What Does Living Well Mean To You?
If you’re confused about what Fernweh is about I think I’ve finally figured out the answer for you. I’m sure I’ll change my mind again because I’m a girl and can’t even decide what to have for dinner or if I should get out of my pyjamas today, but for now this feels right. Fernweh started out as a complete travel blog where I shared my stories from Asia, Europe and Canada but as the months have gone by I have slowly crept into the lifestyle side of things.. Beauty, style, healthy recipes and well-being advice. When I first started blogging I read that you needed to pick a niche and you had to stick to it otherwise you would fail. But that never seemed really fair for me. I mean as you grow and change, your blog is bound to do the same right? Your blog’s almost a reflection of who you are and if you aren’t passionate about what you are writing then what’s the point? After some sitting around and drinking coffee, I’ve come to the conclusion that Fernweh is my idea of living well.
I travel when I want to, I workout because of how it makes me feel. I eat plant-based foods and cook up delicious lattes because it makes my soul feel good. I decorate my apartment in crystals, artwork and plants to breathe some life into it. I have candles burning at all times to make my apartment smell like cinnamon dolce. I travel with my boyfriend because I realized that I want to spend all my best moments with him.
Living well means to me doing what makes you happy. I always talk about how I love enjoying the simple things in life. How I’ve come to the realization that I don’t need to be travelling 24/7, that it’s okay if I’d rather stay home with some Netflix and pizza. Living well is doing things that make me happy and calm. I used to run myself ragged with work, working out, stressing about what I was eating, always telling myself that I was never doing enough. I was my own worst enemy.
Some days she has no idea how she’ll do it.
But every single day,
it still gets done.
It’s hard to live well sometimes. I mean if I could live off berries and spinach while doing yoga everyday I would but living well is about a balance. A balance between travel, food, wine, salads, and everything else between. Living well is about finding a lifestyle that you enjoy and are happy to wake up to every day.
I spent the past four years working as a maintenance worker which is a fancy word for garbage picker. Sure I fixed equipment here and there, but the thing about maintenance is that you are maintaining the cleanliness of the area. Which is spending your days picking up garbage and coming home smelling of shame and sour. That was not living well for me. That was misery. Misery I put up with for big pay checks and because I didn’t know what else to do.
2016 was a big year for me because it was the year that I finally said I had had enough. That I was done working for someone else and I was done listening to others. I was done listening to my family, to my friends, to coworkers. I was done living a life others had planned for me. It’s easy to blame others for my misery but in the end it was me who gave the okay. I gave them permission to keep telling me what do to. And it’s hard once you start saying no because suddenly you’re “talking back” or giving “attitude.” But you’re not, you’re a girl (or guy) and you’re standing up for yourself.
“Live less out of habit,
and more out of intent.”
Living well doesn’t always start out easy. I know I struggle daily and need to remind myself I’m not as behind as it seems. But you realize you are living well when you are done stressing about the future. That you are happier in the moment than you were the past. That you feel good about yourself and how far you have come.
Living well means to me that I have the freedom to do what I want, to travel when I want and to treat myself to the finer things in life while appreciating the simple. To live a balanced and plant-based lifestyle mixed with sweatpants and a cocktail dress. To wear pretty clothes, have glowing skin and to meet my water quota. To finally wake up happy during the summer instead of dreading every single moment of the day.
The journey to wellness doesn’t have to be painful. It’s as simple as doing what makes you happy, enjoying every minute of it and keeping your creativity. I want Fernweh to invoke your living well spirit. That adventurer and entrepreneur in you. I hope you feel a little inspired today, I know I am 🙂
What do you guys think? Are you on board for living well? And if any of you guys are getting double emails from me please tell me! I’ll sort it out immediately 🙂