My journey towards a healthier lifestyle began when I became pregnant with my first child, just over 13 years ago. The idea of bringing a new life into this world made me think more about what I put in my body, on my body, and what products I use throughout my home. I was overwhelmed, and I mostly bought what I deemed “safer” than the alternative. I didn't have a group of like-minded people to toss ideas around with. Most people I knew figured if a product was on the store shelf, it was tested for safety and fine to use. I didn't fully agree, but I also didn't have enough data to confidently dispute that.
Time passed. I became a stay-at-home mom and I had a toddler and a baby at home. By the time my oldest daughter was about to start elementary school, and my son would soon begin preschool, I had a third child and things shook up again. My youngest daughter was born with a kidney disease and I was reminded that keeping my family as healthy and safe as possible was my top priority.
One afternoon, while sitting in the waiting room of my oldest daughter’s dance class, I met a mom that was also trying to make safer nontoxic choices. We struck up a conversation about the search for effective “natural” deodorants. She mentioned a deodorant she was using that she learned about in a book called, Little Changes. She gave me a brief overview of the book and told me I should check it out. Soon after, I bought the book and also the deodorant. I began to view the task of healthier living as a little less overwhelming. I began buying safer sunscreens, bug sprays, lotions, baby wipes, lunchboxes, backpacks and more! I started making homemade recipes with vinegar and baking soda. I learned about castile soaps and their many uses. And I began buying organic produce. I was happily on my way towards a healthier family and home.
Last year, when my youngest daughter entered first grade and I now had all three children in school full-day, I was excited to have additional time to dedicate to my own personal interests. Since reading the book Little Changes, I had been following along with author Kristi Marsh’s website (choosewiser.com) and subsequently the launch of the Savvy Women’s Alliance. When checking my email one night, I opened one from the Savvy Women's Alliance announcing plans for continued growth and upcoming volunteer opportunities. I was a bit intimidated since I had been out of work raising my children for almost 12 years, but I knew I wanted to try something new.
Prior to having children I worked in Human Resources and I did not know how my skills would translate to helping Savvy, but I decided to contact them and offer to help for a cause I admired. It was shortly after that I spoke with Kristi on the phone and was immediately impressed with her energy and passion. I was invited to attend a Savvy board meeting to learn more about the organization for a project I would assist with. At the meeting I witnessed their collective passion and commitment to the nontoxic living movement and it was inspiring. Most of all, I felt welcomed and encouraged to continue my journey. I joined the Savvy Women’s Alliance as a member and I began volunteering my time to help where I could.
Since reigniting my own desire for nontoxic living, I have been diagnosed with kidney disease.
I have watched family members struggle with cancer, and I have read more about the connection between toxins in our environment and impacts on human health.
I want a safer, healthier world for me and my children and all future generations. Any small step I can take towards that future is one I am happy to take! As I walk through stores today, I am encouraged by the safer choices available, and I know that progress will continue. I am also excited that the conversation about nontoxic living is growing and it is becoming easier to navigate through this journey. I am so glad Savvy provides a supportive and educational place to learn about and share ideas with others who are on this journey, too. Thank you, Savvy!
(Thank you, Chrissie for being such an integral part of building our foundation! ~ The Team at Savvy. )
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