Miranda here. It's been a while.
About a year and a half....enough time to grow and birth a baby boy who is now 8 months frisky and strong. So Radiant Family has added a new generation, and is still working on adjusting to the new rhythms and routines that accompany this kind of big life change.
I'm dusting the cobwebs off the blog in time for the February "holiday": Valentine's Day.
Winter can wear on us in many ways. Perhaps it's the weather, maybe the food, financing the holidays, or the inevitable stresses that come as the price of caring for other people....and therefore the Spring season is eagerly awaited.
Not just for the sunshine, although it is welcome. Spring is the fresh start, it is the renewal, it is time to get back into discipline and good habits that have become lax over the past few months.
And before the arrival of Spring, here we have the Chinese New Year. We've left the Sheep behind and have come in to the Year of the Monkey. It's a welcome change from the fiery intensity of the past two years into something a little more light-hearted with a lot of room for personal growth and development for those who are ready for it.
Many people I have talked to are feeling ready for a change. Ready for Spring Cleaning, ready for something fresh, a renewal. And I am too.
We constantly strive to practice what we preach at Radiant Family.
So, for this Valentine's Day, we're proclaiming the holiday for the love of self! We are going to use this time to stop and evaluate where our self-care may be falling short, and to prepare to get back in the saddle and take charge of our health.
Having a baby is a great crash course in just how difficult it can be to continue to put one's own needs first. When someone else needs constant care, it can be so difficult to make yourself a priority.
But there is no excuse to let your health habits fall away, not even a baby. If you don't take care of yourself, how can you be any good to anyone else? It is too often I see lovely, generous people in my treatment room struggling with their health because they have put everyone else first for far too long.
So, here's to practicing what we preach!
Here's to a fresh New (Chinese) Year, reinstating health habits.
Here's to Love of Self.
I'm going to attempt to post a couple of blogs along the way as this process unfolds. For inspiration and maybe even gentle guidance toward health habits. For myself, this is going to be some gentle detox and cleansing, renewing excitement about nutrition and cooking, and getting back into healthy fitness practices.
So please follow along if you'd like. And for those of you who I see in the clinic, let me know if you are interested in hearing more about doing some Spring cleaning/detox in a more formal, individualized format.
Thanks for reading, everyone.
Love to your self,