Tomorrow is July 1st, can you believe it? I can't! I am settled into Chicago again and as committed, the entire month of July, Snapshots of Wellness will be raising social media awareness for Beagle Freedom Project. This organization is one that I am incredibly passionate about and simply pray that here at Snapshots of Wellness, we make a difference (that includes all of you).
I read the following somewhere a long time ago & copied/pasted it into my 'draft file' via email. And I love it: Truth is, we're all in need. We learn when we serve with hearts that want to learn, listen, and understand. Serving others keeps our hearts broken in the best way.
This includes serving animals & children which are two of my greatest passions! So, I am doing both by lending my voice and I need you to lend yours as well..
As I join forces in Chicago with various local businesses to raise awareness for BFP, please note the following:
Just a reminder that social media for SW consists of this blog, Instagram & Twitter. It does not include Facebook as that's a private personal account.
After July, Snapshots of Wellness will be taking a 'rest of the summer breather' as I turn my focus to other pursuits in life.
Thank you for coming along with me for my Sprinkles experience. What fun! It was a super rare occasion for me to eat sugar again. And on this rare occasion, worth it! I limited my intake to one cupcake and it was delicious.
With that being said, no more sugar for this girl. I genuinely LOVE eating no processed sugar now. I never - in all of my adult years - believed I'd reach a point via my diet where I would run towards healthy organic foods 95% of the time (and that's about accurate). And I never thought I could beat that sugar addiction but I have. I don't even crave sugar anymore which is pretty astounding seeing as I used to devour it. Once you give up sugar long enough, you lose any desire to eat it....really ever. You 'may' eat it rarely like myself but you don't 'crave' it....big difference. And when you do (again on that rare occasion when Sprinkles comes a callin'), while it's really delicious in the moment, you just can't go back to making a habit of it. It's like being age 40 and saying 'I am going to go back to age 38'....you literally cannot. I LOVE CHANGE!
I am now kind of amazed at what inner 'desire' can do in helping someone to change. The 'desire' really needs to be burning so far deep within to go through with any inner transformational change. When you do move forward, change just starts to cascade like dominoes. I feel my life is now legitimately changing at the fasted rate it ever has. I have never changed as much as I am now. And the changes are deep internal changes that will be bread to last. And I am - for the very first time - reveling in all of the uncertainty.
Also, it's a good time to add that when you are healing from any endocrine dysfunction, the further you heal, the further your emotional/physical landscape changes/stabilizes into a new normal. I really want to talk to couples and families about this one day. I am personally a very emotionally expressive person but, as you heal, something starts to shift where you don't have the emotional reactions that were tied to an imbalance of hormones, thyroid, etc. anymore. It's as if - just like Dr. Dan Kalish said in an interview - a light switch goes on. You just feel differently and you know it's permanent. It's so darn cool. Whatever area of the body that is imbalanced, once recognized and obviously treated, feels like 'you' again. It's astounding when you look behind you, how effective some Functional Medicine methods are of healing.
If I - of all people - can stop eating processed sugars & processed foods in 4 months flat, so can you. If I can move towards and through fear & change, so can you. If I can pick myself up after loss and transform into the best version of myself -so can you. With God, we can do the impossible.
I think once I made the first majorly gigantic change this year which was my diet and now see the benefits, the rest of the changes I want to make are going to come a lot quicker. And that is because I am not resisting any of it. The emotional & perspective shifts are marks of maturity. Yes, you still stand to mature at all age ranges..haha.
Once you have enough momentum of change churning, the speed picks up and in my case, I am aiming for a complete emotional/physical/mental/spiritual transformation. And natural progression starts happening.
Believe in yourselves. And aim for every goal - decision - conversation - destination to ignite eternal value. Anything else? Toss.
Created and curated by Kelly, Snapshots of Wellness encourages all of you to cultivate your 'joie de vivre': Compassion for Animals via food, style & lifestyle.