Holistic but Realistic

When I first started writing in this space, I wanted to create a journal that offered basic information on holistic wellness with an emphasis on motherhood.  I was inspired to begin because while I was pregnant with Wallace, I had a friend who was also pregnant and we often spoke about ways that we were loving our bodies (and babies) throughout our pregnancy.  However, because of our surroundings and life experience, our information differed greatly and I wanted to share the holistic tidbits that I was learning, without sounding like a judgemental asshole.  Initially, my goal was to share basic information that was approachable for all people at any level of wellness so it felt like inclusive instead of a confusing.  I find that sometimes when I am seeking out a remedy, I get lost in the details and get discouraged if I am unfamiliar with an ingredient or process, I didn't want to turn off the people that needed this information the most.  After receiving an email from someone who hadn't heard of quinoa, I knew that there was a need to create introductory information for wellness novices.  After all, not everyone lives in a place like Los Angeles, where juice bars and wellness gurus are around every corner, eager to share their knowledge.  At the time that I launched, I was pretty committed to living the a life full of practices to improve my health but gradually, I started cutting corners to compensate for the lack of sleep/time that has come with motherhood.  I am now at an authentic place and am finding the balance between wellness and fun.  Kale and pizza, meditation and concerts, tea and cocktails, This space is about finding that sweet spot between being good to your body and being good to your soul.  Compassion is a huge lesson I have learned on this journey and I forgive myself if I opt for take-out instead of making a home-cooked meal.  This compassion is a part of my wellness practice.  It's not a kale smoothie but it feels so good to give myself a break.  I will never be the type of mother who does everything perfectly but I am grateful for the mothers out there that inspire me to do better, be healthier and work harder on my own practice.  I am a mother who is seeking wellness for her family but also a mother who participates in the world around me.  Life is an ever-changing balancing act.  

That brings me to Holistic but Realistic.  Over the past decade, my relationship with my health has ebbed and flowed and I have enjoyed periods of very clean living and periods of not-so-clean living.  During those periods where I dedicated myself to my wellness practice, I would wake up and light my Palo Santo then say my thank yous to the universe and drink my green smoothy.  This life, although rewarding always felt inauthentic to me and was evident in some of my initial posts.  Like everything else in life, you don't know if it's what works for you unless you try.  I am not a person that can commit to that lifestyle but I am inspired by the people that can and love living vicariously through their beautifully clean worlds.  Holistic but Realistic is about enjoying organic wellness while enjoying our modern world.  I will hopefully always be a mother who reaches for an herbal remedy before over-the-counter medicine but I will not deprive Wallace of birthday cake at a party.  I will make organic meals but will indulge in Mexican Food too.  I will drink my golden milk in the morning and craft a cocktail at night because if you know me, you know I love both of these things so much.  Oh, and I make great drinks, please come over and have one with me!  This space has turned into an opportunity for me to be honest and hopefully a place that inspires others to be honest too.  In addition to writing about remedies, recipes, healthy products and other wellness musings, I look forward to writing personal pieces about my life and relationships with hopes that someone finds it funny or relatable.  I hope that I can inspire you to make healthier choices or if I simply make you laugh while you're reading something on here, that's great medicine too. 

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Photo Annie Shak 

Photo Annie Shak