Who is the person behind Raw&Inspired you ask?
It’s me, Joanna.
Who am I?
I’m a real, warm-blooded human with feelings, a past, goals and ambitions, a deep desire to do more, to create, to make a difference in life, to touch people’s lives in a positive way, to inspire and empower.
I want to be the best person I can be, to be the change in my life to make it happen. I have made mistakes and no doubt will continue to make more. I have made decisions and said things that in hindsight I wish I hadn’t. At times I’ve been sad, lonely, fearful, felt lost and alone. I have lived my life for others, felt stuck, frustrated, scared, and doubted myself. I have often asked myself: How did I get here? Where do I go now? How do I do it? Can I do it?
Yet amongst all this, I know that I still have much to look forward to. I have learnt so much from my experiences with the hardest, darkest and most difficult ones being where I have learnt my biggest lessons. I am resilient.
I am a lover of life and dreaming big. I’m optimistic and adventurous. I love being in and exploring nature, discovering new places, and watching sunrises and sunsets. I love to laugh and be silly. I cry in sad movies and reading sad stories. I am caring, feminine, sensual and romantic. I love creating a delicious meal to share with the people I love. I’m creative, artistic, am learning French, and know there is a big, bright, bold colourful painting hiding inside me and needing to be expressed. I love renovating houses and am looking forward to making beautiful patchwork quilts for future grandchildren. I love to travel and discover new places, people and experiences.
I want to be always willing to step out of my comfort zone, to challenge myself to learn and grow. I love discovering who I am and the person I’ve become. I am enjoying my journey and am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead: it’s the right time for me now.
What’s important to me?
Being real, authentic, honest, helping others, making a positive difference.
To accept the person I am right now, to love my life as it is, and to allow all the things that I desire in life to flow to me.
Why have I created Raw&Inspired?
Raw&Inspired is my voice, my gift to you, my passion, my vision, my future, my next chapter, my dream, my challenge, me being on purpose.
It is my opportunity to educate, to teach, to inspire, to empower, to share, to help, to create.
I would like you to see it as a guide, an information source, a resource tool, a place to learn and discover, to share your experience and learnings, to be part of something special and unique, to embrace new thinking and new ways, to celebrate achievements and goals.
Why am I doing this?
Because I can, because I want to, because I need to, to be on purpose, to grow, to learn more about myself, to share with you, it’s my time, this is right for me, to build a community, to inspire, to educate, to empower, it’s important, to touch peoples live in a positive way, to make a difference, because I care.
What is my approach to life on a daily basis?
This lovely quote really stood out to me when I came across it:
“Greet each day with your eyes open to beauty, your mind open to change and heart open to love.”
My mantra in life
Anything is possible!
Who are you?
You are a uniquely special and wonderful person, valued and appreciated for simply being you!
The world is a better place because you are here: you make a difference to the lives and experiences of others.
I would like to share this Dr Seuss poem with you as a reminder to be the person you are and to love and accept yourself as the person you are right now.
Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
You are the one who’ll decide where to go.
- Dr Seuss
What do I want for you?
I want you to embrace your life, be the best person you can, enjoy the journey and fill your life with love, laughter and happiness. I want to you to continually learn and grow, to get up when you fall down, begin again, keep looking forward, be grateful for each day and trust that with each new day there is opportunity to try to do it all again and more.
I want to make you laugh, to make you smile, to help you feel you are not alone, to answer questions, to inspire and empower you to be the best person you can be, to be the change in your life, to look forward, to dream big, to encourage you to take responsibility of who you are now, to never give up, to try again, to be resilient.
To be real, to be authentic, to be raw.
Until next time, wishing you a day filled with love, laughter AND raw food!
PS: To find out about my own raw food journey, look for my next post.