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Image (7)“Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it is giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of ten years, the strides you’ve taken,” by Hoda Kotb.

Today’s Intentions: Focus on the forward moving strides.

Image14contestI was attempting to place 5 photos in new frames for an upcoming art show, I have entered next weekend. This would be a simple task for most people. But when one has MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) life is always a risk and an adventure. The first frame I had no problem. The second almost put me on the floor. It was wrapped in paper that smelled of perfume. This made me sick enough to have to lie down — for hours — and 6 hours later I still feel sick. In order to put the remaining 3 photos in the frames I had to put my mask on to complete the task, with the air purifier on and the window open.

Image1ME002So what are the strides forward? Before I became disabled from my teaching job, I was this sick every day. It wasn’t until I felt so sick today that I was able to realize how many baby steps I have taken from even a year ago. Most days I feel pretty good.

This week a few organizations took strides to make sure that everyone can enjoy their facilities.

Image1collegeSUNY Oswego (aka Oswego State aka my alma mater) is going entirely smoke free for the ENTIRE campus. This is not just inside the buildings — this is everywhere — including in cars in parking lots. Some may think this extreme but as a person with MCS — if I walk by a car where someone is smoking — I will get really sick. This news clip is here if you’d like to know more.

Dance with Us Ottawa have embraced a fragrance free policy at their dance studies. I so wish I lived close — I planned to take Latin or ballroom dance lessons as an adult. A big hug to the people who are not chemically sensitive but who have embraced the fragrance free policy. Thank you Sonda for finding this info.

Image2planeSwiss Air has taken numerous steps to insure that those with allergies can have a safe and pleasant flight. Thank you MCSGAL for this info.

The Mahogany Grill in Ithaca, NY is striving to serve only locally grown and produced foods and beverages. (News story)

These may seem like baby steps when compared to the tons of chemicals being released into our environment everyday. But baby steps are better than no steps.

Image1TWFor all my fellow bloggers and followers who have gone fragrance free or eat organic or buy local or refrain from using pesticides or clean with natural products or support a business that does … THANK YOU! Every action counts. Every action has a reaction. My reaction to yesterday’s fragrance exposure — hives and headache. My reaction to all of the changes being made is happiness — for every stride forward that individuals and businesses and schools have made to make this a world where every individual human being can thrive.

Do you know of any businesses or organizations near you who have gone fragrance free or reduced the toxins at their facilities? If so please share! Would you be more likely to choose to support a businesses if it demonstrated that it cared about the environment rather than just its profits?

Love,

Colleen

 

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