My journey to wellness goes back to when I was much younger! I was always a fitness enthusiast who loved working out, eating healthy and stayed fairly in shape. My only regret: Social Media wasn’t around back then, I think back to my six-pack and what a cool ‘Insta Shot’ that could’ve been…alas! By the time I became a mother, precisely a mother of triplets everything changed, I’m sure many women can relate 🙂
For me, it wasn’t only the inability to loose weight fast anymore, it was the constant up and down in weight, and how my muscles or lack there of had transformed. That’s when I started to notice major changes in my body. With the joggling demands of a mom of multiples and life, fitness had taken a backseat (no pun intended!). A few years later, I decided to get back to work when my kids started school, and worked a few different industries. Mainly in sales, hospitality, meetings & events which are arguably high stress industries.
At this point, balancing work-life demands became nearly impossible without the constant stress. I noticed the mounting pressure I was under at work and home but being the type “A” personality that I am, I was determined to tackle it all on my own. I became so good at multi-tasking that I felt like a joggler-literally! People would often say to me: “Wow how are you managing this so well and keep it all together?” My career fortunately was also going really well! I was often promoted and praised for my work, which added more to the need to overexert myself. It made me want to do more, give more, show more (any people pleasers in the room? :)) and “crush” any goal I had in mind to succeed. This new found multi-tasking ability was draining me so much so that it finally took a toll. I remember looking for any coping tools I could find just to relax and hold on. First it started with meditation, I quickly realized I couldn’t stay calm enough to even meditate, then I would exercise consistently for a while just to fall off of my routine, then I tried sound baths and my last resort was sleep hypnosis…Yep I was desperate enough to hypnotize myself at night! I would desperately find some sleep hypnosis meditation on YouTube and practice a few nights a week, which actually became more and more startling along the way, defeating the purpose. I found myself in a place of such extreme anxiety that it eventually led to complete burnout. I have to admit, it took me a while to even make the mind/body connection here. Guessing because I mostly attributed wellness to fitness, so I figured if I were able to sneak in some level of exercise here & there, loose some weight, like many I’m sure I thought everything was okay.
What I failed to understand is how truly powerful our mind/body/soul/spirit connection is. Physically I was okay, emotionally I was a wreck! At this point I had to take a step back and ask myself some really tough questions. With those questions came some though decisions. What I realized in that moment was: No matter how much I exceled at my job, no matter how much I was able to joggle my career and family life seemingly well to others, all of that would be meaningless if I weren’t truly feeling and doing well. This realization ultimately is what led me down the path of holistic wellness. Through this journey, I’ve been able to identify the areas of my life that were extremely out of balance. Not saying that I have it all figured out now, because I don’t think you ever fully do, but by refocusing my priorities, shifting my mindset and learning some new healthy practices, I’m working to restore balance again in my life. It’s also worth mentioning:
It’s never too late to prioritize health & wellness. Recognizing how much it matters is the difference!
I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people and inspire many to follow their truth, to live authentically and to choose their well-being every single day!