• Finding Your Life Fuel

    The name for Life Fuel came out of the idea of finding a lifestyle that complements our entire self so that our whole body, mind, and spirit can thrive. It is so easy to reach for a temporary solution like an extra cup of coffee when working long days or skipping self-care for scrolling on Instagram. While doing this every once in a while might not provide anything but a headache and a tired body the next day, over time, this pattern can totally throw off every sense of balance. Trust me, I am totally guilty of this too. It’s sometimes easy to just look at what will get us from one hour to the next, one ballet to the other, the next promotion, the next part. We so often forget to take a step back and look at the big picture to see if what we are actually doing is going to serve us in the long run. So, let’s take a look at what it means to find your life fuel!

    First, it means that nutrition plays an important role, but it is not the main character. In fact, there isn’t one aspect of life that is the magical key to finding health and happiness. Our bodies need more than just food to thrive. Meaningful relationships and connections, self care, restful sleep, a fulfilling career, physical exercise, and even fun are all aspects of life that fuel our bodies from the inside out and create the true meaning of health. Think about it, no amount of kale or broccoli alone will turn anyone into a happy and healthy individual. Have you ever seen someone who looked angry and stressed while drinking a green juice, or to the opposite extreme, blissfully happy eating ice cream? While this is not an excuse to eat all junk food all the time, it goes to show that eating a perfect diet doesn’t bring happiness. We will definitely go in depth on the topics of nutrition, emotional health, mental rest, and so much more but they shouldn’t be treated as life hacks that will suddenly change everything forever and ever. It’s the combination, the balance, of all of them that lead to a fueled life.

    Second, finding your life fuel involves self discovery, experimentation, and some amount of grace. An idea that we will explore later is the concept of bio-individuality. This is what allows a vegan and a meat eater to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner around the same table, with different foods of course, and both feel like they have nourished their bodies and souls. It’s what makes a crossfit athlete and a yoga instructor total devotees to their workout of choice. To put it simply, bio-individuality means that we are all different, unique in our wants, needs, and what is right for our own bodies. What works for me might not necessarily work for you. You probably won’t turn into a plant-based, ballet dancing, mountain hiking, smoothie bowl addicted, Bon Iver listening, natural skincare using, want to be yogi from reading this blog. Actually that’s probably a good thing because I’m pretty sure the world only needs one of me. This example might be silly, but too often we see someone who is #goals to us and then think that we have to follow EVERY. SINGLE. DETAIL. of their workout, diet, and morning routine in order to have happiness and balance. When this fails us, we get frustrated, throw in the towel, and try to find another extreme in hopes that it turns out to be the perfect fit. But, what if we take the aspects from all of our experiences and personal research that we like, that resonate, that actually work for us and create our own hybrid of a lifestyle that not only makes us feel our best, but is also maintainable? Just something to think about.

    Lastly, it’s about the journey not the destination. I know that might sound as cliche as a girl in an oversized sweater sipping a pumpkin spice latte, but let’s look beyond the basic for a second. Our lives were made for growth. As soon as we reach that thing, that promotion, that health goal, that number in the bank account, that stage in life, we realize that we aren’t actually done. There is something more that we are searching for. I know for me personally, I always thought I would be satisfied if I made it into that ballet summer intensive, that professional program, that ballet company, and achieved that role and that accolade. If we are constantly living for the end result though, we lose the things that are around us, the things that actually sustain us and keep us going. The spontaneous coffee date, the ten minutes sitting in sunshine, or the failed dinner that turned into the most memorable night of laughter can actually give us space to exemplify health and provide fuel for the future. Sometimes it takes a whole lot of humility and self-love to be just right where you are. Forging your own path and going against what is conventional isn’t always easy, but it is so rewarding to listen to your own body.

    This week, see if there is something that is keeping you from living a fueled life. Is there a small change you can make that will give you more energy and focus? Do you need to reframe a day around self-care? If you need encouragement, leave a comment with a change you want to make!

     

  • Welcome

    Welcome to THe Life Fuel Holistic Wellness Blog!

    This is my passion project. Reflecting on the past twenty years of my life, I can see how so many roads led me to this moment. I started ballet at the age of four as a way to channel my kitchen twirling and natural love of dressing up. As I got older, making and sharing food, especially baked goods, became my trademark. I was always the dancer that hauled numerous batches of homemade mocha granola, peanut butter swirled brownies, and salted Nutella cookies into the dressing room. In my free time outside of school and ballet, I had my nose in cookbooks or was testing a new recipe for friends and family. When I moved away from home to pursue dancing in a professional atmosphere, I struggled with injuries and anxiety that launched me into a journey to find a lifestyle that would help me become the healthiest, strongest dancer that I could be. Three years ago, I launched an Instagram account called What Fuels a Dancer. It was a way of combining all of my passions together: my ballet career, love of making and sharing food, and my dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. Just this past year, I took one more leap to become certified as an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach, which was the natural step that gave me the confidence to share what I have learned with you!

    My heart behind this blog is to provide a space for you to find inspiration, balance, and community. Whether you wear a tutu and a tiara for a living or a pantsuit, my hope is that you can find space here to grow as you explore what it means to live a life fueled by love, self-care, and passion. You might be trying to find balance in your professional career or with mounds of schoolwork, searching for your life mission, and exploring what being healthy means to you, or maybe you need help developing a self care routine or get out of a unshakeable rut. Wherever you are on your health and wellness journey, I am right there with you, so we can go through it together. How does that sound?

    Many of my stories and anecdotes are unique to a dancer, but I think the lessons I learned and the emotions I felt are totally relatable, regardless if you have 20 pairs of pointe shoes in your closet or not. Let’s be real for a second. Whether you are a professional ballerina, a stressed out college student living in sweatpants, or a business professional forging a career for yourself, there are some things we all have in common. Having been a professional both inside and outside of the dance world has taught me that every job has the ability to throw off your work-life balance, that body image issues aren’t selective to people that only wear leotards, that anxiety can come in all different shapes and sizes, and that there is so much more to you than your accomplishments and career title.

    My teens and twenties were the most formidable times of my life. I was figuring out who I am and what I want to do with my life… actually, I’m pretty sure I still haven’t figured it out, but I’ll keep you posted. I was so lost when it came to self-care and self-love and felt overwhelmed at the thought that I didn’t know where I was going to be in a month, much less five years. I remember how much I wanted there to be someone who was like an older sister and professional mentor to walk alongside me and encourage me through the growing pains and help me establish healthy habits that I could carry with me for the rest of my life.

    This is why I started Life Fuel: to create meaningful relationships that center around health and wellness in every aspect of life. I am so passionate to bring you resources from my own learnings and experiences as well as those from other dancers, students, and professionals, and create a space for positive community and personal growth. I promise that we will talk about some hard stuff, but there will be also be some fun recipes, random musings, fun chats, and lots and lots of smoothie bowl love.

    So, pour yourself a big mug of tea, wrap yourself up in a blanket, light a candle, and come with an open mind and heart and a willingness to dig deep into yourself. Just because we aren’t face to face doesn’t mean that we can’t have girl talk. Get ready for some real conversation and genuine connection as we walk down this path together.

    Have a question or a topic idea that you want me to discuss on here? Head over to my contact me page and send me a message! If you are looking for one-on-one coaching with me, I have more information on my Work with Me page.