The 24 Things Clearing Challenge
encourages you to make room in your home, heart, and mind to create an inspired future
Sometimes, in my attempt to find balance in life, I over-stretch. Today I join many others in a 24-day clearing challenge: letting go of one thing each day. And what do I start with? Processed foods. Usually the stress of cleaning out closets and parting ways with things I don't really need would lead me directly into the comforting arms of a bag of Cheetos.
Instead, on this first day of 24 Things, I will also join over 2,000 others in October Unprocessed 2011. Two challenges in one month? Yup - that's how I roll.
This morning, my daughter and I started things off with the basics: bread and water. The bread was from a local bakery down the block and - I know I shouldn't be surprised by this - that bread is always more satisfying than the kind from the supermarket. The simplest breads are made with only 4 ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt. (No, I don't know this from experience, just from the internet. But perhaps this month will inspire me to finally learn how to bake bread... something I've always wanted to do.) By comparison, I take a look at the supermarket bread label and wonder why there are often 15 or more ingredients there - most of which I cannot pronounce.
The results of this day's letting go: a more health-conscious choice for me and my family; a way to support local stores like our bakery; a feeling of trying to live a better life.