Yesterday I went grocery shopping and took the longer, lakeside drive to Whole Foods downtown. It took a few extra minutes, but the car was quiet and the sun was warm and delicious. I walked in, and I felt so so happy. Do you ever feel that way when you walk into a place of health and healing? I do, and it makes me joyful. I feel like a better person surrounded by fresh produce and label readers. I feel more at home next to the collagen supplements and fresh ginger. Its a beautiful thing to be surrounded by goodness. And I was starving, so theres that.
But this isn't about Whole Foods, really. But it is. See, the past few years of my personal life have been a really fun journey towards wellness. I pulled the bag off my head and started to think about my own body, my own wellness, and very much the wellness of my children. The lotion that I use daily, and how it interacts with my body. I never would've thought in a million years of innocent ignorance that it could be causing me, and my children's children any sort of harm. And I grew intolerant of my brain fog, my brittle nails and my dry skin. Because you cant blame it all on your children and the deep Wisconsin winter.
See, I've always been fascinated by wellness. I started my collegiate journey as a pre-med student, unimpressed with the realities of the job description, I quickly diverted my efforts in a different direction. But my plan B was just to finish with something, anything that would qualify me for a career in I didn't know what. So I floated, in the lazy river for a while, waiting to find my exit, the path with my name on it. I stared working in a hospital, an emergency room; I married and Mothered. I became an entrepreneur in the field I told my Dad in high school I would never do because photography was only for calendars and postcards. And at that time, it was. But its always had my heartstrings.
The past few years in this little business of mine, I've met and worked alongside some brilliant women in wellness. I've slept on couches and shared endless coffee with women who live sacrificial lives to help women and their families live, be and birth in wellness. I've become dear friends with professionals that care so deeply about their patients, it literally takes my breath away. This community is real, and it is inspiring, and it has reignited my fire.
So to explain a bit of the radio silence over here on the world wide web: I've been back in school! I realized that sitting behind my glass has put me in a backseat position. I am limited in how I can encourage and advise. I am limited because I am "just a photographer". And while I will always always always have a camera in hand, my purpose in this life is greater. Exit lazy river.
In a few short years here, I'll be a fully licensed Nurse Practitioner in Women's Health with an emphasis on nutrition and integrative medicine. And even just writing that makes me grin from ear to ear. I cannot wait to come alongside women and their families and join their path to wellness, because our bodies are different. Because we deserve more. Because we deserve to serve our families well and enjoy this beautiful life with smiles and not frown lines and brain fog. Because I adore working with YOU! My amazing clients and friends...my gratitude is so so deep. You have been so inspirational, and deeply meaningful to my journey. Without you, I may still be floating...
SO! IF you have any questions, please post them below and I'll share all the details you'd like. I'll still have my camera in hand for quite a while, but things may change each semester, so drop me a note EARLY, so you can snag any openings I may have. Loving you all so so deeply,