I’m also married to my best friend and middle-school crush, a homeschool mama to four wild and wonderful boys, head chef and lead designer here at Wild Rose Cottage (aka, home), and East Tennessee small-town girl.
Once upon a time, I was a registered nurse working in the local Emergency Room and Cardiac Stress Lab. I loved it, and I had big career plans. And then a new season of life came along, and my perspective completely changed.
I became pregnant with my first child, dove head-first into the world of natural wellness in an effort to have the healthiest pregnancy possible. Enter real food, taking herbs, minimizing toxins, and midwife appointments.
After my son was born, this newfound lifestyle didn’t stop. I wanted him to be as healthy as possible and avoid as many childhood ailments and unnecessary doctor visits as possible. Hello, homemade baby food, cloth diapers, natural skincare, and exclusive breastfeeding.
Fast forward 6 years, through three more children, and throw some formal herbal training, an online business, a new house, and homeschooling into the mix, and you’ll find a busy, tired, stressed mama trying to keep too many glass plates spinning in the air.
Now fast forward 6 more years. All of the previous things are still in the mix only that this mama is less overwhelmed and more at peace with her lifestyle. So what changed?
My mindset — that’s what. Slowly along the way, I let go of my perfectionistic tendencies, swapped some glass plates for stainless ones, narrowed my focus to seasons instead of years, found my rhythm, added rituals to my daily routine that filled me instead of drained me, and put nature front and center to serve as a teacher and guide.
Yes, life is just as full, but I’m better able to move with it as it ebbs and flows.
Our stories matter because they show the journey. There are no overnight transformations. We have to do the work — learning, sacrificing, and being consistent. I share my story with you so you can see what it looked like along the way.
The highs and lows, ins and outs, successes and failures. It’s all here.
And guess what?
You can do it too!
I share my journey so my story and experiences can inspire and guide you. You, too, can live a natural, seasonal lifestyle (whatever that looks like for you!) without feeling overwhelmed. All you need is someone to show you the path and walk with you for a time.