Me, Myself and I
"Throw me to the wolves and I will come back leading the pack."
I simplify health and help you create and sustain healthy habits so you can fuel and nourish your body, mind and spirit.
Let me give you an example. Do any of these sound like you?
You're accepting and loving
You understand your body and mind are connected
You and your family's health is important to you
You realize the conventional way of eating isn't healthy
You know nutrition is essential to health
But you feel frustrated because there's so much conflicting information out there and deep down you know the answer to healthy living can't be as complicated as the experts make it out to be.
are viewed as strong and confident but you feel tired and overwhelmed.
work hard for everyone else but yourself.
have an all or nothing mentality (want to know it all before you start because you have to get it right).
are trying to just get through each day rather than enjoying them.
feel life has turned into a list of tasks to accomplish and there's little to no time to just simply breathe and relax.
feel like practically everything at the grocery store is unhealthy according to the experts.
secretly have a void in your life and aren't sure what it is or how to fill it.
I get it because this was me!
I spent the greater part of 37 years saying I was "fine." On the surface I looked happy and healthy and no one was the wiser... not even me.
Taking A Step Back
I was raised in a very abusive home and when things got ugly, I closed my eyes, swallowed my fears and pushed through. I was taught when life got tough, “suck it up”. When you're bruised and scarred from life knocking you down, “rub some dirt in it“. I put my "big girl panties" on so many times that by the time I was in my teens I decided to never take them off.
I grew into a strong woman who felt powerful and accomplished and was ready for whatever the world would continue to throw at me.
I believed life would always be hard because that's what it had always been.
I suffered from severe headaches, stomach pains, muscle stiffness, digestive issues and chronic fatigue, to list a few. Not to mention all the mental and emotional struggles I was dealing with that I didn't recognize as a problem, because in my mind they were a part of life.
Unknowingly I started distancing myself from family and friends and one day it felt as though my life was ripped apart at the seams. I was physically and emotionally incapable of pushing through life anymore. I felt paralyzed, lost, and honestly, I was scared shitless. Where was my "strong women?"
I realized I had to do something different than what I was raised to believe. I reached out for help and discovered I had Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), severe depression and extreme anxiety.
Through somatic therapy I was taught to implement everything that I was taught to suppress as a child. Cry, accept and be open to love, practice mindful breathing, empathize, and love myself unconditionally.
I realized me always stating that I was "fine”, meant I was surviving, not living.
I was a "survivor" but I didn't need to remain in "survival mode" anymore and I gave myself permission to live for the first time in my life.
I finally understood in order for me to be the best mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend, I needed to become the healthiest version of myself first!
"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."
~ Stephen Covey
Are you ready to become the healthiest version of you?
Give yourself permission to live and put your body first because your body is the one person that'll never leave you, do everything possible to protect you and anything in it's power to heal you.
Your body's the best friend you'll ever have, so treat it as such!
Wanna know a little bit more about me?
On The Surface
I'm an introvert who's married to an extravert - Richard. He's my rock, my light, my heart, my soulmate.
I'm an extremely proud mom to a daughter - Mercedes. She's the most amazing person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
My love language is Acts of Service. I've shown my love to many people over the years by painting, cleaning and/or decorating their homes.
I want to hug every animal I see. I don't but the struggle not to hug them is real!
When I walk down the aisles in a department store I touch all the different types of fabrics I see. Some of the pillows they make nowadays are sooooo soft!
After the rain, I go outside and save as many worms from getting runover or stepped on as I can.
A Little Deeper
I'm not perfect and never will be. I'm human, like everyone else, and I'm still and will always be working on me.
I don't believe in the word "try." I believe in the word "do."
To "try" gives us permissions to quit. To "do" gives us permission to fail and start again.
I don't believe our past dictates our future. I believe our future writes our past.
I've always been an "out of the box" thinker and don't believe in conventional wisdom.
I believe animals are our biggest teachers and if we could all be more like a dog the world would be a happier, healthy and more sustainable place.