the heart & soul detox: pt. i

I'm going to be brave

and I am going to share something with you that has been on my heart

for the longest time.

Me, post hike, upset and disappointed that I wasn't able to hike as strongly as I used to.

[Me, post hike, upset and disappointed that I wasn't able to hike as strongly as I used to.]

For years, I've tap danced my tiny little fingers across the keyboard of my computer, telling you stories about my heart and dreams that I'm chasing. I've encouraged you, tried to reach deep down into the heart of what you were feeling, the messiness of life and everything else it brings along.

Together, we've struggled over big fears and broken faith.
We've struggled together over life, over stress, over change.

But never over health.

. . .

The crazy thing is that, health is my story—it has been ever since 2005 when I was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever—an autoimmune disease in which your body attacks itself. Health even became my story again, recently, in 2015 when I landed my incoherent and feeble self in the emergency room.

Health has been my story; but I want it to be my testimony. And I want it to be your testimony, too. Don't want it to be a struggle anymore, a book with chapters that never seem to close, no matter how hard you try and slam shut the damn thing.

Depression. Sickness. Anxiety. Weakness. No more.

So. 

I'm doing what the enemy of my soul does not want me to do—I'm speaking out. I'm speaking out about my health journey, even though I haven't got it all figured out. I'm speaking out about what I'd like to see happen in my heart, mind, soul and body and in my life, even though the story isn't finished being written yet. And I'm speaking out about what I want to see happen in your life, too, even if your story isn't my story—even if it looks like me free-falling without a parachute to break the fall.

I'm gonna hope you'll be right there at the bottom saying,

"Is it my turn yet? Can I jump—can I try, too?"

[Victory. After cooling down for a few minutes I decided to be proud of the fact that I was even able to hike the mountain.]

So.

The heart & soul detox: it's something I've been wanting to do for a while—it's something I'm starting right now. Yes. Right now. It's time. It is so time. I've got some posts lined up to share a little bit about my journey through health struggles and some tips & truths that I've learned along the way.

Rheumatic Fever
Surviving Antibiotics
Emotional Health
Mental health
Body Image
Natural Remedies
Food as Medicine
Body Care + Fitness
The Art of Caregiving
Alternative Medicine
Christ Our Healer

I want to share these things, not because I'm perfect and not because I have it all figured out. But, I figure, if I'm trying to figure these things out -- then someone else must be, too. 

Let's do it together then. Let's do this, let's get & be & stay well, together.

I will share my first story tomorrow — stay tuned!

I'd love to hear what you think about this mini series. Please share with me on my blog if you have or currently are going through some kind of (big OR small) health struggle. Let me know if you're looking forward to hearing what I have to share.

You can share your heart & your thoughts here in the comments on my blog :)