I couldn’t be more thrilled that you’re here, and I’ll promise you up front that this is a safe space. This is a space to learn, a space to grow, a space to be weak, and a space to find renewed hope and strength in these earthly bodies. This is a space where we’ll laugh together, we’ll cry together, and we’ll grow together. Above all, this is a space where we’ll seek to mend well together by cultivating a wellness-based life—in mind, body, and soul.
You’ll find that we care a lot about wellness around here, but that involves a lot more than just stewarding our bodies well. Wellness is, and will always be, about the whole person—her physical needs, her emotional needs, and her spiritual needs. Check out this post if you want to read a little bit more about why I believe wellness matters.
Together, I hope that we can discover what it means to live a healthy, holistic, and mindful life. I want us to become women who care for our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls like they deeply matter. I want us to become women who engage with our own stories and who recognize that our wellness is intricately woven into those stories. And I want us to become women who love and give fiercely. But we can’t do that if we don’t care well for ourselves.
My own journey toward wellness has been born out of a slow, ongoing battle with chronic illness. For years, I walked the tightrope of trying to put on a smile and quietly manage my vague (but debilitating) chronic symptoms. But I was hardly getting by. I lived within cycles of striving, stress, exhaustion, and denial, and I felt like a shadow of my old self. When my health began to approach its worst—when I had to quit my job, relocate, and generally “press pause” on my life—I knew that something needed to change on a foundational level.
That’s when I began to shift my focus from “just getting by” (managing my symptoms poorly, ignoring the needs of my body and my soul, living in perpetual pretending) to holistic wellness. And what I’ve learned is that this perspective shift isn’t just for the chronically ill.
Every one of us is broken. We’re all weary. We all groan from the pains of this life, and we ache for what is yet to come. So whether we’re physically ill or whether the brokenness has touched us in some other way, every one of us has a fundamental need to mend well. That means caring well for our bodies—prioritizing health, rest, movement, and nourishment. That means caring well for our hearts and souls—learning what it means to grow from our own stories and pain, pausing to see the beautiful moments in our day to day. And that means caring well for our relationships—cultivating an authentic community and practicing vulnerability before others and the Lord.
What You’ll Find Here
If you decide to stick around the blog, here’s a glimpse at what you’ll find around here:
Wellness: Reflections on wellness as a lifestyle perspective. Stories about striving for wholeness amidst brokenness. Inspiration (and occasionally some practical tips) for living a healthy, naturally-based life. Encouragement to care well for our bodies.
Nourish: Thoughts on what it means to nourish our bodies well. Reflections on the importance of mealtimes—for nutrition, wholeness, and fellowship. And (from time to time) practical tips on dietary lifestyle shifts, profiles on power foods and nutrients, and clean recipes.
Chronic Illness + Pain: True stories of physical suffering. Reflections on my own journey with chronic illness. Encouragement for those living with chronic fatigue, illness, or pain. Advice for getting through the toughest days without losing faith.
Soul Care: Reminders of God’s provision in the joys and in the sorrows. Glimpses of the beauty in the everyday, the mundane. Stories that will warm your heart. Encouragement for a richer emotional and spiritual life.
Community: Stories on wellness in the context of our relationships and community. Encouragement toward fostering depth and vulnerability to cultivate more authentic relationships. Reflections on walking with others through burdens and suffering.
I can’t promise that this mending journey will be easy. And I can’t promise that it’ll be perfect. But I can promise you that there will be joy and fullness along the way and that we won’t be in it alone. I hope you’ll grab a cup of tea, cozy up, and stay a while.