Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Skin

Oil Cleansing

One of the main reasons I started this blog was actually to document the struggle I’ve had with acne over the years. I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had acne since I was 11 years old, and now, as an adult, suffering from cystic acne still, I have been trying every solution I can find.  Long story short, after trying goodness knows how many different face washes and acne treatments you find in a store (with no long-term success) I decided to try natural products.  That led me to learning about essential oils, which then led me down another path toward overall healthy living.  And here we are! Continue reading “Oil Cleansing”

Exercise, Lifestyle, Skin

What’s going on…

Disclaimer, right up front: this topic is a bit tough for me to talk about and it’s a little fresh in my mind, but I knew I wanted to write about it, because it’s a huge step on my path to wellness.  Please keep that in mind if you decide to read on.

Earlier this week, I went to the doctor for an annual check up.  This was a new doctor (new job, new insurance, yay!) so we had to go through medical history and all that.  We came to a question that I honestly don’t even remember now.  But I brought up my on going issues with acne.   Continue reading “What’s going on…”

Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Food, Lifestyle, Running, Skin

Whole30 – Week 3

While reading the Whole30 book today, I found that my favorite part is the “what you’ll probably experience over the 30 days.”  I noticed that I have followed the pattern (a little) that is laid out in the book.  In it, it says probably around days 12-15, you will dream about food.

YUP.  I dreamt about food on about day 15.  and not even food I have all that often!  I dreamt about ice cream.  You know, when you get a brand new container, and the first scoop is always so satisfying to take?  Yeah, THAT was what I dreamt about.  Thankfully, that was only one night.  Otherwise, no dreaming of food. Continue reading “Whole30 – Week 3”

Diet, Essential Oils, Exercise, Fitness, Lifestyle, Meditation, Mental Health, Running, Skin


Happy New Year!!
First, apologies for the lack of updates recently. As I explained in my previous post about sleep, and what I’ll also detail below, I’ve had quite a bit going on. Here’s to a new year with more blog posts! Continue reading “Resolutions”

Lifestyle, Mental Health, Skin

Loving Me

Once again, it’s been quite some time since I’ve last written.  This time the gap has a little more to do with the topic I wanted to write about, and less about the amount of free time I’ve had to write.  

This post has everything to do with the title of this blog.  One of the most difficult obstacles I have come to tackle while on this path towards wellness is not so much an obstacle of fitness, medicines or food, but rather, coming to value myself for who I am, and loving myself. Continue reading “Loving Me”

Diet, Skin


(This is a long one, explaining my reasons for going gluten-free.  Trust me, no sane person willingly chooses to be gluten free just because.)

As I mentioned in my first entry, I am following, to the best of my ability, a gluten-free diet.  For the past two years now, I have been learning about how the food I eat affects my health.  For a long time, I paid little attention to what I ate.  Especially through college, I didn’t really think I needed to.  I was on the rowing team, and I ate pretty much anything I wanted, and the “Freshman 15” was actually muscle mass, not fat.  I distinctly remember my coach once told us, “for breakfast after this practice, you need to eat at least 1500 calories.”  For some people, that’s all they eat FOR THE WHOLE DAY.  Again, I didn’t really pay too much attention to what I was eating, because I thought I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted. Continue reading “Gluten-Free”

Diet, Essential Oils, Exercise, Fitness, Skin

Starting on the path…

For a long time, I’ve been considering starting this blog. Over the past two years, I’ve been on a journey to understand my health. I’ve suffered from cystic acne since I was about 11 years old (I’m 27 now) and despite all my efforts, couldn’t seem to be rid of it. I had countless conversations with people who would say “oh, I had acne until I was 18, but then it went away.” Or, “I had pretty bad acne for a long time, but it went away when was in my 20s, but I still get the occasional pimple, even now.”  Thoughtful, yes, but annoying.  The frustration was mounting over the past few years to understand acne. So, about two years ago, when one of my coworkers approached me to talk about essential oils, that was pretty much my turning point. I realized then that I wanted to take more control of my health, and this new opportunity to learn about essential oils was the perfect, empowering breakthrough. Learning about essential oils, I found natural remedies to help eliminate the pimples on my face. However, while I was healing some of the spots, new breakouts still kept coming. Again, the frustration to understand why I had these pimples in the first place was mounting. Long story short (for now), I found out that I have an intolerance for gluten. Of course, also in the course my journey of health, I have been figuring out eating healthy and exercising (while also not depriving myself of the deliciousness of desserts!).  The most important tool while following this path has been learning about self-love.  I’m calling this blog the journey to loving me, as all these steps to take control of my health have led me to understand how to love myself by taking care of myself.

I’m still learning about my health, and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with others who may be on the same path. I relied (and still do) on a lot of blogs myself, to at least reassure myself that I’m not the only one out there feeling like this, so I hope I can be that to someone else.

Lots of love ❤