Recently I've felt the need to further embrace the way that I was created. I've always been a "deep not wide" kind of girl. I'm very relational, but I prefer to have a handful of really close, meaningful relationships instead of being the life of the party. Even more so, I wasn't created for the rat race that we so often fall into when we're chasing our dreams and pursuing our callings. I've felt convicted and called to be more present with the people in my life. It's easy to get caught up in to-do lists, making a name for ourselves, or trying to be everything for everyone, but I know that we're called to something much deeper, much greater than the rat race. We're called to be present, to love deeply, to meet people where they are, to show up, to invest.

Over the years I've fallen into a lifestyle that some dub as "slow living." Basically, it's getting away from the mindset that more is more and shifting to the mindset that less is more. It means handmade, homemade, thoughtfulness, intentionality, sustainability, and the list goes on. For me, it means making space to breathe and remember that my worth is not tied to what I do or the amount of possessions I own. I'm no longer distracted by the latest trends or fighting to have the latest and greatest item that the world tells me I must have. No, I'm simply living life with good people, indulging in things like DIYs, and doing little things that mean a lot to others. 

I'm giving you permission to slow down as well. Look at your life and get rid of the things you don't like. Invest in people more and in to-do lists less. Take care of the people in your home and in your community. Let's get back to a way of life that fills us up instead of draining us to our core. Let's choose to live more intentional, meaningful, slow lives.


Several years ago after I uncovered my gluten intolerance, I spent a solid six months doing research and began to understand the harsh, toxic chemicals that are allowed in our food, personal care products, and household cleaners - often without regulation. I started throwing everything out and switching to natural options. Just like anything in life, it's been a journey of learning what works for us and what doesn't.

Cleansing and detoxing are popular topics when you get into the "health world." I once tried a juice cleanse and thought I was legitimately going to die. HA! I've never felt so sick to my stomach and so, my juice cleanse lasted one day. I will never do that again and I haven't tried another cleanse since. However, over the last few weeks, I could tell that my body really needs some sort of reset. Overall, we adhere to clean eating with a whole food, gluten/dairy/soy/corn free diet, but I've been slacking here lately and indulging in more sugar and processed foods than usual (thanks, stress). Anyways, knowing that I wanted to do something to help my body reset a little, I picked up a copy of Goop Clean Beauty when I was perusing Barnes and Noble the other day. As I read through it, I thought to myself, "YES! This is such a healthy perspective." It's like all of my personal research wrapped up into one beautifully produced book; I highly recommend it!

image via caryn noel

image via caryn noel

Their approach to cleansing is to live a detox lifestyle. Our bodies were created to detox themselves, we just need to give it the right food, drink, and supplements to do so and avoid the things that get in the way of it going through the detoxing process (and what we put ON our bodies is just as important as what's going IN). Even though I feel like I'm doing a good job for the most part, I decided to go with their 10-day cleansing plan to tighten up the parameters and allow my body to do its own thing.

Here are their cleanse rules:

  • No alcohol

  • No caffeine (still going to drink matcha)

  • No dairy

  • No eggs

  • No beef, no pork

  • No shellfish, no raw fish

  • No gluten

  • No soy

  • No nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers)

  • No strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, grapes, bananas

  • No corn

  • No white rice

  • No added sugar

  • No peanuts (other nuts are fine)

image via caryn noel

image via caryn noel

I'm looking forward to getting started with some of the delicious recipes they offer in the book and getting my gut and the rest of my body back in order! Self-care is so important and during this slower season I'm currently in, I've decided to take full advantage of the stillness and care for myself. We have so many amazing things in the works so I'm doing my best to establish healthier habits while I have the time in hopes they'll stick when life gets crazy again!

If you find yourself in a similar place, I'd love to invite you into this with me. Who wants to invest in their health + wellness for the next 10 days?