Finding Your Why – Life Update #1

Hey all…welcome to Monday morning! I figured I would give a life update today because I like my readers to have a little knowledge about what’s going on in this college student’s journey. I look at it as a way to connect with you all, and I believe the more connected you feel with me, the more these posts will resonate with you. All in all, it just gives these reads a little more meaning. Nonetheless, I won’t be offended if you skip over the few paragraphs 🙂

So, what’s been going on in my life over these past couple months? A lot actually! Some of you may already know this, but I quit my job as a student nutrition assistant at the beginning of last month to pursue this online platform and take on personal clients. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just knew that I had reached my potential at my previous job, and it was time for a change. After all, we live in the technology age, so why not take advantage of it? Creating my own website/consultation is something I’ve always want to do, and I am very proud of what I have accomplished through it. It has given me a new perspective on life, helped me educate people, and let me put myself out there. Needless to say, I’ve loved working with clients and writing these posts.

It’s funny because I thought that nutrition was going to be the forefront of this website, but I’ve realized that I have a different passion: health education and wellness. While I do love nutrition, the past month as taught me that it is only one factor in the overall wellness equation. You can be the healthiest eater, but if your mind isn’t right and you’re stressed out the wazoo, you probably aren’t doing the best job of living a healthy lifestyle. Thus, I have found the equation looks a little more like this…nutrition/fitness + mental health = wellness.

What’s interesting to me is that I have found clients can do pretty well at the nutrition and fitness parts, but they can’t seem to grasp the mental health aspect. If I had to guess why, I would say it’s because mental health is more difficult and scary to tackle. I mean in reality, it’s a heck of a lot easier to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your day than it is to sit down with yourself and tackle the “why”. By this, I mean finding the reason you do a lot of the things in your day. Why are you trying to eat healthier? Why are you trying to get the promotion? Why are you trying to reduce stress? If you don’t know the “why”, you’ll never stick to the goal. “Why” is synonymous to purpose. To achieve a goal, you need a purpose.

I’ll get a little personal with you. When I started my nutrition journey in high school, my “why” for eating healthy and exercising was because I wanted to be skinny and look good. I wanted to please others. This led me to become too skinny and obsessive over eating healthy. My goal was not for myself, but rather it was for others. Guess what? I’m never going to be able to please everyone. If I spend my life trying to be what other people want me to be, I’ll never get anywhere, and wherever I end up will not be where I want to be. I would be miserable, yet today’s society teaches us that this is what you need to do. You need to be skinny, you need to be a doctor, you always need to be busy, etc. because these are the things that are going to make you successful. Living a life where your “why” is because it’s what society tells us to do will lead to you a life of misery my friends. Trust me – I’ve been there. You define what success is in your life, not others.

The minute I changed why I eat healthy and all that stuff to “because I want to nourish my body, feel good/have energy, and be at peace with myself”, I found sticking to those goals was much easier and rewarding. Even more importantly, the mental health aspect started to fall into place. I was finally happy with what I was doing, and I loved my body for what it could do rather than what it looked like. Today, I sit at a higher body fat than I did before, but I’m no longer hungry every minute of the day. I can enjoy so many more moments in my life.

This “why” doesn’t have to be anything like the above example either. “Why” is relevant to everything, but it is also flexible. When I first started this blog, my “why” was because I wanted to educate people on nutrition. While that is still a reason I write this blog, my ultimate “why” is because I want people to find wellness. I want you to be able to make educated nutrition decisions, but I also want you to be more mindful. I want to help people manage their stress and learn how to cope with stressful situations. I want to help people develop the “I can do anything” mindset.

To tell you the truth, there’s so much more to life than eating broccoli and chicken. There’s birthday parties, holidays, traveling, promotions, and the list goes on and on. I want to help you learn how to enjoy all of those things while still being able to achieve your health and wellness goals. Am I perfect? No. Am I still working on doing this myself? Yes, but that makes my advice all the more meaningful. Not only have I experienced what it’s like to be at the lowest of lows, I’ve seen what its like to live on the bright side. I’m growing with you, and our relationship is a mutual exchange of advice. You all help me just as much (if not more) than I help you.

Thanks to you, I’ve been able to live out a passion of mine. I’ve been able to realize that there are so many aspects that challenge a person in life, which is why I’ve put in for a double major in anthropology. I want to learn about the cultural aspects that affect your health, so that I can best serve you. That is my “why”…I want to use my experiences, education, and passion for helping others to help you level up in life because life is a journey fueled by growth. It’s a learning experience where we all learn from each other. It’s a journey of self-discovery and service. So, let’s grow together.

To end it all, I’d like to challenge you with this: what’s your “why”?

Take Aways:

  • Wellness has two components: nutrition/fitness and mental health.
  • To achieve a goal, you need a purpose.
  • You define what success is in your life, not others.
  • What’s your “why”?
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