In times like these, is it a bit of vapid vanity to be writing about how to get a better nights' sleep? Is digging into the latest research on clean skin care (coming up!) and getting to grips with diet and nutrition (coming up even sooner!) a waste of everyone's time?
So here's my take - this is me, Kari, the creator, producer and voice of Life Butter, jumping in in a personal way to make the case for why wellness is more important than ever.
When I started to put together the idea for this site and my beloved radio show (which I am enjoying so much), I wanted to make sure that I was going deeper than your average facial 😕 I wanted to create a thoughtful space to both celebrate (yes! it is fun, after all) and consider health, beauty and wellness - what these things mean to us as individuals, and how they fit into this new society that seems increasingly obsessed with them.
When doing my research for the framework of the podcast, I came across a beautiful mini-documentary by British Vogue called What is Wellness. Shot in sunny LA and narrated by a model for Reformation (an LA-based sustainable fashion brand with a gorgeous aesthetic), it's easy on the eyes. But it's not just that; in the opening episode, narrator Camille Rowe gets to grips with the genesis of the wellness movement back in the '70s (history angle coming on strong...that is my thing, after all!). Speaking to John Travis, she learns that for this OG wellness guru, "the currency of wellness is connection" - it is community that is at the heart of what "wellness" is truly about.
This ties in with the observations we made in Episode 5 of Life Butter Radio; new families in the West are often under an immense amount of pressure and under-resourced. Where are our communities these days? Are they the private FaceBook groups we join to discuss our business ventures, hobbies or organise baby clothing swaps? How often can we see family when they live far away, when our holidays are brief and polluted with the need to keep one eye on our phones, and when we are always just so busy and tired? We really need to help each other, because we really are so vulnerable. And helping ourselves? This is truly part of it.