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changing my focus

I’ve been doing some thinking this past week. A little bit scary, I know, but it’s a good thing. Right now my life consists mainly of juggling school, work, and a few other random bits and pieces. That’s not good enough for me. Instead of floundering randomly, I want my life to have more focus. To that end, I did some brainstorming, and came up with The Six H’s, six areas that are important to me, and that I want to focus on:

  1. Health
  2. Healing
  3. Holistic
  4. Harmony
  5. Happiness
  6. Holy

To be included in my life, something must bring more of one of these things to it. I want less “stuff” and greater personal enjoyment and satisfaction. With this end in mind, I’m going to be making some changes, mostly many small ones, to create the life I envision for myself.

These categories may not contain things that people normally associate with the topic. For example, writing, for me, brings both health and happiness, and can be healing as well. A cup of hot tea and a good book are healing. The tiny herb garden currently flourishing in my bedroom window is holistic, as is the aloe vera plant my mom gave me when she moved. Yoga and working out is for my health, and so is using good-quality, preferably organic ingredients. (Has anyone checked out Thrive Market? I placed an order with them on Friday. I’m very impressed with their offerings, and I intend to gradually replace items with better choices as I use them up.)

Harmony is pretty important to me. A lot of that comes down to harmony with the world around me, or living a greener life. (Yeah, I used to be an environmental biology student, so that shouldn’t be surprising.) You know, decluttering, recycling whenever possible, upcycling, switching to organic, condensing and getting rid of things, and buying responsibly (Homemade vs bulk-manufactured, for example. Which kinda sounds like an excuse to spend time on Etsy.)

I don’t have a strict agenda set out, but I do have a plan of action in mind. There are some projects around the house I intend to tackle (small ones for the next month, while school is still going on). There are also some things I want to start doing (or, in some cases, start doing again.). I used to have a pretty great and easy bread recipe, bit I haven’t made it in years, so I’m not sure I even remember where I found it. Any suggestions?

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