During Christmas 2016, I made the decision to make a change in my life and try something new. Not just try something new but start digging deeper into one of my passions. A couple of years back I made the decision to start taking care of and fueling my body. That's a whole other story, but the point of it was that I learned so much about my body, my mind and myself personally. It was a choice that completely changed my life - for the better. It took a lot of trial and error to figure out what works for me and I'm still learning. That's what I found so fascinating, this idea that the way we nourish our bodies is so individual and trying new things doesn't have to be intimidating, it can be super fun and rewarding! It completely transformed me, who I was and who I wanted to be. It gave me a new perspective on what really matters and what doesn't.
It started because I was not myself and feeling like I didn't know who I was anymore. I was stressed, emotionally and physically strained, malnourished but worst of all I had lost my love for life. To some this may sound like a very dramatic statement considering I am as young as I am and what could I know about stress and emotional/physical strain. Don't get me wrong I can see where you're coming from but just remember to be a little opened minded about how different we all are. On the other hand, some of you might read that statement and completely understand what I am talking about. Without even going into detail of what left me feeling this way, you can relate in some way or another. In the big picture of it all, we all can relate to a statement like that or could have at one point in our lives. We've all gone through hard times.
For a while I didn't really do much about it and if I did, it was very loose and uncommitted - which didn't really get me anywhere. Even though I knew there was a problem, I wasn't doing anything about it because I didn't feel like I could do anything about it. Little did I know that a year later would I slowly start to realize that all I really needed to do was start taking care of myself. Start nourishing my mind, body and soul. Which eventually lead me to starting this blog! This blog is a creation of me looking to develop my creative self, something that needed the freedom (p.s read Big Magic). It also became a motivator for me to keep going, keep working at it and just believe in myself. By "it" I mean my health, my training, my yoga, my mentality, my creativity, my love, my passions, my family, my relationships, absolutely everything. That's, I guess, the point I am try to make by all of this. I needed to look at my life more holistically. Which I think is something we all need to do, whether we realize that or not.
Essentially what came out of committing myself, giving it time and constantly working at it. I have finally gotten to a point in my life where I feel whole. I feel whole again! I have such a strong, tremendous appreciation and love for life, that for a short period of time I was worried I would never really find. Happiness is such a beautiful thing and we all deserve to be happy! This doesn't mean that I don't have bad days and I'm still dealing with stress, but I am in a good, healthy place - mentally and physically. We all DESERVE and CAN be in this place if we just allow ourselves. All of this would just a little bit later lead me to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition!
I had come such a long way, personally, and had experienced first hand how dramatically my life changed once I started taking care of my body. All it took was changing my relationship and mindset with food, exercise and holistic living. So when I was introduced to Integrative Nutrition, it provided me with an opportunity to not just learn more but also one day be able to help people on their own path to holistic living. I have since finished my studies with IIN. Everything I have learned and experienced during my time with IIN is something I will cherish forever and never forget. I didn't just learn tons (and I mean tons) about diets and exercise and coaching, but I learned a tremendous amount about myself. Again it was another one of those ah-ha learning moments that really stick with you. I had hundreds of these ah-ha moments during that year. I really absorbed everything of what I was taught, because it was relevant for myself. I'm still leaning about and from (yes from) my body everyday and that will most likely never stop. But now I've been given material and experience in how to help others find themselves and create a life they love that is healthy, holistic, sustainable and most importantly, happy. We all deserve to be all of these things and it doesn't have to be complicated. So let's not make it complicated.
Thanks for reading! xxx
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