My first year in Network Marketing was a horrifying experience. I only made a measly $3000 the entire year! My husband was questioning why I was still continuing and when I took my paperwork to my accountant’s office, he laughed at me. He told me he’s never seen anyone make any money in this industry. Although it was hurtful, I didn’t care. I used it as fuel to get me motivated. I was relentless. No one was going to steal my dream or tell me that what I was after was not possible.
So, I continued working hard. At the end of my second year I reached a milestone and I was now making a full-time salary, exceeding what I made at any previous job I worked at. Life felt REALLY good. I was reaping the rewards of a wildly successful business and money was no longer an issue in my life. I was able to travel at a moments notice, drive a fancy car, move into my dream home and I was finally able to have the freedom of designing my own schedule the way I’ve always dreamed of. Being my own boss was something I always envisioned and now this was my reality. Things were going great!
Until life took a turn and my world flipped upside down.
It was the start of fall in October 2015 and I was heading out to the health food store to grab some snacks for a few guests that were coming over later in the day, when all of a sudden I was taken over by this dizzy spell, while I was walking down the aisle of the grocery store. I felt completely out of it like I was about to collapse. My vision was blurry, and I felt weak. I kept rubbing my eyes thinking something was wrong with them. It was odd because I never experienced anything like this before. So not quite sure what was happening, I just hurried up what I was doing, grabbed my grocery’s and got out of there as quickly as I could.
I thought maybe this was just a temporary thing and that I would sleep it off and have it gone the next day. But when the next day came and I was getting my kids ready for school, I noticed the symptoms again. It wasn’t so obvious when I was in my home, but as soon as I left to take my son to preschool, I was taken back by the fluorescent lights in the hallway. They were so bright that it was bothering my eyes. I felt overwhelmed by it, that everything around me felt like it was appearing in slow motion.
From the conversations I was having with random parents and teachers, to just walking around the crowded hallways – I felt dazed and confused, like I was in some really bad dream – distorted from reality. I felt odd. And all I could think about was I don’t have time for this! I’m too busy. I have a business to run and I need my brain to function. I was terrified and started developing anxiety – something I never experienced before.
The symptoms kept piling up from one month to the next, and I went from being a healthy, successful mom to dealing with chronic fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, nausea, depersonalization, chest pain, breathlessness, panic attacks, jumpy vision, light sensitivity, insomnia, headaches, hair loss, cysts, eczema, puffy eyelids and joint pain.
What was happening to me? I thought. I had huge responsibilities going on and I was at a loss because these symptoms popped up out of nowhere. None of them made logical sense to me. I was at a point in my life where I had an amazing and supportive husband, two beautiful small children, a healthy body and a thriving home-based business. In fact, I was the “happiest” I had ever been – or so I thought.
And so, the research began.
I started turning to various medical doctors, naturopaths, healers and coaches, to get advice. It was all so mysterious to me and I was desperately looking for answers to get better. As I looked for ways to heal, I began to document my journey.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t an easy journey. I not only spent three and a half years (amongst thousands of dollars) trying to figure it all out, but I went through A LOT of heartache. I was faced with tons of sleepless nights and many tough decisions to make. But I was determined to get to the bottom of things, so I could put this to rest and finally get on with my life.
Through all of my research I was realizing that living a healthy lifestyle was something I wasn’t fully embodying. There was so much more that I was missing. It was about nourishing myself from the inside out. Looking at things holistically and considering the mind, body and soul. It was about walking away from things that no longer served me, digging deep, peeling off the layers and creating a meaningful life.
I hope my story inspires you and makes a difference in some powerful way.
Now, let’s start your journey with a look inward for what may be going on with the mind that could be affecting how you feel.