Updated: Jul 23, 2021
Although I love to make my own products and shop local when I go into my small northern Arizona town, sometimes as a busy single mom it is easier to hop on Amazon and restock on all our favorite things! Check out all my favorites from what I'm reading to what healthy supplements I'm taking. this week i'm talking about the last book i read pictured below. Find out why I needed to write a blog about it. The book is linked as well for anyone who wants to order it from amazon #kindle.
Welcome to the first Cush Castle Wellness Blog post. I use this space to connect with my readers and potential customers in a way that’s current and interesting using lots of tools to help better our overall quality of life. I wanted to make an impact with my first blog post and I'm going to share some vulnerable thoughts surrounding my latest read "Quit Like a Woman" written by Holly Whitaker. I'll start by saying that making healthy lifestyle changes isn't easy and it begins in your mind! Here is a profound quote from the book which really caught my eye...
“We are hyper-vigilant about everything we put into our body, everything we do to our body, and we are proud of this. We Instagram how proud we are of this, and we follow Goop and Well+Good, and we drop $40 bucks on an exercise class because there are healing crystals in the floor. The global wellness economy is estimated to be worth $4 trillion. $4 TRILLION DOLLARS. We are on an endless and expensive quest for wellness and vitality and youth. And we drink fucking rocket fuel.”
Whitaker speaks with a darkly comedic realism that I haven't heard many in my circle speak with in a hot minute. She is raw, witty, and intellectual in a way that draws the reader in and keeps the pages turning. If you are wanting to make some radical alchemical changes to improve mental clarity, your nervous system, mood swings, and so much more I recommend starting with this book. Nobody is saying that sobriety is the answer or that there needs to be a love/ hate relationship with alcohol. Although, I wanted to discuss this because I am at a point in my life where I'm questioning, like a lot of women, what will the long term effects of regular alcohol use be on me? It is a big topic that may be triggering for many but I hope you will give me your feedback as well as I embark on finding ways to live a more balanced and love filled life. Overall, I would give "Quit Like a Woman" a 4/5 and will vouch that it is worth the read if you like inspirational wellness books. This read mainly relates to women and how we are culturally influenced by an alcohol dominated mainstream society. Times are changing and maybe it is time we stopped ignoring the fact that liquor stores, fast food chains, and coffee shops are on every. single. block. these days!
What Can We Do?
As a mother, I of course want to fix all of the things. I want to practice healthy habits physically, mentally, as well as spiritually. I want to set superior examples for my children and be an outstanding member of the community. I want to inspire YOU to find a healthy balance in your life. If you're reading this it is because you either know me and parts of my journey or you are searching for ways to improve your daily routine. Either way I feel like we are in this together. We all need nudges of encouragement and uplifting in times of uncertainty and evolution. Even if the nudge is a post like, a link click, a text, a book recommendation.... well you get where I'm going with that! Radiate positivity as much as possible but let us not forget the very real problems facing us and our loved ones globally.
With depression, anxiety disorders, addictions & relapse rates rising, suicide, and death culture flooding our TVs and newsfeeds I wanted this blog to be a refreshing and hopeful space. We all experience highs and lows and sometimes life can seem mundane and overwhelming- so when that happens start with baby steps. Like I do. Take a detox salt bath, listen to soothing music, read a motivational book or two, drink some tea and let your mind explore the possibility of healing and balance. I certainly don't have all the answers, and this blog or this book will absolutely not be for everyone. However, one thing I am learning to cope with is that not everything HAS to be for everyone. May you be encouraged by my thoughts in the coming blog posts, entertained, or even pissed. Feel it all and take what you need!