Welcome to my first personal blog!
About the blog: In simple terms, these posts are…
adventures in connecting myself to nature and to the spiritual
understanding and healing our bodies naturally
nourishing our bodies with wholesome homegrown and wild foods
learning how to arrive at homegrown and wild foods
learning how to DIY
along with creativity and reflecting.
About me: My name is Emily Raup, I was born in 1989, and I grew up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountainous land of Virginia along the James River. I grew up in a county where one side of my family has been around since the late 1700s. I grew up with the katydids, fireflies, mulberries, oak trees, maples trees, sassafras trees, etc…with the darkest of nights as well as brightest moonlit nights. Clean, fresh water, dirt on my feet, walks to the creek, whippoorwills in summer, stars, open fields, magical woodlands, river banks…it could go on. I believe I was incredibly affected by growing up in the country where my mother gardened, cooked and ate mindful healthy foods and stayed fit through exercise and yoga; my grandmother cooked country cookin’ and nurtured me so much; my bright grandfather had his own farm before I was born and grew up on a farm too; my cousin was a painting therapist and a cultured, organic cooker/eater; my aunt was a wonderful weaver and nurturer; and my father built our house and was constantly making, creating, and fixing everything in and around our property. My father also made bows and arrows. So many artists! All these were true then and still true today. And these qualities of my family are only a few of what I love about them, but a brief of the wonderful environment they provided me.
After this upbringing, I went to college at the University of Mary Washington for one year then transferred to VCU in Richmond. I just graduated from VCU in the Fall of 2011 with a BS in Anthropology. Anthropology was a fascinating, interesting subject to study. I struggled at times, but all in all, those years were full of adventures, fun, growth, and a great experience. So many loved ones made these experiences what they were and they know who they are!
There is of course much more to my story, but this is a summary. I love the outdoors, hiking, gardening, learning new plants, canoeing, building things, making things, exercising, yoga, good food, singing, playing guitar, piano, and mandolin, learning, getting my hands and feet dirty with dirt, swimming hole hoppin’, music festivals, the arts, cooking, playing dress-up…among other things, in sunshine or rain, and with a lotta love!
Many blessings to you.