Wellness Wednesday: Why So Much Focus On Healthy Living?


First let me say I'm so excited to start this new series, and it seems like you are to...which I love. I feel like our community here (and on social media) is so like minded, and has such a positive vibe going on. Love that. 

It's important to note a few things to help paint the picture of why I'm borderline obsessed with the idea of "wellness." And for those of you who aren't entirely sure what the heck wellness really is, let me break it down for you:

Wellness is defined as "the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort."

So for me it's about being my best, so I can give my best. But let me take you back a few steps and fill you in on what led me to making my health a bigger priority...

In March of 2014 I had an accident and injured my back. At the time I didn't even consider the thought of it having lasting effects on my life, but it's something I have to deal with every single day. My ability to do "normal" things is challenged 'round the clock, and it definitely takes a toll.

Fast forward to April of 2016 when we found out we lost our baby. I wasn't very far along, but the news was devastating. Cory and I knew we wanted to try again, and after a long and complicated pregnancy (back issues, bed rest, a few scares in the hospital, the whole nine) God brought us a healthy little Everleigh Sutton almost a year later to the date. My body had gone through four pregnancies and three deliveries, and it felt right that Everleigh would be our last. It was time to close that chapter of our story. 

Between April and December of 2017 I really struggled. I felt so much joy knowing my family was complete and having Everleigh here was a dream. She's such a good baby. But then there was also the balancing act of having three kids, a post partum body (and hormones), and living with a whole house renovation/remodel. It was a lot.

My word or focus for the start of 2018 was REST. I felt like we had been through the wringer. Like we had been clenching our teeth just trying to survive...life...and it was finally time for more. For better. I wanted to live more intentionally, amidst our busy schedule. I wanted to feel better. I was tired of white knuckling my way through each day, barely hanging on and dealing with anxiety non stop. I wasn't healthy physically, and I was also most likely dealing with some level of depression. 

So without turning this into a novel, it was just time. From that point forward God started to really move in me, and things began to fall into place. Without really trying, I found essential oils and started watching what I ate. I established my blog again and hired help with the kids a few hours a week. Most importantly God was leading me through. He was putting all of these things in my path, and holding my hand along the way. He revealed himself to me in ways I didn't deserve. 

We're now half way through 2018 and I'm literally obsessed with wellness. I have a long way to go in terms of my physical goals, but my mindset is in a much better place. I feel stronger and try to keep my self talk positive. I loooove my oils. I'm determined to create a life worth living, and living well.