Not for Glamour, but for Good : My Nutshell Life

I make my own non-shampoo. I stopped using regular shampoo and conditioner in the summer of 2012.

As I was stirring up my baking soda and oil combo in an old salsa glass jar, I thought this is a snapshot of my life. It isn’t glamorous or Pinterest worthy, but it is good.

The realization that I could acknowledge something not beautiful but good was pleasing to me. I smiled at the dawning that this is my life in a nutshell.

What was even more pleasing to me was that I had absolutely no desire to take a picture of my old Aldi-24oz.-glass-salsa-jar (that has been dish-washed, but the label still won’t peel off). I would not have exposed that moment of freedom and joy to the world for the hope that someone would “like” it.

Because even though there are those in the blogger world that can successfully share everything they do and expose all their daily goings-ons, it isn’t good for everyone to do that.

A door was opened for me a couple of years ago, and it was called “The Freedom to be Inspired by Other’s without the Pressure to Perform.” As a part of the healing process I was going through with comparing myself to other women and struggling to take my place in this blog world, I realized that there are areas of my life that will never be glamorous. At least not as glamorous as the thousands of other people I could find online.

Good is as beautiful as it gets because it is an inner quality and not an external grade.

Seasons pass with glamour. Trends change. New styles come and go. But good? Good can be present even in what the world calls ugly.

Sure we have people in our lives that can even somehow make the broken look beautiful, but that’s not what I’m comparing here either.

Gifts, talents, passions, missions, creativities – it is good to have one of these and be content. Even if the one I have, or the one you have, never makes the top of the news feed or receives 1,000+ hearts.

I’ve learned the hard way that sometimes sharing what is good with the world because I think it’s beautiful, does more harm.

Sometimes a heart learns its own need for privacy after sharing something too intimate, and once it’s shared – it cannot be private again.

I’ve learned this the hard way. It is never easy to feel ignored or judged.

What is good can never be shaken. It never grows old. It’s roots grow deep and allows for greater strength with time. Confidence is found in treasuring goodness.

So even though you won’t find a picture of my salsa jar here, I would like to share some truly good things from my week:


  • The Ten-Item Wardrobe
  • Have you abandoned your boat?

Around the Web

  • Seasons of Crazy, Seasons of Growth. This has fanned the flame of the work I’m doing to create a little something for my readers. I can’t wait to see the finished product. And I love all things seasonal. Life changes, weather changes, but attitudes and intentions can be steady and purposeful in and through it all. Thanks, Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy for this great post.
  • What Anxiety Needs. “I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember — the kind that made first grade unbearable. The kind that made me worry about my grandparents and baby sister when I should have been learning spelling words and subtraction.” These are Kara’s-words (with a “K”), but they could have been found in my own journal. If you live with anxiety yourself, or know of someone who does, take a moment to read these honest words. They aren’t philosophical or prescriptive. Just helpful. Thanks, Kara of Quill and Camera again for such comforting words.
  • How to wash your hair without shampoo. For the curious ones who are wondering how on earth I’ve not used shampoo or conditioner since 2012. Thanks, Tsh of The Art of Simple.

On the Blog

  • One of my most personal posts yet has sparked something. I’m thankful that you’ve received it with such encouragement. Self-control is a big topic, and it’s one that doesn’t come easy to talk about. More on this subject to come.
  • I updated the “About Me” page on the blog here: Meet Cara. This was on my list of things to do for a long time, and it feels much better than what I had on there before.
  • This old post helped to nurture my roots again in the reason why I write.
  • I’m still working on the Educational Theories Series. Next up is Classical Education.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! Don’t forget you’re allowed to rest.

2 thoughts on “Not for Glamour, but for Good : My Nutshell Life

  1. I’ve been making my own shampoo too, though I still sneak in a “re-tox” every month or so to keep the oils under control. I keep my baking soda concoction in a peri bottle (extremely well-washed and years from its original purpose, but still), so I won’t be taking a picture of it either 😉 Popping over from Chatting at the Sky 🙂


    • Thanks for stopping by Rachel, and I have “re-toxed” a few times in the past 3 years too. I finally adjusted my recipe, realizing I need about 1/2 the baking soda as recommended for my dry hair. Like all things, it’s a work in progress. 🙂


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