I fell into a deep depression, I had terrible anxiety and my body rebelled. I was diagnosed with IBS, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, I was in constant pain and all I could do was hang on. All of these symptoms were present before her diagnosis, but the prospect of losing my sister made things 1000x worse.
I knew I had to do something to keep my sanity so I went to yoga school. I attended classes for over a year studying asana, philosophy, anatomy and sutras. Yoga was my anchor. I also started studying nutrition. I got every book I could find on eating to cure disease, juicing, and clean eating. I did all of this while taking care of my sister. Those were the hardest, most transformative, three years of my life. My sister was a trooper. She was given 6 months to live, but she fought for 3 long years. She fought hard, but lost her battle.
The year that followed is a blur. We became instant parents. My husband and I adopted our niece. She is the light of our lives and she is doing really well. I was not doing well at first. I slept a lot. I could not sleep at night, so I slept during the day. I ate whatever I could get my hands on and I taught yoga, but I did not practice. I was a hot mess.
After a year of mourning and adjusting, I got back on my feet again. I slowly started taking care of myself again and using all of the tools I had learned over the years. I dusted off my juicer and yoga mat. I started cooking great food again. I went to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and earned my Board Certification in Holistic Health Coaching. I also educated myself on natural health care and started using dōTERRA essential oils for everything under the sun. I got social. I found my tribe locally and internationally. I got brave and I have flown to Utah, Florida, and Arizona learning about all of the things I am passionate about. I pushed myself to try new things and to say YES to life instead of being scared of life.
I reinvented myself. I now stand in my own power and feel good in my body.
I was a hot mess, now I am a powerful, peaceful warrior.
I will do no less for my little girl. She is my inspiration and my sister is my guardian angel. I know that teaching others how to do transform is my calling, my path.
My promise to you is that I am on this journey with you 100%. I want you to know that there is hope. There are crazy, dark times but there is a light within you that will never go out. We will uncover that light together and let it shine so you can say YES to life and feel amazing. If you want to join my tribe and become the powerful, peaceful warrior that you were born to be - then let's do this.
They say a picture says 1,000 words - so check out my before and after pictures of me and my hubby.
My wellness journey started many moons ago when I hopped onto a yoga mat in my college apartment. I thought I was super cool - since this was the 90s and there was not a yoga studio on every corner. I loved the stretching and movement. I was a dancer and yoga felt almost familiar to dance. That was about the extent of anything healthy in my life for a really long time. I gave up on yoga, dance, life... me. I partied the nights away and slept the days away. I ate the foods I grew up eating and I thought that everyone drank a bottle of wine a night.
After I got married, the party continued but I longed for more out of life. I started to read books by Eckhart Tolle and Dr. Wayne Dyer. I got back on my yoga mat. I started taking yoga classes and fell in love with the philosophy, movement, and meditation. I started to see and acupuncturist for infertility and that peaked my interest in herbs and natural medicine.
Then a bomb dropped. My sister, my best friend, had cancer.
Board Certified Health Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, dōTERRA Wellness Advocate