The Why Behind the Mountain Logo
After brainstorming and reflecting on my own personal journey, I decided to replicate mountains in my business logo for Radiating Wellness. This post explains the why behind the mountains and my tagline nourishing strength from within.
Mountains to me are both symbolic to wellness and one of my favorite places. They are my happy place! I never knew how much I loved them until I didn’t have any nearby. My heart seemed to ache and long to get out in the woods. If only to be surrounded by mountains and quiet. Everything from the smell of the dirt to the scenery along the way.
As a child
Growing up as a child, my home faced a view of rounded mountains which storms always rolled over in the most beautiful way. As a child, I could usually be found outside, either playing in the yard or exploring in the woods. I wasn't afraid to go outside without shoes. Childhood memories were often spent exploring the depths of nature, playing in the mud, and just being an adventurous kid. As I grew up, I would visit these same woods for quiet space. I would take my childhood dog, Boomer, with me and watch him search the woods for new smells. It was a break from the adolescent years.
As an adult
After getting married, we moved away and found new land to explore. We spent our free time hiking through the deciduous forests with beautiful oak, maple, and elm trees. Looking back, these memories are extra special to me. We would spend an entire day roaming the woods with no plan. It was truly tranquil, often silly and an absolute blessing to be surrounded by conversation, great company, and nature. My loyal companion and our young pup enjoyed exploring the woods right there beside us. For our third anniversary, we traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains and my heart exploded with love! The mountain ranges and peaks were breathtaking. I had loved my Pennsylvania mountains but there was simply no comparison.
The years went on and the mountains grew distant. Our busy life set in. At one point, the closest mountain was a 45-minute drive and it consisted of a 5-mile trail and no major views. It was mainly an area of woods. But we still embraced it for time spent in nature! Today, when we have time for vacations or weekend getaways, almost every time we pick a secluded cabin in the woods surrounded by mountains. There is truly something magnificent about getting away from technology, wifi, and the everyday life to-dos and breathing in fresh mountain air.
Quite simply, we would choose mountains over the beach any day.
The symbolic meaning
Throughout 7 years of marriage, we have experienced continual and relentless setbacks, challenges and obstacles in several areas of our life. At one point, I thought when would we ever reach the top!
Two years into our marriage, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune condition, Graves’ disease. It put yet another new spin on my life. I strived to learn about my health and natural approaches to wellness. In the beginning, it was easier and I went into remission relatively quickly, within 12 months.
As our journey together went on, each year was more of a challenge. Every Christmas we would be optimistic. This year will be the year but it seemed to get even more stressful. Life continued to wear us down. Escaping to the mountains not only gave us some breathing space but also some time to get away from distractions and refocus in the quiet space it offered. With all of the complexities of life, stress, and environmental factors I quickly learned the impact of these on my health.
A storm on the mountain
After being in remission for almost 2 years, I had a relapse that included many of the terrible symptoms of Graves’ Disease. I’ll spare the details but it was difficult, emotional and a life-changing time. It made for a start of a very difficult year. But in the darkness and in the mess of everything, "strength from within" kept ringing inside of me. I knew I needed a change from my current career and that is when I found the Nutritional Therapy Association.
Since the relapse, I work closely with a functional doctor who monitors my thyroid labs. Together we have investigated underlying causes including blood sugar imbalances and chronic infections. Although, I had the real food diet other tools were missing. I learned the importance of meditation and positive self-love. Along the way, there were many dark times filled with a mix of emotions. Focusing on the good memories helped to bring in hope. In the midst of everything, I found this quote and found it so fitting to share with you as I begin helping other women on their journey (maybe even women like you).
Just like going for a hike in the mountains, your wellness journey will have its challenges. You will have setbacks. It will take work. Striving not for perfection but progress.
With every mountain you climb, every struggle you face, you will learn something. Store the lesson you learned in your pack. Find out what works. Define what is best for you! After all, any new habit takes practice and patience. And soon you will have gathered all the necessary tools to make your journey and the knowledge of how to better handle new obstacles.
Here's to your grand adventure and nourishing your strength from within! You are already enough and you have what it takes, you just have to discover it.