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2015 July Archive - 100 Good Things


Return to the kitchen

  • by 100 Good Things
  • July 23rd, 2015
  • 2015, July


Nutritionist Cyndi O’ Meara says we can heal a nation by going back to our kitchens and cooking. “It is our empowered, divine honour to be in the kitchen, to feed our family, to heal a nation.”

Bone broth, spices and herbs are a regular feature in my household. I believe in replenishing our bodies by returning to the basics, eschewing processed food whenever possible and practical. I love making personal care products in my little kitchen (in fact I have had more success making body potions than sweet treats). What’s not to love? You need just a few choice ingredients, a few minutes and you are rewarded a nourishing balm you can eat off the jar (if you so desire).

Then I met a gentleman who shares my penchant for minimal-ingredient personal care products. Like me, he obsessively researches his ingredient sources. And very much like me, he understands just because it [seemingly innocuous chemicals] is common does not mean it is right or the truth.

He has been teaching Cambodians displaced from the redevelopment of Boeung Kak Lake how to make body balms with everyday kitchen tools and food ingredients from the market. Completely eschewing hi-tech gizmos, he looks to traditional cultures for answers and comes up with a range of balms I am madly in love with.

I love his deeply nourishing three-ingredient lip balm. There’s a Baby Calm Balm I use even on myself. The star, in my opinion is his petroleum-free, paraffin-free, essential oil-infused Relief Balm. I would name it Miracle Balm if I were audacious enough. It is miraculous on bug bites.

Above all, this gentleman provides the impoverished and illiterate with the dignity of a useful job that pays them fairly. Certainly it’s a labor of love and I admire his intentions. We all believe we can change the world, one good thing at a time.

Visit 100 Good Things store to purchase this range of handcrafted virgin coconut oil-based body balms. The ethically and sustainably produced merchandise at 100 Good Things are sourced with care and understanding.

There is a crack in everything

  • by 100 Good Things
  • July 15th, 2015
  • 2015, July

There is a crack in everything

Perfection is a dastardly monster that is impossible to chase and even harder to please. Enough is never good enough for the perfectionist who always seems to spot that speck of dust that carefree mortals miss. The need to be perfect is lethal on the yoga mat.

With the benefit of the rear view mirror, I recall berating myself ceaselessly for not being able to twist my torso into a pretzel on the [yoga] mat. The body simply could not go where the mind wanted it to go. Neither resolve nor sheer brute strength worked. It was a sobering realization that hit home hard.

After weeks of self-loathing, the inflexible mind finally saw what the mat wanted it to see.

“Ring the bells that still ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

The perfectionist is afflicted with a common motorist curse best summed up by comedian George Carlin: Have you noticed anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anybody driving faster than you is a maniac?

Compassion is wanting in the fervent nitpicker. He is relentlessly unforgiving on himself and those around him. Precious energy is spent anguishing on the outcome in pursuit of impeccability. Not that being perfect is a bad thing. We wouldn’t have amazing Apple products if not for Steve Jobs’ burning passion to be perfect. However, I have not met a perfectionist who is content and at peace with the world, much less himself.

The mat that is my mirror has shown me the need to be perfect is a choice and state of mind. 100 Good Things is still very much a work in progress. I feel blessed to open shop in an immensely forgiving neighborhood that allows me to make mistakes, learn and grow. I work with lovely producers who don’t mind I am not a conglomerate with deep pockets. They are happy to educate me so I can pass on the knowledge to my customers. This is perfect, or rather good enough, and I can sleep at night.

As for twisting like a pretzel, Marichyasana C is my go-to pose whenever I need a twist so spine-liberating it makes me scream with joy. I am happy to report the pose is pretty much perfect now. Perhaps, my grateful spine thinks good enough is enough.

The ethically and sustainably produced merchandise at 100 Good Things are sourced with care and understanding. To purchase them, visit 100 Good Things store.