The New Year has begun! I appreciate the seasons and cycles of life in this little county of Leelanau, allowing a distinction in time that seems to be moving more quickly every year! The holidays have been celebrated, the days are staying lighter longer, and a new year has begun. A fantastic time to write goals, evaluate what has been completed and experienced and what may need to be carried over or added to the new list. I try to make two lists; one for The Redheads and one for my home/family.
Some of the things that I have added (and carried over) for The Redheads list is growing our production sales to support our big move to Traverse City. It has always been our goal to offer CLEAN, SUSTAINABLE, VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, ORGANIC/LOCAL, foods that can be a quick, healthy option that oh yeah, TASTES great!
This is the purpose for The Redheads. We can not be our best selves with out feeling well. We can not feel well with out clean food. Hence, we are continuing to spread our message. Please share our story and our purpose and help us grow! We are also thrilled about launching two new dressings and adding several new distributors to help us spread the word…and get our products in more stores around the state! Stay tuned for launches of the new products and stores..and remember, I do depend on you to help me spread the word…to help share with one another why eating well (and choosing a company that demands to be a part of the sustainable cycle) is so very important! We will continue to focus on the growth and many of the other items on The Redheads list…and over the next few months we will reveal more!
On my home/family list, I have many items as well. As you may already know, Aaron and I love to travel. For seven plus years, we had our 5 week cross country trip to The Redwoods on our list…and it has almost been two years since we made that come to fruition! What a thrilling experience! As a family, we talk about those 9,000 cross country miles we travelled all the time…as I am sure we will do forever.
But alas, two other trips sat on the list below our Redwoods trip: Disney and then Ireland. We are saving for both and hope to accomplish Disney (with some of the cousins:) this fall, while needing a bit more time and savings to travel to Ireland. It is on the list, so we will make it happen! We also live in a 1300 square foot home (plus a basement and garage…) that has two bedrooms. We are hoping to spend some time this summer, or perhaps next, moving a few walls to create another bedroom. The kids are getting to that age where one small shared room just ain’t gonna cut it. It has been exciting for Aaron and I (and some great help from my amazingly spacial mastermind sister Heather) to design the changes to our home…with out going bigger, just being more effective with the design of the space we have. A purpose to be mindful of space and resources, as well as of the needs of our kids whom are growing up. Being a creative heart, I surely enjoy the challenge of this one on my list. Of course, I also have other personal goals …to encourage more time for myself, staying committed to my spiritual journey, to being present and more aware, and get lots of outside time. 2017 is also about dialing in on the auto immune disease that I have discovered I have…and sharing as much with the world about my discoveries. More on next months blog about this!
This leaves me an item on my purpose list for 2017 that is on both my personal list and The Redheads list. I am making it my purpose to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. As of today, January 23rd 2017, my daughter, sisters, mothers, nieces, aunts, cousins, woman friends DO NOT have equal rights to men in the constitution of the United States of America. It is shocking to me that this is true…after all the work done in the past century, we still do not have protected equal rights for women. This is disturbing for so many reasons and negatively affects ALL women and girls, as well as men. I am a feminist. I am proud to be a feminist. Now, now, remember the true definition of feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes; : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests”. This is a purpose for all of us…women and men no matter our race, religion nor political views. I am proud to say that my husband is a feminist, my son is a feminist. Many of my brothers, male friends and family members are feminist as they know that all of our lives are better when we are treated equal.
My dear friend Diane introduced the movie Equal means Equal to me. Watch it. It explains the journey of the ERA and what we can do to finally get our constitution to protect women. Email me if you want to get involved as I am going to be committed to this purpose until this amendment is passed. I am proud to have joined hundreds of thousands of women in marching FOR equal rights and to have been holding my Edwin and Olive’s hands in downtown Traverse City on Saturday. It was thrilling and positive and beautiful. I am a firm believer in being FOR something, rather than against something. The energy is different. The intention more effective. The voice truer. So hear my roar. Ratify the ERA.
2017. What is your purpose? What is on your list? I bid you incredible energy towards all that you hold sacred…and know that it is a special time right now in history and your voice is important, your purpose matters. Thank you for listening to mine.
Sending nothing but love and light~
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