Hi out there!
I'm back, and with pink hair. I finally dyed it the color I wanted when I was 16. Only took me close to 17 years.
We just put up our Christmas tree and I'm sitting on the couch beneath the lights. It was just around this time last year when I created Bliss Out... I've got David Gray "This Year's Love" playing in my headphones. The first time I heard the song was while watching Dawson's Creek close to 15 years ago. I used to only buy soundracks. If I liked a movie or a show, I'd go search out the soundtrack. Don't worry, I've evolved...a bit. I've compiled a list of many of my favorite songs (right now) on Spotify (search Bliss Out by Emily Englert).
Anyways- I swear I didn't pop in to just ramble. For starters, I'm really here with a very happy update.
I'm here to announce the release of my book. YAYYYY!!! It's called Uncovering Bliss: A Journey with a Vestibular Condition and Beyond. I started writing it close to a year ago and then put it down for a while during the move to Seattle. In the last few months I jumped back in with my heart and soul finishing it up. I was in a beautiful place to reflect on the last three+ years and what that chapter of my life means to me. My mission is to bring a voice to the mind & body experience of a vestibular condition and expose the thoughts and feelings that decorated my journey. It was so difficult to explain what it felt like in the moment and it's only in retrospect that it's been much easier. If someone is in the beginning or messy middle with a vestibular something, I want them to have a friend on the trail.
It's available in e-book and softcover format, and I so appreciate your inspiration and support.
And now let's talk about month two of weaning off my migraine-preventive medicine. This is a topic I touch on in my book. I think it's important to expose the story and the why behind my decision to try a migraine medication. It's such a personal journey, but I know it's one so many of us travel. If you're new, I encourage you to read my first post and on month one, and then come back here.
Well, it has been an uneventful month as far as decreasing my medication dosage. Boy am I grateful for that! I'm taking it slow and I'm not quite sure how long the process will take, but my guess is the better part of a year. My mission is to take it slowww and steady. To let my body acclimate with each shift and provide beautiful holistic support every step of the way.
I've been keeping up with the routine I started from the beginning:
The difference is that I've been taking copabia essential oil internally morning and night Copaiba is one of the most inflammatory substances on earth and I think that is AWESOME.
It can be used to combat headaches + migraines and that is absolutely my intent. It's also wonderful support for anxiety + sleep issues, so I certainly want to provide goodness in those areas as well. The anxiety that came with my vestibular condition was a storm. It was a beast of its own. Over the last year as I've found myself in a beautiful balanced state, I consistently turn to the things that help me feel my best, and using oils is certainly one of them (along with yoga, meditation, plant-based diet, supplements...it's a team of things that I discuss in my Vestibular Warrior e-book).
I was so tempted to have coffee over the Thanksgiving holiday. I was feeling so good and really thought about it. But then I remember the VM attack I had post downing of a cold brew coffee in July and I convinced myself that it was not worth the dreamy cup of joe. I proceeded to order myself Rasa on Black Friday because there was a happy deal and oh how I love the cacao flavor.
I've honestly been feeling really awesome this month. I had a few nights of head pain, but nothing oils, chugging water, some heat and sleep didn't kick. As we jump into December, I plan to dive more into move + meditate workouts each morning. I mean I have no excuse... the Christmas tree lights are glowing and I couldn't ask for a better personal yoga studio by the tree ;)
How are you doing?
I'd love to hear from you!