Back in the Fall, I switched my private, personal Instagram account to public under the new name @katiekeepshealthy. After much debate, I was ready to share more of something that had become a huge part of my life: health and wellness.
It was so much more than a name change for me... It was stepping in to something I wanted more of in my life. The baby step towards a big goal. There were all kinds of benefits I was seeking such as accountability, connection and personal growth. I dipped my toes in to sharing more of my fitness journey and became more active in the online communities that have given me so much inspiration over the past few years.
It's scary to put yourself out there. It's easy to come up with stories that shame yourself in to thinking who am I to do this or question if you should... yet I trusted that the pros outweighed the cons.
Ironically, soon after my name switch, I found out I was pregnant and started feeling anything but healthy. It was more like survival mode as I went through months of nausea, exhaustion and emotional lows. Yet I continued to see this pregnancy and this baby as a "stepping stone" to the healthy life vision I longed to create for myself and my family.
When I chose the name Katie Keeps Healthy, I picked the word 'healthy' over others like 'fit' or 'wellness' because of the definition I found on dictionary.com. It encompassed the whole meaning of healthy that I wanted in all areas of my life. It truly spoke to the big dream I had when I set this change in motion.
adjective, healthier, healthiest.
1. possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality:
a healthy body; a healthy mind.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind:
a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.
3. conducive to good health; healthful:
4. prosperous or sound:
a healthy business.
Not just the definitions but the examples were spot on. Body, mind, attitude, recreation, business. All facets of my life I wish to be healthy.
And all areas that I want to inspire others to seek health and wellness for in their own lives. After all, that's a big part of the sharing our stories: to connect with others.
I've talked about how this blog has truly evolved for me over the past five years. How I'm grateful to have grown through the life lessons and reflections I've posted here. It's helped me to get clear on what I truly want. And on what I want to share...
So, it was on my heart today to put my big goal out there. To tell you more about Katie Keeps Healthy and what I'm working towards. Over the coming months, I'll be phasing more of my wellness journey in to my blog posts. As I said for Instagram, my posts will stay the same, I'll just be adding in other areas of my life that bring me joy. Because ALL of these things - family, fun, favourites, fitness - keep me healthy. That's why my blog will keep fun, time and family in the title... but I'll be adding on 'fit.'
Fun Time Fam Fit :)
When I created my blog name, I chose those words because they are three things of great value to me. I created a life motto around those words: chase fun, choose time, cherish family... and now I'm adding "challenge fitness."
I've also been dreaming of adding more content in the form of a vlog or video broadcast. If you've seen some of my intention posts, you may have noticed me mentioned Chase Choose Cherish Talks. And that would be my vlog idea ;) These words hold meaning beyond my motto, too. I envision this broadcast as a way to inspire healthy lives in you all as I share stories and interviews.
'Chase' is all about our goals and intentions.
'Choose' describes the actions we take and our self care routines.
'Cherish' reflects our gratitude practices and how we live in the present.
So that's just a taste of what's to come for this space. Baby steps towards big dreams to grow, add more value and bring the abundance I seek to my life and yours!
Thanks, as always, for reading and supporting XO