Update: Organic Lifestyle

Eight months ago, after doing a lot of research I decided to become an informed food consumer. I made a conscious decision to only buy organic produce as well as grass fed meats/dairy, etc. I am happy to say that I still purchase 95% organic or non-gmo foods for my family. It really makes me feel great when I prepare a meal that I know has no antibiotics, no pesticides, and no gmos – especially now that Halley is starting to eat solids.

I’ve had to change the way I shop because the farmer’s market isn’t open during the winter here in NY. So I do most of my shopping at Mrs. Greens. The prices are reasonable and the all the produce is organic. It is also a small store so it’s easy to get what you need and not be distracted a la Fairway or Trader Joe’s.

Do I always eat organic? Unfortunately even in NY, most restaurants don’t serve organic food – so if I’m out or ordering in – it’s most likely not organic. Most of my family/friends don’t eat organic either so if we’re together unless I cooked – it’s most likely not. Does this bother me? A little. I would like to convert my family and friends to organic eating but I have to give it time.

I think the main thing that I have learned from this experience is that we should be eating real food. I definitely wasn’t eating enough vegetables before this. I also think that it opened my eyes to alternative sources of protein (other than meat and eggs) which is more cost effective. I think to a certain degree we all feel better when we do stick to our organic diet.

Have you made any diet or lifestyle changes? What were the results?  Thoughts, comments, share below.

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There’s a special place in hell…

I have yet to find the origins of the quote “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” but it has been repeated by celebrities and persons of authority/influence. Do I think women should help other women? Yes. In the same way I think people should help people. Women shouldn’t only help other women and not men and vice versa.

The first time I heard the quote used, Taylor Swift used it to refer to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler after they made fun of her love life at the Golden Globes in 2013. To me, Taylor Swift was upset because she couldn’t laugh at herself. All celebrities get made fun of by comedians and most laugh it off – but she couldn’t. I personally think of Fey and Poehler as women who do bring a voice to the feminist movement and especially as women who help other women. After Swift made that statement, the quote has left a bad taste in my mouth.

Very recently, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used the quote to describe women who are not supporting Hillary Clinton in her bid for President. Everyone is entitled to their political opinions and to vote how they want to, but it is completely off base to say that women who don’t support Hillary Clinton don’t help other women or belong in hell. It is very disappointing that an educated, respected and professional woman like Ms. Albright would make such a statement.

Maybe women who use that quote are the ones with a special place in hell? I don’t know. All I know is that it’s not very feminist to “shame” other women in to doing or not doing things you don’t agree with…

 

9/11

First, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge this day. As an American and a New Yorker, I cannot begin to explain the feelings we experienced that day. For me it was mostly confusion.. Why did this happen? Why did this have to happen? It definitely played a large part in the way I began to perceive the world. It chipped away at my 11 year old innocence. It made me question my safety. I vividly remember looking up at the sky and knowing that it would never be the same again. I cannot imagine being in the shoes of those who lost someone during this horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to all of you, always.

Game of Thrones & Everyone Who Has Given Up Watching It (Spoilers Below for Show and Book)

I am so so sick of hearing about everyone’s concern over what happened to the Game of Thrones characters this season, specifically the Sansa Stark rape scene.

For everyone who is so upset about what happens the following is true:

In the books, Sansa Stark does not get raped. She is not in Winterfell and does not marry Ramsay Bolton. The girl who does marry Ramsay Bolton, is a character Jeyne Pool who they pretend is Arya Stark and she does get raped and not only that but she is forced to have sexual experiences with Reek (Theon Greyjoy).

Game of Thrones already has too many characters to count so it didn’t make sense for the writers to bring in another character, hence giving Sansa Stark the Jeyne Pool plot line. Yes we all want to see Sansa break free of chains and emerge as beautiful and strong butterfly but Game of Thrones is INFAMOUS for doing what exactly you don’t want them to do. Robb Stark is brutally murdered along with his mother, they kill Ned Stark the most honorable character on the show/in the books and people like Cersei Lannister are still living.

If you want to complain about the series, read the books first you ignorant jerks because 9/10 times what happens is 1000 times worse. If you don’t like to watch brutality and violence, stop watching Game of Thrones. If you don’t want to see Jon Snow or any of your other characters die, stop watching Game of Thrones. Leave room for the true fans who, of course are upset to see their favorite characters die off but are interested in seeing where the future of Westeros and Meeren, etc. takes them.

End rant.

What an OB Nurse Wishes She Could Tell Someone About Being Pregnant

Refreshing and comforting.

ADVENTURES OF A LABOR NURSE

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  • Stop complaining.  The older I get, the more friends, family, and coworkers I see having fertility issues.  Pregnancy really is a gift—yes, the nausea, the back pain, the pressure—it’s all a gift that not everyone gets to experience. Imagine if you spent years of your life unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, watching time and money dwindle away from you with still no child to show for it? If you heard someone complaining about “the baby kicking so hard” you’d want to punch them in the face. Yes, sometimes being pregnant is not all rainbows and epiphanies.  Some days you might be miserable, but other days you may feel like you can conquer the world! No one ever said pregnancy is a walk in the park. That’s why men can’t do it :/ I’m not saying don’t complain about anything. I’m just saying have some perspective.  You have round ligament…

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so tired

I’m pretty sure I am barely here right now. Here, as in on this Earth. Pregnancy is exhausting and I guess working 14 hour days is not recommended. I have been participating in a conference for the past few days on best practices for non-profits in a similar position to the one I currently work for. It has been really affirming and made me appreciate what I do.

It also made me realize how we should get rid of those who are not in it to win it. We have several employees who are here to be here for a job but are not here to make a difference and it truly is upsetting. Any tactics for inspiring people to work or inspiring them to move on? Advice is appreciated.

Putting yourself out there

Hello Everyone,

In the midst of trying to figure out my life, this blog has been on the back burner for the last few days because I was working to create my website for my Virtual Assistant business. Because I am trying to be savvy, I started with GoDaddy domain purchasing and hosting. I built my professional website using website builder from GoDaddy. Any suggestions? (Especially from those in the Virtual Assistance world?)

From everything I have read about this career choice, it is so important to put yourself out there and network. Part of the reasoning behind this blog is it being another way for me to get out there and network on the web. As part of my journey, I have also joined several Facebook groups and purchased a book called The Bootstrap VA.

Click here to visit The Bootstrap VA. This book has  been extremely helpful to me in starting out in the Virtual Assistant world. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested! I will talk more about this book in a later entry.

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Moving along, I have had a very lovely holiday weekend!

We went out on Saturday for a friend’s birthday brunch at Neely’s Barbeque Parlor. Excellent food and service. I definitely recommend taking a group there!

On Saturday evening in celebration of Valentine’s Day, my fiancé and I made surf and turf for dinner.

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How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? How was your Holiday Weekend (for those of us in the U.S.)?

Thanks for reading!