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Carrie Forbes


Writing about what makes me a unique & diverse person is not an easy task. It’s funny how it's always easier to write about other people.

There are so many things that make us unique as individuals. What makes us happy? What makes us tick? What makes us feel appreciated & understood? What makes us feel fulfilled & loved?

Me? Hmmm...

As I was talking to my husband about this topic... he jokingly called me a conservative hippie. There's probably a lot of truth to that.

I love the world we live in. I want to keep it clean, safe, beautiful, & accessible for future generations. We recycle. We're pretty darn green at our house. We use earth-friendly vinegar & baking soda to clean our kitchen & bathrooms. We take our own reusable bags when we go shopping. We live simply. We jokingly say that our ecological footprint has to be tiny since we live in such a small house.

I love talking and learning about healthy nutrition. It's very important to me to eat a healthy diet. We spend our money on organic food, locally grown vegetables & ethically raised meats, chicken, & eggs. We participate in a CSA (community supported agriculture) share each year. I love knowing where my food comes from. I have a secret wish that everyone would care about what they put into their bodies.

I have food allergies. This makes for interesting dinner conversations and makes most people think I'm just a "picky" eater. It means I cannot eat cheese, milk, wheat bread, pasta, cookies, anything that's made with wheat, dairy, or soy. And it makes eating out anywhere very tricky. It means you have to be super nice to your waiter or waitress when ordering your meal because you want to make sure you don't get sick afterwards. It means making sure your salad comes without cheese or croutons and having to send it back when it does. Not because you're picky, but because you don't want to have a migraine or a stomach ache for three days. It means having to explain to everybody why you can't eat this or that. Sometimes it's kind of annoying, not only to everyone else, but to me as well. This ultimately means we eat nearly all of our meals at home. And that's okay. That's why we buy all of that organic produce and meat.

I'm a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a faith-filled Christian, a fighter for the ethical treatment of animals, a volunteer with the humane society, a woman in her 30's constantly fighting obesity with exercise and healthy eating, a gluten free baker & cook, a reader of fluffy beach novels along with classics like Emma by Jane Austen.

I enjoy writing & creating. No matter how many cool & new technological devices there are on the market these days, my favorite things are a pencil & a plain notebook. I think a blank page in a spiral bound notebook is a whole world of endless possibilities.

I've realized that while we may think we're boring, or bland, or not-interesting, or just a green, conservative hippie, it's all part of our diversity. Each decision we make reflects who we are individually.

Nearly everything we do, from our dress, to what we eat, to what we believe makes each and every one of us unique & diverse in our own right.

And now I'm going to go work on a gluten free recipe using my recycled paper in my kitchen cleaned with vinegar & baking soda. Who's hungry?

Carrie works in the Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan department.