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Its January 2019 and I'm living my dream. My beautiful new yoga studio on the North Shore of Maui had been open 6 months, and I'd just signed the lease on the space next door to build out a wellness center.
I was busy - maybe a bit too busy - but loving life. Opportunities abounded and I was so excited for what life was bringing.
And then one sunny Friday afternoon, driving home, I exited a blind corner and found a large school bus barreling headlong into my lane. In a split second, my life changed and my dream turned into, what felt like for many years, a nightmare.
The thing about curveballs is we don't see them coming. But having a foundation of GOOD HEALTH, A GROWTH MINDSET, being willing to learn new skills, and cultivating loving relationships played a key role in bouncing back....
FROM LEMONS TO LEMONADE - How the worst 3 years of my life set the stage for the best to follow....
Trying to get support from doctors and specialists during a global pandemic meant missteps and mistakes. Shunted and shuttled from 1 doctor to another, one test after another, one medication after another. it was a roller coaster that took a toll on my body...
Medications, which worked in the short term, led to complications, which led to more medications.
The timing couldn't have been worse. Deep in debt just having built out and launched 2 brand new businesses, I was working 15hr days, 7 days a week, teaching, managing, and wearing every kind of "small business owner" hat you can imagine. With no way to take time off and in constant pain from my injuries, I was struggling to show up the way I needed to.
EACH DOCTOR AND SPECIALIST PRESCRIBED ANOTHER MEDICATION UNTIL ONE DAY I FOUND MYSELF MYSELF AT THE KITCHEN TABLE MISERABLE, SICK, SURROUNDED BY BOTTLES OF MEDS AND UNABLE TO RECOGNISE THE PERSON I'D BECOME.
I turned to my yoga practice, to Ayurvedic Principles and Practices, to deep rest, to self care.
I made the heart breaking decision to close my businesses and focus on my health. I chose to "lose" one battle in order to win the "war". I spent a year getting as strong and healthy as possible.
In the end I still had to have the (life saving) surgery but I had set myself up for a successful procedure and recovery. Having a great foundation of health prior to my accident and all my health and wellness training meant within 1 year post surgery I was back to teaching and expanding my wellness business with a clear vision of how I wanted to show up and serve my students and clients.
My takeaway? We can't always predict or plan for life's ups and downs but we make ourselves more resilient with a solid foundation of good health, daily habits for rest, relaxation, self care and wellbeing, cultivating a powerful mindset and having the right people around us.
Daily Massage Oil,
Epsom Salt Baths, Tongue Scraper, Foot rubs, a heating pad, morning beach walks
HUGGING! humans, animals, trees...
hugging styles are a thing you know!
Yoga Mat, resistance bands, pilates Ball, Nutrition Apps, my home gym, my spotify playlists
My husband and 5 fur babies!
Good Coffee! Slow mornings and a big cuppa joe are my jam.
I've been a passionate entrepeneur since my early 20’s. In my LBY (Life-Before-Yoga) I graduated with a degree in Marketing and Sales Management, running my own Events Management company before finding my way to my yoga mat in 2001.
In 2004 I graduated with my first 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and over the next 20 years my studies continued in yoga, personal training, corrective exercise, nutrition and health coaching.
But before arriving in the "Rainbow State" (Hawaii) I called the "Rainbow Nation" (South Africa) home.
Living on the magical island of Maui I get to live my dream life running my small but purpose driven business......
WE'LL CONNECT TO YOUR BIGGER WELLNESS VISION, GET CLEAR ON YOUR GOALS, IDENTIFY YOUR CHALLENGES AND SEE HOW MY COACHING WILL GET YOU MOVING CONFIDENTLY ON YOUR JOURNEY TO VIBRANT HEALTH, ENERGY, CREATIVITY AND CONFIDENCE AND LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE!
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