Being intentional.

be intentionalI have a lot of favorite things… I think that is a good thing though. I have a lot of interests and nothing that I feel like I am over the top crazy about. Everything in moderation. That is how I like to think of it at least.  What I really love  is spending time with people. No matter if we are playing board games and drinking wine or going out to do something. I just love talking with people about who they are, where they come from, what makes them tick…what is their story? I would like to think I could sit down with just about anyone and if I could just record them (in a non creepy way) and collect a bunch of stories I could write a really good book. and I don’t mean just the basic details of their life. I mean the deep stuff… not what they do for a living, but who they are and how they ended up where they are. Every person has a story…and I feel like in some way, we are connected…no matter how different we think we are from someone. We all have a heart, we all feel hurt or sad, and we are all loved. It’s the small details along the way that I just find simply fascinating. What makes a person who they are?  I would interview people of all background and all ages. If it was possible I would love to travel the world to do this.

Anyways, I am getting ahead of myself.  So, we have been watching a lot of documentaries lately. On all things from babies, education, to nature, hiking, the Iditarod dog race, healthy eating, Target, and pretty much everything else you can think of. What I really love about them is that I get to A. Learn about new stuff, but B. I get to hear stories and well, I love hearing stories. :)

So since watching documentaries I have become so much more educated on products, chemicals, and basically how things work. I have learned I don’t like eating non organic and I like eating local/fresh foods. I have decided I am going to cloth diaper our kiddos if/when we have them, make my own baby food, and hopefully someday soon own worms for our compost. I don’t think I can change the world because I want to do those things. I just want to be intentional and reduce our impact in small ways. Maybe eventually we can do BIG things to reduce waste and impact and eat healthier, but for now I just want to take baby steps. Those first steps start with being intentional and informed. On another random note I have meaning to post about how I made my Christmas presents. People have asked for the recipes, and I have totally slacked on sending out my information on it. I made Soap, Tea Cup candles, and Lotion (in mason jars) I haven’t found a good seg way on any of my posts on how to switch into this topic, but it fit today because I was inspired to make my own gifts and to be more aware of what I put in my body as well as on my body.

Here is the link to lotion: (by far the easiest and most simple thing) and SO amazing. I love the lotion…and who doesn’t love mason jars? I mean..really. http://asonomagarden.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/how-to-make-handmade-handlotion-w-label-download/

Tea Cup candles: http://www.marthastewart.com/273016/teacup-lights

My suggestion here is that you start hunting for the tea cups early (I went to antique stores and thrift shops) and also that you use a pot you don’t need anymore to melt the wax (it took FOREVER to clean out) I knew it would make a mess, but I would rather have just tossed the pot after I was done. Also, getting the wicks to stay straight was tricky. I haven’t figured out the trick here yet.

SOAP: http://laurenconrad.com/blog/post/diy-gift-guide-mothers-day-crafts

–Also very simple.

I found all of my needed supplies at Hancock fabrics. I will say though…Next year, I would pick just ONE of the three to do. Not all three. I like easy. I like fast. Making things myself intrigues me, but really… Who wants to slave away making gifts. It shouldn’t be a full time job,and it should be enjoyable…for me that is spending some free time, and not ALL of my free time dabbling in making things.

So, over here at the Shepard home we are working on being intentional. In thoughts, words, AND actions. Who we are and what makes us, us.

And also if you ever want to tell your story…

I am all ears.  :)

be there