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I have been out of the blogging world for a long time. I have popped back in a handful of times in the past two months for a quick post, and I occasionally say “hi” on Facebook. But this is a far cry from the 3 blog posts per week and my 5-6 social media posts per day that I carried on for so long.
As I was doing that, I lost my way a bit. Blogging became about the bottom line, rather than what it started as: enjoying myself and sharing my life as I learn how to care for myself, and now my family. So when life got stressful, I dropped it. I didn’t enjoy it as much, and I had a lot going on in my life at the time.
On May 25, I graduated from college with a BA in biology and Latin. I had long since made the decision that I was not continuing on to more schooling in the fall, a decision that was confirmed when I learned that I ranked about 20 seats lower on the pharmacy school wait list than how many normally get in. But like I said, I had already made the decision to no longer pursue that avenue of my interest.
Then on June 28, I got married. You can see why the blog slipped away from me for that month. As I type this, I am sitting in a tiny apartment, still a mess from wedding presents and stuff that I moved in and have not yet put away. I have a place that is truly my own. But not really, because I now have a husband, and this place belongs to this tiny, brand new family.
We honeymooned for three weeks in Germany, yet another amazing experience that kept me away from much productivity. But after backpacking for three weeks, we both can do 100 squats without getting too fatigued – so that’s something! While in Germany, my husband visited some jewelry schools, and within just a few days of his visit was accepted into his first choice. This means that in September 2015, we will be moving to Germany for 3 years. I need to work on my German…
With all these changes happening, it is time for me to reorient myself, and find my place in this new life. I am currently playing the role of housewife, one of only two callings that I have truly felt. The second being educating women about their reproductive health. I’m learning to cook and clean, and I enjoy taking care of my husband even if I’m not very good at it yet.
I plan on spending the next month and a half working on various projects. The goal is to find something to supplement our income that makes me happy. A big part of that will be updating and growing this blog to be what I have wanted to it to be for quite some time. I am going to change my method of posting to be when I am inspired to write about topics I’m excited to share, rather than just looking to fill a schedule. I will continue to share essential oils, as I have seen the great potential for residual income from my essential oil business, and we will be in need of that while we live in Germany. I may even write an ebook, but that is a little farther off in the future.
My biggest project right now is my own health. If you have been following How We Flourish for awhile, you are likely familiar with my reproductive health struggles. I ovulated on my honeymoon for the first time in 7 months (of course…), but I still have a long way to go until both my reproductive health and my general health are where I want them to be. Therefore, on Wednesday I began to follow the Autoimmune Protocol, Whole30 style (I’m avoiding sugar and SAD substitutes like pizza, pancakes, bread, etc). My biggest problem is my dependence on sugar and carbs, and I know I need to break the cycle, while also learning which foods my body can and cannot tolerate. If you follow me on Instagram, you can see what I’m eating every day.
AIP is also playing a part in the fertility cleanse I have designed for myself. There is so much information out there, and it is hard to know what needs to be done to bring my cycles back when the most common suggestions (clean diet, etc.) have not worked for me. My honeymoon ovulation may indicate that stress was the main factor, but my other two ovulations occurred during the most stressful semester of my career, so who knows.
My cleanse involves a month long detox to clean out all the junk I’ve put in my body recently. For three months, I will be focusing on clean eating, fertility supporting actions, and cleansing my lifestyle. I know that my mental health is not where it needs to be, and working through that is going to be a big part of this cleanse. But also the hardest part.
It’s a lot for someone that does not want to get pregnant, but as I mentioned, women’s reproductive health is one of my passions. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that a woman’s reproductive health is closely tied to her overall health, and I so badly wish to heal my body and embrace the power than my womanhood can hold. Cheesy? Oh yeah.
So this is where I am right now, and I am excited to move forward and share what I learn with all of you. I hope you enjoy the journey as well.
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