Hello! I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself and my inspiration for starting this blog. I grew up in a foster home in Vancouver, Canada and was born to a schizophrenic mother and a father I’ve never known. During my teenage years and early twenties, I often felt lonely and I longed for deep family connection. My unhappiness and loneliness periodically manifested in emotional eating as I attempted to fill my inner void with comforting foods.
At 23 years of age, I met a handsome, young man while backpacking in Europe. Later that year, I moved to Los Angeles, married him and became a U.S. citizen. Shortly after we married, there were inquiries about grandchildren from my in-laws, but I wasn’t ready for that. I had a hole inside of me and I needed to figure out what was missing.
After a life-changing (psilocybin-induced) mystical experience in Joshua Tree, California, I followed my heart and left my husband. I read numerous spiritual and self-help books, I cried a lot as it felt like I had undergone a death, and I was a patient of network chiropractic work and acupuncture to help facilitate my own healing process.
Over the past twenty years, my focus has been on my healing and spiritual growth, as I built a life. In 2003, I moved to Las Vegas, where I bought and furnished my own brand new house, and I worked my way up to six figure corporate jobs in the hospitality industry.
I had accolades, income, and status, but a few years ago I experienced adrenal fatigue and burnout, coupled with a longing to get into work that is more spiritually gratifying. Simultaneously, I felt a longing to connect with a spiritual tribe. Once again my heart (and body) was speaking to me and it was time to make some changes.
I returned to school full-time and reduced work to part-time. In July 2017, I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BA in psychology. Summer 2017, I started writing a monthly health and wellness blog for the National United States Bartender’s Guild (www.usbg.org). In the Fall of 2017, I begin graduate school as my goal is to become a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) and open my own health and wellness practice. Here I am, bravely choosing to reinvent my life in my late forties.
I know that everything happens for a reason and that the universe provides experiences and opportunities to help facilitate our growth. However, it’s up to each of us whether or not we choose to listen and act upon our inner stirrings and life’s outer promptings. It is also up to each of us whether we blame the world for our adversities and circumstances, or we become more resilient and strengthened by them.
I’ve noticed my life become more harmonious (with less drama), as I’ve consistently chosen to nurture my soul’s higher purpose. Today, I feel an inner peace and connection as I consciously live from this awareness. Whether you call it God, Source, Brahman or Great Spirit, there is a power that I’m tapping into and it feels wonderful!
I feel inspired to share what I’ve learned through this blog and hopefully, others who read it will learn something and perhaps find some inspiration, solace, and even some healing for themselves. That is my hope, anyway. After all, life is an experiential journey and a process which guides us into deeper levels of BEING, awareness, and love.
(As a disclaimer, I wish to note that this blog’s contents are not meant to be a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by authorized medical professionals.)