Saturday, December 27, 2014

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Eco-Update 3: My Year In Review

What a year 2014 has been for me. To be able to accomplish some of what I said I was going to do is such a great feeling. If it wasn't for me getting out of my comfort zone, I know I would've NEVER get the chance to say that. I took some life changing positive risks, and even if some of it didn't turn out the way I wanted at least I tried. Knowing that I tried doesn't mean to give up. I'll just re-visit and do it differently than before. I can be able to look back and say I did that versus shoulda, woulda, coulda.

 Here's how 2014 went down.

No one is born a great cook, One learns by doing ~Julia Child

Earlier this year I did a 30 Day No Meat Challenge. It was a way for me to try new dishes that didn't require meat and to add more fruits and vegetables.

Week 1   Week 2   Week 3   Week 4

That challenge was a challenge but I have no regrets. I'm glad I was consistent and be able to see if eliminating meat completely was for me. With that being said, I know it isn't. It's been about two years since I gave up eating beef and pork. I can eat less of them but I can't give them up completely.

When I first started this green journey healthy eating was at the top of my list. My eating habits were out of control. I wasn't adding enough fruits and vegetables. Those finger licking artery cloggers won every time. But I knew I had to make changes because the saying is true "you are what you eat" and it showed.

Being on a beef and pork hiatus allowed me to try a ton of meatless dishes. I'm proud to say that I've been enjoying them without any major fuss. Ok well, it can be a lil' frustrating when it comes to finding fresh, quality, natural/organic budget friendly ingredients. Whew! I said a lot there huh? But it can be done with planning.

A lot of what I made are a staple and I make them very often. This is hands down one of my all time no meat favorites. It's quick and easy to make. Oh and it makes my tummy very happy. I'm working on a few ideas for a future challenge and I'll share as I go along. Will you be joining me?

Running is cheaper than therapy ~Unknown

I just completed running 13-5K races this year. I'm so proud of myself because I thought it was something I couldn't do. Getting the word "I Can't" out of my vocabulary made a big difference. Also updating my workout gear and bookmarking sites dedicated to racing events helped me stay motivated.

One thing I learned about going to these races is don't judge a book by it's cover. It's interesting to meet/see people from all walks of life. Some are running in memory of someone they lost, while others simply for the love of running. Then you have me, I run so I can eat whatever I want. Duh!!! Ok,Ok I guess this is the part where I add some inspiration. Here it goes... Like the quote above says>>> it's therapy for me.  

I can just get away for a moment and not have to worry about a thing. Me and nature. The wind blowing, fresh air, and Ewww!!! Did I just step on... sh!t? Sorry about that, where was I?

Oh and don't go in thinking you can beat him or her. They just might end up passing you, winning the race, and have a better time than you. Umm… I'm just saying I have never done that. ;)

Next up, 10k races but the goal is to run a marathon. I'm doing it in stages. I don't want to just jump in there and put my body through something it can't handle. I want it to be fun not painful. Wish me luck!

We don't go natural we return, Natural is where it began ~Unknown

This all started when I typed natural hair in the search engine and the rest is history. I recently celebrated my 5 year nappaversary. To some it my seem like what's the big deal? For me it was about embracing my hair the way I should have. Instead, I grew up thinking and being told my hair needed to be chemically straightened in order for it and me to be considered beautiful.

It was all lies and I'm so thankful to have found and be a part of the natural hair community. This movement impacted my life in so many ways. Since I was using all natural/organic ingredients in my hair, I looked into other areas as well. That's how my blog CluelessCurl came about. I started chronicling going green and invited women who look like me to share their journey too.

I remember how difficult it was finding products on the ground. I'm a brick and mortar type. As much as I love being online the one thing I won't do is shop. I used to and that's a whole 'nother story. Now I walk in that store and get lost because there's an aisle stocked top to bottom with natural hair products. The natural hair movement did that.

Don't believe the hype that our hair can't grow. I know for a fact that when my hair was relaxed it stayed at one length. It was also thin and lifeless. Once I got rid of the creamy crack, reading blogs, and stalking YouTubers, the growth and thickness flourished. 

This year thanks to Trader Joe's changing their aloe gel recipe, I relapsed on my PJ'ism trying natural hair products. I was able to have fun without breaking the bank. I have a few favorites and I'm ready to pick just one as my leave-in. It's time to de-clutter because my teeny tiny space is not having it. Which one will it be?

Shea Moisture- Superfruit      Camille Rose- Almond Jai Butter

I weelee weelee love my hair

You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same  ~Jonathan Davis

I've been called weird, abnormal, and my all time favorite "she has issues'. We live in a society that says it embraces individuality. But as soon as that person dares to be out of the box and be their true authentic self…Awww Sheeeiiit! Here comes the bullying and ridicule. What they forgot to tell you is don't be better at being out of the box than they are. Oh so…you want to be weird, abnormal, and have issues too?
Me, when the "clique" thinks I'm going to be mad when I'm not included
What part of "I enjoy my own company" don't you understand?

I know I'm a good person but I'm not perfect. I've come in contact with people who have "tried" to force me to understand them but won't take the time to understand me. When I was younger that would have worked. Now that I'm getting older and I'm officially allergic to idiots, I don't have the patience.

I learned so much about myself that I didn't even know existed. The ASSumptions of me was just…I just… CAN NOT. I've had people broadcast my mistakes but when it came to having some success… *crickets*. I had to look at myself in the mirror and say Maggi… You'z a baaad b!tch, now stop terrorizing people.

You know me like that? Please tell me more that I don't know

I've been in environments where there was this pressure to conform. Eeekkk!!! I couldn't wait to learn. So I'm frantically flippin' through the training manual to find the "kiss my ass-stroke my ego or else" section. You don't know how disappointed I was when I couldn't find it. You know what that means?

I'll take... not gon' do it for $200 Alex, because being me is so much better than being miserable. Let me tell you how I became the recipient of "Evil Person Of The Year" which led me from being stressed to no stress. I started turning my YES into NO's and the "clique" didn't like that. All of a sudden I'm "out of character" or my "attitude" has changed. It changed for the better... thanks for noticing. 

How come you didn't notice when you were treating me like sh!t? Oh Snap!!! You now what else that means? 

Bruh! Please play this game right. Is this what you call "scare tactics"? 

I'm thankful for those who underestimated me because the "wonderful personalities" I met along the way showed me EXACTLY who I don't want to be. Other people's opinions of me doesn't define me. 

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it ~Lena Horne

Life tried to knock me down but I refused to stay down because I know my clueless view is so much better when I'm standing. I had options and I chose to learn from those experiences instead of letting it destroy me. It will get better… It will get better… It will get better. That's what I kept telling myself. Then I started doing instead of talking. 

ACTIONS speaks louder than words. I know I can't go back and change the past but I can strive for a better future. I've felt the STING of the -ism's and the -tion's but giving up is way too easy. Believing in myself, admiring my vision board, and joining a self-discovery challenge has made this year one of my best ever. I also finally renewed my passport and I can't wait to see what kind of stamps I'll be collecting. 

Top Blog Post for 2014

Most Popular Post of 2014- Trader Joe's "New" Aloe Vera Gel

Green Light Features- Monique

Product Reviews- I Straightened My Hair

Restaurant Reviews- Pizza Fusion

Quote Of The Day- Stop Over-thinking

Meatless Dish- Crunchy Black Bean Wrap

My 5K Races- Fast Cat

Clueless Recipes- Legume Ak Lambi

Workout Of The Week- Side Plank

DIY- Scalp/Growth Oil

Thank you for reading my lil' blog. This post is dedicated to those who think getting out of their comfort zone won't make a difference. You never know if you don't try. So excited to see what 2015 is going to look like. 


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