Ignorance is bliss.
This post has been a long time coming … it’s just taken until now for me to get the courage to write it. Up until this point, I’ve been like our friend Mr. Ostrich (or Mrs.? Not sure.). Living in a state of ignorance. And, it has been blissful. But, it’s time to cut the crap and get real.
So, let’s get personal, shall we?
It has been almost two years since I embarked on this blogging journey. It has been a fantastic adventure and I am so thankful for the many friendships that have developed with readers and fellow bloggers alike. Without having started this blog, I would have never met some of the nicest people on Earth! Plus, I have learned so much over the last couple years that my brain is just jam-packed with all sorts of tidbits and facts!
Things have been really, really busy for me the last six months or so. I went down a new career path, my blog has been growing, and I have been working more and more and more. Over the last couple months, it has become obvious that I have overextended myself. I have taken on too many projects and now I am feeling overwhelmed and I’m getting run down. I also realized that there are some areas that I could improve on, with the appropriate focus.
So, I have decided it’s time to make some changes.
The first change involves simplifying my life. This is going to be a somewhat slow process, considering I have too many irons in the fire to just yank them all at once. The first, major change is getting rid of a blog that I don’t have time to build.
Last summer, I started a second blog called Bright Blue Elephants. I started this blog to write about my non-food related passions, like yoga, exercise, music, art, etc. However, I quickly realized that it was all I could do to manage my first blog (this one), let alone add another blog into the mix. So, sadly, that blog was neglected, but it was always there. This tiny little burden hanging over my head. This pressure to post new content, grow the readership, etc., when frankly, I was exhausted.
So, after much hemming and hawing, I have decided that I am going to close down Bright Blue Elephants. I will be sharing more of my yoga and fitness related posts on here. I realized that yoga and fitness are a huge part of my physical and mental health, just like food nourishes my body and soul. When it comes down to it, everything is all interconnected, at least for me.
Also, looking back over the last two years of posts, I realized that I don’t really share a whole lot of myself on this site. I know I talk a little about my personal life, but for the most part, I kind of keep that all to myself. I have a couple reasons for doing that: (1) I’m shy by nature and don’t really like talking about myself with people I don’t know well, and (2) I want to make sure that I don’t put everything out there for the world to see. At the same time, I realized that by sharing my experiences, I may not only learn more from all of you, but I might be able to help someone who is going through similar issues. So, moving forward, I will be sharing more personal information with you guys — more about who I am and how I’m feeling. Which leads us to the next change …
… I have finally decided to take charge of my health. Not that I haven’t been taking care of myself, but I haven’t been taking care of myself as well as I could (or should). I have not been giving some critical areas of my life some much needed love. I’m always too busy, to tired, too scared, yadi yadi yada. Frankly, those were all excuses that I have used to not face some tough stuff head on.
Some of you know this, but most of you don’t. I am a hypothyroid sufferer. Not uncommon at all, considering that I know very few women who don’t have some sort of thyroid issues, whether they be diagnosed or not. I was officially diagnosed with thyroid issues about 7 years ago, but I’m sure I was having problems before then. It’s a long story as to why I have waited until now to become proactive about it and I’ll have to save that for another post. As some of you know, when your thyroid is messed up, your adrenals are a mess as well. I also suffer from some blood pressure issues, which in my opinion, were brought on my years and years of being a Type A personality, constantly stressing about anything and everything, and not taking good care of my body. Yet, another story in and of itself.
So, long story short, I’m going to start taking some action regarding my thyroid and adrenal health (and I expect that the BP issues will correct itself as I work on the endocrine system). The first thing I am doing is I am switching doctors. I am lucky enough to have found a paleo/primal diet focused MD here in Denver, and I am going to be working with him as my primary care physician moving forward. We’ll start with some much needed blood work to see where I’m at. Once we get those test results, we’ll have a much better idea of what direction we need to go.
All that leads me to the second thing I am doing regarding my health (and the thing I think I am most excited about). In addition to working with my new doctor, I am also going to be working with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner on these issues. I will be working with my friend, and fellow Nourished Living Network blogger, Lydia, from Divine Health from the Inside Out. I am so very excited about this, because Lydia is very knowledgeable when it comes to adrenal and endocrine issues, and I know that she will be able to guide me towards a path to wellness. She has successfully healed herself from adrenal fatigue, so I feel confident that I am in good hands. I fully know that healing won’t take place overnight, but I am excited that I am finally taking the first steps towards living a healthier and happier life.
Over the next few months (and probably longer), I will be sharing about my journey along the path of healing. I hope that by sharing some of this information with you, that it will be helpful to at least one person. It has taken me weeks to get to a point where I felt comfortable sharing this kind of insight with all of you in a public post. It is not something that comes easy to me, and even as I write this, I feel those nervous flutters in my stomach. You’ll probably be hearing a lot about thyroid issues and adrenal health, as well as Lydia’s name, because I will be working so closely with her. She is an absolutely wealth of knowledge, which is demonstrated by the in-depth content that she publishes on her site.
So, that’s me getting personal. This might seem like small potatoes to some people, but for me, it’s a big deal. I have realized that I am an expert at dishing out the advice. Taking the advice to my own heart is a totally different story, however. Just ask my husband!
So, I’m finally coming to terms with simplifying my life, facing my potential adrenal fatigue, and finally taking stand for my thyroid. I will learn to balance and learn to love myself.
Knowledge is power.
Thanks for listening.