My name is Erin, I am a wife and the mother of 3 amazingly beautiful and chaotic children. Over the past few months I have been making changes to my day to day life. Not temporary changes, oh no! Changes that effect every aspect of my entire life! These can be the best kind of changes, no matter how terrifying!
My Husband has gone from working for some one to starting his own business. So I try to do my part. In order to support him and make his life easier, I have found myself in a place where I need to discover my inner- clean self. Not that *I* need to be clean. Oh no, I shower every day! I swear it! Really I promise! No, that which needs cleaning is my home. Yup, I’m one of those mom’s who gets caught up with everything but cleaning. The fact is, I hate cleaning! I despise it more than I dislike walking into the floor-less bedroom of one of my kids. Even more than scrubbing the toilet. I especially dislike cleaning more than I HATE stepping on Legos. We’ve all been there right? Unsuspectingly walking down the hall only to have your foot impaled by that colorful toy that serves as a wonderful creative outlet for your child!
On top of that I find that I need to keep up with my personal goals. Which are? Becoming healthy. For as long as I’ve known myself, well you know, forever, I have never been overly active. I have never even cared about the importance of healthy eating. I most definitely never cared about fitness and exercise. Well. I’m fed up with it. With myself. With everything and I am determined to make a change.
At the beginning of this summer (2013) I started running. I will tell you, it was a pathetic attempt. But you know what? I discovered that I LOVE running *GASP*! I know, it was a shock to me too. A friend of mine referred me to a Couch to 5k app. Admittedly I was a bit skeptical but I decided to try it anyway. What could it hurt right? Well let me tell you, I am running 8 minute intervals. That may not sound like a lot to someone who runs marathons, but to someone who has never run more than she absolutely HAD to? This is a miraculous achievement!
[Que the Hallelujah Chorus!]
Add to that healthier eating. No soda, no sugar, reduced sodium and controlled calorie intake. It sounds insane right? Definitely. The sugar cravings alone had me curled in a ball in the corner rocking back and forth. They were worse than my cigarette cravings when I quit smoking 5 1/2 years ago. This whole healthy eating is a work in progress. I do have my bad days when I cave and get fast food, but you know what? A cheat day here and there is not such a bad thing. As long as after that I maintain my healthier habits.
I find myself at the beginning of a quest. My quest is this. I must begin by de-cluttering all the junk from my house. Then I must discover the art of organization, and if all that goes well I may find myself dabbling in the art of interior design. Interior design on a budget of course! I must do this while maintaining regular exercise and workouts as well as eating healthy. Sometimes it feels like I’m assigned to mission impossible, but discovering new methods to cleaning and organization, developing new recipes (for myself and for hubby and the kids) and finding new ways to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle? Is just the beginning.
Follow along as I develop my new lifestyle. Don’t be surprised if you see a little bit of everything. I plan for this to be my general outlet. Fashion, recipes, family life, health and fitness related topics and whatever else comes up along the way. So please feel free to follow me, and leave feedback. I would love to know your thoughts about the things that I write about. I may not be able to defeat the monstrous chaos that follows my children wreaking havoc throughout my home. However, I do intend to find a way to soothe it into submission! While creating a home in appearance and atmosphere that I can be proud of. Will you join me in my adventurous journey to cleaner and more attractive living?
Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.