I realized I’ve never actually shared why I’ve decided after almost 30 years that I wanted to change my lifestyle. I’m sure it had to come across strange, this makeup obsessed blogger goes on hiatus and comes back all zen, clean eating, and holistic wellness. Yes I’m all incense and herbal tea now y’all. I’d be wondering what’s up too. Honestly, natural based living is something I’ve been wanting to pursue for a while, but could never master the discipline to really do it seriously. And then, divine intervention and God’s cosmic line up of the universe put me in a position where…well…I didn’t really have a choice. Hashtag blessed. I’ll try to make this timeline as simple as possible but…y’all already know that sometimes my words have a mind of their own. TLDR; at the end if it gets too deep peeps.
How it all started
My very first introduction to a natural based lifestyle started around the time I went natural. As any natural haired black woman can tell you, when you’re learning how to manage your hair in its natural state, you instantly become a product label reading guru. You know what to avoid, you know what you want, and you know that the best hair products…aren’t even hair products at all (hello olive oil). Learning so much about how my hair got the wheels turning in my head but I was still pretty complacent in other areas of my life. As long as my hair products were natural I was good.
Things really started to get a little deep for me when I began working on my beauty brand. Before, honestly (truly), I wasn’t really concerned about what was in my makeup products but when you’re the one making them? You have to be knowledgeable about these things. Spoiler alert: I was not entertained. When I was forced to get real familiar with these ingredients and learn more about them, I wasn’t trying to use like 95% of my makeup collection and I damn sure couldn’t make beauty products for other women after my discovery. That was a turning point for me, for sure.
An Intervention of Sorts
During my last year at my old job, I started to suffer from a lot of…random ailments. I mean, I’ve always been a pretty healthy person, a little anxious but nothing too wild. This was the year that I was diagnosed with acid reflux, had heartburn all the time, was experiencing palpitations, extreme anxiety, and panic attacks. Yah…it was a wild year looking back at it now…I didn’t really associate any of this with my lifestyle but I did know that a lot of my issues were due to stress and honestly, me not taking of myself. My eating habits were trash, my fitness habits? Yea, no. And I was running myself crazy dealing with my job, motherhood, wifehood, lifehood, and yea, it was just a lot. I think it was then that my body began to be like sis, you gotta make a change.
Shit Got Real
Since I was diagnosed with a digestive disorder, I knew that food was going to be the first place I really started to change. Which I did minimally and experienced some success. Enough that most of my issues like subsided. But then, things got crazy for a bit. My digestive system rebelled like heavy. It got to a point where every meal was a struggle. I don’t even know, how that’s a thing like…I can’t eat though? And y’all, you see me, I’m barely 120 lbs…I don’t exactly have weight to spare.
Started from the Bottom Now We Here
I began to majorly change my diet. I cut out dairy completely–still crying a few silent tears about that one–cut back on red meat, went pretty much completely organic foods, and cut back on sugar a lot too. I started to see immediately how food was effecting my life and well being. I had always heard people say things like they feel better not eating or eating certain things and have always been like yeah okay. But that’s because I never really gave it a shot. Now though, it’s wild the changes I’ve noticed. I can eat food again so there’s that. But I also feel better, my mind is clearer, I’m more focused, less anxious. All around better. And it was during this same time when I was really focused on doing better and treating myself better that I started to attract clients in the health and wellness space. I interviewed a nutritionist for a client blog and I landed a contract as the content manager of a minority women’s health and wellness website. I see you universe working on behalf of my God. Yassss.
Things have really come full circle and I’m literally JUST getting started. Natural based living, holistic wellness, simplifying my life, spiritually growing, soulful living, conscious motherhood…it’s all connected and all ready to manifest now that I’m clear and open to receive it. And as I always say, countless times, this is all journey, not a destination so I hope you’ll all continue to rock with me as I figure this whole thing out. If not, that’s cool too.
If you’re still reading, you the best. Love you, for reals. For those who didn’t make it, cliff notes just for you: I went natural, found out what’s in my makeup, my digestive system went crazy, I said eff allll of this, and started over brand new. Dassit!