About Me

Erin @ Enjoying this Journey...

Hello, lovelies! I’m Erin and this is my blog/creative outlet. Technically, I’ve been blogging since 2006, but Enjoying this Journey didn’t get its start until February of 2013 when I needed a fresh start with a platform to share some big changes going on in my life. Along with striving to get back to the basics, my family also welcomed a real foods/biologically appropriate/nutrient-rich diet. We came to this decision initially to help ease the psoriasis that I’ve had since I was five.

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I’ve learned so much in the past three years {as well as receiving two additional diagnoses I suspect I’ve had for at least a decade: psoriatic arthritis and Raynaud’s. I also have a slightly sluggish thyroid…}. Along the way, I’ve fine-tuned my diet and sought for knowledge where lifestyle and autoimmunity are concerned. Not just for me, but also for my kids in the hopes I may prevent them from suffering from the physical and emotional pain that comes with an autoimmune disease. For labels’ sake; we started out eating “primal”, but it wasn’t long before I dove into the autoimmune protocol (as outlined by Sarah Ballantyne in The Paleo Approach). Now, the kids still follow a primal template and The Mister eats what I make at home, packs his own lunch for work (usually protein and veggies), and occasionally he even has wheat (not in our home though).

I’ve often been asked, “What CAN you eat??” That can be summarized simply by this: real foods that work FOR me, not against me. I’ve had plenty of slip-ups and premature reintroductions along the way, though. I am certainly NOT perfect. And I still have some healing to do. I look forward to sharing a glimpse of our life with you and how I juggle {sometimes not so gracefully} and strive for balance.

Thanks for joining me!

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And some fun, completely random tidbits about me…

  • I will make fresh coffee at 10 o’clock at night. Drink it. And go to sleep soon after. I occasionally enjoy a *small* espresso or cup of coffee.
  • I cannot be held accountable for what I say when I am hungry. “With the rage of a thousand dying stars” according to The Mister.
  • I’m a bit OCD {obsessive and compulsively delightful}.
  • I cannot talk to The Mister about smoking, it makes me crave badly. He was my smoking buddy many, many years ago.
  • I have not smoked since January of 2007.
  • I have a soft spot for rap. Old school, that is.
  • I love Bjork, but rarely listen to her.
  • I’ve only ever been to 311 concerts.
  • I have an obsession with celestial things.
  • I have one tattoo. A moon with stars {see above}. I’m tempted to get one more… eep!
  • I have four earring holes. One in my left, three in my right. In the past three years I’ve not taken out two earrings in my right lobe. I rarely put earrings in the two bottom holes.
  • I’m a bit of a socially awkward penguin.
  • According to my husband I can pull off any hairstyle. I am currently rockin’ an undercut and my favorite way to style it is a reverse French braid.

Erin hair

  • I was in choir throughout my school years. Treble choir throughout high school… Alto.
  • Yet I don’t sing for anyone but my children. Unless the music is cranked and I can blend in and not be noticed. Like in choir.
  • My favorite color is green, but you might not guess it by what I wear.
  • I desperately want a food garden for our family… but I have a black thumb.
  • I also have stubby thumbs.
  • I used to bite my nails. But I haven’t for about nine years.
  • I prefer my husband with buzzed hair. As far as facial hair goes… I loved his conquistador look, tolerated his gnarly beard grew to love his beard, and I accepted his clean shaven-ness. I also loved when he rocked a ‘stache and chops. Most recently he decided to grow out his beard again {and well-groomed at that}.

mister and bug

  • I love candles. Love. But only began to light them often a few years ago. And even now I rarely light candles.
  • Our food regimen has changed almost as much as The Mister’s facial hair styles in the last few years.
  • I am a gamer girl. Don’t judge. It all started with Everquest, the “nintendo hard” game of MMORPGs. Eventually, I also played Everquest 2, World of Warcraft {started with beta and played till just before Burning Crusade then came back after a five year break only to take another break lol}, Lord of the Rings Online, and Guild Wars {I wasn’t much of a GW2 fan though}. I’m currently playing WoW again with The Mister, my sister and niece *jig*, and one of our oldest gamer friends.
  • I’m a loyal PC girl… except when I use my iPad.
  • My favorite apps are Paper53, Evernote, and Instagram. Not necessarily in that order.
  • I might be addicted to Instagram.
  • It sounds foreign when The Mister calls me by my first name. Likewise, to him, it is strange when I call him by his first name. Babe is the preferred pet name for both of us. Online I refer to him most often as “The Mister” and every now and then I throw in a “hubcap” for good measure.
  • I’m not the greenest girl in the garden, but I am learning and have come a long way from where I was four years ago.
  • I realize I refer to myself as a girl more often than I probably should.
  • I proudly wear friendship bracelets. These friendships that we’ve forged mean the world to me, and while I don’t get to chat nearly as often as I’d like… I’ve not taken them off since I got them.

love arm

  • For years I slept on my back, with my knees bent, and my cheek resting on my fist. Now I sleep primarily on my side. Probably because Bugsy still sneaks in our bed at night and is a bed hog.
  • I have developed a deep affection for foxes. They rock my socks-es.
  • I love the beach, but I rarely go.
  • For some reason, early morning is when The Mister attempts to start in-depth philosophical discussions with me. You know, before I’ve had coffee fully become aware of my surroundings. I usually mumble something unintelligible that is quickly translated by his grey matter and he pours me a cup, backs away slowly.
  • I snort. * So do Luv AND Bugsy!!

bugsy skeptic

  • After Bugsy was born, we invested in a nice-ish camera. I’m not naive to think I’m a photographer now simply because I have a nice-ish camera. I do however share what I consider to be “everyday” photography. As a stay at home momma, I find special, pretty, silly, fun, and/or tasty moments to capture every day. But hey, I did that even with my point and shoot camera.
  • I’ve been on both sides of the birthing fence. I had a pitocin induced hospital birth {but no epidural} with Luv. Then I let the apple ripen on its own with Bugsy – labored and birthed at home. I prefer the second experience. Yes, it was a little scary… but it was also perfect.
  • When asked what color my eyes are I have always said, “green with gold flecks“. Just a few of years ago I was told, quite emphatically, by my sisters that my eye color is what they call hazel. So now, when asked what color my eyes are, I say… “green with gold flecks“.
  • I am stubborn. See above.
  • In my opinion, there is no such a thing as Super Mom. It’s too easy as an outsider looking in to label someone as such, but in reality, I’m willing to bet she has her struggles, moments of  impatience, goes unshowered for how many days in a row…? I bet she has days where she just wants to stay in bed, lock the door to the bathroom so she can pee in peace {HA!}, dropped a glass on the floor, or finds herself running late even though she woke extra early to prepare for her day. I say this because people have called me a Super Mom and I just shake my head and laugh.
  • I tinker. It’s what I do… My current favorite projects to tinker on are giving my blog a face lift {I do this *often*} and penpalling. Is that a word? It should be.
  • I wish there was a filter for Pinterest when looking at categories. I’d filter out all the Doctor Who and/or Disney stuffed filed under Geek. And anything having to do with Twilight. *cough*
  • Growing up, I rarely came east of the mountains so I’ve enjoyed exploring our new home this past year {plus}.
  • I am officially a former moss-dweller freshly transplanted in central Washington; where summers are HOT, winters are for serious, and farmlands are a stone’s throw away. It’s a different kind of beautiful over here.
  • I love going on hikes. There’s something incredibly peaceful and rejuvenating about wandering the trails.

family silly

  • I cuss like a sailor. In safe company. Not when little ears are around. Or people I know that don’t cuss. Or on my blog. So I guess that makes me a highly censored sailor.
  • I had only used Windows XP until two years ago when I finally updated my computer’s OS to Windows 8. Annnnd I am now happily using Windows 10 – I freaking love it!
  • I text phonetically in Español. Good times.
  • I’ve never had a professional massage or chiropractic adjustment. Leave it to me to knock both of those off my list in the same week! I started seeing a chiropractor to calm vertigo and ease tension and making monthly massage appointments. One hour all focused on my upper back, shoulders, and neck. *melt* I have had acupuncture done also. Once. To help “prepare my body’s energy for labor“. Bugsy was born two days later. I’d say it prepared me, alright! 😉 I do want to find a local acupuncturist and make fairly regular visits.
  • I used to abhor bacon. And avocado. Crazy, right?? At work, I’d order the BLTA croissant no avocado and no bacon. Now, if I were to order the BLTA croissant, I’d order it with no tomato and no croissant. And extra bacon and avocado. *wink*
  • I’ve taken up archery. And not because it’s trendy. I just enjoy plinking. It reminds me of playing a ranger {ah, there’s that gamer girl coming out again}… But I have to admit, there’s a level of badassery that comes with shooting with a recurve horse bow.
  • I recently rekindled my love for penpalling. That should be a word, by the way.
  • We purposely dumbed down our phones for a couple of years… up until the Samsung S7 Edge won us over. BUT I still refuse to install Facebook, Twitter {which is quickly becoming the fanny pack of the internet, by the way}, or my email services because I don’t want to be connected/notified/interrupted at all hours of the day. Instagram and Snapchat are the only social media apps on my phone/iPad. *rebel yell*
  • I like to make silly faces with Luv. We’ve done this since she was a wee tot. It’s our thing!

silly faces

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  12 comments for “About Me

  1. October 22, 2015 at 7:37pm

    Erin,

    I was wondering where you got the pink floral divider above “And some fun, completely random tidbits about me…” ???
    It’s so cute and I was hoping to use it for my job resume, but I didn’t want to steal someone’s art.

    Thanks,
    Morgan

    • October 23, 2015 at 10:11am

      Hi, Morgan! Ah, I’m glad you like it. The floral banner is part of a package I bought on Creative Market when I did a blog re-design a few months back. If you want to check it out, you can here <<-- that is an affiliate link, just so you know 🙂

  2. Lauren
    December 6, 2015 at 2:39pm

    Hey Erin! I’m so happy to have found you– I also have had psoriasis since I was a baby (currently 27), joint pain since high school, and recently developed PAINFUL inflammation in my hands which I suspect was the beginnings of psoriatic arthritis (or the spreading of it).
    I’ve been on a strict AIP for almost a month now and I’m feeling really good, although I’m trying NOT to obsess day to day trying to figure out if my psoriasis looks better haha. I’d love to get in touch with you and hear more about your initial journey with AIP.
    Anyway I really connected to your story!
    -Lauren

    • December 6, 2015 at 9:44pm

      Glad you happened upon my corner of the internet, Lauren! And high five for starting the AIP, I hope you find relief and answers you need. Yes, definitely don’t put yourself under a microscope with the psoriasis, ha! The skin takes time to heal. Feel free to shoot me an email, I’d be glad to answer any questions you might have.

  3. Kathryn
    December 16, 2015 at 12:44pm

    Hi, I was sooo happy to see your post “No Coconut No Problem.” I’ve been Paleo for almost 3 years. Last year I developed a sensitivity to coconut. It is still a problem for me (despite your great advice) because I also have nut allergies and histamine sensitivity. Any ideas on how to heal this?

    • December 21, 2015 at 9:17am

      Hi Kathryn! Chris Kresser has a great post on Histamine Intolerance that you may want to check out if you haven’t already. It breaks down why histamines are a problem for some, what foods to eliminate, testing, overproduction of histamine, and how the MTHFR mutation plays a role in histamine intolerance {and the inability to break down histamine}. I hope his post helps answer some of your questions!

  4. August 9, 2016 at 3:14pm

    Hi Erin, I recently found you on Insta thanks to Mickey Trescott. I actually reached out to you on IG and you shared your email… which I then lost 🙁 Geez. So I figured I would try this and see how it works. I have been struggling through Scalp Psoriasis since 2007 and Just recently started AIP, in Feb of 2016. I had great results with in the first 2 weeks and have since regressed completely back to start one. I would loe ANY advice you can share on the reinto process. That is my biggest struggle at the moment. If I stay on a strict AIP my scalp basically clears, but as soon as I started the reintro process it got incresingly worse. My gut feeling is the reintro process for someone with scalp psoriasis will look differently than it would for someone with a different type of Autoimmune diesease. What have you discovered with this process? How do you go about figuring out if your body is tolerating the food well or not. I have been working with a Nateropath Doc the past few months and he said I would feel an adversion in my gut… well, I dont really think that is 100% accurate. Im lost and would love to hear how you have navigated this part of AIP. Thank you for your blog and thank you for sharing your story…. its a relief to know other people struggle with what I struggle with!

    • August 9, 2016 at 11:57pm

      Hi Anamie! I’m glad you found me (again, ha!). Yes, the reintro process can be tricky, especially with skin-related AIs. One thing to remember is that the skin is not a “priority” organ and generally takes longer to heal, so it’s important to be super patient (and give yourself some grace) with the process. I’ve found I feel my best sticking pretty darn close to the elimination stage even now. I still have some scalp psoriasis, but it is managed well and even though it’s not 100% clear, I have some basic reintros under my belt (berry-based and some seed-based spices, even tahini/sesame seed, occasional chocolate, very occasional cup of coffee, and white rice – I may be forgetting one or two). I know for sure that nuts are off my plate and I am quite dubious of nightshades because of my psoriatic arthritis (nightshades seem to do a number especially on arthritis AIPers!). 🙂 Everyone is different though. You may feel some digestive red flags when reintroducing foods, they could also show up as mood changes, itchiness, fatigue, brain fog, skin flares — there really are so many things to consider. I’d highly recommend keeping a journal to track symptoms and reintros (as well as sleep/stress management techniques) that way you have a clear visual of what could be going on. Continue working with your ND, communicate with him/her and share your symptom journal to try to troubleshoot and nail down what might be the missing link. ♥

      • August 10, 2016 at 2:42pm

        Thanks so much for your reply! In my research I did find info saying that the skin isnt a “priority” organ and to expect things to take longer for healing. I was so happy with my results after doing strict AIP, I could probably live fairly comfortable there as well…. after I mourn the loss of certian food I really love LOL! With reintro did you stick to the 1 item per week process? My ND said every 3 days… but i dont know about that. Seems to fast to really notice anything. My ND changed my diet up and said peppers were ok…. well, they are NOT ok. Ive been a mess. Scalp is covered again, sporiatic arthristis has flared its ugly head, tummy issues… I knew better but I listened to him 🙁 So, back to square one I go! Im so grateful to have stumbled across this AIP world and all of you bloggers sharing your stories as well and info and recipes, it sure does help in so many ways! If there are any other people you would recommend following on social media or blogs please let me know, or any other resources for AIP info. Thanks again for your time! Anamie
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  5. Cj
    December 28, 2016 at 3:02pm

    AlwaysAlways ♡

  6. Mary
    January 20, 2017 at 4:14pm

    I read your post regarding not being able to eat coconut. My question is “is it permanent”? I’m confused about AIP in that I hear it’s a temporary diet and that most foods can be added later (aside from wheat, gluten and “junk–canned, boxed, fake food etc.). Is this true for you? Is coconut a forever “no” food?

    Finally, after how long on AIP did you feel “ready” to start adding foods? How did you know? Did you wait until you are symptom free before testing new foods?

    • January 22, 2017 at 2:05pm

      Great questions, Mary. I’m now able to eat coconut in moderation and in moderate amounts. I attribute that to some major healing. 🙂 For the general AIP reintros, I waited a full six months (for me, that was when I felt my psoriasis had shown great improvement). But if you ever hear me talk about my initial reintroductions (this was before there were reintro guides and before The Paleo Approach was published), I am quite open with the fact that I went about reintroductions the wrong way and went straight for nuts, chocolate, and coffee. The nuts caused a new-to-me flare, which led to the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis, and I humbly went back to the elimination stage to do some more healing. After that I was much more thoughtful with my reintro attempts, starting with stage one foods like black pepper and vanilla. Then I tried coconut. And since then I’ve been able to successfully reintroduce quite a few foods. I hope that helps! Wishing you good health.

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