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One Goal

I've been writing this blog for a couple months now and there's something I've noticed about my overarching topic. I chose my tag-line, "healthy living for our bodies, minds, and planet", because those were my three goals for myself; I wanted to be healthier physically, mentally, and be more environmentally friendly, and write about my journey on all three of them. It just happened to be the three things I was working on, and they were loosely correlated around health, so I figured they would work as a theme. However, the more time I've spent diving into them, the more related they seem to be.

It seems to me that the healthier something is for the environment, the healthier it is for human health as well, and vice versa. For example, eating organic food means chemicals don't go into the ecosystem, and it keeps those same chemicals out of our bodies. Another example is in trying to not buy as much stuff. It's good for the environment because not as many resources need to be used, and it's been good for my mental health too. I haven't written about it much, but I also love yoga and meditation, which are obviously good for both my physical and mental health. It seems to be a circle. Things that are good for one, are mostly good for all three.
This obviously isn't a novel observation, but it's one that has really helped me in all three goals because I've transitioned to treating them as one joined endeavor rather than three only semi-related goals.


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