I get at least 5 emails a week from people who want to know how to live a natural or crunchy lifestyle.
This email usually comes after what I like to call "The Awakening". The Awakening, as I call it, is when someone's eyes are opened to the commercialized & chemical filled world we live in. In our culture, baking your own bread seems like something for a special occasion, making your own skin care products is for a craft day with your girls, and buying meat from a local grocery store is the norm.
People have asked, "When did you decide you wanted to live a healthy lifestyle?"
Honestly? I never "decided". My mom and step dad raised me to do most things myself. We had a small vegetable garden. We cooked from scratch and rarely ate from a box. Before we booked an appointment with our primary care physician, we saw a chiropractor.
I was always "The Flowerchild" as my uncle called me. I always had a love for making things from scratch, walking barefoot in the field, gardening, and I had a love for nature. It just was normal for me to be in love with the earth and see the beauty in it.
I would have to say I went through a phase from the age of 17-20ish where I wanted to commercialize myself. I struggled for years because my personality and just who I am never really fit in. I didn't understand why I always felt different. I never could find my groove-- mostly because I resisted the very things that made me .. well me. Now that I don't fight who I am- I've truly blossomed into who I am as a person and I'm 100% happy.
That being said.. I still get asked how to live a natural lifestyle. How do you become a "crunchy" mom. How do I live a "hippish" lifestyle.
I honestly hate labels... but I've really sat and thought about what all of this means. There is definitely a movement into doing things "the old way" or "the natural way".
So for those of you who are looking to change your lifestyle-- here are tips to try to work towards to have a more natural lifestyle!
Like I said before... labels are not my thing. I am more about doing what feels right to you. I always lived pretty naturally, but when "the awakening" happened for me, I ditched a lot of things.
I take part in almost all of the above! I also cosleep, question everything, paint, exercise, do yoga, and at times I am very hard on myself.
Life is about balance. You will never be happy until you see and understand what that really means.
Be you. Be beautiful. Be fierce. Know when to say no. Know when to hold your tongue when you want to scream at someone. Get to know YOU.
Never be a well behaved woman. Find your niche & run with it! Find your beauty. Find your sexy. Become one with the earth. Think a little deeper than "normal".
Finally just do what is best for you.
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!