June 1st, I embarked on a huge challenge. Ok, it's a huge challenge for me. My fellow blogger Iris, at http://thedailydietribe.com, asked me to take part in a gluten free challenge. I think I've mentioned here that, according to an IgG blood test (some say it's faulty), I am sensitive to many food items, including gluten. This is one thing that I have had a hard time eliminating from my diet. I wasn't sure that I was going to take part in this challenge, mostly for the fear of failure and the fact that it was 6 months long. I ended up deciding that my health was important enough to challenge myself, and I thought that this would be a great way to have support through something that is so difficult, at least for me. Day 1 was great. It was hard but I had a gluten free day. Day 2 was really good, but we went to a graduation party, and I couldn't say no to cake and corn bread. What was good is that I only had a very small piece of both of those things. What is also good, is that I didn't go back for more. In the last 2 1/2 days, I have had less gluten then I ever have in even just one day. Though it hasn't been horrible, it hasn't been easy. I am hopeful that I can follow though and be healthy.
This is also important since I have that crazy gene mutation making me more at risk for breast cancer and I don't plan on having preventative surgery. I just found out that my mom's cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer and the gene mutation and she is not yet 53. She is the youngest diagnosed that I know of, 13 years older than me. I have met with doctors and nurse practitioners and I think my food sensitivities are something I need to focus on so that I don't put more stress on my body. I am also hopeful that going gluten free is going to help with my weight issues. I am hopeful that it will help me know my body and what my body needs. I am hoping that I will lose weight as a side effect of eating healthy.
As I've mentioned, I turn 40 this year. Sometimes, I have a hugely hard time with this, other times I am absolutely fine. This weekend someone actually asked me if I was mom or grandma to my kids. Yes, I could have a grandchild, but I am only going to be 40. I didn't think I looked that bad. I actually went out and colored my hair after that comment. I was thinking about not coloring my hair again, but with how I've been feeling and then that comment, I decided that I needed to color my hair. I mentioned that I was thinking about doing 40 creative things to donate during the year I turn 40. I got the idea from 36 quilts in 12 months (http://dailydog.typepad.com). What I haven't decided is when I should start. Do I want it to be 40 things within the calendar year I turn 40 or a year from when I turn 40? If it's the calendar year, then I can say that I have started, but I only have 6 months to finish 39 more projects. I made a quilt square for the Boston bombing victims. If I wait til I turn 40 I have a full year to go to complete this project. I'm leaning to being able to finish before I turn 41. Maybe, to make things easier, I can have it be 40 projects before I turn 41, starting the calendar year that I turn 40. That means, I can count the quilt square and have a little more than a year to complete the rest of the 39 projects.
Now, I've written about Wishcasting Wednesday and putting out your dreams to the universe. Well, a facebook friend of mine (friends literally from facebook alone) and an artist, is actually starting one of my dreams here in my town. In the next month, she will open a gallery and studio in the center of town. She has asked me to teach a class or two, and I am so flattered, but so nervous. My introverted, shy self is having a hard time thinking that I can do this. I will probably take hep up on this offer some day, but I need to work up the courage.
Within the dream/passion piece of things, I am still thinking about doing something at my farmer's market with regards to crafting for charity. Again, I need to get up the courage to do this. I would love to have a table and collect things that people create and donate somewhere locally. This will help go along with my goal of creating and donating 40 items before I turn 41. How cool would it be to spend a Saturday morning creating and collecting things to donate to others to make them more comfortable or so that they know that someone is thinking of them.
These are just a few of the new things in my life. Here's to completing the goals that I have set forth for myself.