Where do Journeys start?

…With long blog posts by the looks of the following – give it a chance people!!

Nina HendersonTo me: Wellbeing is to be surrounded with what keeps me a content, healthy, present, and decent soul, in order to give the right energy back to those who deserve it.

Yep, that’s me. Sitting in my friend’s Cafe, writing out my ideas for my future. Ha! I’m joking, it’s totally a posed photo, but I did write down exactly where I was going that day…. and guess what… it’s here:

Today I bring my passion to light. I begin this blog, just as much for my own growth and healing as anyone else’s my words may help. With a focus on one of the biggest words/trends around: ‘Wellbeing’. I think the word alone says a lot, but what I have noticed over the last few years of exploring this, is that the word ‘well’ like the words,  ‘happy’ ‘good’ ‘healthy’ ‘fit’ etc. really put pressure on me. Maybe because I fell into the trap so many times of pleasing others (and I’m sure I’ll continue to slip up) to conform, or to morph my version of those words, into their definition so that they might understand.

I won’t anymore.

Take ‘happy’ for example. It is one of my least favourite words. No, I’m not a ‘happiness hater’ at all, I am a disliker [hate is a strong word] of the fact that we don’t have better words in the English language to describe this. And it gets used out of context ALL the time!

At the lowest point of my life so far  (I’m not delusional enough to think we only have one) the word that my parents and friends kept resorting to was HAPPY. They just wanted me to ‘be happy Nina’, or ‘live happily’, or see life like I used to ‘when I was happy‘… It’s even a weird looking word now I’ve typed it a few times.

It frustrated me to no end. And I fought to get away from that word. Not because of its meaning but because of it’s inability to encompass reality. My reality.

Side note: Happy (/iness) is a REACTIVE EMOTION. Meaning it is felt in the moment as a reaction to something else. Yes, we use it as a broad descriptor for our satisfaction with our temperament or mentality or living standard blah blah. Which is where the problem arose for me.

My interest for this ‘Wellbeing’ stuff started when I began dealing with the very, very [yes, I used two] low point in my life I mentioned earlier. And it was thanks to a few important beings (one of whom this blog is silently dedicated to), and my unknown strength as a soul, that propelled me through to be here now. Experiencing how health and my lifestyle choices gave me a second lease on life, unveiled my focus to make being alive worthwhile.

That sounds morbid. It was. And I don’t intend to go too far into ‘sob-story-territory’ as I know others have it tough too, BUT, it’s my blog and I’ll damn well cry if I want to!

At least I know, this is my path to follow now, and to follow ‘wellbeing’ as defined by ME, to inspire others to make changes, see alternative options, thoughts, follow dreams of feelings, or seek out their own.

So, follow along (or don’t). I will collect all kinds of things, and put them here. Some will be written by me, some will be reviewed or edited by me (promise to give credit), but all will somehow connect with inspiration to help define the personal version of ‘wellbeing’ and live an inspired life, full of amazing collections.

Nina

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Wellbeing Definition Collector. Proudly 'not-normal', and possible crazy cat lady. I have a broken social filter, can be brutally honest, and I adore my alone time. I feel, fail and hurt just like you, but I also succeed, learn, and love like you too. I believe in Energy, in trying everything once, that connections happen for a reason, and I aim to collect as much life experience as I can. The Inspired Life Collective (TIL.Co) is a personal blog which focuses on me, and associated 'collections' of inspiration whilst doing #wellbeingmyway. Everyone's journey is different, but I hope to inspire others, around the world, to trust in the journey of ‘Wellbeing’ no matter how it's defined. 🌈 💛

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