Four years ago, I was hungry. Obsessed with accomplishment, appearance, and material success, I was empty. Flying through life on autopilot- devoid of joy, searching for the next thing to acquire and achieve so I could feel whole.
Then came the breakfast...
My awakening came in a breakfast- a literal breaking of fast, as my fast life broke down and I realized how starved for meaning and purpose I really was. Let's call the superficial benchmarks that I was filling myself with the Froot Loops of life. Artificially sweet and colorful, while delicious, Froot Loops cannot sustain a being throughout a marathon, a life.
Contrary to Froot Loops, ancient grains, from which oatmeal originates, have fueled the human race since time and hunger began. Worshipped by the Aztecs, Greeks, Egyptians, it could be argued that oats have sustained life itself.
For we are creative, powerful, remarkable creatures who need to be fueled. We cannot exist without a source of energy, and it is our responsibility to figure out from where to derive this energy.
It is this lacking, this imperfection that makes us human. We can't feel full without hunger. In the same way, I couldn't cherish my oats until I began to own and embrace my woes.
Oats & Woes is a mantra, a reminder that life is both yin and yang, light and dark, hunger and sustenance. We need our woes to appreciate our oats, our hunger to appreciate our fullness.
Oats & Woes began as an idea, a food Instagram, then iterated into a blog, a semi-successful oatmeal company, and it may become a book.
This is the story of how I learned to appreciate the woes, celebrate the oats, and fill myself with joy.
Through travel (Oats & Goes), yoga (Flow x Flow), voracious reading (Oats & Prose), reflection Oats & Grows), lots of coffee (Cup of Joy), and an awakening of purpose (Joy Soldiers), my life has become exponentially more vibrant. This is Oats & Woes.
The Oatmeal Girl