovery). I’m not 100% vegetarian, since I still eat poultry and seafood, but I do my best to do a good job at this sort of diet! I prefer using soymilk in things like my tea and cereal, though don’t try to get me to use it while I’m baking! I do my best to cook all my meals from scratch… or as close to scratch as I can get. My favorite things to make are breakfast foods and I can make a mean poached egg.
Since April of 2012, I have discovered I’m gluten intolerant and am on a strict gluten free diet. It’s made going out to eat and baking ( one of my biggest passions) difficult, but I’m finding a way to live with it.
I’ve also recently taken up the art of gardening. Apparently this runs in my family, though I have been known to kill flowers within a week, so I’m not too sure about all of this. So far, I’ve kept my herb garden alive (they are my babies) and my mom and I have been tending to the flower garden around the house. Sadly they don’t make spray to protect your flowers from two-year-old kids running about. This year, I did the garden all on my own and it’s coming out beautifully!
Speaking of nature, I love nature! I used to run around outside until night time and have always had an affinity towards animals. As much as I enjoy the excitement of the citylife, I would much rather live out in the country with all the forests and greenery. I also tend to get upset when animals get hurt or killed, both domestic and wildlife. I wouldn’t consider myself hardcore enough to be rallying outside with PETA members, but I do support the hell out of animals and have volunteered at a local humane society.
I’m also trying my best to stick to more natural products, whether it’s medication or hair products. It’s hard when we live in a world where everyone wants everything done yesterday to find acceptance in natural solutions, but I’m doing my best. If my head hurts, I try to take a nap. If my tummy hurts, I drink some ginger tea. I’ve also been getting a lot of luck with more natural beauty products and I highly recommend them to everyone. Plus they smell good!