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Why I decided to ‘go’ Organic


“Your hair isn’t long enough for bangs”

These words that were said to me over a year ago still echo in my head as though they were said five minutes ago. I had noticed months prior that something seemed different with my hair. I thought it was odd that my hair seemed to be breaking off in areas. So, I decided to stop using the chemicals necessary to straighten my naturally-curly hair, just to give it a break from such harsh treatment. During this break, I began visiting Dominican Hair Salons in an effort to still get the straight look Dominican hairstylsts are famous for, without using chemicals.

I had this signature side-swoop bang that I had been wearing for years, but at this particular hair appointment, the stylist tells me that she can’t give me the bang, because I didn’t have enough hair! Talk about a t.k.o. I felt as if the heavyweight champion of the world had sucker punched me. This was unacceptable, so I took it to the next level. I stopped with the hair salon visits, stopped with daily flat ironing, curling, and any other activity that might stress my hair. All in an effort to try to keep what hair I had left from falling out, and to try to grow my hair back. I began wearing what the natural haircare community calls ‘protective’ styles. Styles that protect the hair and require minimal manipulation of the hair, such as buns, etc.

Then I went to a “Natural Haircare Seminar”, and boy were my eyes opened! At this seminar, we were given information about the chemicals…scratch that…poisons…that we were putting on our head that were leaching into our bodies. This started my journey into creating my own homemade haircare products in an effort to avoid the man-made chemicals that were in almost every one of my favorite shampoos, conditioners, oils, etc.

Skin Care
As I got dressed one day, a light bulb went off in my head. The thought was “What’s in your lotion? Does it contain the same chemicals as the haircare products you were trying to avoid??” I ran to my coveted basket of lotions, read the label, and discovered that the answer was YES. The same chemicals I was so proud to have removed from my haircare regimine are in my lotion and my body wash, and I’m slathering it all over my body sometimes at least twice a day! So, I started using my homemade product on my skin, as well as my hair.

One day I watched a movie called “The Future of Food”, and shortly thereafter I watched “Food, Inc.”. I was floored. Nothing was safe any more. My haircare products, my skin care products…and now the sacred cow of my life…food. Weight has always been one of the areas that I struggled with. I love food. I love eating out. I love to cook. But, I realized that a lot of the things I’m cooking, eating, and feeding my child have all types of chemicals and unhealthy ingredients riddled all throughout. I initially went towards chemical free/organic eating in protest, but I now go realizing that if I really want to change the health of myself and my child, that a change must be made.

By now you’re thinking…”WHAT! She went organic with her money too!?” Not really. I knew that I needed to get my finances in order, so I started taking money management classes. It started with a Financial Freedom class taught at a local community center, then I attended Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Seminar through my church. Both great classes, but one thing it helped me realize is that I needed additional income if I really wanted to get ahead, and live a debt free life. I was originally introduced to a home business that sounded interesting because they featured ‘natural’ products, but I knew that I was definitely interested in having supplemental income through a home based business, but I wanted the product to be certified organic. So, I searched the internet and found Miessence. What a perfect combination – a home based business, selling certified organic product? I can eat my cake AND eat it? Get out of here! So, I signed up as a rep and have been slowly working towards building that business. So, be forewarned, that every now and again, I will be talking about the product line that I’m naturally (no pun intended) excited about.

My Goals
I really believe that all of these things happened in succession providentially. Each thing had to happen in order for me to make it to this place that I’m at right now. Ultimately, my goal is to leave a legacy. The choices I make in this one defining moment can change my destiny and my entire family line. I want a healthier future for myself, I want a healthier future for my child and future generations. SO, I am making strides towrads a more healthy, organic lifestyle – making changes where I can, when I can in order to make that transition as realistically as possible.

I’m thankful for that one sentence “Your hair isn’t long enough for bangs” Had it not been for that moment, I would not be where I am right now, making the choices that I’m making to create a new future for myself. I can’t wait to see how the story ends!

If you have already begun transitioning to an organic lifestyle, what motivated you? If you haven’t, why not? (There is no right or wrong answer 🙂 )

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July 30th, 2010
Topic: Budget & Finances, Hair, Health & Food, Introduction, Skin Care Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to “Why I decided to ‘go’ Organic”

  1. thisisliving Says:

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