(not that I have ever even watched an episode of southpark but I thought this was funny!)
But back to the overwhelmed issue. I have found that when trying to research and read and do what I think/can afford that is best for my family, it's so easy to get lost in the millions of things people say you HAVE to do. For me, midwives and birth center/home births have always been normal. My mom had both myself and my brother at a birth center with a midwife. So that wasn't a crazy jump for us. (but little did I know the whole world that would throw us in to!!) Next was cloth diapers. Again, my mom did it and knowing that you don't have to use pins anymore I was willing to give it a whirl. So when I was pregnant with Allison I started looking into all the different kinds of cloth diapers that are out there now days. HOLY COW!! I very quickly became buried in a sea of information and quickly gave up. I didn't touch the idea for a few months but after a few conversations with some friends decided to gently broach the subject again. I tried to take it in more manageable chunks and did finally make some decisions and cloth diapered Allison all the way until potty training.
Over the past 3 years I have tried to educate myself and make small changes for our family. A few things; trying to convert our cleaning products to things with less chemicals, trying to line dry my diapers when it is nice out, giving the kids vitamins on a regular basis, better baby carriers, digestive enzymes vs. antacids, amber teething necklaces, vaccines-or the lack of them, discovering the amazing Eden Salve, and Colloidal silver (I wrote more about that HERE). But a little over a month ago I wanted to try this "no-poo" thing I heard about and I also wanted to switch to a deodorant that wouldn't give me cancer. (and if you don't believe in that theory I was going for more natural too) So HERE was my initial trial reasons and information. I gave the no-poo method a month but after that I was done. I even tried a scrub to get the extra oil out but it still wasn't anywhere near what I liked to touch and fix on a regular basis so I went back. One of my initial reasons for even trying it was there was no cost to start, and no risk involved. If I didn't like it I could go back at any time. So I did! Currently I only wash my hair about twice a week. It really could probably go even a little longer, but I'm ok with twice. I like the way it feels, and yes even smells. I haven't jumped on the "Make your own shampoo and conditioner kick" yet, but maybe in the future.
I'm still using the homemade deodorant but it did give Jason a rash so he had to go back. :( So my original statement was about being overwhelmed. Sometimes it is hard deciding where to start, or deciding to only take one small baby step and not "bite off more than you can chew." There are so many things out there to change/try that it can be very intimidating!! So little by little I try new things and try to remember that I'm not signing my life away each time I make a change. If it doesn't work for us, I can go back. (which doesn't happen often but giving myself permission to go back is huge!) So if you want to start a garden, start one! It may be small and you might not do it again next year, but give it a whirl! (that's what we did, I did a little research and we just did it. I looked at it like a science experiment and it was a blast! We are even going to plant a fall garden!)
So what's one natural thing you have been wanting to try? I'd love to hear from any of you that might stumble upon this humble (sometimes) ole blog of mine. Community is such a powerful and necessary thing and can be a valuable tool! My next venture is worm bin composting!! I'm so excited and I'll share more as we get into it! (HERE is a link if you just can't wait!)
Oh, and if any of you are curious about my comment; Food Storage/gardening/composting/rain barrels/diversifying investments/getting ready for "what if." I'll deal with that in another upcoming post :)