- I want to lead a healthy life.
- I want you, as a woman, to rethink your health.
- And most importantly, I want you to know the confidence that comes with knowing your self — body, mind and soul.
The word “health” brings a lot of things to mind: exercise, good nutrition and a thumbs up for the doctor. But health is about more than physical fitness and even your physical body. It’s also about mental, emotional and spiritual well being. I want you to rethink health so that it encompasses your whole health and your whole self. Learning about your self — body, mind and soul — gives you so much confidence and say in your life.
Knowing what your body is capable of is just juicy. I love yoga for that. It amazes me every time. I won’t lie to you — I can’t do a handstand or any of the really exciting moves yet. But every time I go to a yoga class, I’m amazed at how I’m a little more flexible or how I can balance a little bit longer.
Knowing your mind can be a little more challenging, but equally empowering. When you know that you’re angry with your S.O. because you didn’t get enough sleep, you can choose to take a deep breath and let it go. When you know you are not your thoughts, you can identify your fears. When you know your emotions aren’t determined by external circumstances but by your own whole health, you release others from the pressure of making you happy.
Knowing your soul. The most important. For Christians, this is all about who you belong to — Christ. When that relationship suffers, the rest of our health suffers. For me, it leads to stress eating, a short temper and mindless entertainment to numb my brain. When that relationship thrives, the rest of our health thrives.
It takes practice. We learn and grow by exercising, practicing yoga, reading books, meditating, talking about ideas and praying about all of it. Some days we fail. Other days we’re successful! The successes and the failures are important though. Both are part of practice.
Whole health is empowering and addicting and so helpful in every aspect of your life. Learning these things has been a life-changer in my relationships, my career, my fitness and even my finances. I’m kinder, more motivated and more myself.
I am so excited about the things I’m learning, I just want to shout about them to everyone I meet! I LOVE BEING HEALTHY! A little weird? Probably. So I’m creating another outlet. This is a community where we share what we learn and what we try. I hope you’ll find things here that spark ideas and conversations about living a healthy life. We’re going to talk about health, food, and fitness, but what we’re really getting into is our bodies, minds and souls — our hearts.
I haven’t always been interested in health and wellness. My background, education and career have all centered around the liberal arts.
I have my Bachelors in Studio Art from Concordia University Irvine, and I earned my Masters of Letters in Early Modern History from the University of St Andrews. I have worked primarily in marketing and communications since I finished school. I also taught two semesters of art history at a local college. This blog started as a blog about art and creativity. Not exactly health.
Those degrees and experiences have taught me, though, how to research, distill and communicate information effectively. It’s why I studied history. I’m curious. I want to know things. I want answers.
And throughout that time, health and wellness interested me. In college I started running, and I started learning about food as a way to heal. I even thought about becoming a physical therapist. I declared biology as my major for a whole semester my freshman year ;).
When I went to graduate school abroad, I started having health problems. Since I was in a foreign country without my primary care physician, I turned to home remedies. I saw enough of a positive effect from those that when I moved back to the US, I started visiting a Naturopath.
Two and a half years later I considered myself healed. And about a month after that, I met my boyfriend. Our first date was the first time I had a beer in two years. It’s a good thing, too, because he owns a brewery.
We like to cook together, hike and backpack, work on his fixer upper and watch Fixer Upper. I love to read books. All kinds: classics, beach reads, nonfiction and self help. I also love Rom Coms, Friends and the Office.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you.