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We didn’t have a lot when I was growing up. I went to 6 different elementary and middle schools, lived in RV’s, and when my parents separated, I bounced between my paternal grandparents, also separated. I learned to make do with what I had. I was shy, loved animals, reading mysteries, and writing research papers. They denied me entrance to the gifted program in kindergarten because I didn’t have good problem-solving skills. By the 3rd grade, I was determined to prove them wrong.
My parents were addicts with a toxic relationship. Around age 13, my father met me at the bus stop and warned me there was an ambulance coming to take mom to the hospital. When we got home, he got in the back of it and they left me behind to clean up the mess her illness had created… I learned that day she had polyps in her esophagus and colon that had ruptured. I also discovered she had diabetes, hepatitis C, and cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol abuse. I knew my father was an alcoholic but until that day, I never knew mom had a drinking problem… I’ll never forget the looks or smell of that tiny efficiency of ours.
I decided at that moment, I’d never been in their situation; I’d never be an addict or on welfare again. I was determined to go to college, despite our lack of finances. At age 16, I worked as much as legally allowable, changed my GPA from 2.85 to 3.86, saved my money for a car and college. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts from a rural town in NC in just 3 years. I had to get special permission for the extra core hours because I couldn’t afford another year. I worked in the school as part of my tuition payment, managed the girls’ soccer team for scholarship money, worked 20-30 hours outside of school, and still maintained a 3.14 GPA.
I’ve always had a love for concepts wrong, pushing the needle, and my father instilled a disdain for trends since my early childhood. When I was 24, dad died from a sudden heart attack at age 46. 4 years later, mom’s health conditions took her at only 49. The grandfather I’d lived with in my teens passed away when I was 26 from emphysema and a stroke. I was obese when dad died… 200 pounds, in fact. I had acid reflux, hypothyroid issues, and heart palpitations. At 32 and 33 I suffered from kidney stones in both kidneys. I cured them all with natural methods and small doses of western medicine. I was completely helpless with the health of my family—I refused to be powerless over my own health.
Since 1995, I’ve studied Ayurveda, herbs and nutrition, and take online courses on health, writing, and Empowerment. In 2005, I enrolled in a Reiki/Greenfire course and applied for my Master’s Degree in Holistic Wellness on dad’s birthday. I’ve spent the last 14 years deepening my studies, overcoming stage fright so I could teach, started an organic skincare business and also a plant-based meal delivery service for private clients, local coffee shops, and health food stores. In 2017, my husband and I took a huge leap of faith and moved from NY to Maine in just 30 days, to open a healthy-eating café.
This is a book about Empowerment and your journey towards Well-ness. It’s answers to questions friends and clients asked me over the last decade. Questions about the basics of living in balance with Nature and how to cut through the confusing information on the internet. Weight loss and wellness is a side effect of living… [Read More]
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