“Think Big Thoughts, But Relish Small Pleasures”
– Jackson Browne, singer, songwriter and musician
Well, it seems Jackson Browne and I were on the same page this summer.
Such grand plans I had for accomplishment during July and August — photography lessons, blog weekly, read the latest health and nutrition books —but alas, none of these well-intentioned projects were completed. Okay the truth is, they were never even started.
However, the silver lining is that I did “relish the small pleasures.” I spent time with family and friends. I exercised for fun, not for weight-loss, and read two novels rather than my usual go-to “how-to” books. And you know what? I feel energized. Sometimes we just need a break from trying so hard, and striving all of the time. And now I’ve got a ton of interesting and useful health tips that I’m ready to share with you.
Okay, enough about me…now it’s all about you.
Post Labor Day is a great time to resume our wellness routines, rethink the contents of our refrigerators and pantries, and continue cooking healthy meals for ourselves and our families. But my absolute favorite way to begin the fall is with a little Feng Shui.
I like to say I’m “feng-shui-ing” our home because it adds a sense of intention to the process. Truly what I’m doing is a “fall cleanup,” complete with pruning, purging, painting, re-caulking here and there, and even vent cleaning.
Thanks Mr. S.
FYI, dust acts as a magnet for stuck ch’i, which can lead to loss of vitality and crankiness. Hmm, and here I thought it was perimenopause.
But since it’s technically not fall yet, I’ve just been dabbling in pre-season to set my mood for the full-on Feng Shui Fiesta coming your way this year.
Last year we tackled the medicine cabinet, the spice drawer, and the linen closet, but this year, hold onto your Dirt Devils my dear disordered darlings, we are digging deep into the crevices of our homes (and souls) to unstuck the muck. I promise, it will be lots of fun, and beneficial for both your health and happiness. Oh yeah, and we won’t stop eating our veggies either.
Just to whet your appetite for Figs & Function’s second season of inspiration for health, nutrition and organizing solutions, here are two areas that were in desperate need of attention in our home this summer. Maybe they are on your list as well.
New Bath Towels
These are the best bath towels I’ve ever bought. No joke, they are the fast drying RE line of towels from Target. Only $4.95 for a bath towel and they come in a ton of colors and stay soft after repeated washings. They’re ideal for bathrooms that don’t get a lot of ventilation (which I believe is most). And because they dry so quickly, they don’t get that moldy smell. They’re also perfect for your child living in a college dorm, and young people’s new apartments. That is provided they don’t lie on the bed or floor to dry.
New Dish Towels
Our new dishtowels from IKEA resemble the bistro napkins that can be found in so many hip restaurants across the country. And for 79 cents a towel, I bought some for drying and some for dining.
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I’m looking forward to sharing healthy information with you all.
Until Next Time,