As a member of the Venus businesswomen’s network, I was recently given the opportunity to explore the ‘why’ of my business. What is the underlying driver to what I do as a medical herbalist and natural health consultant?
I don’t spend hours in the kitchen experimenting with exotic foods or the latest diet/health fad recipes, and I don’t spend my spare time reading health or nutrition blogs (except the occasional technical blog from health science nerds). Even though health is my business, my passion is life! What I get excited about is finding out what people do in their spare time – what adventures, hobbies and creative ventures they’re involved in. What I love to help my clients achieve is a healthy body and a simple, functional wellness plan so they can fully enjoy their life, without limitations from their body or poor health. If your health is good, you don’t have to think about it, and you’re able to live your life without a hitch.The tagline on my business logo is ‘feel alive’. To me feeling alive is about having an abundance of energy, curiosity to explore, and courage to try new things. It’s about:
- Going on new adventures
- Meeting new people
- Exploring the possibilities (in business and life)
- Having new experiences
- Stretching the boundaries
- Stepping outside of one’s comfort zone
- Trying new things (at least twice!)
- Travelling to new places
- Overcoming limitations
- Exploring one’s creativity
Being creative is an essential part of feeling alive. Expressing who you are in some way – whether through writing, music, dance, poetry, painting, crafts, design, drawing, knitting, woodwork, home decoration, or anything else, has a number of benefits. Creativity and abstract thinking is medicine for your nervous system, and one of the best ways to overcome stress and anxiety. It also helps you get in touch with your own true nature by being fully present in the moment with your creative process. I believe everyone is creative, and figuring out your creative outlet is one of the many joys in life! You may not like what you create to begin with, but repetition and practice will help you develop your skills and style, and you will soon love what you create.
The other aspect to feeling alive is being physically active. In an on-going debate with my husband, I don’t think many people actually enjoy doing exercise for the sake of exercise, but it feels great to be fit and strong so that you can do fun things that are physically challenging. It’s great to be able to say ‘yes’ to going tramping, mountain biking, or even snowboarding without the fear of physical limitations such as poor fitness, or a lack of energy.
What would you love to do if your health and energy allowed? How is poor health or fitness limiting your ability to live life fully? If you were healthier and had more energy, what would you do differently? How would your life look? If you gave yourself permission to explore your creativity, what would you have a go at? What is one really good reason for improving your health – what is your ‘why’?