The Design Your Healthy Life Academy is Open!

The Design Your Healthy Life Academy is Open!

I recently shared a video highlighting my personal healing journey and how it has changed my life in every possible way. I promised to share more details of what I learned recovering and upgrading my own health.

The difficulty we face today, is that there are SO many things that interfere with our ability and desire to be deeply healthy.

By taking control of your choices, you reclaim your power – to have amazing health, feel fantastic, maximize your potential and step into your power to create the life you desire.

I hope you’ll join me in The Design Your Healthy Life Academy. Click here for more details and to learn about purchase options.

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Today I have a short video that shares more of my story and some of the incredible things I’ve learned, including how shifting my beliefs expanded my health in ways I could never have imagined. (Scroll down if you prefer to read the transcript.)

As always, reach out to me anytime and let me know what you need.

Video Transcript

There are many things in my life that I am deeply grateful for. My health is at the top of that list.

 Arriving at a place of excellent health and gratitude began with a long struggle. 

I started having significant health issues when I was 14. I suffered from severe premenstrual cramps that once landed me in the hospital with suspected appendicitis. Fatigue, intestinal discomfort and being highly susceptible to sprains, strains and muscle pain were other unfortunate companions.

In my late teens, painful, bleeding and receding gums came along. Two rounds of surgical gum graphs, that included incredibly painful injections in the roof of my mouth, brought that under control.

Emotional challenges added to my misery. Most of it was just normal teenage stuff such as falling in love for the first time and having that relationship unravel in a way that I did not choose and did not understand, navigating the complexities of the high school social scene, keeping up with sports and school work while trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.

I was hurt and confused by all of it and by experiencing three tragic deaths: my cherished pet dog, my amazing godmother and a young cousin.

Then, in my second year of college, I slipped the disc in my jaw. Severe muscle spasms, numbness in my arms and hands and constant body aches kicked in. I was prescribed high dose muscle relaxers that provided some relief, but created unpleasant side effects such as more intense and more frequent intestinal discomfort, and severe seasonal allergies.

The constant pain made it impossible for me to get quality sleep. I was ridiculously overtired, highly irritable and incredibly uncomfortable all the time.

Like many young people, I did not have a clear vision of what I wanted for my life, what I was good at, or what made me happy. I was caught up in societal expectations and following the rules.

But the one thing I always knew I wanted was children.

I am beyond grateful that my health issues did not prevent me from bringing two amazing boys into this world.

But I was so miserably uncomfortable that I couldn’t be the mom I envisioned and enjoy my kids in the way that I wanted to.

I wanted to travel, be active and do fun activities with my kids. I wanted deep connection and to see them for the unique people they are, to encourage them to follow their own interests and discover their unique gifts and talents.

I wanted them to see all the possibilities and beauty of life!

And I could barely stay awake, let alone concentrate, think clearly and be consistently loving and engaged.

After my youngest son was born, my health took another nose dive. I was having trouble breathing and lost the ability to speak and feel my body. I thought I was having a stroke but later learned it was a severe panic attack.

I felt trapped inside a poorly functioning body.

I made a commitment to myself, to figure out how to get better, no matter what.

And that’s where my story shifts from misery to healing. 

My commitment led me deep into the world of holistic health, which I had started exploring while earning my degree in Health Science. 

I worked with holistic practitioners that designed healing supplementation programs to ease my digestive distress and move my body into healing mode.

And I began experimenting with all kinds of bodywork: chiropractic, massage, craniosacral therapy and myofascial release.

I had improvements from the very beginning, which inspired me to keep going.

Along the way, I realized how my own choices contributed to the mess I was in. I was determined to create a lifestyle that would continue to move my health forward and protect me from ever sliding back into the miserable state I was digging my way out of.

I completely overhauled my diet and my lifestyle, removing toxins from my food, personal care and household cleaning products, and from my work and home environments.

I paid close attention to what was and wasn’t working, and tweaked my treatments and my lifestyle to find the magical sweet spot that allowed me to continue making progress and improving how I felt and functioned.

It worked beautifully and my health continued to improve.

Each level of health I achieved drove me to commit to accessing an even higher level.

As my physical discomforts healed, I realized that I was overlooking the emotional, mental & spiritual aspects of health. And that, in doing so, I was limiting my ability to be my best, maximize my own skills, talents and passions and create the life I wanted.

I dove into learning all I could in this area and used techniques such as EFT and Emotion Code as well as reading, journaling and exploring my beliefs and desires.

My health skyrocketed, and so did my happiness and satisfaction with my life!

Now I know that true health is so much more than I was ever led to believe.

Body, mind and soul are all interconnected and inseparable pieces of being and feeling vibrantly healthy.

And fun, adventure and living your passion are just as important as what you believe, and how you take care of your body!

True health is a lifestyle.

I share my story to highlight the incredible healing power of our bodies, something too few people realize or talk openly about.  

We often settle for less than what we are capable of. When you feel your best, your ability to create an amazing life that you love is much greater.

My journey has changed my life in every conceivable way. My beliefs about what is possible constantly expand, along with my health.  

It’s a journey I will forever be grateful for.

I’ve only scratched the surface in sharing with you the many incredible things I’ve learned. I have so much more I’d like to tell you.

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For years I’ve complained about winter and have been adamant that I am not a fan. 

And yet this morning, I had the most glorious walk. There were several inches of fresh snow and it’s still clinging to the trees. The scenery is breathtaking!

My walk took longer than usual, because the beauty of it all kept stopping me in my tracks. I had to keep taking my phone out to capture it on camera.

It got me thinking that perhaps I can shift my perspective, create a healthier mindset for myself and have a more enjoyable winter season.

For me, the length of winter has been my biggest challenge. Here in the Northeast, it just seems to go on forever.

And once I get cold, I have a hard time warming up.

It also drives me crazy when I’m too bundled up to move fully. That certainly creates a challenging combination.

It’s easy to get stuck, letting old beliefs govern your life. If I stick with my old mindset, winter will feel endless, annoying and draining.

Maybe you’ve decided that you’re too young, too old or not smart enough to:

  • Change careers
  • Have a job you love
  • Work for yourself 

Or that you’re stuck with a body that struggles with:

  • Chronic pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal problems
  • Or a whole host of other limiting scenarios

Perhaps you’re unhappy with your relationships and/or family life and feel powerless to create meaningful change.

My perspective on winter may seem trivial in contrast to this list but I’m never at my best this time of the year. And four to six months is a long time to wait to feel like I’m coming back to life, feeling great and living my best life.

And so, this year, I’m opening myself up to create a new experience with winter.

I desire to honor my need for more rest and feel more vibrant than I usually do this time of year.

I desire to continue enjoying the beauty of freshly fallen snow, of looking for animal tracks, of watching the birds at our feeder, and experiencing the joy that being outside and connecting to nature brings me.

I desire to honor my need to hibernate and also spend quality time with people I love, even when that means going out in the cold.

I desire to find the right clothes and boots that allow me to move freely and keep me warm.

And above all, I desire the continued health that being in harmony and at peace with my life brings with it.

I invite you to consider where you can shift your perspective, come into alignment with who you are, what you desire, and how honoring all of it can make your health soar.

Your thoughts, beliefs and choices release powerful chemicals within your body that have a profound effect on every aspect of your health.

Awareness is the first step.

Being open to a new reality and a shift in perspective creates space for new and wondrous things to show up, sometimes in the most unexpected and magical ways.

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In the building where I rent office space to see my private clients, there are several therapists down the hall from me. Last year, one of the therapists made a remark that has stuck with me. She said, “It’s always so busy this time of year. People hate the holidays.”

Her statement always rolls around in my head this time of year.

I’m no stranger to struggling with unpleasant thoughts and experiences in relation to the holidays. In 2016, I wrote a post about how I got super sick the first few Christmases after my Dad passed away. I completely overlooked the connection between missing him and what I was experiencing. I haven’t been sick at Christmas since I realized what was going on. If you’d like to read that post, you can find it here.

It still saddens me to think about how times that are meant to be celebratory cause so much pain for so many people.

I invite you to deeply consider your own thoughts and feelings about the holidays, to give yourself permission to come up with a plan… to celebrate or not, to participate or not. Contemplate what you want and how you can step into that vision, regardless of whether it conforms to anyone else’s ideas of what the holidays are or should be. Regardless of whether it fits your family’s expectations of how you show up and what role you play in their holiday, consider what you need, with radical self-honesty for who you are, what you desire, where you’re at and what you’re currently capable of.

I’ll be right there with you, wading through my own thoughts and feelings about what the holidays mean to me, imagining how I can design them to feel like true celebrations and how I can let go of anything that makes me stressed or unhappy.

Right now, I’m focusing on what I know I enjoy – watching the classic Christmas animated movies like Santa is Coming to Town, The Grinch, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The movies, A Christmas Carol, and, It’s a Wonderful Life, are also traditions that I enjoy.

I’m completely addicted to sappy Christmas movies on Netflix and have been watching them for weeks! I love getting swept into the magic and simplicity of feeling like anything is possible.

I also love Christmas decorations. I didn’t feel like taking out any Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations this year, but I couldn’t wait to get out our Christmas stuff! My house is filled with all kinds of fun and meaningful items, including some of my Dad’s pieces from his Christmas village.

I enjoy buying gifts for friends and family. I especially love seeing their faces as they open them! I adore having my sons home on Christmas morning. I know those days are numbered as they get older and create their own lives and I try to be really present when I am with them.

I try to keep my holiday meals simple. And I enlist and accept help as much as possible.

I do my best to have other fun things on my calendar as well, and downtime to rest and be with myself, feel my feelings and hear my own thoughts.

What you desire may be completely different. No matter how traditional, non-traditional or off the wall you may think your desires are, I invite you to work on accepting and honoring them.

You are unique. You matter. No one else’s desires or expectations are more important than your own.

I hope you’ll take the time to find your own version of magic and celebration during the holidays and throughout the year.

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My most recent guest on the Design Your Healthy Life live show is the lovely Victoria Whitfield. Victoria is incredibly uplifting, enthusiastic and aligned. We spoke about her journey from toxic doer to healing, why people started offering her money for sharing what was helping her, and how that grew into her current business. She now serves others to move away from stress and into alignment and connection with their own unique brilliance.

We also discussed marketing, and being turned off by being sold or asked to promote something you aren’t familiar with or believe in. And how different it feels to come from a place of integrity and allow that to naturally evolve into recommending other services and products for the highest good of everyone.

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