Mind-Body Nourished

Mind-Body Nourished

In my work as a Holistic Nutrition & Joyful Living Educator I focus primarily on mind-body health. I hold a vision of offering a safe space – a Safe House – for women of all walks of life to come and get patched up, encouraged and nourished so they can continue their journey to freedom. I want to gather women together across racial, religious, age, body size, life experience divides. To invite us to let down our guard, lay down our weapons and lift each other up. Listen and learn from each other. When we offer our sisters safe spaces we ourselves are nourished.

My desire is to be a light of hope and encouragement. To take all my struggle and study and offer it to others needing to be reminded that they – you – matter. That you are worthy of love and compassion right now. Not when you lose 50 pounds or finally break that addiction or get your act perfectly together. Right now in the middle of the storm.

I believe we all have gifts to offer the world – small and subtle or big and flashy, it does not matter. You are gifted. You are knit together like amazing artwork, for a purpose. You are needed. You may have walked through some horrible darkness or your life may have been fairly safe and secure to this point but either way, you have gifts to bring to the world. But really, it is hard to offer who we are and to live the life we truly desire if we are nutrient deficient or overstuffed but undernourished. Depleted, depressed, discouraged.

You cannot all come sit with me in my living room so I decided to gather some of you together in the pages of a free gift. I have collected tips and resource recommendations for you, from women far and wide within my circle of contacts. Some are online acquaintances, childhood friends, local women from varying worldviews and life experiences but all work in women’s wellness in some manner. Sign up for email updates to receive the Mind-Body Nourished document then read slowly and savor – recognize that we are all imperfect. Not one of us has life all perfectly figured out. We are all still on the journey and learning to nourish ourselves well.

I am grateful to all the women who participated in providing tips and resources for this small project. Your wisdom is greatly appreciated. And readers, you can learn more about these strong, courageous women by following the embedded links to their websites or social media pages when you get your copy of Mind-Body Nourished.

You may not like or agree with everything I or these women teach or believe. Take what serves you and leave the rest. I have found that I have grown and healed and become who I am in part through watching and listening to other women. I don’t have to share all the same beliefs to glean from and appreciate them or their work.

This world is hurting and I want to be part of loving and building up rather than tearing down. I can offer others the same respect and kindness I desire for myself and my children. I can learn to listen well and not just seek to be heard. I can help build a world that feels safe for my (future) grand children. I can love others simply because of the realization that I, an incredibly imperfect human being, was offered the gift of love and acceptance in the middle of my need and brokenness. I can be a safe house for others on their journey to freedom.

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May you find hope and encouragement within these pages. Krista xo

When Slow Living Feels Busy and Stressful

slow livingI aim for a slow and simple life. With time to ponder and putter. I love to feed my family simple, real food and spend time hanging out with them; it nourishes me deeply to do work that feels meaningful to me – to build my small community and encourage the women in my circle of impact.

But sometimes my slow living feels busy and stressful.

Sometimes I start to feel anxiety bubble up in my chest because I am aware of my ever-expanding to do list. I feel guilt because all the muffins and granola are gone and there is nothing premade for breakfast. I see the threadbare kitchen chairs that need recovering, the linoleum that needs a good scrub, the book that sits unwritten.

Sometimes my plans for slow living are thwarted for weeks on end by unexpected illness, a new life challenge, a desire to serve the people who ask for my help. The time blocks I have set aside for rest get eaten up by work – even good work, meaningful work. I spend a week and realize I walked on my treadmill only a couple times because I felt depleted and instead chose to crawl into bed. I loved and slept and accomplished many good things. But never quite enough.

And let’s be honest, even the choice to continually declutter and let go of what was to make space for what will be can cause stress and tears. A bit of an emotional unravelling. Getting rid of the books we read together cuddled on the couch, helping kids prepare to leave the nest, learning to parent adult children with just enough space and just enough support – all of it can be hard. Busy and stressful and hard.

So although I purpose to say no and eliminate, to craft a slow and simple life, sometimes slow living can feel busy and stressful. I plan for white space, for breathing room, I do my best to live an authentic life; I only recommend to clients what I am willing to live myself. And yet, taxes and laundry and client work cannot be ignored. Lunches and beds and appointments need to be made. Someone needs to pay bills, menu plan, attend kids’ events.

None of this is bad. I am not complaining. But I do feel it is important to acknowledge the truth because we can read articles on slow and simple living and set ourselves up for unhealthy comparison. Unrealistic expectations. If we are not careful, our efforts become golden calf not panacea.

We see the capsule wardrobes and minimalist dwellings. The articles about living a laptop lifestyle or the decluttering challenges. And we can jump to the conclusion that if we just follow the five simple steps, get rid of enough stuff, downsize to a camper van that all will be well. That finally we will live stress-free, perpetually joyful, feathers unruffled.

But sometimes slow living is busy and stressful. Period.

Because we are human. Because people are messy. Because we still have to eat and sleep and live in community. Because life is never as black and white or as simple as we want it to be. Because no matter how well we plan, life is rarely linear.

And none of this bad. It just is. And I think it is healthy to admit this reality to each other.

A meaningful, beautiful life is not a stress-free life. A slow and simple life is sometimes too busy. A well nourished mama at times feels depleted. But we ebb and flow, we dance with change, we learn to breathe and bend and become in the midst of it all.

Sometimes even slow living feels busy and stressful.

Krista xo

P.S. I was interviewed for a project called View of Hope, the goal of which “is to show you that there is hope. If you are struggling or find that some days the world feels dark and negative know that there are at least 1000 people who are spending their lives to make it a better place.” If you’d like to watch go here. In this interview I share 3 pivotal moments on my journey to freedom. After you watch, I’d love to hear about your life altering experiences that propelled you to pursue a life of greater purpose, health & JOY.