When the 30 day blog challenge was announced, I knew we’d be closing on the house we’d just bought, and that’s a 5-hour trip one way.  We’ll be moving up north near the Mackinaw Bridge and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Well, that turned into 5 round trips during the blog challenge.  In between, we put in 15 hour days to help our son with renovations on his cottage in northern Michigan.  He was preparing for the arrival of the French student we’d for hosted for a year- many moons ago.  She was coming to the US for a visit with her husband and 3 kids.  We wanted to soak up every moment we could with them.

The risk is negligible in moderation

The risk is negligible in moderation

My husband and I somehow agreed to host a barbecue for them in our new empty house (for a total 18 people), and thus far only had toilet paper!

Besides  shopping for food, we had to scramble for seating- thus the extra trips back home to raid the picnic table and patio furniture, and lots of pots & pans, and all that‘s needed to entertain up north.  The other thing I lacked was access to the internet to publish the blog posts, so I tethered my laptop to my phone when I had to and hoped for 4G.

Granddaughters at the barbecue using their imagination to build a fort.

Granddaughters at the barbecue using their imagination to build a fort.

A few days ago, there was the goodbye party downstate for the guests that were returning to Paris.   And these last few days I’ve been stupid busy with a stat order for 250 one-ounce lotions and 500 one-ounce guest bars, and another wholesale order.  (I know this is nothing compared to what others had to do to get their posts out- especially those with little ones.)

Blogging can give you a headache!

Blogging can give you a
headache!

Every day & bleary-eyed, the thought of what to write hung over my head.  I had to do a post….and an image…no matter what.  It usually took me all day to think about what to write and by the time I sat down to write it, I was brain-dead and feared it was rambling nonsense.  Grammar and punctuation be dammed.  I had a couple of nights of posting near midnight with only a few minutes to spare.  Then I’d wake up to a new day with the task of writing a post looming.  Low dose-but continuous pressure!

But the blessing is, I now will have 30 days of posts for my tribe to read.  It’s allowed me to express what’s important to me on my own real estate; especially when it comes to my business.

Who I am, what I do, why I do it.  My customers can read:

  • How important cosmetic preservation is.
  • How I make decisions based on scientific data, not world view.
  • They also know I love to use safe synthetic ingredients that allow me to get the sensory properties that they love on their skin.
  • They know better how to spot ludicrous claims, and how to ask for evidence.
  • They know there’s nothing to fear from commercial antiperspirants and other traditional products.
  • They know soap will neither kill them, nor make them look 20 years younger.
  • They know that there’s nothing that proves organic is better.  They know now that organic agriculture uses pesticides and herbicides too- the only difference is the origin of the chemical with no regard to toxicity. Those both conventional and organic ingredients have pesticide residues well below any potential harm.  That organic is one giant feel -good marketing ploy with no significant benefits.
  • They know there are ill-informed charlatans that will use #healthwashing and spurious claims to scare them into parting with their dollars.
  • They know that the beauty looks ugly when painted with fear.  There is no reason to propagate fear.  We already have safe cosmetics and they are still not harming anyone.

They now know I call out bull$hit when I see it.

It took a lot of mental energy to get through the blog challenge, but it feels good to have information for my readers to get to know their maker.  Blogging gives the ability to enrich their lives by posting perspectives that they might not have considered before.