The List

As requested by 33% of my loyal readers (I crack myself up!), I’ll share my 19 for 2019 list with you.  I thought about sharing on social media, but decided not to at the moment. Mainly because of #9 (I know you are going to skip ahead and read #9. . . go ahead. . . ).  I have made some additions to some of the individual items, and I am considering adding a few items altogether. Drumroll please!

  1.  Print wedding and honeymoon pictures; order a canvas*
  2. Have a housewarming party
  3. Make and stick to a grocery budget; make better use of leftovers and what we have at home; stop wasting food!
  4. Reach out to a friend or family member every day
  5. Continue DuoLingo Spanish lessons and podcast; continue to practice and learn with other methods
  6. Get a bigger filing cabinet; organize the office
  7. Create portfolio of my flower arrangements and designs
  8. Stretch/do yoga/use prana mat regularly
  9. Research and implement solutions for bladder issues and work on anxiety
  10. CLEAN OUT! and keep on cleaning out- attic, closet, office**
  11. Get the garden started; start composting again
  12. Take a vacation with Enrique (OH and PA don’t count!)
  13. (Re)Start investing money
  14. Spend time learning , believing, trusting the promises of God
  15. Pray daily for Enrique
  16. Play ultimate frisbee again
  17. Write***
  18. Develop morning routines; NO social media in the morning
  19. Finish reading the books I’ve started
    1. Move Your DNA
    2. Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety
    3. Love Undocumented
    4. Bible Doctrine
    5. Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief
    6. Praying Upside Down
    7. The Award

*Yes, it’s embarrassing that I haven’t done this.

**I know that the office organizing and clean-out is kind of a duplicate. That’s how badly it needs to be done.

**When I wrote the list, it was that general. Just to write something, a journal, or lists like I used to brainstorm, or a blog, whatever. In February I decided I’d revise #17 to Write 1 blog post a month.

I think I’ll keep my additions unofficial.  They are similar to many items on the list and can be summed up like this:

  • being more social, seeing friends more, getting involved in church and maybe volunteering in community
  • budgeting/thinking more about our spending in general
  • reducing our possessions and clutter/staying organized

Lofty goals, maybe. But I like how re-reading my list reminds me of my life goals as a whole, and I have a lot of positive actions that I can take at any given moment to keep moving forward on them. I struggle with motivation quite a bit (and always have) so I’m figuring out how to keep myself going!!

What items would you put on your list?



2018 in Review

I had a brainstorming session in December to put the items that I’d thought of for my 19 For 2019 list down on paper. I also spent some time listing the highlights, positive things, and good memories from 2018, and also the things that were negative, the bad habits, and things I wish I had done better.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the lists were about even. I think sometimes we give too much attention to the negative stuff and not enough to the positive.  It sure feels like the bad outweighs the good in reality sometimes. Then again, I think it’s all about perspective. For that reason, I’ll list “areas for growth” first, so that we can end the post on a high note!

Some of my lowlights / What did NOT work for me in 2018

  • Too much TV! We/I really withdrew socially, in part to recover from our previous year!
  • Lack of routines, with anything really- housekeeping, relationships, diet/exercise, spiritual life
  • Lack of organization with cleaning out, moving, and unpacking
  • I felt like I was a bad hostess to my in-laws when they where in town due to being overwhelmed by the move, scheduling too many consecutive trips and events, then getting walking pneumonia; Oh and the language barrier!
  • Lots of anxiety and worry over various circumstances; got stuck in ruts a lot of times, depression
  • Worsening anxiety over my lifelong bladder issues; the issues themselves seem worse too.

Some of my highlights / What DID work for me in 2018:

  • We bought a cute house (that has plenty of space for plants in the yard)!
  • Zabdi moved in with us
  • Many trips and visits with family and friends, including:
    • Our one-night camping trip in April
    • Beth and family visited SC in June
    • Family vacation in July
    • Mom and Dad visited in April and then to see our new house in November
    • Trip to Lake Lure with Austin
    • Enrique’s Dad visited the US for the first time, and his mom and grandma SURPRISED him with a visit
    • Kelly, Mrs. Stingel, and Emerson visited in August
    • Visited Bunny in Americus for evacuation
    • Austin visited for the weekend and Bluffton Art Festival
    • Visited Ohio for Thanksgiving and Dad’s birthday party (just me) and over New Year’s (me and E)
    • Lauren Daigle Concert with Austin
  • I  consistently practiced Spanish on Duo Lingo (my current 180-day streak started on my Americus evacuation weekend!) and made progress on speaking as well
  • I stopped drinking alcohol in June
  • I/We made it through a really awful and stressful experience intact!!


So there you have it.  2018 recap and a helpful tool in making my 19 for 2019 list!


grandma m and grandma m

I woke up thinking about my parents today- it’s their 46th anniversary!  That sounds so crazy to me. When other people tell me it’s their 46th anniversary, I picture old people.  But my parents aren’t old people. They’re just Mom and Dad! And they seem to have more energy than ever.  Right after I thought about Mom and Dad’s anniversary, I thought about Grandma Miller.  March 17, 2019 marks 6 years since she died.  It’s easy for me to remember the year, because it’s the year Enrique and I met.  It makes me sad that they never got to meet.  I think they really would have enjoyed each other.

I think a lot about my her. She was a true matriarch. She brought laughter, creativity, and endless fun whenever she was present. I have so many good memories of her and Grandpa. Over the years, I have realized how much I take after her in different ways. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but I like to think it’s genetic 🙂

Her good friend Charlene, whom our family is close to, laughs when I explain my perpetual tardiness– the reason that I’m always rushing and often late to show up because I am so optimistic!  I overestimate the amount of things I can get done in a given time, and end up running late because I’ve misjudged. Earlier this month when I told her that at lunch, she burst out laughing and said, “That’s Kathryn talking”!! I actually never knew that grandma was always late until I talked with Charlene after grandma died. Charlene worked with grandma, so she knew how she operated day to day.  Our similarities don’t end with our tardiness. I share her LOVE of travel and of seeing new places.  I love to play all kinds of games like she did.  Sometimes I feel like I can can master any sort of project or craft like she did (though I can’t, it’s just that feeling that I can).  I have an inexplicable love of cutting my own hair, even though it doesn’t always turn out as planned. I love people, meeting and getting to know their stories.  I’m interested in the world and in understanding it, like she seemed to be. And we both LOVE to accessorize.

It makes me happy to know that I am a lot like her.  I thought about posting something today about her, but I sometimes get feeling bad that Dad will think I didn’t love his mom as much.  The truth is, I just didn’t have as much time with her. I was only 12 when she died, and she was very sick for the last little while.  I got to have Grandma Miller until I was 29, although she also was pretty sick before she died. So I know now that I shouldn’t feel guilty about that.

I have realized now I have some Grandma McMorran in me too.  I aspire to garden like she and Pap did. They always seemed to have a healthy garden going, and she loved flowers. I realized just in the last few years that I also share her love of birds. I was surprised and delighted to make that connection.  She collected porcelain bird figurines (I have one of hers now on my nightstand), had books about birds and their calls, and birdbaths in the backyard.  My fascination is recent, within the past couple of years.  I think I noticed that I liked birds a lot in looking at Mexican embroidery.  They are featured in many pieces and are always very beautiful and peaceful looking. I even got a tattoo a few years ago of two little birds on my wrist. So although I don’t have as many memories with her, I am happy to know that I’ve got some of her in me too.

I won’t even get started on how similar I am to both Mom and Dad! In different ways of course. Happy Anniversary to you two!!   XOXOXO

1 Down, 18 to Go: My 19 for 2019

Here I am again! At least it is less than a year later.  I have been feeling a lot of anger lately, directed at pretty much everyone and everything. I haven’t been doing a good job at getting things out. I haven’t been exercising, despite my desire to do so.  I haven’t been talking much to friends- other than co-workers, which counts! But I haven’t been doing much talking to dear friends outside of work and  I have lost touch with many of them for one reason or another. I also haven’t been writing (which I never really have much anyway).

Writing is one of those things that I always think that I could do; I enjoy writing and I think I’m decent at it.  I love language after all. I have lots of little journals that are filled with random things- sermon notes, kombucha recipes, you know, all the important stuff. But I just don’t DO it.  (see previous posts. . . . approximately every 14 months!)  All that goes to say that I was feeling crappy, and I decided to sit down and type some things out in hopes that it would make me feel better! So here I am, sitting down to write about my FIRST ITEM TO BE CROSSED OFF MY 19 FOR 2019 LIST! And in doing that, beginning on my second item!

What’s the 19 for 2019 list, you ask? Well, once I figure out to be fancy and link to other websites, I will direct you there! In summary, it’s something that Gretchen Rubin (see last post!) and her sister Liz have started talking about on their podcast Happier (you can find more info here: ). They started last year with 18 for 2018,  but I didn’t participate.  This year I am!  It’s basically a list of goals and things you want to accomplish for the year.  A list of resolutions! Now, don’t panic, and don’t assume I’ve morphed into an overachiever. And no, it HASN’T been 19X as stressful and discouraging as you would think! It’s actually the opposite.

There are several reasons I believe this. 1- It’s not like you are fixing the success of your ENTIRE YEAR, 52 weeks, 365 days, on accomplishing this ONE THING, as we tend to do with one New Year’s Resolution!! 2- Writing a list of 19 things that you would like to/need to accomplish in the next year, gives a chance to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work for you in your personal life, work life, health, finances, etc.  I really enjoy the end of the year assessment. In fact I think New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays for this reason! 3- There are so many options, that if you don’t feel like working on even a dozen of your items, chances are, there’s something on that list that you can make some progress on each day.  You don’t have to be in the mood to go to the gym every day, or eat a salad, or save your money by skipping the meal out.  You can go buy a bigger file cabinet and start organizing your office because THAT is #6 on your list! The feeling of accomplishment from taking steps toward my goals really gets me fired up to keep going, whether it’s on the same project or goal, or other areas of life.

In summary, I bought my new file cabinet yesterday, which has more than twice the amount of space as the old one, and started (with the help of my dear parents) organizing the office ONCE AND FOR ALL.  I actually thought about it throughout the day at work today and was looking forward to coming home to do it! #17 on my 19 for 2019 was “Write”.  I didn’t give any specifics,  and today, I added “write a blog post once a month” to #17.  So here we go! Two things crossed off (not completely, mind you, because I still have the rest of the office to organize and 10 more monthly posts to write)!


Let me know in the comments if the 19 for 2019 sounds interesting to you!



The Four Tendencies

Here we are again! Another several months..err.. years… have gone by and I am here ready to write again. So soon. LoL.

I have been listening to a podcast for a couple of months now called Happier, with Gretchen Rubin and Liz Craft, and I became really interested in the Four Tendencies, the concept and book by Gretchen Rubin.  (My friend Olivia had posted about Power Sheets by Lara Casey back in 2015, and when I searched for the podcast app for “Lara Casey”, the Happier podcast came up! Just thought I’d mention that in case you, like I, need to know how one stumbled upon something, and because Power Sheets are awesome!)

In summary, the Four Tendencies is a framework for categorizing people based on how they react to expectations. I really enjoy personality studies, and while Gretchen explains that the Four Tendencies focus only on this one portion of personality, I feel like I understand myself infinitely more than ever before.  In my humble opinion, I believe that I am a pretty self-aware person, and in many circumstances I am able to truly identify the roots of my emotions and behaviors. However, self-aware as I am, Gretchen has given me the framework to understand myself even better, has given a name to people just like me, and has broken down the strengths and weaknesses in the workplace, in friendships, in romantic relationships, and in a parent/relationship for each tendency. It is honestly eye-opening!

The Four Tendencies are Upholder, Obliger, Rebel, and Questioner. Upholders meet inner and outer expectations, Obligers uphold outer expectations and resist inner expectations, Rebels resist both inner and outer expectations, and Questioners uphold inner expectations and resist outer expectations. Got all that?

I am an Obliger all the way.  The motto Gretchen chose for Obligers is “I’m counting on you to count on me”.  Meaning that Obligers are great at following through and meeting expectations that are presented by something or someone outside of themselves–a job,  a spouse, their children, a deadline, etc.  Obligers are NOT great at meeting expectations that come from within.  I knew from the second that I read the description of obligers that I was one! I can’t count the times that my obligerness has played a part in a decision I’ve made, whether it is career or relationship oriented.

People like me can and should create outer accountability to help us accomplish the things that we say we want to do, yet consistently fail to.  This situation has recently played out in my life, so I wanted to share! For years and years, I have loved language. I have a degree in French, understand moderately well and speak the basics of Spanish, and have had a desire to teach ESL for at least half a decade.  Throughout my single adulthood, I had plenty of excuses for not getting into ESL. No time, no money, no experience, etc. After we got married, I had yet another nudge from God that I should do this, topped off with several logical reasons to give it a go.

So I signed up for an online certification course that cost about $1000.  I thought this would really get me going, you know? I’d be so motivated because I had that outer accountability of having to take a test, plus the fact that we were spending a good chunk of money on it, and Enrique wouldn’t be too impressed with me if I abandoned the plan. Well, turns out that tests for online classes are SUPER EASY, because, well…. you just look at your notes as you take the test.  So in true Andrea Fashion, I procrastinated A LOT, passed my tests (still have two more courses to go), and learned some… but overall,  let’s just say I’m glad I have all the printouts from the courses, because I can’t recall much off the top of my head. Not to mention that I have never actually TAUGHT ESL. (The certification includes courses for beginner teachers, but most seem geared to teachers with at least a little experience).

Enter Goyo, my husband’s Best Man, BFFE, and the other half of the Mex-Neck Bromance. Goyo’s girlfriend Lauren mentioned to me that he was wanting to go back to the literacy center (where I was considering starting to teach as a volunteer last fall, before the S. hit the F. in our lives, if ya know what I mean), or to get a tutor to help him to practice his English. I thought about it for a couple weeks or so (wouldn’t want to be premature), and told them that I would love to be an English helper! So far, we have had two or three lessons. We had an initial meeting, where we just assessed the goal and I sort-of came up with a plan.  We have each had to cancel a session, but guess what happened.  Unlike even the online certification course that I paid money for, I got a fire lit under my butt to figure out how to give one-on-one English tutoring/instruction because SOMEONE WAS COUNTING ON ME! Revolutionary I tell ya. I went to the library, checked out $233 worth of books (my receipt provided that fun fact), and spent over an hour planning for our second lesson. And let’s be honest. . . I was also reviewing English grammar and parts of speech. (Enrique always asks me “Why, baby?!” in regards to certain English pronunciation and grammar, and I don’t usually have an answer). This was really exciting to me for two reasons- 1) I am finally taking the itsy-bitsiest step closer to being Ideal Andrea in dipping my toes in the ESL ocean, and 2) It’s OBLIGERNESS IN ACTION!

I could go on, but I won’t. I’ll just say,  Five Stars for the Four Tendencies and the Happier Podcast, for personal growth, and for friends providing an opportunity to help each other out. 🙂

think on these things

Disclaimer: I wrote most of this draft in January and just came back to see that I never finished it!! So much for the record (see below) 🙂


I’m about to set a record here- 3 posts in one month!

I don’t really have a ton to say here, other than I am feeling pretty optimistic about life right now (and secretly I want to set my record-haha). I am still getting used to Bluffton, still a bit sad that I can’t see my friends all the time now, but I don’t want to waste (more) time being sad and complaining – out loud OR in my mind- about where I live when people ask me how it is going down here.

One of my favorite books is The 4:8 Principle.  My friend Jane Ann introduced it to me, and it’s one of those books that I should just put on a yearly rotation and make sure that I revisit often.  The book is based on a scripture: Philippians 4:8, which says:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

In a nutshell, think about the good things. I’m not saying to be in denial about real circumstances or live in la-la land and act like hard things don’t exist in life. But don’t dwell on negative circumstances and thoughts, or even worries about the future.  Easier said than done right?

If we think negative things, aren’t we going to live a negative life ? For example,  if I say to those around me, “well there’s not much to do here, and the beach is really far away”, it’s going to be a self fulfilling prophecy!  After telling myself and my friends that time and again, I start to really embrace that belief as truth.  I may resign myself to not making any friends here because there’s “nothing to do”, and start believing that the 30 minute drive is not worth the amazing breeze, the smell and sound of the ocean, and the feel of sand beneath my feet at the closest beach.

Honestly, I didn’t even know until a few years ago that the things that we think are a CHOICE.  I believed that my thoughts just happened- consequently my attitudes just happened, and I was at the mercy of what my brain wanted to do and how it wanted to see things!

Now, it’s been a while since I’ve read the book, so I don’t recall the exact steps that we have to begin taking in order to control our thoughts. But the point is, IT’S POSSIBLE!    One example I do remember from The 4:8 Principle is this: imagine you are at the circus.  As one act ends, the tent darkens and a spotlight illuminates the gal walking the tightrope.  All eyes are on her, focused on the spectacle. When her act is over, the tent brightens, and everything else in the ring has been completely changed and set up during the tightrope act.  What you didn’t see as you watched the gal walk the tightrope were all of the crew, dressed in black, hurrying to disassemble the old props and put the new ones into place.  Why didn’t you notice? Because the spotlight focused your attention on something other than what was going on in the shadows.  Focus.

The thoughts that go through our mind don’t just happen to be there. We get to choose the things that we hold in our minds, the things that we focus on. Let’s face it, we are ALWAYS inside our own heads.  It not easy to control our thoughts, or pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, if you will, but that awareness of the choice we have is actually life-changing. Does it take practice? Definitely. Are negative thought patterns and habits hard to break? Absolutely! But in my very limited experience of this process- stopping a negative spiral, speaking words of truth to myself, replacing those negative thoughts- I have seen enough of a change in my own attitude and mental health – and  therefore my trajectory in life!- to say YES it is worth the effort!

My favorite to-do list

Last year was a wonderful year.  2015 was the BEST. It was a big one, and a busy one.  I moved out of a house I loved (traumatic!) because my dear friend and roommate Austin got married, I got engaged, planned our wedding, left a city I have lived in and loved for ten years, and got married.  Four of my closest friends also got married, two got pregnant (and one gave birth last week!), and another gave birth to miracle twins! It was such an eventful, busy, happy year for many friends in my circle.  Needless to say, between wedding planning and my THREE moves, I didn’t have as much time as usual to be social, have fun with my local friends, or keep in touch with my out-of-town friends.

I didn’t make New Year’s Resolutions this year, because I like to really think about it and consider changes I want to make in my life, and not make impulsive, overly ambitious goals without a game plan, only to fail within a few weeks.  This year we were really busy with Enrique’s family being in town, and ringing in the New Year in Orlando (hooray for Disney!) that I didn’t make the time to do it.  I did get my first set of Powersheets by Laura Casey that I am planning on starting this week.  My Make It Happen binder is going to be my whole year resolution, not just the new year resolution.  Anyway,  I know that one thing this year will hold for me is more communication with my friends.

I have those days or weeks when I get to feeling out of sorts, or lonely, or thinking that my life is not much fun, I will realize that I haven’t seen or spoken to my friends in too long! And when we do get together, or Skype, or even talk on the phone, I feel so much happier.  It’s such an elementary principle that you would think would not be hard to remember: talk to your friends= feel less lonely.  Once when I was reminded of this yet AGAIN, I thought, I am going to write down the names of my closest friends and place it in a visible spot, so when I have a minute, I will just give her a call and say hi.  It’s an odd thing in a way- do I really need to have a to-do list to call my friends?! Apparently so!

This quote from It’s a Wonderful Life came up today on my timehop from five years ago (one of my favorite apps): “Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends”.  In the past, I have not had a great track record of keeping in touch with folks who are far away, with the exception of my immediate family. Even then, I feel like I am out of touch sometimes.  I have made the statement “I’m just bad at keeping in touch” as if it’s something I can’t change, or that I should just accept and deal with the consequences, but I know that is not the truth.

I always read those articles that interview people nearing the end of their lives, where they talk about what they would do differently if they could have a re-do. I am a huge fan.  Part of the reason I like them is that it confirms some things that I think I know about life. But like my grandpa always said, in principle, I know these things!  But in practice they are not always acted upon.  So for some reason, when someone who is on their deathbed, or at least who has outlived many friends, is quoted as saying, “I wish I had kept in touch with my friends”, or “I wish I had put more time into my relationships”, it really kind of smacks me in the face! I mean, our days are numbered here!

I have so many amazing individuals in my life and I know people are the absolute most valuable things here on this earth. I am determined to make my relationships a priority this year.  Maybe it could be taken as an insult- that I have to make a to-do list in order to keep in touch with important people in my life. But it’s not as much a to-do list as it is a visual reminder that I am rich in the things that matter most.


At least I am consistent. . .

…in how often I write a post! Apparently I get the urge to write a blog post about once a year, in the winter. Ha! So much has changed since I first started this blog, though it is not recorded here 🙂 well, once a year is better than never, right?

I read other women’s blogs, and I think, “I could do that”! And then I don’t. What the heck. I suppose it is like other goals that I’ve had. When I picture myself carrying out said goal, I am doing it successfully, obviously, and I’m loving it, all sorts of other amazing things going on, and I’m having such a great impact on those around me.… but I don’t actually have a PLAN or a concrete measurable goal in mind. So it never happens. And then one day I think, wow, I was so excited about (fill in the blank) when I had the idea, and then the excitement just fizzled away, partially because I didn’t take the time or make the effort of PLANNING to accomplish it. The story of my life.

My husband and I were actually just talking about that last night, on a broader scale, and it got me down for sure. I have struggled with the consequences of being a “laid-back” and “flexible” person all my life! At any given point in my life, I haven’t had TOO much of a plan, or thought TOO far into the future (besides when I married my love). The problem is, as I have grown up, lived with roommates as an adult, and gotten married, I realize that I’m NOT actually as laid back as I once thought I was! Sure, I still don’t really plan too far in advance, but I also REALLY like to have things done MY WAY and have a really hard time with spontaneity sometimes, to the dismay of my husband. So maybe I’ve been using the wrong words to describe myself this whole time. Maybe I am actually just pessimistic, or lazy, or scared, or a control freak, not very bright or . . . a combination of all of those things!

Maybe it sounds like I’m being hard on myself, and I know if you’re reading this mom and dad, that you’ll be quick to tell me how great I am 😉 But this is something that I’ve struggled with quite a bit, specifically when it comes to my (lack of) career achievements. In college, I studied what interested me, what I was good at, what I got excited about. I did study abroad because it was something I had wanted to do since I took my first French class in ninth grade. I took a trip to Cuba to learn about the diplomatic relationship between the US and Cuba and it’s effects. But I didn’t make a plan. I didn’t do any internships. I didn’t volunteer in related fields. I didn’t go to grad school. I KNEW (as much as any 19-21 year old KNOWS anything) I didn’t want to teach French or be in business. I wanted to help people, make the world a better place. I thought, who wouldn’t want to hire a gal who loves people and just wants to help others, who doesn’t need a big salary, who isn’t picky about what she’s doing as long as it’s something productive? Well, a lot of people, apparently. Every time I am job-searching, I think, WHY didn’t I just get an education degree to go along with that French degree, just to be prepared? WHY didn’t I get a business degree to go along with that International Studies degree so that I could have a practical way to put that liberal arts degree to use?

What-ifs and regrets about the past are tricky. This morning I woke up crabby because after that conversation last night, I laid awake worrying that I’m not doing anything important and I’ll get to the end of my life regretting many missed chances.  But Enrique believes that I need to use this frustration as a motivation for my future.  Use the energy that I put into feeling sad/mad/regretful/disappointed into brainstorming, making a plan, and achieving my goals.  So that’s what I’m going to do. One of the many ways I’ve seen that two are better than one. And that’s the truth 🙂

Way way back

Welllll…..almost a year has gone by since my second and most recent blog post! I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had in fact written more than one post ! It is definitely fun to look back and see what you’ve written in the past, though obviously that doesn’t amount to much as far as this blog in concerned.  I did however keep up relatively well with a daily “journal” that I found on Pinterest.  For every day of the year, you have a notecard that you write the events of your day. Sometimes one sentence, sometimes a near endless list of the events that transpired that day.  I kept up with it for about 3/4 of the year (with the help of old text messages that helped me remember what I did those days I skipped over). You can continue for as many years as you have room for on that notecard and Voila!!  You have your own DIY Timehop (which incidentally I recently discovered and fell in love with)!  So far it has been fun to look back to the events of last year and remember all of the fun things, the transitions, the new friendships I made.  So, wish me luck on keeping up on my cards!!


As you may know, I recently read a book called Clean.  In a nutshell, it is about eliminating toxins from our bodies that we encounter through our foods and environments and replacing them with the nutrients that heal and rebuild our insides.  I was HOOKED on this book.  The author, Dr. Alejandro Junger, explains the amazing functions that our bodies perform with the fuel we feed them.  He also explains the damage that we do with the food we eat that are not so healthy.

The idea is that the food that we consume now is far from the food our bodies were made to digest.  The addition of preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, genetically modified produce, chemicals, and sugars just to name a few, has caused an increase in obesity, disease, and cancer; if we’re not affected by one of these issues, most of us likely encounter food allergies or a number of other health problems of which we can’t quite determine the cause.

In my mind, Dr. Junger’s book can be summed up in two main points:

1) We need to eliminate toxins in as many areas as we can (a majority of them occur in our diets) and replace food that lack nutrients with fresh and nutrient dense foods!

2) Our bodies need sufficient rest from the work of digesting food to allow the natural detoxification process to occur.

So, after a few days of working on incorporating the Elimination Diet, and being derailed by (free) brownies and pizza at work, I had received my Vitacost goods and was ready to start!!

Unfortunately… it’s time for me to get ready for work. To be continued! I know you’re on the edge of your seats 😉