There’s really no point in making a list for you of all of my past health issues. I had my share. My physically, emotional and spiritual health were less than the best ever..hah! Let’s leave it at that.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I got started on my journey to reconnecting with my wild, inspired, creative nature after years of not knowing who I was or what the hell I was doing on this planet.

Well, by chance I read ‘Walden’ by Henry David Thoreau and sadly I can’t even remember who recommended it to me. But either way, that book changed the course of my life. 

1. I started spending more time in nature. I would take my shoes off, stand on the earth and watch the sunset or watch it rise every day. Also, I committed to letting nature be the first thing I saw in the morning and the first thing I saw before bed. If I was up late answering emails, I would go look at the moon for a hot second before going to bed, etc..

2. I sought out clean water. I wanted wild water in my life. There’s a website I used, ,that helped me locate springs in my area. Even if you don’t feel comfortable drinking the water, go play in it. Put your feet in it. Spring hunting is a magical experience.  

3. I brought Chaga into the house. They say, you are what you eat and I believe that. It’s funny how when you start adding the good stuff, the bad stuff eliminates itself. Chaga is a medical mushroom. I could go on and on about what a difference it made in my overall health and mental wellbeing, but you should look into and try it for yourself. I keep a crock pot of chaga going all winter that way I can have as many cups as I want during the day. 

4. We took the TV out of the house. It was hard at first, but it was hands down the best thing I could have done for my household. 

5. I planted a Rosemary plant. I started small and learned everything I could about that one plant. How to use it medicinally. Also, how to grow, harvest and store it. From there my herb garden has grown and become my favorite place to be. 

I am not the healthiest person on the planet, but I am damn near close to the happiest. Nothing has changed about my surroundings, except me. I changed my daily habits and changed what I was putting in and around my body and my whole world changed. 

With love, 

Brooke Hampton