Natural and Low Waste Favorites

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to Blind Moving On! I have been on a journey over probably the last year and a half of a more sustainable and natural life. I have found that I want to do more to help our planet and just to live more simply and sustainable. This has been a process and we are nowhere near being close but we have made some changes in our home and are taking steps in the right direction.

We first started by pairing down our belongings to live more minimally, and more simply. I feel lighter when we have less stuff in our lives and it has been a process but we are doing really well in this area for our family.

The first swap I wanted to make was an easy one and that was with our cleaning supplies. I have asthma and have always had a hard time cleaning bathrooms because of the smell of the products. It was so strong and I could not handle the smell it made it so I could not breathe and I hated it. So I started trying out some natural products, even just plain vinegar, and water. I have found that my favorite products so far are the method products. I purchase mine from Well.ca and I really like the subtle scent of them as well as they do a really good job of cleaning our messes.

The next things I wanted to tackle was my beauty products. The first thing I changed in this aspect was my razor. I went to a safety razor, it is all metal and the only waste is the blade which is recyclable. It will last for years and years and save so much plastic from going to the landfill. I have also switched out toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes, we are using the Brush Naked brand and I purchased those from Well.ca also.

As for products that I use I have been loving this natural vegan shampoo and conditioner by the brand Beauty and Planet. It smells amazing and has done great things for my hair. I have also switched my deodorant to one that is more natural and it is by the brand Beyond Naturals and it is a local small company that I have fallen in love with. The lotion that I have switched to and has been working so well for me is the Everyone Lotion 3 in 1. It can be used on your hands, body,  and face and I use it for all of that and it works great. I have eczema and I find it works great even for that.

My makeup is going to take a while because I want to use up the stuff that I have now and slowly transition. I purchased a new lipstick and powder foundation from Burts Bees and have been really liking them so far. I am really looking forward to moving to more sustainable natural makeup products as I use up my old stuff.

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This has definitely been a process for me and my family but I am loving the journey and am feeling great about some of the choices that we have made. I am also excited to keep going on this journey and to do our part.

Until Next Time!

Ashley and Rick

Independence Can Be Scary

Hello Everyone,

I am a pretty confident blind person when it comes to getting around and traveling. There are so many times that people say to me, you are just so brave and are not scared I just can’t seem to get there. And they feel like they are failing, that they will never be independent because of it. So today let’s be real for a minute.

I am scared, I am terrified, I am anxious as all heck, I doubt myself, I doubt my abilities. These are all very real things in my world. It can be scary to stand at an intersection with all of the noises around you and trust that you are going to get yourself to the other side safely. There are many times where I doubt myself and stand there for two cycles of the light so that I can work up the courage to go.

When I go somewhere new for the first time in the same city, or a whole new city. I feel anxious and my brain gets pretty creative with what may happen on that journey. I plan it out, I  talk my self through the process.

Fear is real and fear is ok. It is how we push ourselves to do the things that we feel like we can’t do. I feel like there is no one sighted or not who doesn’t have some sort of fear, anxiety, and self-doubt at some point or heck many points along the way.

Fear is what can drive us to work through it and prove to no one but ourselves that we can do it. You are not alone in fear and you are not alone in doubting that you will get to where you want to go, but you are supported to get there and you will get there. Believing that you will get there and telling your fear to “watch me” will get you to where you want to go. Whether that is crossing that busy intersection, riding the bus, moving out on your own, going for that new job or promotion, or just living the life you want to live; use all those feelings to propel you to where you want to be.

YouTube video of me crossing a street and having a little chat with you and my dog Rick .

Until Next Time

Ashley and Rick