I Fell in Love with You

The Humanity of Our Community

Only the stars can plan these things. But here I am today, Valentine's Day. I had no intention of even acknowledging the day to you, as in my mind it is an American hyped holiday that is a bad excuse for buying GMO laden sugar crap. (Oh my goodness, I sound like my husband, maybe HE says that!)

But in collating the responses that you gave in our Laughing and Crying in 2013 Survey, something happened. I already liked you quite a lot, and I did not plan on such an emotional response. But when you put 40 responses together in a single reading, it has its own energy. You had me laughing and crying. Our humanity is reflected so simply and beautifully in you.

You see, I get some feedback on every issue I put out. And most of it is so encouraging (which I appreciate more than you know), but it doesn't really let me get to know you. Now, with 40 responses to the Survey, I can feel you. I can feel you regardless of whether you responded or not because you'll be surprised at the common themes. See if you can find yourself amongst them.

And, just because I need you to know it's coming. I have just edited through a most juicy 2-part series that will start next week. It's about SUGAR From your responses to the survey, my guess is you will find everything you need to do something grand for yourself.

With love, Valentine, Becky

Survey of our Humanity

From 40 responses gathered in January 2013. Universal themes tucked into each one. Can you see yourself here? Because I believe you are here with all the rest of us!!

What is your wellness promise to yourself for 2013?

  • More focus on yoga/outdoors/exercise: 11
  • Better Self-Care: 14
  • Eat better: 10 Feel Love/Joy/Gratitude: 5  

What frustrates you most about the way you live?

  • Not enough Time/Too Busy: 15
  • Trouble Making Peace with Recent Change: 3
  • Failed Goals: 4
  • Lack of Motivation: 2
  • Difficult Emotions regarding Self, Other People or Situations: 15  

In what area do you feel most discouraged about your wellness?

  • Not discouraged at All: 2
  • Unwanted Habits: 7
  • Stress and Difficult Emotions: 7
  • Body (Image, Weight, Confidence, Health): 22  

What delights you most about the way you live?

  • Everything: 1
  • Family & Friends: 7
  • Faith & Spiritual or Awareness Practice: 6
  • Outdoors & Adventure: 12
  • Expansive Emotions (Love, Happy, Confidence, Gratitude): 7  

What would you like to learn this year, especially in relationship to your wellness?

  • Balance: 5 Awareness- Breathing/Yoga: 2
  • How to follow through with Goals: 8
  • Better Body Respect: 4
  • Encourage the Expansive Emotions: 8
  • Grow Own Food: 2
  • Physical Body Wellness or Desires: 7
  • Money Success: 2

Do you see yourself here? Does it make it easier knowing that we're all spooning the same frustrations and desires into our morning cup of tea or coffee? Oh, yea.

From You

Patrick and I are reading the 'Life of Pi' together. I've been reading a lot of it to him out loud (first time I've done that since they were little kids and I read The Hobbit to them.) He has read some of it to himself but‚ the long and the short of it is, I won't let him see the movie until he's read the book. :-). It's killing me because I want to see the movie. I loved the book.


If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa

About the author

Becky Cashman

Founder and Product Maker ~ Goodbye NZ

Goodbye makes certified natural, water-free products that take care of skin outdoors. Established by Becky in 1999, the key message has been consistent from the beginning.  Outdoors is good. We belong outdoors. It's better outdoors. Being outdoors is self-care in it's most natural state.

Alongside this message of wellness outdoors is the ethos that we take care of what we love. When you are connected to your environment, you naturally take better care of it.

Becky is the product maker for Goodbye products, sometimes development takes years. As a former outdoor guide, she has remained focused on bringing performance and portability to genuine natural products.

Her products are a good reason to keep showing up to the conversation about a life lived better outdoors.

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