Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? – Mary Oliver

I want to help you…

…to not feel alone. Whether it’s in your mental health journey (we all have one!) or in your decision to remain child-free, you are not the only one traveling this road!

…improve your wellbeing. I am not an expert and will not pretend to be one! But maybe what works for me will also work for you or maybe it will inspire you to try something a bit different!

…find joy. Some days there are big, meaningful events that bring us happiness and some days we really have to search for those little rays of sunshine. But they’re there. Promise. And if you can’t see them today, that’s okay, we’ll hold on for tomorrow.

Hello! My name is Luisa and welcome to my little corner of the internet!

If I had to condense this entire blog into one sentence, then I would tell you that Waves and Wildflowers is about answering Mary Oliver’s question of what I’m planning to do with my one wild and precious life. 

I’m a big believer in the power of connection between people and that if we’d just be willing to be vulnerable with each other, we’d realize we aren’t as alone as we feel. This blog and social media pages are my attempt to be vulnerable and reach out to you with that connection. I’m not selling any products or courses, just simply sharing and connecting.

I chose Waves and Wildflowers as my blog name because it has so much meaning to me, personally, and you can read about it in this post! For a quick down-and-dirty list of my main interests and what you might find on this blog, check out the list below!

I’d also love it if you signed up for the Waves and Wildflowers newsletter! I promise to keep your information private, to not overflow your inbox and to share more about me as well as lots of helpful tips and info to hopefully help you! As a thank you for signing up, you’ll receive three FREE self care guides that I created! These are graphics that can be saved to your phone or computer so you can quickly access them when you need some help improving your mental wellness! There will be lots more included in future newsletters so you will be able to have a collection of these guides to turn to!

Childfree Life. My husband and I are happily child-free by choice and I love sharing about the opportunities that this unique lifestyle has provided us with and advocating for the respect and freedom that couples and individuals deserve in regards to this choice. I also try really hard to not fall into the oh-so-common trap of berating those who do choose to have children. I’ve frequently found that in an attempt to get a point across and stand up for ourselves, child-free individuals often come across as harsh, rude and child-hating and I desperately want my tiny space on the internet to avoid this.

Mental Health and Wellness. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and as an adult I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression (unsurprisingly, as all three go hand in hand). I’m still learning about living life with these disorders and some days are harder than others, but I’m grateful for the love and support I have along the way.

Introversion and High Sensitivity. As I began to understand these unique aspects of my personality, so much of my past, my thought patterns and my behaviours started to make sense. I’m an INFJ (link to https://www.16personalities.com/infj-personality) (the rarest Myers-Briggs personality type) and a highly sensitive person. What this means is that I process the world and recharge differently than the majority of people. Even if you aren’t introverted or a highly sensitive person, I hope that sharing my view helps you to understand your friends who might be or that it might even encourage you to find out about your specific personality type.

Pet Parenting. My husband and I love our little zoo of critters which currently includes two dogs, a red-eared slider, a hedgehog and two poison dart frogs.

Our hearts also continue to hold room for our beloved pets who have passed away: Ginger (the most perfect little lady) and Harvey (the scared little hedgehog that we eventually won over).

Plant & Nature Obsession. I don’t write alot on plant care itself, but I love sharing photos of my 100-something houseplants and what they teach me. And of course, wildflowers and their meaning are important to this blog!

My husband and I also love being outside; whether it is kayaking, hiking or walking the dogs!

Adult Learner. I’ve always been interested in psychology, and a couple of years ago I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program majoring in Psychology. I’m (slowly) completing this while I work full-time, but I love it alot! Although I am by no means an expert and nothing I say on this blog should be taken as expert advice or as a replacement for speaking with a doctor or psychologist, I hope that my experiences and my growing education can provide help and support to others who may be struggling. Sometimes just knowing that someone else is going through what you are or having similar thoughts or worries to what you do can make all the difference.

 

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