Thrift shopping -- it is quite possibly my most favorite thing to do in the world. When you've rummaged through junk to find amazing items, there is really nothing more thrilling than perhaps sky diving after you have SCORED! I've been doing it for ages and I can say that I am quite the pro. Most my furniture, knick knacks, clothes, etc. are found at thrift stores. I would say that 75% of my belonging (minus my intimates) are thrift store finds and I am quite proud of that. I have saved so much money and purchased things like weird instruments, that I normally would never think to buy. Recently, at my favorite Goodwill I found an Ana Sui dress ($7), a Michael Kors dress shirt ($5.99), Escada sweat pants ($4.99), and amazing vintage finds (priceless). Most my furniture, minus my bed and bookshelves, were found at the freaking Goodwill for so damn cheap!
People, look at the economy, think of all you could save, think of how you are contributing to the environment by recycling someone else's junk and making it your treasure.
Thrifting is an art and requires so much patience, but only at first. Once you become a pro, you know exactly where to look, you can quickly eye good quality brands, fabrics and materials and be out of there in a jiffy. But it's my version of Breakfast at Tiffany's... just much more affordable and cooler. Spend one hour in a thrift store, go through every rack, every nook and cranny before you decide to give up because you haven't found anything, and make it a goal to go consistently because one week might be a miss, but the next week you might find gold. I agree, not all thrift stores are worthy, but the Goodwills, the Salvation Army's, the Out of the Closets, or whatever local thrift stores are in your area, should have at least a couple things that will catch your eye and will make your life complete. And perhaps you don't find what you're looking for, but you notice that those Marc Jacobs pants that aren't your size would look great on your mom, or that fancy name brand purse you found for $10 might make you some extra cizzash on eBay.
Check out my last apartment and all the cute things I found. Perhaps it's not your style, but you get the idea of how to make thrift stores work. It's easy!!! It's recycling!!! It's CHEAP!!! It's so much freaking FUN!!!
Despite being in my 3rd (none my fault) car accident in 1.5 years this past Saturday (scariest accident to date), a totaled car (see above) and small concussion later, I can still smile! Why, you ask? Because life goes on and I can smell the beautiful flowers. But it does make me question Los Angeles, and I now yearn for life outside HellA. haha. These sorts of experiences make me just want to work that much harder to find the good in anything and everything.
That being said... today, I found just that at the Culver City Farmer's Market, which occurs every Tuesday on Main Street from 4pm to 7pm. I went after work and walked through a beautiful crowd of like-minded, kind, smiling individuals. I love the selection of yummy produce, the farmers, the families, the musicians. I swear, it can just brighten anyone's day! That and listening to Oasis. :)
So if you're feeling like there's no hope, book it to the nearest farmer's market.
Before you read this entry, first watch the video in the last entry.
Ok, now how pissed are you? I know, I know. Well, I was thinking, why are we letting lobbyists decide what goes in our children's stomachs? It should be the parents/caretakers who have full control over what their kids eat? NO? Am I right, or am I right? Working parents, no exception. Teach your kids to make their own lunches if you are unable to. There is no reason why children should not eat healthy EVERYDAY!
Look, the weight issue in this country is FRIGHTENING! When are people going to realize this???? Don't let a stranger dictate what our kids eats.
EMAIL ME FOR LUNCH IDEAS! I will try and post some this week.
Watch this video. Get mad! GET REALLY MAD! These lobbyists are the people who decide what goes in our children's lunches!!!! AND ALL THEY SEEM TO CARE ABOUT IS $$$ NOT HEALTH! WTF!? Jesus. Where are the morals and compassion and who the hell is in charge here!?!?!? OBAMA, PLEASE HELP!
I just need to get the Truth out. I hate keeping secrets, especially from my precious readers. And I think showing one's true self, their vulnerable self, ain't a bad thing whatsoever. That being said, let me just spit it out... I have been nicotine free for one month! Well, tomorrow is one month. Nicotine free??? Mother Health smoked???? I bet some of you are stunned. Mother Health? Really? I don't know why, but during my transition period (which if some of you don't know, began mid-October) I decided to pick up cigarettes again. This was after being clean from nicotine for exactly three years (I quit September 30 2005). Don't ask me why, cause I don't know. I felt I needed a vice during that difficult time. Nothing can prepare you for transitions. I was aware of my transition period one month prior to it happening, but still, you don't realize what a bumpy ride it is until you go through it. We have all been there. It was a brief moment of vulnerability and weakness. But I knew I needed to give it up smoking and get rid of the toxins that had contaminated my lungs.
I smoked my very first cigarette at the age of 9 with my German step-grandmother. I begged her for it. I didn't cough. I smoked the entire thing. By 13 I LOVED visiting Grandma so that I could have a cigarette. By 16, I started smoking after school. By 18 I went to Europe and smoked up to 2 packs a day for about a month. By 23, I was sick of it. I was only smoking roughly 1-3 cigarettes a day and just wanted to quit. My mom (God bless her) gave me Allen Carr's "Easy Way to Stop Smoking" which changed my life and actually segued into my obsession with nutrition. I quit by page 27 of the book, with hardly any cravings. I recommend Carr's book for any struggling smoker. You don't have to "want" to quit to read it. Just read it to see what I mean. You have nothing to lose.
So after October when I started my smoking habit again I started reading the book, but did not finish it ... yet. In addition, I saw a hypnotherapist. Now I have always been skeptical of hypnosis. I don't understand how people can be totally out of it because some person tells them they are. But after experiencing it myself I realize it's really just a form of meditation. I was fully aware of what was going on during the entire process, but I felt listless, my head felt heavy. I came to feeling no different than before. The only difference when I woke was, I was no longer a smoker. I will say, I had more cravings this time than the first time I quit. But my will power is so strong. I have only a few pages of Carr's book to finish and I believe once I finish it, my withdrawals from smoking will disappear.
Just a brief history on Allen Carr, he smoked five packs a day. 5 PACKS A DAY!!!! Carr was hypnotized after exhausting every option to quit. The hypnosis worked for him. His book is basically the explanation of his hypnosis experience and gives a smoker a totally new way of looking at why they are actually smoking. Smokers don't really enjoy smoking, they're brainwashed to think they do. He also believes there is no such thing as cravings or withdrawals. How can you crave something that tastes so disgusting??? Read the book to understand why.
No matter if you are a social smoker or a heavy smoker, smoking is smoking. But, there is a way for you to quit. It's just a matter of finding the technique that works for you. KISSES!
Lord knows we could use some inspiration during these tough economic times! Life doesn't have to be so dreary, you know. We can take action and make life more freeing the more educated and sustainable we become. Just look at how rad this family is:
Seriously people, this is one cah-razy week at work as far as busy goes. I'm having major blogging withdrawals - - convulsing uncontrollably and foaming at the mouth. I kid, I kid. So last night I started school again... Fundamentals of Herbalism. Holy Shiitake!, such a great prof. and class! I learned so much in one class that I can't wait to share with you all. Soon!!! SOON! Be patient with Mother Health.
So far so good on no alcohol and no coffee. A whole week without these things in my body. :) The swearing, not going so well, unfortunately. Trying my hardest, but a lot of sh's and stuff like that coming out of my mouth. Tisk tisk. I feel much better in the mornings without the coffee. So hooray!