Monday, December 23, 2013

Moxie Musing




Upon returning home from Haiti, I have had this deep desire in my heart to extend my "mission" from beyond the context of the "third-world" and into the realm of the real world. I want my "mission" to extend to all walks of life-- rich or poor, hungry or satisfied, clothed or naked, christians and non-christians. My message is not just for what we can be doing for "the least of these".. but a message for ALL humanity on what we SHOULD be doing for "the least of these" in our home, in our community, in our world... but even within our own self. We are all broken people. Not one better than the next. We all suffer and struggle. We sometimes stumble, trip, and even fall within the shadow of our own hopes and desires. I believe there are many people that have it deep in their hearts to do good and to help others. Perhaps it's just a morsel of care and compassion for another being, a mother/father, a brother/sister, a friend, a child, or a pet? Or maybe it's just for your own personal self? I am not here to decide that for people, but I am here to inspire.... provide suggestions for a lifestyle that encompasses compassion, consciousness, and health.

Living in one of the poorest countries in the world, has opened my eyes to a more worldly view; a "One Human Family" if you will...... It has made me more compassionate about living creatures of all sorts, of the health of our environment, and the people that work to make our lives more luxurious (yes, slavery still exists in this world). I became incredibly frustrated with myself for participating in these actions (ie. shopping at stores that utilize sweatshops.. fast fashion) and not doing anything about it. I care enough about people living in what we deem as "poverty" to sacrifice a year to go live amongst them.. then why couldn't I do MORE that would impact MORE lives by SIMPLY changing the way I live. Setting a new standard and context of life.

Over the past two years, I have spent time talking with some incredible human beings and reading (and reading... and reading.. and reading), and reflecting on what all of this means. I am still trying to make sense of it all, as I am sure I always will be. Throughout the course of these 2 years, however, I have learned an incredible amount of information about this statement:

 "FOOD IS POWER" 

I have learned about fast fashion, climate change, human slavery, body image/ eating disorder... and the destructive behaviors we do that kill people and kill ourselves, most often times without our conscious consent  (The Bangladesh Factory fire in spring 2013 anyone?). Maybe I am wrong in believing this, but I don't think we, as human beings, want to live in an uncivilized world that causes undo harm to ourselves, our neighbors, and our planet. Or maybe that's just me? 

So after several restless nights and some exchanged messages with friends, "Moxie Musing" was born. Moxie meaning courage, pep, energy, and positivity. For those that know me, positivity is my strength... and I'd like my message to be positive and empowering. Musing means to think deeply or meditate on something. And that's what I hope to do... and hope to inspire others to do too. I want to muse on life.. muse on health, nutrition, fashion, environment, hunger, poverty, social justice, but I don't just want to muse about these things.. I also want to provide alternative solutions to these problems. AND I DON'T WANT TO DO IT ALONE. I am hoping this will become a COLLABORATIVE project that will feature OTHER MOXIE people doing MOXIE things to respond to social injustices, climate change, poverty, and health... I DONT have all the answers. I DONT know all the problems. AND I am continuing to learn about them the more I engage in conversation with people. WE ARE ALL LEARNING... and the more we learn, the better we can do to create a world of peace and justice. By learning, we MUST be willing to change ourselves in an effort to respond. Sometimes this takes great strength and courage... especially in a world full of social norms and social pressures. But you won't be alone. 


(This is the sound of all of us)


Moxie Musing is currently on Facebook! I have already started posting about health/ nutrition things, environment, food systems, body products, social justice issues, slavery, fast fashion.. I've provided some recipes, fashion ideas, gift wrapping options.. etc.

 In 2014, I will be launching a new website/ blog. I hope that you will follow along. 
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME WITH IDEAS, RESOURCES, AND STORIES (things related to plant-based eating, social justice issues/ poverty, sustainable/ eco-fashion, environment health, eco-lifestyle). 
I might even learn something from you! 





Sunday, December 1, 2013

SNAP Challenge Response

A few weeks ago this comment was left on my blog.... it's about time I respond!

AnonymousNovember 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM
It's fun watching your meals. Do you think you could do it for a month? A year? It must be so hard for people who rely on SNAP long term. The amount of planning and worrying must be overwhelming. What do they do for birthdays and Christmas? There is not much $ to spare.

My Response: 
THANK YOU for following! I think it would be interesting to try this for a month. I actually think it might be easier for a month since I would have a bit more financial resources to purchase a variety of staple foods during the first week of the challenge. I had a lot of staple foods leftover at the end of my challenge (oatmeal, a few soups, a few veggie burgers). I spent under $28 for the week (that was my allowance). It was a bit overwhelming the first few days... not knowing if there would be enough food, but by the time I hit day three... I worried less. It was difficult NOT being able to go out to eat with friends, but going out after the challenge put things into perspective. When you spend a whole week eating $25 worth of food and then you get a bill from one meal at $12-15... that's a reality check. As far as holiday's go, I am sure there would be some fairly inexpensive meals to prepare. Potatoes are cheap, rice is inexpensive, and my oatmeal lentil veggie burgers are rather tasty! The folks at Plant-based on a Budget are proving to the world that eating healthy on a budget is possible.... but it's all about perspectives and people's situations. 

.... Stay tuned! Next blog is on my recap from my experience. I know, it's a little late. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!