wow. the last letter of the year. we made it!
what can I say? what should I even say? on one hand, lots of beautiful things happened for a lot of people (including me) this year and there’s so much to celebrate. on another hand, I can’t help but acknowledge the collective struggle & pain that is permeating so many corners of the world right now. I guess this is the duality of life isn’t it? good and bad. happiness and sadness. elation and depression. achievements and ego death. etc. etc. etc.
although 2022 forced me to push beyond my perceived limitations, it was through those lessons that I uncovered the most authentic soul connected version of myself. it took the last 3 years of my 20s, and particularly the last one, to finally feel love for who I actually am and for that I am so damn grateful. for what has seemed like forever, I have been dabbling into whatever I could find as a way to heal and remove the mental blockages that caused a seemingly endless amount of inner strife, but I never quite felt like I was getting to the root of why so many similar themes that led to my suffering surfaced time and time again.
that was until 2022.
at some point mid-way through this year, in the midst of my forced entry into the void of chaos, destruction, and confusion all of the tips and tricks I didn’t think were working before became my most cherished tools. the meditations, the vitamins, the mental re-wiring that occurred throughout 4 years of therapy, the stretches, the psychedelics, the body scans, the praying, the tarot cards, the stretches, the workouts, the journaling, the reading, the skincare, the podcasts, the nature walks, the solitude, the long talks with my people, and everything in between. at some point, it was all put to use and helped me evolve into the 2.0 version of myself.
why am I writing all of this? well, beloved reader, it’s because this is a wellness newsletter, which means you are interested in learning about the ways you can feel better, so it’s my duty to make be honest here and remind us that life isn’t going to always feel *well*. we will all inevitably go through tough ass seasons. the goal is to learn the life hacks that will help us navigate the harsh shit so that we can come out on the other side being a better version of ourselves.
this is the last newsletter of this year, and of my 20s, and if there’s anything I can impart on you here and now is that IT IS OK TO GO THROUGH SEASONS. if its tough now, it won’t be tough forever. if you’re lost now, you’ll find your way eventually. if you’re sad now, you’ll experience joy again.
nothing is permanent and life is full of polarities. my wish for us is that we navigate them all with grace, compassion, and love so that we may gently guide and hold each other through our seasons.
to everyone who reads these letters, thank you for holding *me* through my seasons and for allowing the lessons that I share to play a tiny part in your journey. I am forever grateful for everything we’ve been able to do together this year and I look forward to countless more.
with love always,
Cat, a gal tryin’ her best
a podcast episode (hosted by me!) all about embracing compassionate discipline to help achieve your dreams
a podcast about preventing cognitive decline & insulin resistance (sent in by Angelica)
a relaxing playlist thats perfect for anytime
face wash (part of my updated cdmx skincare routine)
holy grail serum that I will use forever (part of my updated cdmx skincare routine)
fave vitamin c serum (part of my updated cdmx skincare routine)
finally gave this face cream a try after hearing about how epic it is (part of my updated cdmx skincare routine)
the product that has changed my skin the most this year (part of my updated cdmx skincare routine)
the perfect product for slugging (part of my updated cdmx skincare routine)
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You’re account is always so transparent and it is a reminder that we truly have the power to shift the stories we tell ourselves - I love this and I love you!!!!