If you could do anything you wanted, go anywhere, be different, what would you do?
This is the question that I asked myself. I spent years trying to figure out the answer and it has changed everything.
I spent my entire adult life working towards the American dream. I put myself through college, worked full-time while doing it, racking up student loans and debt along the way. I got a job, went to work everyday, took on side work to help out with the bills, bought a house, and did the things that I was “supposed” to do.
I always felt like I was living for “someday”. “Someday” I would be able to travel, “someday” I would get more time to pursue my art and hobbies, “someday” I would be able to live life on my own terms, “someday” it would be fulfilling, wouldn’t it?
It took years to gain perspective on my own situation. I was a hamster on a wheel, so focused on running at full speed that I could not see that I was never getting anywhere. Running faster was not fixing it. My life would never be different unless I made it different, and that is exactly what I decided to do.
I sold off everything I owned, hopped a plane to an island that I had only visited once and remade my life. I changed everything about the way that I live, work, eat and play.
Part of the motivation for the move was health related. My diagnosis of Scleroderma (CREST), comes with a variety of symptoms, including sensitivity to the cold. Finding a warmer climate would help improve my condition, but so would reducing stress, as stress us a big factor in controlling Auto-immune disorders.
After moving to Hawai’i I began seeing a proactive and insightful doctor and I underwent food sensitivity testing where I discovered that I also have celiac disease, an allergy to wheat. To me it was an opportunity for hope. If I changing my diet could help feel better it would be the first thing about my health that I had some control over. This gave me great motivation for a complete revamp of my diet with a renewed sense of purpose.
This website follows my journey into living a simpler, less toxic life. I learn something new each day, try new ideas and find solutions. This is a forum to share recipes, projects and ideas on topics that I have found interesting as I move towards more self-reliant living.
Thank you so much for joining me, please feel free to say hello.
At 27 years old I was diagnosed with an obscure auto-immune disorder. It took 4 months to get in to see a specialist to find out the severity of my illness. In those months I did a lot of reflecting.
What if “someday” never happens? What if this is it? What would you regret? The answer, I found, was never taking the risk to be happy.