Welcome to Seeking Joyful Simplicity!
I want you to live a Joyful Life. With the right combination of simple herbs and simple foods, the power of intention and taking care of yourself, you can live a more joyful and satisfying life.
At Seeking Joyful Simplicity I write about practical ways to live a healthy, creative, joyful life. You will find information and inspiration on simple wholesome foods, recipes, gardening, and homesteading, strategies for simple living, the magnificent benefits of bring simple herbal remedies into your life, and simple DIY projects. I would love to talk with you – you can email me at any time – Michelle at seekingjoyfulsimplicity.com
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Who am I? What do I write about?
Michelle, mother to three amazing children, married to a funny, honest, patient, and loving man. The youngest of nine children. A strong introvert. Sometimes shy. I can get along with most anyone (even when I don’t want to), and have a great sense of humor.
I am divorced. I left my first husband. We are friends now, but it was a long, painful process for all of us. It’s a long story, but one that I am grateful for.
I have a master’s degree in nutritional sciences from a university in California, and I have been a clinical dietitian for 15 years. Sometimes my work is incredibly rewarding – I feel like I am making a difference. But most of the time it is not. And nothing I learned or experienced in school is nearly exciting as what I am learning and experiencing with studying herbal medicine. (More about that later.)
I recently discovered I love the mountains, and I love rivers. I especially love rivers in the mountains. I’m a Capricorn, so if you believe in that sort of thing, mountain rivers make sense.
I have suffered from depression off and on, probably since adolescence, but wasn’t “diagnosed” until my mid twenties. I have a history of suicide in my family, and I was told I would probably have to stay on antidepressants for life. I added herbal medicine to my life, and quit my prescription anti-depressant over three years ago. Today I feel better than ever.
Change is Possible
I believe in the power of intention. And I believe in the power of gratitude. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to live with mindfulness, intention, and gratitude.
Do you believe people can change? Or is it only our circumstances that change? Or perhaps our circumstances change us?
I don’t have a clear answer to these questions, but I do know that as I change what I focus on in life, my perception changes, and ultimately, my life evolves.
There is so much I want to share! I have realized I am finally fulfilling a lifelong dream – living a life focused on the home, family, the seasons, creativity, meaningful relationships, and personal growth.
I want to encourage others to change their circumstances – in small ways as well as big ones.
But of course, sometimes knowing what we want is not enough. Sometimes we need more than information, or even inspiration.
Sometimes we need courage. Courage to look deep inside to discover what our dreams really are. Not the dreams created by our parents, our society, or our peers, but the ones that we have held close inside ourselves for so long we have almost forgotten them.
We quickly find ourselves caught up in the busyness and chaos of life, and we forget what brings us joy. Not the shallow joy of the entertainment industry, or of acquiring new things, but the deep, penetrating joy that is unique to our personal values.
Here is where I write about my determination to live an intentional life. A life that is filled with mindfulness, gratitude, and simple joy.
If I can accomplish one thing with this writing space, I hope it will be to help someone else discover their true joy.
We recently made big changes, leaving a city home and city salary behind to create a homestead on 2.5 acres in the mountains. It was exciting, scary, and stressful, but so worth it! This series of posts share the struggles and uncertainty of our journey from the Washington, DC suburbs to our small home in the country:
Food and Medicine
In this writing space I focus on a few themes that are important to my idea of a joyful life. We are connecting with nature and the seasons, a connection that goes so much deeper when faced with the task of growing our own food. Food of course, is another lasting theme – so much of our decision to begin this homestead is about food – growing, raising, preserving our own. We are just getting started, so I will continue to share as our knowledge grows.
Functional food and herbal medicine is a large part of my life. As I go deeper into my studies, both formal and informal, I feel a greater connection to the plants as I grow, harvest, and make medicine. I want so much to share all that I am learning, and to encourage you to begin or continue your own journey with healing food and medicine. Herbal medicine changed my life, and I think it could change yours too.
Which brings me to the idea of giving. How can I use this space to help others?
I haven’t figured that part out just yet, but things are evolving.
So back to the original questions – Who am I and what do I write about?
I’m Michelle and I write about creating our homestead, cooking with whole foods, making and using herbal medicines, family life, living in the seasons, mindfulness, and pursuing our passions. What am I looking for? A simple life doing the things I love with the people I love. And not settling for anything less. Won’t you join me?