1. Welcome to FHGC! Thank you for joining us. Tell me about yourself and what keeps you blooming in your purpose?
First and foremost, I want to thank you for the opportunity to tell my story. My name is Mia and I am a New York City native, Howard graduate, plant-based foodie, and full-time digital content creator. The most important thing outside of myself is teaching my family how to create a better mental and physical health environment.
2. What does wellness mean to you in one word and how are you balancing wellness everyday?
Life! I definitely believe that wellness is holistic and everything that happens in our bodies and environment is linked. Something that I’ve always enjoyed is cooking because I feel as though I have a connection to the process of nourishing my body. I also make sure to create time for mental health, mostly through writing, meditation, and yoga.
3. What’s an exciting accomplishment you have made so far on your wellness journey??
Believe it or not, I’m 23 years old and I’ve actually never worked out before this year. I’ve indulged in yoga here and there but I’ve always been afraid to go to the gym. A major achievement for me is learning how to shed the thought that everyone is watching and get into my fitness routine. After all, this summer body isn’t going to just magically appear. I’ve also fully switched over to veganism which is something I never thought I could actually do.
4. What do you wish you had known at a younger age, in regards to your health and wellness?
I think I’m still pretty young and I have quite a way to go, but something that I’ve really been focused on gardening, traditional herbal medicine and learning about how the body heals itself. Earlier this year I experienced a case of Bell’s Palsy that pretty much caused the muscles on the left side of my face to relax and major eye sensitivity, so I was stuck in the house for a few weeks. But instead of going to my doctor I fasted, meditated and spent as much time as I could resting— I experienced a full recovery without the usage of steroids. Now I’m not saying to ditch doctors because they serve an important part in our lives, but it’s okay to question things.
5. The FH lifestyle is about planting your health on higher ground. What is your biggest advice to someone who is on the path to flourishing heights?
I know that with work, school and family responsibilities it may seem almost impossible at times to create time for self-care, but it’s a necessity— even if that just means making it a habit to get a good night’s sleep or creating a beauty routine. Also, cut out whatever is not serving a higher purpose in your life, whether its dead ends or friends/people with negative vibes. As I’ve stated before, wellness is a holistic journey and if you treat your body like the temple it is you won’t only glow, but your environment will change for the better.
Thank you so much Mia for joining us at FH GIRL CHAT! <3