Allow me to introduce my blog

What is this blog?

You’ll see the tagline reads “nurturing your health, feeding your soul, and simplifying your life.” Basically, I want to share the journey I’ve been on the past couple of years and help bring your life into harmony. I’ll share thoughts and tips on how to keep your body healthy from the inside out, spiritual lessons that have resonated with me and ways to engage with those around you on a deeper level, and ideas on how to keep your life simple. With a healthy body, peaceful soul, and organized life, I hope you’ll find harmony too.

I may post on one, two, or all three topics each day, depending on what moves me. No matter which topic I post on, it will always be relevant and applicable to your life. I want to make this a place where you can come each day and find a tip or idea that will make your life easier and more enjoyable. Sit down and read while drinking your morning coffee or stop by after work and unwind. Thank you for reading!

My journey

Because my blog covers three topics in harmony – health, spirituality, and organization – I’ll tell you about my journey in each field.

Health

First, I haven’t always eaten healthy. I used to eat McDonald’s double cheeseburgers and cheap, processed food. However, I have always loved animals, and one day, it clicked for me that a cow had to die a brutal death in order for me to eat a hamburger. Why this didn’t click with me until my early 20’s, I don’t know. But it finally did, so I became vegetarian (well, my definition of vegetarian which means I still eat seafood). My first step in eating healthy was to cut out all meat – pork, beef, turkey, and chicken.

Even though I’d cut out meat, I was still eating cheap, processed food. My mom had switched to almost all organic food by this time, but I kind of ignored it until one day when I decided to read the nutrition label on one of my packaged foods. Once I read it, I realized that I was putting chemicals, pesticides, and things I couldn’t even pronounce into my body every day. No wonder people get cancer! We’re eating chemicals! Again, I’ll admit I was a slow learner on this front too, but I finally switched to organic food.

Today, I buy almost everything organic. I’ve found that both Target and Harris Teeter are great sources of organic food, and most organic food is not that much more than the non-organic kind. I also embrace a humane diet and eat only vegetables, fruit, and seafood. Here’s a fun fact – I read that a vegetarian diet saves 100 animals’ lives a year. What a difference we can make if we cut out meat! You’ll also find that doctors today are recommending more and more that people cut down on their meat consumption to reduce the risk of heart disease, cholesterol, etc. So even though it may be hard to go cold turkey (pardon the pun), at least consider incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet.

I’ll share great organic recipes and other ideas on how to keep your body healthy inside and out.

Spirituality

I grew up in the Episcopalian church, but stopped attending when I was 12 years old. I always believed in God and Jesus, even when I was young and didn’t really know the stories of the Bible. I have always felt God’s presence in my life, and I knew I didn’t need Sunday School to prove this to me. As I got older, I started paying attention to the religious journey my father was on. He also rejected the “traditional” Christianity found in church and started seeking the truth on his own. He wanted to know the real truth, no matter if it was comfortable or not, so he read authors from all ends of the spectrum – from John Spong (a bishop who questions the church’s fundamental interpretation of the Bible) to Edgar Cayce (a psychic who discovered reincarnation and past lives through readings proven to be 99% accurate and documented at the A.R.E center in VA Beach) to Bart Ehrman (a UNC-Chapel Hill professor who lost his faith in God when he couldn’t answer the question of why suffering exists).

I started reading these authors too and found that a common truth and big picture was developing for me. I saw the same themes occur in different places with different people and these truths resonated with me. I wanted to apply these truths to my life because I have always felt a pressure to make sure I’m spending my time on Earth wisely. (I remember when I got one of my elementary school report cards back that my teacher had written “always uses her time wisely” in the comments, and this is very true). I try to use my time wisely by volunteering, spending time with family, and trying to grow spiritually. I want to share what I’ve learned with you so that you can benefit from all the reading and research I’ve done. I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I hope I can help you on your journey to living your life with spiritual intention and developing a closer relationship with God.

Simplification/Organization

Finally, I have always been a straight-A student and bookworm. However, I didn’t really become type-A until I started working at my first job after college. My job requires extreme attention to detail and superb organization skills, and kind of by accident, I found that I am, in fact, very skilled at organization and simplification. So skilled, in fact, that my bosses have taken note of how our practice has blossomed with the changes I’ve made, and, as a result, they’ve incorporated me as a partner into the business. I’ll share my tips and tricks with you on how to keep your life simple and organized, from showing you where to shop to organizing your finances. My goal is to save you time and money, so you can focus on the important things in life.

Thank you for reading about my journey, and I hope you’ll come back to read my next post!

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