Health: What does it really mean?

September 9, 2020

Teressia Crandall-Mutch

What does the word “health” mean to you?

Going into 2020, I chose the word “health” to guide me through each and every decision and move I make. It felt like, and feels like now more than ever, the absolute BEST word I could have chosen.

Mental Health, Relationship Health, Family Dynamic Health, Business Health, Physical Health – These are all areas of my life that needed a little TLC.

I work a ton and I LOVE what I do. Although, taking time to focus on the deeper facets of what makes me truly happy, how I can be a better version of myself for me and my family, where my business currently is and where my heart wants it to be within the next 5 years, and arguably one of the biggest health-centered aspects for me so far has been physical health.

Post-college, I’ve spent the past 9 years building my dreams. First working for other people and then growing my own companies, getting married, raising a family and giving my all to everyone else first.

In December, my mom had a stroke.

She said to me the very same words my dad had said before he passed away from cancer in 2013: “When I get out of here, I am going to be HEALTHIER!”. Sadly, my dad never got to live those words. My mom, however, is now able to fulfill that promise to herself.

In that moment, I decided to do whatever it took to never have to utter those words. Between the sheer fear I had experienced during my mother’s stroke and the sadness of the wounds still healing after my father’s death- I found fiery inspiration through my mom’s fighting spirit and drive to better her life. I strive to find light in the darkness, and that light came flying at me like a meteor. For the first time in so long, I found the perspective I needed in order to make the necessary changes immediately. My mindset orbited around the idea that “it’s only up from here”, and up is where I continued to go.

I have always hated regrets. I truly try to live my life without having any, so why had I not taken care of my body, my vessel, the same way I had taken care of my family or grown my businesses? I plan on leaving this world without any “could haves”, “should haves”, or “would haves”.

So now I ask you again, what does “health” mean to you? Is there an area of your life that you could take the time to work on? Have you been ignoring the cries from your body, your mind, your family, or your passions? Do you find yourself using meaningless distractions to drown out those pleading cries for attention and nurturing? I know I did. I often did so without even realizing it. However, the longer you wait to dig in, the harder it is to get to the deep-set roots of the problems. I encourage you to recognize this short but priceless life we all have and take the intentional steps to living with no regrets.

I promise you… it will have a snowball effect on the other areas of your life.

I also promise you it may be HARD.

However, my last promise is that it will be worth it.

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