"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do"
I couldn't find a more accurate picture. For most, a good part of what occupies our mind during our 20's is "what is my purpose? why am I here?" Dissecting life, dissecting ourselves, dissecting our family, dissecting our culture even. It can all become overwhelming at times. Trust me, I know. BUT! There's a method to the madness. Here's how it all went down...for me at least.
First, I would like to say, everything you need is already within you. You are enough. You just have to dig to find what your purpose is.. not your mom's purpose, not your dad's purpose, not your grandparents' purpose, not your best friend's purpose, YOUR purpose.
For me, like every other immigrant child from a third world country my purpose was immediately to be "the first Doctor in the family" (true story). I HAD TO go to medical school because I was so smart, but what about what I want? I realized that THAT wasn't what I wanted. It wasn't my purpose. It was someone else's. It wasn't what *I* felt I was brought earthside to do.
Through my early years, I was always that child who wanted to know more and did research on topics most kids wouldn’t care about, like dog breeds. At family gatherings, the story that never fails to come up is how many questions I used to ask as a little girl. I always wanted to know why and how. I wasn’t the least bit introverted but was very independent at the same time. I loved the outdoors (still do) and watching Nat Geo, along with all your regular childhood television networks.
My mother always told me knowledge is power and it was the only thing that couldn’t be taken away from me, so with that constant reminder from her, I tried to learn as much as I could. I guess I never quite shook that habit. While in undergrad, my peers and family would ask me for advice on certain topics related to natural remedies and encouraged me to start a blog because I just “knew too much stuff.”
That is where the idea was born.
The mental seed was planted back in 2015 but it all came into fruition towards the end of 2018. I know… it took me three years to act on my idea. In 2015, I was going through my own personal evolution. I was becoming the woman who God ordained me to be. Through many failed attempts to start my blog, due to lack of confidence and fear of criticism, I had finally gained the courage to make my idea reality. From that moment on, I knew in my soul that starting my blog was the best thing I could have done. I would have never thought that I would have as much support as I do now, but I am forever grateful for the support that I have. (Thank you so so much!)
Believe it or not, after reading the book The Alchemist in early 2018 was when I decided that I couldn’t just let the idea sit in my mind forever. The idea, my life's purpose, was inside me all along. Much of what I know and advocate for now is what came naturally to me and is ingrained in my culture. (This book doesn't resonate with everyone, but it did for me. I still highly recommend it).
It definitely has not been a smooth road, I was my own worst critic and I kept pushing Naturals Are Us off. I tried to incorporate different things under my brand that didn't work because I was forcing something to be, that was out of alignment with my purpose. Lessons learned. (Finding your purpose is truly about trial and error!)
I dedicate a lot of energy to my blog and brand. I believe in my vision and know that it will all pay off in the end, that’s what keeps me going. Even if I change one person's life with my platform, even if I don't change any lives, I’m satisfied because I know I'm walking in my purpose.
I consider myself an advocate for holistic/natural healing, lifestyle medicine, and preventative practices for day-to-day health, namely nutrition and mental health. I want the whole world to know that they, too, have the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle with or without western medicine. In my opinion, it is more beneficial to use what nature has provided us with as a first resort. This is very important to me because I know there are families who can not afford to go to the doctor’s office, are afraid to go, or may have even given up hope on being healthy.
This is why I am extremely passionate about prevention focused medicine.
It's a process.
I read a quote once that said, "how much of what I do in life is actually my idea? Do I truly want this, or is this what I was conditioned to want? Which of my beliefs are of my own creation and which were programmed into me? How much of who I've become is inherent, and how much was just inherited? How much of the way I look and speak and behave is just how other people have trained me to look and speak and behave?"
-Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Let that resonate in your spirit for a bit....
Don't let anyone guilt trip you into finding your purpose. Take your time. This is YOUR life, not theirs. God already gave you ALL that you need to be successful and find your purpose in this lifetime. I think where we get confused is when we seek direction from outside sources and not from within and above.
Be pure in your energy.
Be pure in your intentions.
Be pure in your heart.
Give yourself some grace & compassion, we're all still figuring it out, we're all just passing through. 💕
Till Next Time,
Hello world! I am Chérie Jade, I am passionate about promoting a holistic lifestyle and encouraging preventative practices for day to day healthy living.