Let me preface by saying 3 months ago, I didn’t even know what “crunchy” meant. Yep, maybe I live under a rock but the idea of being crunchy never occurred to me. And, if you’re like me and are thinking, “what the heck is she talking about?!” I’ll leave my quick definition of it here. Basically, being crunchy is synonymous with being a hippie.
Maybe now you understand why I never knew of such a word. I never have considered myself to be a hippie, and still don’t.
But, what I do know is lots of people will slap that label on you real quick when you start blabbering about essential oils and plant based living.
I’m all for balance. Balance in my diet. Balance in my sleep schedule. Balance in how much binge watching of Netflix I do. And balance in the my weekly wine to water ratio. Balance is key. But really, balance is a lot more than 1:1. To me, balance is about figuring out where that fine line between sanity and insanity is so you can walk it with confidence. Like, where does your recreation meet your work? (And yes, I consider eating a slice of to be pizza play and a spinach salad to be work). Balance is there. Well, that’s my quick definition at least.
I grabbed my essential oils back in March, but ever since then I have been really into finding the best, natural, non toxic alternatives wherever I can. It makes the most sense to me. If there is a better option for me and my family, why wouldn’t I look into it further? It’s quickly become one of my hobbies and I will spend hours researching, writing posts, and sharing with you guys what I learn. It’s fun.
And no, that doesn’t mean I am now going to move into the middle of the forest and live amongst the trees or walk life as a nomad. I still appreciate what the “not so good” chemicals have brought us. Like, airplanes and cars and iPhones and medicines. I understand those things just may have detrimental effects but their good outweigh their bad and our life on this planet wouldn’t be the same with out them.
Those are things out of my control, anyway. I’m not planning on living in a bubble any time soon or even wrapping myself in saran. I don’t throw away or waste any of my toxic products just to replace them with better ones (although I will admit I did give all of my toxic household cleaners away to family members).
It’s about balance. As a not so fun product empties, I simply replace it with a fun one. And by fun, I mean better for my health, plant based, non toxic, possibly but not necessarily Young Living, product. And it’s been awesome.
I feel good knowing that the small decisions that are within my reach are made with education and knowledge that will both benefit me and my home and my family. I guess to me, being “crunchy” is fluid and is a process rather than a certain way of being. More a verb than an adjective or noun. I know that’s not its definition, but it’s what makes sense to me.
That is my balance.
Now I’m feeling all philosophical and have a slight urge to write out namaste but not going to because, again, I’m not a hippie… remember? 😉
So anyway, see ya next time!