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My name is Loraine. 

I am here on this earth because God created me with intention and purpose. As human beings I believe we are called to take care of the planet He created for us to dwell in. 

"Then God said, 'Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given 
every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has 
life.' -Genesis 1:29-30 

Why did I start blogging? 

I am a writer, but not a hermit-on-a-mountain kind of writer. I want people to frequently access and interact with my writing. That’s why I like blogging. It is a conversational form of writing. I also started blogging because I am a self-starter and have an entrepreneurial element stirring in my skill set. I love the business aspect of writing a blog. It’s an incredible opportunity with the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of people world wide with services, products and ideas. 

What does my blog name mean? 

Wholesome is a word I use to describe aspects that contribute to well-being. Valour is a compliment recognizing boldness and bravery. I teamed the two words together to describe the benefits gained from encountering tribulation.

"But I will sing of your strength, 

in the morning I will sing of your 

love; for you are my fortress, 

my refuge in times of trouble". 

-Psalm 59:16 NIV

Everyone has a tale to tell. The name Wholesome Valour expresses my desire to lead people to find the virtue and heroism in their life stories: to tell of God’s fulfilling love.

What will you find at Wholesome Valour? 

-Tips on organic living 

-Style techniques 

-Theological reflections 

-Self-care guides 

-Embracing womanhood empowered 

What makes me unique? 

I am an INTJ female. This personality type is extremely rare, especially for women. You can be sure anything I have to offer will be thoroughly planned and precisely delivered. I am unnaturally quiet for a female, so you know I will be available to listen. And that when I write a post it will reflect quality over quantity. I am straightforward, straight-faced, highly analytical, logical and confident. When I write (or speak) about a subject, I am sure to know the intricate, complex details or honestly admit when I do not know the answer. Although I am introverted, I have an earnest passion for people. I am highly dedicated to seeing people further their personal and professional development. 

I am also an Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK). This means I spent a great deal of my formative years abroad. I fully understand what it is like to feel foreign, unfamiliar and to struggle leading an entirely new way of life, whether in a new country or making adjustments to your lifestyle in your home country. 

What am I really good at? 

Being the woman God designed me to be. Making informed decisions. Observing people’s actions and responses. Knowing how I come across to others. Predicting trends and outcomes. Creatively conveying concepts. Leading a crunchy, wholesome, granola lifestyle unapologetically. 

My accomplishments include: 

-B.S. Family Studies and Human Services

-Social Services Intern at a health centre in an impoverished community

-Community Educator for Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention 

-Certificate in Theology (Youth and Family Ministry

-International Baccalaureate graduate with certificates in English & Geography 

-Running Cross-Country (5k and 1500m) 

What I like others to know about me. 

I am extremely resilient. If something gets in my way, I am determined to rise above it and help others do the same. My testimony involves a history of chronic illness, atopic disease, allergies (food and environmental). God heard my prayers, saved and comforted me. I also know He created me a strong, empowered woman. I believe God uses our hardships for the greater good. 

"Each time he said, 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in 

weakness.' So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the 

power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my 

weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles 

that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 

-2 Corinthians 12:9

Unsatisfied with my reduced quality of life, I sought out ways to manage, and even prevent my health from further declining. I especially wanted to find ways to prevent my children from health problems. My research lead me to discover we live in a world laced with toxic chemicals. God did not create a world with inorganic matter. He made a world that was natural and good

"Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!" -Genesis 1:31

There is modern day evidence to prove these inorganic, hazardous materials are the root cause of the vast health problems all over the world. After several years, I am still working hard to find answers and manage my health issues. Everyday I am making changes to renounce toxins in my life. I seek the most natural skin-care and personal products I can find. There is an organic alternative for everything! I want to live a lifestyle that helps take nurture the earth, not destroy it. 

What I can do for you? 

Encourage and give advice. Be your advocate. Suggest helpful strategies and resources. Build the foundation for a supportive community. Be an accountability partner.Have deep and meaningful conversations. Promote prevention as a priority. Spread awareness to make this planet a safer place for you and your family. Challenge you to embrace who you are and think deeply about your purpose in life. Discuss my unique viewpoints on personal, health and environmental issues in today’s society. Share my stories to inspire you. 

Thank you for joining Wholesome Valour! 

May the grace of our Lord be with you now and always.