I’ve been dreaming about this blog for awhile. An outlet to pursue my curiosity around wellness, food, simplicity, and mindfulness. To live more intentionally, with greater self care, and see how various experiments play out. Numerous excuses have kept me from beginning. There’s the fear of failing and laziness, among others. Then my dad was diagnosed with leukemia and given a bleak prognosis. He passed away three weeks later. And with that came a realization that the best time to begin is now.
I’ve heard it said that we often teach what we need to learn the most. This rings true with self care for me. I have put aside caring for myself in order to care for others. This is unsustainable and I often come up empty. Recently, my friend reminded me of a telling metaphor that has stayed with me. On an airplane, there’s a reason they tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping someone beside you. I’m constantly attempting to help others get their masks on while I’m starting to hyperventilate having neglected my own. Everyone's left gasping for air.
This blog is to share my journey towards a healthier life and good self care. I am curious about what Hippocrates meant when he said “Let food be thy medicine.” How can I live while contributing the least waste, but not let the pursuit consume me? Does living a minimal and more simple life bring me greater joy? Can I ever be rid of my sugar addiction? Will mindfulness calm this constant, over analytical mind of mine? What does it look like to care well for myself?
Here's to learning how to put my own oxygen mask on first.