Today marks one entire year since I took my 6-12 month break and boy did I need it!
I’ll go into more detail below for those of you interested in what I have been up to, but for those who just want me to get to the point, look no further than the next paragraph or two for a concise summary.
In a nutshell, towards the end of 2021 I felt as though I was walking through mud; I felt like I was a sponge for all of the feels and opinions (in this space and beyond); I was in the midst of some heavy personal stuff; I didn’t feel as though I was doing justice toward the privileged position I was in and the community I built and was blessed to have; my bucket was full of holes and the more I tried to fill it, the more that poured out. So, I took a break to refuel, get perspective, nurture my mind, body and spirit, mend the bucket. And, now I’m back baby!! There will be changes, things will look a little different, but there is work that needs to be done in this space and I’m ready to continue advocating for a more natural, sustainable and eco-conscious life.
You will find me doing most of my gentle nudging here, on my website, via blogs and recipes, and over in my Facebook Chat Group. I’ve decided to stay off all other socials for the time-being. That may change, it may not, but for now, the FB group (not page) is where you’ll be able to interact with the KB community and I.
Ok, onto the nitty gritty.
I won’t go into the icky bits that pushed me towards my break. That’s done now and I’ve found my way through it. What I will say though, is that if you feel stuck, heavy, confused, in despair, consider taking some time to nourish your soul, however that looks. If you can’t stop working, don’t, if you can, consider it. Use your time wisely – rest, move, relax, learn, feed the parts of you that often get neglected or under-prioritised. It wasn’t easy to go from busy-busy-busy to, well, stationary. At times it sucked. I was forced to look deep within. And at times it was amazing. But I am so so so glad I did it. Boy do I have a better perspective now, on what I need and want from my job, here as ‘KB’, and also in life. I’m so ready to write another chapter.
So, what did I do with my time? Let me share the highlights:
I took a step out of this space which allowed me to see inside with way more clarity than I ever have before. I went for walks without looking for social media content – that was a huge highlight, it was so refreshing!! I also observed the people around me, got a better understanding of the blocks preventing people from ‘going natural’. I took mental notes, filing them for later (now).
I really spent time nourishing my body, mind, soul, relationships. Meditation, learning, more time in the sunshine & nature, dietary tweaks to further clean it up, lots of family and friendship time, dancing and singing and laughing – all the good stuff!
I realised that I needed some direction in my days and somewhere to focus my attention and energy. So, I opted to enrol with Endeavour College of Natural Health to complete an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching. I’m almost done, and have absolutely loved learning more about nutrition, wellness practices, manual therapies and mindfulness. I won’t lie, going back to study after 20 years has NOT been easy. But I pushed through the uncomfortable moments, the doubts, the late nights in front of research papers, and I am so friggin’ happy I did. I’ve learned so much and I can’t stop sharing all of my knowledge every chance I get! Sorry, not sorry, haha!
I completed level 1 and 2 in Reiki healing. I’ve been practicing on friends and family and have had some really cool experiences. I’ve always been a little bit ‘woo-woo’ but this has sent things to the next level. It may be something I offer on a broader scale someday, so watch this space…
I spent time working out that I simply need to write another book to replace Naturally Inspired. More details will follow soon, but I can now see that the vast majority of you need and want a simplified DIY recipe book, without the clutter, with achievable tips and recipes, a way forward that is kind to the budget and, of course, precious brain space! So that’s happening. Exciting!
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I really felt the call to get back into it; prior to that I was desperately unsure. Was this really my life’s purpose? I’m still not entirely sure, but I do know my job is not done here. I assume if you’re reading this you’re one of the human’s that will welcome some guidance and for that I say AWESOME and THANK YOU and LET’S DO IT!
I can’t be bothered with all the fancy marketing stuff at this point, and I just don’t care about numbers and trends and likes and viral posts. I want quiet and calm and a simple space to chat and discover and learn with a community of likeminded people.
I’ll keep it simple.
Stay inspired – Krissy ✌️