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  • DAY 31: THE END

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    HOORAY! Today is the last day of the 31 Days of Change self challenge. It is actually pretty shocking how many little changes I have adapted this month. The task was daunting, I really hadn’t thought it through a little more. Some things were incredibly unrealistic. My attempt to stop swearing lasted almost exactly one hour. On the other hand I have become attentive and incredibly polite when it comes to phone usage now. I still make the bed daily but I couldn’t bring myself to go to dinner alone. I am just too big of a wuss. Implementing recycling is slow going, I still need to figure out reasonably non smelly indoor composting. I learned a lot this month and also learned that all change should come in moderation. So thanks for reading this month and coming along on this insane ride with me. I will still post but not nearly as often. It really can turn into a full time job. Now I am going to lay on the couch, lazily drink my coffee and relax now that the blogging horror has subsided.

  • DAY 30: SMILE

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    I love seeing these strong, thoughtful, hilarious ladies each month. They come from the suburbs, far edges of the city, they rush from work, they brave Chicago’s crazy weather. Many take what precious time they are given to sneak away from home having to hire baby sitters. A warmth grows in my chest a little at just how wonderful they all are. For most of us this is the only time we see each other.  This could be the first time we have ever met or it’s last time we will see them for awhile. Life has a way giving us busy work. For today’s change, one of the very last changes I will have made this month I promise to renew C.B.C.’s dedication. Our dedication to support our community,  the earth and each other. Crafting for a cause…

    This month we proudly support Operation Smile. This is an organization which performs surgeries to repair cleft lips and cleft palates to those who either cannot afford the procedures or live in a part of the world where it is not readily performed. Remember how self-conscience you when you had acne in high school or even now? Now imagine if you felt like that for the rest of your life. By donating you not only help these people make a physical change but you help give them higher self esteem on the inside as well. I hope you visit their site today and support this very special group of people and their cause.

    For our craft we learned glass etching. We repurposed items we already owned with almost no waste being made. Here are a couple blog tutorial links on how to etch from Thistle Wood Farms and Say Yes to Hoboken. Check out what some of the Beavers made below…

  • DAY 29: TABLE FOR ONE

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    I am 34 years old and I have never been to a restaurant alone, a movie, a museum, or on a trip by myself. I love having people around me, I adore the noise. When friends tell me they went to see a new release by themselves I always think about how boring that must be. Why would I go out to eat without a companion? It just doesn’t make sense. It just seems so lonely and kind of sad. There must be something more to it. Is it simply about enjoying your own company? Honestly I have no idea but I am going to take myself out and see what it is all about.