Goals

Do you have goals? I mean sometimes I think of what I want but, I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and wrote out my goals. The thought of a five-year plan doesn’t scream, top priorities. Could just be the kind of person I am, I know a lot of people who have had everything planned out for a while. I am the first one of my local friend group to have children and I doubt that I’m the only person who thought that I would be the last to start a family. Things unexpected happen all the time but, it doesn’t hurt to try to have a guideline for the way you want your life to turn out.

Knowing your goals is a good way start to reaching them. I mean, it is easier to run to a destination than to zig zag around. Where do you start? Well what do you want? I always try to avoid starting with material items. I love the mind-set that health & happiness comes first! It would be nice to have a Unicorn and Jet Ski but even if I had those and I wasn’t healthy and happy, I wouldn’t enjoy them very much.

One of my biggest goals is to be a better parent or I guess you could say a better version. Maybe every parent has that goal. I wake up every morning and think to myself, do better, be better. Education is next on my list of goals, upgrading to brush up on subjects that are a little rusty. Third is to spend more time by myself, to learn to be ok with who I am. Something important that I think will take a long time to accomplish! I also want to be more involved with my community.
These are small goals that I think I can wake up everyday, and be excited to work on. You need something to wake up and push towards, you know? Or else you start thinking why in the world do I even wake up. It’s one thing to have to go to your job  or to take care of your children. But what do you do for yourself, to make you want to get out of bed every morning, for you?

I’d love to hear what you guys do! Leave me a comment below! I hope everyone enjoys their day!

Stray Thoughts

Struggling to see,
What is finally me.

A mirror askew in the light. 

Straining your eyes.

Reflection is just out of sight.
Thinking stray thoughts,

Across your mind. 

Greener pastures,

Sing a siren song…
Of times left behind.
It must be wrong,

To be impassive. 

Pushing through.

Be okay you think,

Around another way.

Something sprung me to write this while laying in bed. I hope everyone finds rest. Goodnight. 🌜

An Uncomfortable Topic

I haven’t written in a while due to Christmas & New Years. I hope everyone was surrounded by joy and happiness this holiday season. I also hope that 2018 brings amazing adventures and great times for everyone!

Now that 2018 has arrived and in the light of the new year, I wanted to write and hopefully educate, on a topic that most people find uncomfortable. Periods and the waste produced by period products.

If you are a male or someone who thinks that this post doesn’t apply to them or that they shouldn’t read any further, you couldn’t be more wrong. As a person in general it is your responsibility to educate whenever possible, say you’re a father and you just had a baby girl.. well at some point that girl is going to get her period. This a topic that shouldn’t be ignored by anyone.  Recently I was browsing through Facebook and a post caught my attention.  Jim Stelmacker a resident of Port Alberni came across an unsightly view whilst walking the trail to the bird sanctuary, located across the Somass river. When walking the trail you have to pass the Sewage Lagoon, with permission I have posted the pictures of what he found below.

 

 

Not only is this a disturbing sight to see while walking around our beautiful home town but, It also bring up the question ” How under educated are women? “. Growing up, I was apparently one of the lucky ones that was taught that absolutely nothing but, biodegradable waste and toilet paper goes in the toilet. Never in my life would I have imagined that ladies would flush not only the tampon it’s self but, also the plastic or cardboard applicator. If not for the possibility of embarrassment, if the toilet were to clog  but, also because of the impact on the environment. At my house we had a private sewage tank that needed to be emptied, so in my adolescent mind I was embarrassed at the idea of the attendant finding any of my products in the tank. (Later finding out that is not exactly how they empty the tanks).

As of July 1, 2014, Canada’s population was composed of slightly more females than males, at 17.9 million and 17.6 million. I know that those statistics aren’t up to date but it gives you a general idea of how many women there are in Canada. That is a lot of feminine products sold and perhaps discarded improperly. According to Canadianmenstruators.ca in 2014 Canadian women between the ages of 12 and 49 spent an estimated $519,976,963 on menstrual hygiene products.

Now imagine you only had to buy one product replacing it between every 2-4 years. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well I’d like to introduce the Diva Cup, while still being made out of plastic. It is an impressive alternative to tampons and pads. I myself wish that someone had come up with the idea and educated me about it when I was young, it would saved me from some very embarrassing moments.  I think this product is wonderful and hopefully offers a solution to period product environmental problem as well as the problem of period product access around the world.

In short anyone who is menstruating and flushing their products down the toilet, please stop! Either put your feminine waste in the garbage (where it will still end up in the ground in our landfills) or switch to a better alternative. I know some ladies are grossed out by the idea of a Diva Cup but, it is such a small thing to overcome to help solve such a big problem.

If you have any experiences or comments feel free to post them below!

Thanks for reading!