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Welcome friends! Naturallyliz is LIVE! First official post and Welcome!
I am so EXCITED! Finally, months after starting to develop content for the blog, I am launching my baby bird out into the big bad internet. Ha, Ha! 😉
The day you stop learning is the day you stop living.
Funny, I had a really hard time coming up with the “true” answer for who originally said this quote or its numerous variations. Was it Tetsuyama-san, Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, Michael Scott or… Not really sure, but what is very clear to me, if so many intelligent people all basically said the same thing, it must be true. 🙂
Every single day, I am learning so many new things:
- Learning more about herbs, essential oils, home remedies, food as medicine, and eating to heal my gut.
- Learning about blogging, social media, SEO, plugins, how to take pretty pictures then what to do with them.
- Learning more about myself, what I like, what I’m drawn to, and what I want to be when I grow up (Ha, Ha!) 😉
But, the biggest thing I have been learning,
is how much I really want to help people!
I worked for a company providing durable medical equipment for 17 years. My entire goal was to help people get the equipment they needed to live more comfortably or at least more functionally. Although the job was super hard at times, heartbreaking, frustrating and exhausting, I really, truly, loved my job. I loved helping people, both our clients and my coworkers. I have been away from that job for a few years now. Until recently, I really didn’t realize, just how much I missed that sense of satisfaction, the “rewardingness” (yeah, yeah, yeah. I know its not a word, but you know what I mean) of helping people.
Its all about persepective
This last month we have seen some major natural disasters in the United States. Hurricanes, wild fires, earthquakes, you name it. We’ve seen some looting and vandalism, but there are many more heartwarming stories of people bonding together to help each other. People bringing out their boats to help rescue the stranded, folks volunteering to help feed the firefighters or the folks displaced from their homes, people helping emergency personnel. Doesn’t matter if they are black or white, skinny or fat, short or tall, whatever. We’re all people.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have been hit by major forest fires. The whole area was blanketed with smoke and falling ash. I have been cooped up in the house for the last week because of my allergies and asthma. Even for folks that don’t have breathing difficulties, the air was toxic. Much of our beautiful Columbia Gorge has been scorched. As sad as this makes me, I can’t help but feel grateful. Grateful that I had a safe place to be during this time, that more homes and communities were not affected, and that we are not in the same boat as those in Texas or Florida right now. Now, more than ever, I am struck by how we must maintain the spirit of gratitude, make each day count, and love our neighbor.
People need help now
I’m part of some allergy support groups on Facebook, and I see so many questions pop up from people about how to identify hidden soy, how to research allergens, if different foods/products contain allergens, how to deal with allergies, where to look for resources, etc. The list goes on and on. People need this information now. Not tomorrow, not in three months or a year from now. Now!
I’m a perfectionist at heart so it is super hard for me to release something that isn’t complete or 100% perfect. But, there comes a time when we just have to say “Its good enough”. I could tinker and improve and tweak until the cows come home, and probably never feel like any one piece was good enough. I could spend months researching and writing more posts. But…. it’s time.
Naturallyliz is Live!
So, please bear with me. There is so much information I want to share, so much that I wanted to have completed before I launched the blog. I know that in three months, six months or a year, I will probably look at all the pics and laugh uproariously at myself, but for now, “Its good enough”.
Friends and acquaintances, that have heard some of my story, are curious about some of the homemade cleaning products, home remedies, and recipes that I am using now. In fact, many of the completed posts are by request of my friends and family. If it seems like the content is a bit of a hodge-podge right now, well, that’s because it is. 😉 My goal is to help people and if someone is asking for the recipe for the produce wash that I am using, then by golly, lets get that post done. 🙂
I hope that this site becomes a reference, resource and source of inspiration for you all. Check out my guide to soy, all its names and where it can be hiding here.
Please check back in the coming weeks as more reference and resource pieces are completed and published. I’m working on a database of “safe” products. I can not wait to release the database! If you want to be notified when the database is ready, sign up for my newsletter below.
Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day! Stay safe, stay strong, and love each other.