Happy Monday, everyone!
I would like to start off by giving thanks for all the amazing support I've received with the launch of this new adventure! You know, as life takes over the majority of our time, we tend to drift apart. Long gone are the days of basically living in each others' dorm rooms, and yet, there's this feeling of community that still remains ever present. From the bottom of my heart and every nook and cranny, thank you again everyone for all the love. It is felt and appreciated! <3
So, before I chat about the giveaway and my ongoing May 30-day challenge, I need to address an awesome experience I had last weekend! As a person who has anxiety every now and then, being spontaneous is something that is not very easy for me anymore. I need to plan things well ahead of time, as well as analyze the situation and all the potential things that could set off my anxiety. I decided a few years ago that I wasn't going to give in to my fears, so I always try to push myself through the doubt and fears, and I'm reallllly happy that I did this past week!
As you can see, my hair was needing some serious TLC, and I saw an awesome deal on Groupon, so I jumped at the opportunity to get a great cut and dye job (of course, not before meticulously researching the salon and it's hairdressers. #anxietylife). After all that, I called and made an appointment for the following day at a NEW place. Anxiety varies for a lot of people, but for me, doing something new needs a lot of planning done wayyy ahead of time. Anyways, I booked it, and my unicorn of a husband drove me into downtown Boston to get my hairs cut!
See how my hand is semi-rolled into a fist? Yeah, I was freaking out. Like, getting dizzy and anxious freaking out. But, I knew I had to fight and do something to distract myself. Enter this amazing app called Headspace. I had already put on my Young Living Peace and Calming + Valor essential oils, but I needed to help distract my body while I let them do their magic. For those of you who have never heard of Headspace, it's this really amazing app that helps you meditate and practice being mindful. This is seriously vital for everyone, in my opinion. The app comes with a bunch of pre-loaded guided meditations that teaches you how to breathe to calm the body, and then guides you through a thought process. As a subscriber, you get even more access, and one of the segments offered is called SOS. This is a 3 minute guided meditation that knows just what you need in that moment. No extra fluff. It helped me SO much, you guys, that I just had to share it. By the time I was called for my appointment, I was ready to rock!
Enter, Ramy. 28 year old hairdresser working at Leeba Salon in downtown Boston. You might be used to your hairdresser asking you about every intimate detail of your life, but not Ramy. He works quietly, efficiently, and with great focus. Of course, I'm a chatter, so I had no problem striking up conversation with him and his sweet cousin, Rima. If you read my first blog post, you'll see that I'm Persian, so I have a soft spot for just about anyone who has an accent that sounds like my parents. Soon, I got the man talking, and I learned some awesome things about him. He has been working with hair from the age of 15 back in Lebanon and he just got engaged recently! We chatted here and there, but after a while, especially after getting my hair washed and deep conditioned, I was so relaxed, I almost fell asleep! All in all. Ladies, if you live in the Greater Boston area and you are looking for someone who will listen to what you want to do with your hair and walk you every step of the way, ask for Ramy at Leeba Salon. Best wishes, habibi!
Okay! So without further delay------ our first (and there will be many more) ever giveaway winner is LaTrice Woods! If you check out my Instagram Stories over at @thisisfarrah, you can see that my sweet little helper Isa, who I nanny for, pulled her name out of a cup with everyone who entered! (She's beyond cute, you guys, so I would totally check it out!) LaTrice, I'll be reaching out to you later today to get your address and ship out!
Finally-- my May 30-day challenge! I wanted to start off with something I had been looking into for a while: the microwave (dun, dun, dun). I have heard so many people arguing for so many things about a microwave: they're perfectly safe; they're not safe; don't stand right in front of them; never use one. So, naturally, my curious brain had to do some research, and while my research continues throughout the month, I decided I would take on the challenge of not using my microwave for 30 days, if only to help slow down my emotional and sometimes mindless eating.
So, as I began my research, I thought I would start off with the FDA and see what they had to say on the matter. A basic Google search will take you to this page, where the FDA gives a brief summary of what a microwave is, some misconceptions, and what they recommend. If you want to spark notes version: The FDA claims that microwaves can be unsafe if:
- one is exposed to microwaves for a long time
- your microwave is on while the door is open (they recommend discarding your microwave if this is the case, as most new ones automatically stop when you open the door)
- there are any cracks or defects in the front or handle area (or warping of the front)
- you try to microwave metal or aluminum
- you overheat something and burn yourself
- you have a pacemaker- check the kind you have with your doctor
- any plastic has melted--> where it can leach nasties into your food (we only use glass or ceramic)
- and "That said, there have been very rare instances of radiation injury due to unusual circumstances or improper servicing."
That being said, I am a bit weary of how much we, as a society, use microwaves, and the research continues. Do you have a reference you suggest I look at?
As of today, May 8th, I've only had two instances where I would have used the microwave: 1.) to reheat chicken (we ended up using the small toaster oven); and 2.) melting solid coconut oil for brownies (I make-shifted a double boiler, and they ended up tasting beyond amazing!). 23 more days to go!
I know your time is precious, and as always, I thank you!
Sending much love and positive vibes your way,
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