Hi! I’m Delilah and I’m so happy you stopped by!
My story started in 2010 when I impulsively moved abroad to teach and travel. At the time, I had only been dating my husband for 9 months but we decided to take the leap anyway. It ended up being the best decision we ever made, and completely turned our lives around.
I was a teacher living in Miami and had always dreamed of travelling the world. So I started looking for teaching jobs abroad. Within 3 weeks I had accepted a job offer in Abu Dhabi, gotten married, sold all my belongings, and flown across the world to live in a brand new country. From there on it can only be described as a crazy beautiful mess. We traveled a lot, we had a baby girl, and learned so much about the world and ourselves.
But before I left, I had a few troublesome experiences with the American medical system. At 19, I was sick for almost a whole year from an infected cyst that went undiagnosed until my mother started threatening the doctors. I also had a negative experience with the HPV vaccine during this time. And during 2010, I had recurring bladder infections for 6 months which the doctors wanted to treat with prophylactic antibiotics instead of trying to figure out why I was getting them and how to prevent them.
Quickly after moving to Abu Dhabi, I had to seek medical care to refill the prescription for those antibiotics. They were working but with all those terrible side effects. The doctor I met with nearly died after hearing my story. He could not believe that was the solution I was given. He offered several tests to determine the cause and better options than antibiotics. In the end, all I needed was cleaner food than what I was eating in America. I couldn’t believe it was that simple!
Those years I lived abroad led me to a more holistic approach to living. Experiencing so many different cultures and living a different lifestyle allowed me to examine what was really important, and many of the holistic and simple ideas really stuck with me. Now back in Miami, I live my life in a completely different way. I try my best to treat my body well, eat good foods, practice mindfulness, and consider the environment, all while on a modest budget.
But when I moved back, I quickly noticed that living this way was very expensive. I could not afford to shop at Whole Foods, juice on a daily basis, or visit the chiropractor every time my daughter got sick like other people living this lifestyle do. So I started this blog to share how I am able to live a holistic lifestyle on a budget, in hopes that I can help other people do the same. My focus is natural beauty, curly hair, and clean living.
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