YES, I am ALIIIIVE after the longest break I’ve ever taken from Instagram – which was scary, but much needed. After being on social media for over 5 years… sharing my life, health journey, research, products (and at times, my very deepest emotions)… writing posts to you guys started becoming a source of anxiety rather than a creative process that would naturally flow. As my Instagram and business grew, I became focused on what other people wanted to see vs. what I really wanted to write. I worried that I would just run out of topics one day – yet the voice of reason in the back of my mind told me that when I’m centered and authentic, inspiration is abundant and endless. This led me to ask myself: AM I being 100% authentic? Am I practicing everything I preach and doing my part to learn & grow, just as I desire my company and passion to grow? Am I being the best example I can be to the precious group of people that have chosen to follow my journey & read the words I share? The answer to these questions was that I could do MORE to show up for both myself and you guys. It was time to take the next steps.
The last post I made on my social media (almost a month ago!) marked my first day of going back to school to study traditional herbalism. Up until this point, I had read 100s of books on the applications of herbs… perused 1000s of studies on pubmed regarding the benefits of plant compounds… and worked with some of the best herbalists to create the products you see on my website today. However, it was time for me to MEET these plants in the wild, face to face – to touch them with my bare hands and extract their medicine using the most personal methods. I wanted to live & breathe herbal medicine, rather than just write about it from behind a screen – and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve been in the woods almost every single day since that post (identification guides in hand!📚), simply getting to know the medicine that grows ALL around us. It has been a spiritual experience to say the least…
The other changes that have occurred while I’ve been gone are more about the ‘showing up for myself’ aspect that I mentioned earlier. I realized there was no way I could be inspired and present in both my business & personal life if I didn’t nurture myself first. In an effort to get back to WHO I AM and find my writing voice again, I’ve been tuning my physical voice by getting back into singing lessons. As a child I was an opera singer, and sharing my instrument with others was my whole world. Yet as adults, we convince ourselves that we don’t have time for our passions/gifts unless they’ll be our career path or will help us make a living. I realized I was neglecting this talent for too long, which was affecting my expression in ALL areas of life. So, this past month+ I’ve been taking weekly voice lessons (but practicing every day!), getting weekly acupuncture sessions again, and walking at least 2 miles each day. These are simple habit changes I would suggest to anyone feeling lost and out of touch with themselves, and in my efforts to be 100% authentic I’m taking my own advice.
I’m happy to report that I’m feeling better and more connected each day, and I have sooooo much to share with you guys about what I’ve been learning. To kick it off, the first plant I want to introduce you to is MUGWORT, which I’m holding in this photo. Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll be talking all about the benefits, where to find this plant yourself, how to use it for healing purposes & what I’m currently making with it for my medicine cabinet! Plants are so damn cool and you guys are going to LOVE this.