wandering in wellness

With my (active) treatment coming to an end and I am (hopefully) finished with all of my surgeries, I am now on my “journey” (kind of hate that word) to health + wellness.  So, what does that mean, exactly?  Well, I’m not so sure.  I am in no way a licensed nutritionist, naturopath, doctor, etc.  I still struggle every day with eating properly and incorporating more “natural” products into my lifestyle.  I will say, though… I try my best!

I want to maintain my blog but I don’t want it to be so cancer-oriented.  I still want to share my cancer story and experience(s), but I also want to share the million other facets of my life that I love!  Like healthy foods, cooking, home decor/design, DIYs, simple fashion—those sorts of things!

The title of this post fits my mindset perfectly because I truly am wandering through my own wellness journey.  Ugh.  ‘Wellness’ + ‘Journey’ are two buzzwords I really don’t like haha, but I’m not sure how else to phrase it… yet.

Here are some things that I have incorporated into my life to get me back on track to being healthy and happy!

  1. Organic + healthy foods
    If I am eating meat, I try to aim for grass-fed meats.  As for produce, I try my best to opt for all organic!  That may seem like I’m going overboard, and maybe I am, but I did just fight cancer 😉
  2. Non-toxic products
    This is where my use of essential oils and non-toxic laundry detergent, dish soap, face wash, etc. come into the picture.  Now, I know essential oils are starting to have a sort of stigma that makes it seem like anyone who utilizes them are crazy, pharma-hating, hippies (lol).  I truly love my essential oils & the non-toxic products that Young Living offers!  I would never omit traditional medicine and replace it with oils, but I do love to use them as an *extra* step in the right direction.
    *the beautiful Young Living starter kit (this is how I got started with oils! I can hook you up if you want one, too!) 
  3. Self-care
    This is important and equally as difficult as #1 and #2.  I’m still learning what self-care means to me, but I do try my best to engage in things that make me happy.  I love to read books/magazines on home design, I love to cook healthy foods, I love trying new flavors of kombucha, watching a new TV show with my fiancé, playing with my dog, watching my favorite movies, blasting my favorite songs, taking care of my skin… all of these things help me feel better on a day-to-day basis.
  4. Faith
    I couldn’t go through the motions of life without my faith.  I pray every day and give thanks to God for everything in my life.  When I am feeling down and/or overwhelmed, I like to take a moment to just thank God and acknowledge all of the blessings in my life.  Listening to my favorite worship music (hi, Cory Asbury) and reading my favorite devotionals really help me through the mountains & valleys of life.

This is what I’m learning so far, what I’m loving, and what’s working for me.  It’s still a learning process but I’m feeling very grateful to be able to continue to do things that I love to do and create new experiences as I continue to heal.

If you have any questions for me or just want to tell me what you like to do to cultivate wellness in your life, just leave me a comment or feel free to email me!

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Hello, I'm Taylor! I am 27 years old & I live in Pittsburgh, PA with my loving fiancé & dog, Milo. I am a daughter of the King; a sister, friend & human being just navigating through life. Welcome to my blog where everyone can gather to read my thoughts, stories + more!

4 thoughts on “wandering in wellness

  1. Sounds to me like you are exactly where you need to be and doing. Best wishes to you. It’s a day by day experience( I also hate “journey”, “wellness” but it sure is always an experience- some days great, some days just yucky).
    I finished up all of my chemo/ radiation at the end of August and have returned to work as a hospice home care nurse on Oct 22. I find it most frustrating that my energy level is so quickly diminished so that when I come home, I eat dinner and veg reading a book or playing words w friends. Not nearly as productive as I had hoped to be but I am trying to give myself more patience to allow my body to heal.
    I,too, don’t know what I would do without my Faith. God (and my great husband 😊) have gotten me through this far. We will continue on! I always say “keep on keeping on” and I am so happy to see that you are doing that. I always look forward to your blogs and , yes, look forward to hearing about your other interests. You go girl! ❤️


  2. Wandering is absolutely the best word to describe the feelings of day to day activities of my life. The word Journey also makes me cringe. I am wandering while I heal, trying to find me and what I need to do to stay as healthy as I can!

    You try to listen to all the medical advice given daily,but I have felt there is more then just the medical “stuff” of my fight. Which is a very hard pill to swallow for a very scientifically driven nurse! ( no pun intended)

    I have read almost too much because my brain is on overdrive, but I too have learned what youre doing for your wellness, is the most positive things we can do. Don’t forget sleep! When I dont get enough sleep, I feel like I’m not in control of anything.

    Good luck to you, and I look forward to following your blog for as long as you want to write it. There are no rules now, you do you…. my motto- if you don’t feel sick, don’t be sick!!!


  3. That’s a lovely post. I think there are no right or wrong ways to navigate your journey ( I know, not your favorite word). I think you are doing what’s right for you and that’s really all that matters. And through your postings you’re helping others. I admire your strength at such a young age to be going through this. I was 54 when diagnosed and haven’t had to go through as much as you have. I’m at 4 years cancer free . I hope for many more years for you and all others going through this. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.


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