Hello world! I am so happy to be here writing my first blog. My vision for this blog is the same as my vision for WellBeings – to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, India’s 5,000 year-old approach to health, with those who need it most in today’s world. My hope is that the blog will provide readers with diet and lifestyle tips and resources to help them embark on a wellness journey through the lens of this ancient science in a way that is accessible and relatable.
I thought the best way to start would be to give some more background on who I am and how I got to be here blogging about Ayurveda and founding a company called WellBeings. My path down this road was anything but straight. And my intent in sharing my story with you is to show you that these tools can help anyone – if you keep your eyes and ears open to finding them.
After graduating from Boston University many moons ago, I moved to New York City and embarked on a career in corporate America. While I graduated college dreaming of working in entertainment, a mentor I interned with in college recruited me to work with her in a bank. So alas, my career in finance public relations was born.
While it was certainly never a dream of mine, I found myself doing well and enjoying parts of the work. There was a creative element to it; I was always challenged; and I had the opportunity to work with amazingly smart people on truly interesting projects. I even got the opportunity to live abroad in London for two years and travel all over Europe in the process.
It was while I was in London, however, that I began to feel a shift. I didn’t realize it at the time (and frankly wouldn’t until years later) but the shift I was feeling was that as interesting as my work may have been, it wasn’t what I wanted to do. So I left my job at the time and went to another company, then another, then another, until one day it hit me – it’s not them it’s me.
In the midst of this, I was also hitting a crossroads in my personal life. The stress from my job was beginning to take a toll and I was increasingly anxious, stressed and angry. Instead of tending to myself and trying to uncover the root of the problem, however, I kept pushing through until it couldn’t be ignored any longer. As I result I hit rock bottom and had a major depressive episode. I could not stop crying, could barely get myself out of bed and everything felt heavy – I remember likening it to feeling poison flowing through my veins and knowing I would not wish the way I felt on my worst enemy. There was no ignoring it now – my body was screaming at me that something was wrong and I needed help.
I was fortunate enough to meet an amazing therapist to help me and get me out to the other side. And I made a vow to myself that I would never let that happen to me again. It is now almost six years later, and I’ve continuously moved forward through my work with my therapist and my personal wellness journey with Ayurveda. I am confident rock bottom will never happen to me again. In hindsight, I can see how knowing Ayurveda would have allowed me to spot and prevent many of the signs of depression that I had been ignoring. I will go into the details on that in a later blog, but that is part of why I love this science – it is logical and applicable to real-life situations.