I’m Dawn Perez, the chief writer, designer and creator here at Wild Simple Joy. I believe that life is a constant learning process—it’s messy, it’s beautiful, and it should ALWAYS be celebrated with intentional joy!
Will you join me on this journey of self-discovery and joy?!
My Journey to Intentional Joy
For a long time in my life, I was on the conveyor belt. I went to public school, did well, went to college, got a job, and married my college sweetheart.
Everything should have been wonderful… but it wasn’t.
Something was stirring inside me. I would look at the lives of others, wondering how they were so blissful and content and yet I was constantly struggling, flailing, gasping for breath. Even though everything had started out great, somewhere along the way, I felt oppressed by the traditional life I was expected to live.
Suddenly, I could no longer do it. I quit my teaching job and I went to grad school.
I started to finally develop my philosophy of life, which is threaded throughout this blog:
- MINDFULNESS: Be aware and live with intentional joy.
- INTUITION: Listen to your own instincts and be honest with yourself.
- HEALTH: Nourish your body and treat it well.
- POSITIVE THINKING: Have the right mindset. Self-care, body-positivity, positive self-talk.
- GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS: Surround yourself with others who treat you well.
- SIMPLICITY: Clear the clutter and focus on the good stuff
- Believe that you can do ANYTHING and ACT like it!
After I started living this motto of whole life wellness, I found a new awareness of myself that I never had before. I got out of my loveless first marriage, and I moved to New Mexico.
I met my husband and we have the most amazing life together. Together we have two beautiful sons. I’m a writer and a certified Nutrition Coach through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). We are both following our dreams and supporting each other.
I’m not saying life is perfect!
But what makes the biggest difference is that I’m not on the conveyor belt.
It’s not a promised land or a destination… Living your best life is a journey and a life-long process.
I live my life intentionally, every day, to be simple and wildly joyful.
Finding a Community
As a mother, what made the biggest difference to my journey was the amazing group of women that were having children at the same time as me.
I found validation, connection, belonging, and understanding from these women. Honestly, I’m not sure I could have done it without them!
Wild Simple Joy is meant to be a community for any women who need support and uplifting from other mothers and perhaps don’t have that in their lives.
This is a judgment-free zone! We’ll help you be positive and sane as we travel through the journey of motherhood together!
We value hard work, and as a work-at-home mom and mompreneur, hard work couldn’t be more important in your life. But stress is the opposite of what you want to achieve. Developing positive habits will maximize your productivity and make life more joyful!
Unlike other mommy blogs, most of what you’ll read here is about YOU, not the kiddos. There are plenty of suggestions for play dates and parenting advice out there in the world, but there aren’t always enough people telling you to take care of yourself or go for your dreams! I want to help you find intentional joy in your life and make the best choices for you, no judgment.
When you set goals and work to achieve them, take care of yourself, and live an intentional life full of joy, you do the BEST thing you can possibly do for your children: set a positive example for them! (Regardless of whether you are a working mom, work at home mom, or stay at home mom!)
What we say and do becomes how our children see themselves.
Be that amazing person that you want to see your children become!
Are You a Blogger?
My blogging journey hasn’t been easy for me, but I wanted to share one thing that has made it easier:
Learn more about why I didn’t do the legal stuff myself and why it has made all the difference.