Wellness is not a given.
Happiness does not just fall into our laps.
Finding bliss from within is not effortless.
I believe that wellness, happiness and that deep bliss that radiates from the soul is everything that makes up this life. It's the sustenance of our being.
And I don't believe I can just expect to experience that bliss unless I make choices to create my beautiful reality.
Getting hit with a health thing threatened everything in my world. I think we all go through life stuff that challenges us to the core and we have to face questions we never thought we'd have to answer. That experience tests our mental strength in ways that we never experienced and, amongst all that, it gives us a bright opportunity to evaluate everything we are (or aren't) doing to: elevate our wellness, uncover true happiness, and exude bliss.
When the symptoms all came crashing, I imagine it like this: a tall stack of papers (my life) was thrown into the air, but then there was a breeze, and it started to rain... All I could think was this is going to be a hell of a mess to clean up.
Some of the papers were lost in the wind. I'd have to relearn that stuff.
Some of the papers were destroyed. I'd have to find confidence and those parts of my essence again.
And the cover page was sopping wet. Man was I going to have to put on a happy face while I cleaned up my mess.
You get how this connects, right? The job felt just so damn big in the beginning, but page by page I made it happen.
My wellness, happiness and inner bliss were floating in the wind on those papers, but not lost.
That's the really important part. Just because they felt lost- by no means meant that those pages couldn't be found, or rewritten.
This brings me to one of my favorite songs since I was a young teenager: You Get What You Give
I just love that expression and I believe it to my core. It was time for me to start giving... a lot. I'm talking about contributing to my wellness very intentionally and lovingly. This was no small thing. It took major commitment and making lifestyle shifts.
It was trading in convenience for quality of life.
It was advocating for myself and not accepting a label to my condition. How about let's name the comeback? That's why I wrote my e-book Vestibular Warrior. It's me, talking to that part of me. Sure, you call yourself Vestibular Migraines, and I'll call myself Vestibular Warrior.
And it continues to be me relentlessly exploring everything that promotes vibrant health.
I share a lot about holistic wellness, but that's because it set the foundation for where I am today. It was the raincoat, boots, and friend for my mind + body to unwaveringly pick up each piece of paper. To take stock of what was still there and what would need to be redrafted. And rewriting felt chaotic, but I later learned it actually was an opportunity.
The papers were swirling around in the wind around me and I could sit there and watch the wreck, or I could stand up, put on a freaking rain coat, and take action.
I believe my plant-based diet (embraced in 2009) has been the thing that made it so I was incredibly high functioning even when symptoms were crashing my system.
I believe that having a support system of essential oils was (and continues to be) an incredible gift that gave me the chance to support my emotional + physical health in the storm.
I believe move + meditate workouts gave me the room to regain my stability and find ground, once again. I rewrote how I felt in my body. Like papers floating in the wind that I grabbed and held down with a rock.
And lastly, I will continue to explore other avenues of leveling up my wellbeing. Lately, I've been exploring CBD (hemp derived / no psychoactive effects) and it's been a positive addition to my toolkit. I will research, learn and upgrade my wellness routine.
You get what you give, remember.
I hope that you give to your health, because we all deserve to have a glowing wellness, bursting with happiness from the bliss that lights up our lives.