LA is finally starting to feel like home.   I  was very open about my experience at the 6 month mark here in LA. I  felt isolated, lonely, and ran my course of seasonal depression again  (also known as the winter blues but I can't claim that term anymore with  all this sunshine!). I thought I could outrun it this year when I  packed up and moved to the West Coast but it was stronger than ever.   What  I've come to know very deeply this time around, and slowly over the  last couple years, is that we often put so much emphasis on eating well  and moving our bodies but we forget about the importance of community  and social connection for our wellbeing.    Social connection  with the right people - people who fill you up, energize you, and see  you for who you really are - is one of the greatest gifts in life; and  our health. It can seem a little daunting at first, but make an effort  to attend events in your area to meet people with your interests,  volunteer, join a club or go to a weekly class, prioritize your loved  ones, and stay grateful for all of the relationships you have while  building new ones.   Photo by  @jennifercallahan

LA is finally starting to feel like home.

I was very open about my experience at the 6 month mark here in LA. I felt isolated, lonely, and ran my course of seasonal depression again (also known as the winter blues but I can't claim that term anymore with all this sunshine!). I thought I could outrun it this year when I packed up and moved to the West Coast but it was stronger than ever.

What I've come to know very deeply this time around, and slowly over the last couple years, is that we often put so much emphasis on eating well and moving our bodies but we forget about the importance of community and social connection for our wellbeing.

Social connection with the right people - people who fill you up, energize you, and see you for who you really are - is one of the greatest gifts in life; and our health. It can seem a little daunting at first, but make an effort to attend events in your area to meet people with your interests, volunteer, join a club or go to a weekly class, prioritize your loved ones, and stay grateful for all of the relationships you have while building new ones.

Photo by @jennifercallahan

Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.