I never thought much about being happy or healthy until I spent a year being neither.
It was right after I graduated college. I was offered the job of a lifetime, one that mattered, and I was elated to be able to make a difference. And I did, but not without sacrificing my health and happiness to do it.
You see, it went like this:
I started eating my first bite of the day around 4 p.m. on weekdays because I felt too anxious to eat any earlier.
I came home and worked until 11 or 12 at night because I had so, so much to do, and the work was too important to do otherwise.
I slept for maybe three hours, sometimes less, a night because I couldn’t stop worrying about work long enough to fall or stay asleep.
I spent most Sundays (and many days and nights in between) crying uncontrollably for reasons I couldn’t fully explain. This was what I had wanted, I reminded myself. Yet I was never able to shake the utter dread I felt at the close of every weekend.
I was at my lowest of lows doing the thing I thought I wanted to do most.
I started this blog shortly thereafter.
At first, I simply wanted to express the gratitude I felt from having overcome such darkness. And then, I wanted to remind folks that life ain’t always gonna be perfect, but it’s pretty grand if you just take the time to stop, look, listen, and remember what’s important.
Slowly, over time, Burrow South emerged as a way to inspire and encourage others to to start living their best life today—to not lose their balance like I did.
The word “burrow,” you’ll notice, is an action. A verb that means to dig deep and make yourself a home wherever you are. Home is, of course, both physical and metaphorical. It’s where you live, but it’s also that warm and fuzzy feeling you have when you’re there. Treat this blog as your burrow (the noun), your safe place where you can be who you are and dream your wildest dreams and stumble while you figure life out.
“South” is two things. It’s my my burrow—I’ve lived in the southern United States my entire life—but it’s also a direction. Remember: You can always go south. You can always do something. You can always live better.
There’s little telling what life has in store for you or for me. No matter, we’ll be here chasing better lives and helping you do the same. Burrow South. Dig deep, and live better.