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How We Got Here...

I've been sitting on this for weeks - and by this I mean this post. How do you open up a blog? If I'm being completely transparent here, I'm just winging it. If you know me though, you know that's how I do everything. One step at a time, no plan in place. Why would this be any different? So, without further ado... let's get this show on the road... How I got here. Let me start off by clarifying what I mean when I say "here." I'm not talking about the actual blog, we already know how we got here - quick reminder: social media is running everything, so I've decided it's time to walk a different path. When I say "here," I mean how did I become this raving toxin-free hippy chicken (so my mom says)? I'm here to let you in on all of the details. So without further ado, let's get to it!

To get a clear understanding of where "here" is... you need to know the "there'" I started at. I haven't always been the way I am, and for the longest time I was the absolute opposite of who I am today. In this picture, I was one month shy of 20 years old, wearing a full face of makeup.. I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day, fast food was the only food option, I never exercised, "Thirsty Thursday" was the highlight of my week, I never drank water, and I was very, very unhappy. And I'm pretty sure I just read your mind, but I promise you I'm not writing this to make you feel bad for me. This is just part of my story. Now, back to it.. Disclaimer: I do not know everything there is to toxin-free living, and I'll never claim to know it all. Toxin-free living is a journey, and it's a path I didn't start walking on until I had my first baby. 19-year old Nikki didn't have a clue what phenoxyethanol was, why the word "fragrance" on an ingredient label was bad, water was really, really gross, and who cared if I ate a big mac three days a week? YOLO right? One glance at this picture now tells me my body was screaming for help! Right there, manifested on my face, Part of living a toxin-free lifestyle is knowing when our bodies are asking for help. That was something I needed to learn first. I was ignoring the signs my body was giving me. I had acne, so I bought every face wash, mask, and treatment I could think of to get rid of it. Nothing worked. So I bought makeup specifically designed to help clear up acne while you wore it. SCORE! Except... it didn't work. So there I was, stuck with this skin I hated. I hated the bumps, black heads, the redness, everything. But I didn't know that none of those were working for me and my skin because of the toxins in all of the products I was using. The toxins in all of the food I was eating. I had no idea. And, to be fully transparent, there's some stuff I still don't know, so when I come across it I'm like "oh my goodness! that's so crazy!" I'm constantly learning new stuff every day, but that's the beauty of toxin-free living... there's no end point and there is always more to learn. So, now that you've got a general idea of my "there", we're ready to move onto my "here."

Here, I am 27 years old - I have 3 kids aged 4, 2, and 9 months (at present while writing this post). In this picture, I'm wearing eyeshadow, mascara, and lipgloss. I only wear makeup because I want to, not because I feel I need to. And again, keeping it fully transparent, I'm still not totally toxin-free. I'm working towards it though. Occasionally I pig out on whoppers, but overall eat a pretty clean diet full of organic, non-GMO items. And while I make a damn good pumpkin spice latte at home, I still lose my mind every August when Starbucks brings theirs back to the menu. I'm human, and I'll never claim to be all knowing, and all toxin-free all of the time. Although, I am actively working towards being as low-tox as possible. And it is my hope that while you're here you learn something new along the way in your own journey, and that when you're passing along the information you say "I learned that from Nikki" or "Nikki taught me that." It brings me more joy than anyone can probably imagine to teach people new things, and educate them on toxin-free living. But like I've said... this hasn't always been my life. I try every day to make the best choices for my health, my girls, and just my life in general - and again, I'm human and occasionally I make choices that aren't the best. I'm not perfect, and will never pretend to be. And my intention is to never make anyone feel like I know more, or I'm better than them. We're all learning, so why not learn together?

I guess that's all really that I needed to say about myself and how I got here. I wanted to do an intro post of some sort before just diving into all the toxin-free posts. Expect a lifestyle type post here and there though. I hope you enjoy your time here, and learn something along the way. Make sure you join my email list, so you know when new posts are uploaded here. Look for one post a week, and until then... Welcome to Barefoot Beauty, the blog.

xoxo, Nikki

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