The Past Year: Bridget
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It’s been awhile since you last heard from us, so we thought we’d give you some context on what’s been going on, and where we’re going from here. Fill you in on our little plot twist.
First, an overview of the past year. Like that section of your high school yearbook that reflects on everything that happened in the news throughout your graduating year. Highlights of mine were JT’s FutureSex/LoveSounds album and record high gas prices. Which I distinctly remember, because filling up my ’96 Jeep Grand Cherokee cost much more than what my job at the local amusement park hot dog stand could afford and I was constantly running out of gas.
Anyway, here’s a brief look at my 2017.
January 3, 2017
My doctor calls to report that the Lyme Disease test results are, in fact, positive. Flooded with relief that there’s a legitimate reason I’ve been feeling so crappy, before progressing to complete overwhelm about treatment decisions. Cry to my mom over the phone.
After getting three drastically different medical opinions, begin treatment for Lyme, coinfections, hypothyroidism, an MTHFR gene mutation, adrenal fatigue and Epstein Barre Virus. This goddamn tick really had it out for me.
March 3, 2017
Feel pretty good after a few rounds of antibiotics, no drinking and a very strict diet but thought I’d be “fully cured” by now. Wonder how long I’ll have to keep this no cheese nonsense up and realize Lyme Disease is not unlike Dante’s Tenth Circle of Hell.
Celebrate my one year anniversary of self employment, which is now paying the bills but is also sucking the life right out of me. Stop trying to force working on CTK between feeling sick all the time, a lack of mental capacity and traveling frequently for client meetings (read: peeing in a lot of gas station bathrooms).
April 3, 2017
Throw caution to the wind and impulsively book a plane ticket to Portugal with a friend. Check out a castle, hike a mountain, get a sunburn. Exclusively eat cheese at every meal for six days, which feels like garbage after avoiding it for months. This trip accomplishes what several Netflix documentaries couldn’t: turns me off from dairy.
May 1, 2017
Spend a few weeks bopping around New England trying to decide where to live and settle on New Hampshire. Live free or die baby. Stuff a U-Haul with all my belongings and hit the road with my furry little co-pilot.
Begin to miss writing, and start thinking about a new concept for CTK that feels more aligned. Talk to Dana, who is on the same page.
July 21, 2017
Go to Kripalu for Gabby Bernstein’s retreat with Dana, who I haven’t seen in months and is adorably pregnant. Contemplate going to find a cheap bottle of wine for myself somewhere “off campus” but decide that if she can pass on booze for nine months I can probably do it for a weekend.
September 1, 2017
Finalize plans and designs for Wellness Lately. Start writing again, which feels like going skiing when you haven’t been in awhile. Maybe you flail around a bit, but at least you’re back on the mountain.
October 1, 2017
Feeling real good about the Lyme situation. So good, that I decide I could probably run a half marathon. Realize how much joint damage Lyme has caused somewhere around mile 3 and quit training for a half marathon. Start eating cheese again.
January 1, 2018
Do a little soul searching and decide to focus on the work I really want to do this year. Universe starts moving in weird ways. Read The War of Art, which blows my mind and labels the lingering feeling that has persisted over the past year: Resistance. Start working through it.
February 2, 2018
Jet to Iceland with Dana and Molly, where we freeze our butts off. Don’t see the Northern Lights but do see some sweet Icelandic horses. Decide warm weather sounds nice and visit my brother in LA. Eat a lot of tacos.
March 1, 2018
Settle into a new workload. Take daily beach walks with Lucy. Find a little more headspace and a lot more energy to concentrate on launching Wellness Lately, feeling better than I have in a long time. Amazing what can change in a year, huh?
The term “burnout” is tossed around a lot, but I don’t know how else to describe my state for the entirety of 2017. Tired? Running on empty? A little bit lost?
Lyme knocked the wind right out of me. Then I moved, and there were a few bumps in the personal matters road, fused with the constant ups and downs of running a business.
We never decided to take a break on CTK, it just sort of happened. Said we’d regroup after a few weeks, which turned into a couple of months, and well, now it’s been a full year.
But we needed to hit the reset button. No one’s running point on this thing. No one’s project managing us. Which is problematic when you’ve got two creatively-inclined people with a shared penchant for shiny object syndrome.
The truth is we both felt like we’d pigeon-holed ourselves with minimalism, and landed a bit displaced from our original intention: to explore our curiosity within the wellness space, and to let you in on the hard, messy parts of what it means to attempt living a healthier, happier life. The parts you might relate to. Because man, does it get messy.
We still believe there’s a void in the wellness industry. There’s no place for regular people like us who are curious about health and personal development, who also want to have some fun and laugh a little while they’re at it. We want to get back to creating that place.
Minimalism will always be a category we explore. But there are so many other things to investigate too. Maybe you’ve stuck around for the simplicity stuff and this won’t interest you anymore. Or maybe, and I’m really rooting for this one, you’ve tagged along our long-winded journey this far, and want to keep learning about all the latest in wellness.
In the business world this is sometimes called “pivoting,” but for you it might feel more like whiplash. Sorry about that. As with everything else, we evolve. We have to, that’s what keeps it interesting.
And so we begin again. Didjya miss us? WE MISSED YOU SO MUCH!
Originally published at Crop Tops & Kale.