Day 19 ~ 177 Days of Unexpected Health Project

Traveling toward Health

After an amazing weekend of sleeping in two different hotels, driving 6 or so hours, skiing, gambling, and eating at a multitude of restaurants, I was happy to throw my stuff on my bed and be home. As I unpacked my things, I thought about how healthy it feels at home. You cook what you want, you sleep in your bed, and your clothes fit nicely in your closest instead of stuffed in a bag. But when I thought about all of the weekend’s meaningful conversations, the laughs and the memories, I found the Unexpected Health at home…but not the home your mail is delivered to. Being at home with who you are no matter where you physically “land” is healthy.

Home is typically associated with a nurturing warmth; a place of reprieve and rejuvenation. But not everyone has a house. There are many people who have no place to call their own. There are many whose home is full of chaos and sadness. But home can mean so much more than a roof over your head. Although I was hours from the place I “hang my hat,” I felt right at home because my surroundings and company helped create a homey environment and because of that, I felt healthy. I didn’t eat my daily dose of vegetables, and I didn’t get 8 hours of sleep a night, but I found essential nutrients in my surroundings. Health is abundant when we are able to surround ourselves with those people and places that promote our growth and expansion.

I am eternally grateful that I have a roof over my head, and that I am so welcomed at my family’s house that I still have a key. But even when I am far from both, I discovered that I can pack my home with me wherever I go. So the next time you are away, far from your loved ones and a long way from home, remember to pack your bags with those essential elements that create home and ultimately, health. When you surround yourself with healthFUL surroundings and people, home can be experienced in any zip code. -Until tomorrow, Jaime

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