Morning Reflection | Life, Renos, Health

Our morning spot!
I love love love natural light!
I am SO grateful our new bedroom is moving along, waking up in darkness at all times of the day and night is not easy. Well, it makes it easier to sleep in, yes. It’s also easier to be completely thrown off of any kind of “sleeping schedule”. But it’s for only a short time. A short time that also means our floors are dirty, multiple times a day, things are out of order and not where they “should be”. BUT this is a short moment in time.

We were reflecting the other night on our gratitude of where we are currently at in our reno/addition stages… 3 yrs ago in June was a completely different story and I am SO thankful we had the solace of being able to go to our family cottage and family/friends places.

With every step we take in life, we can learn and be grateful for SOMETHING. Even when it feels like we can’t. Hindsight is 20/20 truly… if we had “waited for the right time” to start our additions, which lets be honest truly finish our home… there would never be a “right time”! We had thought Spring 2020 we would start and then suddenly had to start with a timeline in Spring 2020 to finish. A slightly scary leap, but looking back it all now makes so much sense. The stress I felt back in the fall and winter, worth it to be this much closer – especially during this pandemic (we wouldn’t have had a permit issued now)!

As I sit and wait for my hubby to get home from work #essentialworker so that we can finish gathering and cleaning the bricks, I am truly thankful for this journey as a whole. Sure there have been bits and pieces that felt like they were going to break me, that’s life at any given moment.

I am stronger, healthier, happier and grateful.

Never be afraid to follow your heart, I tried to cut corners, I tried to shift this and that to lower costs… its NOT worth it! Sometimes that leap is scary, but its soooo good in the end.

Ive had a LOT of time to reflect on life this past month +…

This week also being national infertility week had been pulling on my heart strings…

Another very scary, unknown time in our life that thankfully for our family had two beautiful rewards. A time that at only 23 and 24 when my body should have been at its prime… I was faced with so many unknowns as well as physical and mental health challenges.

Infertility is an invisible illness. Although I have now processed the pain, honestly knowing that pain, will never go away.

My journey through life has had many ups and downs, some I could have honestly done without, but alas I am here and stronger than ever.

Now especially, during this pandemic, we must take care of ourselves. We must pay attention to our physical AND mental health. We also MUST pay attention to the products we are using in our homes and businesses.

At only 23 I was living with infertility. I had invisible illnesses that I had NO idea I had, because being on the birth control pill hid ALL OF IT!

As we are spending more time in our homes, loving the spaces we are in, I challenge you to use this time to truly dig a little deeper into your health, how are you REALLY feeling, what are the products you use in your home on a regular basis, how do they reflect on your health?!

We transformed our life back in June 2014, I remember this because it was the beginning of me taking control of my health. By that time and age I had had multiple surgeries, before and after my infertility diagnosis and even my children . I had listened to my medical professionals telling me to try this pill, then that pill, now this one… all of which my body rejected and that is when I opted for what some consider drastic, having a hysterectomy. This surgery helped, but still obviously did not resolve my health issues.

Here is where this circles back to us spending more time in our homes…and yes keeping in mind EVERYONE’s health is unique to them.

The more time we spend indoors, the more aware and conscious we need to be about the products we are using. Many of the products being recommended for use during this pandemic have endocrine disruptors in them! Look it up, it’s a fact.

This is what I find frustrating… yes this virus has shown to be deadly, yes it seems to spread more quickly than the flu. Its affecting a LOT of people with underlying health issues. The more we are all obsessively cleaning and using hand sanitizer the more “good bacteria” is also removed from our hands and also the chemicals in these cleaners will also begin to negatively affect our endocrine system for BOTH men and women! Circle back to my mention of this being national infertility week.

Speaking from experience, infertility affected my physical AND emotional health. This too is a burden on our health care system as well as individuals, married couples and families. This isn’t something you just “get over”, it can be very traumatizing and affects every single person differently.

So while we are at home, while we are reflecting on our space, ourselves, our family, take the time – please – to also reflect on your own health and the products you use everyday. Please take a step forward and educate yourself on WHY its beneficial to support our bodies with healthy, holistic products and ingredients.

It’s so important, especially right now!

While we were our cleaning up and moving brick, I was picking up some of the rubble from the winter, when we stripped the brick off the house pretty quickly… underneath alot of the brick and mortar rubble was heartwarming. 

A beautiful reminder that it gets worse before it gets better, and that’s ok! Patience and perseverance towards your goal, you are strong. Sometimes when we are in the darkness and think we have been buried, we have simply been given time to rest before incredible growth!  ✌πŸ₯°

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