It took me a very long time to get to this point. I will be honest, it was filled with a lot of self-doubt and fear. I am sure many of you can relate to that. It is crippling and unhealthy. But it was just the thing I needed to realize that I wanted to invest in my personal wellness and the wellness of others. So what exactly does that mean? Let me begin.
I recently picked up my life and moved to a new country (to be with my new husband). Although moving from Toronto to Metro Detroit may seem like a small jump, for me, it was a massive transition to overcome. In Toronto, my life was comfortable, predictable and streamlined. I loved it – the people, the city vibes and, of course, being with my family & friends. Prior to my move, I spent so much time focusing on my immigration and physically moving that I truly didn’t really stop to think – what will my life be like here? How will I change as a person? I just sorta floated into it. Being a person who thrives on change and novelty (for real though – I used to rearrange my bedroom every week as a kid), I immediately loved it here. Everything was new and I friggin loved it. Plus Trader Joe’s was only 5 mins away now. Things were simpler, calmer, down to earth, and cheaper. Most importantly, I was finally with to start living life with the man I love. That was all well and good, but again, I kept floating on.
It wasn’t until the sparkle of newness faded that I realized – who am I here and what do I want to do with my life? I was getting real with myself. Something I never had to do in the past because I was always in a state of transition and forward looking. I had the trips to Detroit, the engagement events, the wedding, the honeymoon, the immigration interview, the move date etc… I was very focused on what was next and it was so easy to just have that dominate my life. All I did was PLAN. (Which won’t surprise anyone that knows me well.) So.. when all of a sudden things became a reality here, I really had to face myself. It was very hard. I faced a lot of personal uncertainty. This forced me to look inward and really learn who I was at the age of 27. It was then I decided to make a change. Better yet, take a step in my growth as a person.
I left the world of advertising and set on a path to find my calling. I thought – what is the one thing that I am super passionate about and makes my eyes light up? The answer was wellness. Movement. Food. Cooking food. Healthy food. Nourishing food. Food that loves you back. Food that makes your body feel energized and vibrant. It’s true – nothing brings me more joy.
I have always been a nutrition nerd (and now am officially studying it). I am constantly reading other blogs and books. Talking science with my husband (who is in medical school) about metabolism, hormones and blood sugar balance. It’s fascinating to me. It’s like figuring out how to fuel your body in the best possible way. I believe fueling your body, knowing your body and loving your body brings mental clarity and emotional positivity. It is a challenge and a blessing. It is something I want to share with others.
That brings me back to the question. Why am I doing this? Because I love it. I want to inspire. Share. Empower. Learn. And most importantly – grow. As a person and as an emerging health professional. So, thank you for joining me. I will be sharing my musings on nutrition, wellness, fitness, travel and throw in some recipes here and there. I hope to bring some light into your day.
PS – if you couldn’t tell by now. I love watermelons! They are my symbol for living a life full of joy and always looking for the sun. They make my smile! Enough said.