I was dying and I didn’t even know it.
I couldn’t stop dry heaving as I was rushed to the hospital. It was excruciatingly painful every time my stomach spasms began. I knew something was seriously wrong with me but had no idea what.
I was at my sister’s baby shower and had eaten a small appetizer when suddenly, I had to excuse myself to the bathroom. I was dry heaving before I even got to the door and it was progressively getting worse. I was sweating profusely and in horrible pain every time I tried to drink or digest anything. I made a phone call and soon was rushed to the ER.
As soon as I arrived, I was quickly whisked into a bed and sedated to help with the pain and shortly thereafter taken in for emergency surgery.
The doctor’s diagnosis? I had a gaping hole in my stomach. Bottled up emotions, grief, pain and STRESS were the culprits and wreaking havoc on my body! Stuffing my emotions and trying to function with a fake smile pasted on my face wasn’t cutting it anymore. It had compromised my health and now my life was in danger. In fact, I didn’t realize that the hurt and grief deep within me and all the unprocessed emotions were actually KILLING me.
It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I learned about energy work and techniques that could help me deal with the emotional pain I had been suffering from. I remember using one technique in particular and feeling like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I could finally breathe again! Who knew that I could do that in a matter of minutes, rather than hours and months of therapy?? I was hooked! I began to learn and eventually mentored in these pivotal life-changing techniques and soon after, I helped my children heal as well.
We had all experienced intense trauma and I was finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Why hadn’t anyone told me about this? Who knew that healing could actually take days and weeks instead of years?? I had tried affirmations and positive thinking and talk therapy for years but the fact was I was still hurting. I needed something different and more effective!
There wasn’t any book out there written on what I was doing and I felt the whole world needed to know about it so I wrote a book about it and shared four techniques. Soon after, I wrote another book and shared five more! I wanted everyone to know about it so I travelled the country for a whole year sharing it with audiences all over and now I teach it as a 6 week online class because I believe in the power to heal and that it’s time we heal ourselves and our families and recognize the power of who we truly are!
My class begins Tuesday July 17th and you can check it out here: Aroma Heal Online Class
I have been in the healing arts for 13 years now and to this day I'm still in awe of what I see take place in the lives of my clients and those who come to me for sessions. Somewhere in them is this desire to finally push past all the limitations they can't seem to break through or haven't been able to maneuver through and they want to feel and experience life on the other side of this big obstacle that has had them stuck for quite some time now.
They have tried all kinds of things and yet something still holds them back like they have strings attached and tethered to their back that won't allow them to move forward no matter how hard they try to keep putting one foot in front of the other day in and day out.
They aren't usually people willing to invest in themselves because they've spent so much of their life giving their time, love, support and biggest efforts to everyone else until there's not much left to give to themselves so they take the scraps and decide to be grateful for even that.
Then they finally reach the point where they just can't do it anymore. Something's gotta give. The thought that there has to be a better way and maybe they haven't yet discovered how to get there enters their mind and they decide that investing in themselves might finally have some benefit to it because they just can't keep doing the same old thing anymore and getting the same results. It just isn't working to stay on that same worn out path anymore.
This is the point I get to meet them. In they walk into my life and we sit down and talk either in person or on the phone and I get a glimpse of this exquisite spirit who is covered in cobwebs and dust, which is hiding all their sparkle and shine. They have amnesia when it comes to remembering who they truly are. They have become numb to certain emotions and don't even recognize the magical parts of themselves anymore. They don't see the beauty others see in them because they have caved in to believing big fat lies rather than their powerful truths. Lies like " I'm not enough", " God doesn't bless me", "I'm not worth sticking around for", "Why would anyone want me?","I'm broken", "I'm a failure" and they find the category they they have determined they are a failure in-all sorts of them- failure as a parent, wife, husband, failure with money, relationships and on and on it goes.
So I tap into their truth. Really tap in deep to get to the core of who they are. We gently journey into the place within where they hold their beliefs and one by one we discard the lies that have fogged up their minds and soon the cobwebs fall off, the dust is swept away and they start to remember and see their own sparkle and shine underneath it all. Their heart light suddenly switches on and they catch a glimpse of their truths and all the sudden they start to have this awakening and a remembrance of who they truly are.
Their purpose shifts and healing takes place and an hour after they have walked into my life, they leave with hope in their eyes and a sense of purpose. The heaviness eases up and a beautiful feeling of lightness permeates their spirit. They feel like they can actually breathe again and though they may have the same responsibilities they had when they called me in the first place, the overwhelm is gone. Life holds the gift of hope again and they start to glimpse how life really is on the other side of being stuck and the great thing is they never once had to relive the thing that got them stuck in the first place. They learned how quickly healing could take place and how beautiful it feels to get unstuck and they wonder why they didn't do it sooner. Lesson learned, they move forward into a new existence and life takes on a whole new meaning as they continue to yank out all the weeds that have been choking their beautiful garden, seeds are planted and the rewards of taking this time for themselves reaps the benefits they have been seeking. Oh it's a beautiful thing! And to this day, I still stand in awe of it all. Because that's where my journey to healing began as well and I love sharing it with the world. It's a beautiful thing and so much more efficient than I ever imagined!
Throughout the last 9 months we have been in 37 different states, stayed in 64 different places and have interacted and met dozens of people along the way. When I embarked on this journey 9 months ago I was excited as I anticipated how I would explore places I had never before explored, check things off my bucket list, and live life in a way I had only imagined. I wanted to help people heal. I wanted to see America. What I didn't anticipate was what I was about to learn about America. I was surprised at what unfolded.
We left our home and all the comforts of it, sold, gave or threw away a large portion of our material things and belongings and ended up with a small storage unit packing in all that was left to our name. We purged and let go of "things" and decided we wanted to collect "experiences and memories" instead. We decided that for a year we were going to explore the country and travel all parts of it . We would open our hearts to all possibilities of what this journey would entail for us and our family and all the surprises along the way. It was scary and exciting at the same time. Not everything was planned, some of it was left to chance. So many unknowns, yet so many possibilities! I was about to live one of my biggest dreams yet!
I'll admit I lived in my own little bubble before this adventure and looking at our country at the time, I was discouraged and disheartened to see what our future looked like. The media's portrayal was not favorable. I don't know that it really ever has been. I used to do media spots for a non-profit I worked for and I knew firsthand how they twist a story to tell it their way in order to make it more appealing to the public as opposed to what the facts are. I wanted to know for myself what this great country was all about, what it really stood for and who the people of America really are.
People fascinate me. They always have. When you come in as the outsider not knowing anyone in the places you end up, you learn very quickly to strike up conversations with strangers because otherwise you know no one and it can get lonely. I love my husband and daughter but when you are around each other 24/7 you start to want to explore outside your little family circle, at least that's how I am. Strangers intrigue you. I am a total people watcher. I love talking with people and learning about their lives, their dreams, their stories, even their sorrows and most definitely their triumphs. The human spirit inspires me. I started reaching outside myself and asking questions and just getting to know people.
One thing I learned very quickly in striking up conversations with strangers is that we as human beings naturally seek to find our commonalities rather than our differences. We look to see what brings us together in a conversation as we share who we are. Go strike up a conversation with a stranger for yourself and see how quickly it happens. Someone seeks to find a commonality they can relate to within the other. It's a natural and beautiful thing. We like to find connection with others. For instance, we are from Texas and we love our state, being out of the state and a few states over, you get a little excited to see another Texas plate and in that small moment, you have an instant friend, a commonality, a connection. If we were in a Texas city somewhere at the same time, we never would have probably even given each other a second thought as strangers but when you end up at a gas station in Boston and you see a fellow Texan and you act like you have been friends forever. One little commonality can go a long way.
My husband is a die hard Cowboys fan and boy as soon as he spots one of those star logos on a car, he will go as far as driving up next to them and waving in an overly friendly way and give them a thumbs up though they have no idea why or he will strike up a conversation with a total stranger with a cowboys baseball cap on or a shirt because he loves that there is a commonality and something to bring them together. We also love finding fellow essential oil users, so when we find fellow oil users, we feel totally at home. :)
What I learned is that people still have the desire to live the American dream and are working to live it every day. I learned of people living their own dreams. I met a man who grew up baking with his grandfather in England, helped with a bakery there and now lives in the states and opened a cute little bakery with his wife. He is living the American Dream. He came to America to live that dream. We've met many who came to this country from foreign lands to build their own dream and live a new life.
In Florida, we sat down and conversed with a woman who was a recent widow and she shared with me her own year long adventure of traveling the country with her beloved husband that was no longer with her who had passed two years prior, it was a dream they lived together. She taught me that the experience I had embarked on was creating memories for me to one day hold onto when my loved ones might no longer be there. I met a woman who quit her successful career to open up a quaint little tea shop to create them disconnecting from their phones and reconnecting with each other, bridging gaps between generations. Her vision was that mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters would come together for tea time, relaxation and connection. I experienced this myself and loved every second of it. We all still want connection. We seek it and we seek to live our dreams.
I learned that people who are in their own pain still reach out to help others' in theirs. When my husband ended up in the hospital in Georgia due to blood poisoning just a few months into our trip, I got my first Uber experience. I was with my driver a total of 7 minutes and in that short amount of time, he became a messenger and a voice of hope. In our brief encounter he told me about recently having his own painful stay in the hospital as he was driving me to the hospital to see my husband and then shared with me a beautiful quote from the bible to hold onto letting me know I was being watched over. It was a tender mercy I needed in that very moment. Seven minutes and I felt what a beautiful and powerful human being this humble man was. During this time I had a beautiful woman reach out to me who was going through chemo treatments for breast cancer, offer up a place for us to stay if we needed during this trial, another offer us a warm home cooked meal and yet another offer to take our daughter for a day so that I could tend to my husband at the hospital and our daughter a respite. All three of these woman I had only met in person 2 days prior.
I learned that people still pray and pray a lot. I love this! Prayer is such a huge part of my life, I love that people ask others to pray for them and that it's still a tool we don't let go of. We needed it many times on our trip and I have seen many praying for others. I saw many instances of prayers offered up to heaven on behalf of many people we met and now love. I also learned that we as Americans still have a strong belief in God. Many still do. My heart burst with joy to see so many churches in some of the small towns we drove through. I didn't care what religion they were, what struck me was that there were still places to worship and focus on God.
I learned that people genuinely wanted to help us. We would learn tips, valuable information and people wanted to share with us all things about the areas they live in but also just help us in general. While on the subway in New York, a man overheard our conversation one day when one of one of the routes closed down because of problems and our planned out route was no longer an option. He stopped to tell us exactly what to do to get to our destination without us even asking. We had people offer up their own places to host a class for us to teach because they wanted to help us educate others on healing. They graciously hosted us and helped us share our message. People loved sharing the beauty of their cities with us and also their homes. We had several invites to stay in beautiful homes with home cooked meals and lots of love and friendship. We have made many new friends.
As we camped at the top of the Smokies, while taking an evening walk we happened upon a lovely group of retired couples who frequent that particular campsite every year and gather round the fire to share stories of their lives and catch up on the latest happenings in their lives. They warmly welcomed us into that little circle, offered us dinner and treated us like family. We enjoyed a glorious evening with them as we learned about some of their heartaches and triumphs in life, their many years of marriage and the love they still felt for each other, the companionship and the connection they still held dear. They taught us that in the end, after you have lived a long life, the most precious aspect of it all will be the connections you make with others, not the money, not the awards, but the connections and the memories will be what matters most.
I will continue to share some of theses stories with you in my blog because the lessons I've learned have been priceless.
We have seen many beautiful, amazing sights in America. Some have literally taken my breath away. I can't wait to share the beauty of all we have seen. Those memories have been priceless. America truly is beautiful!
I shared an earlier blog about how I hate watching the news. because all we see is the bad it seems. As I travel I do see a skewed view the media presents. I'm not ignorant or naive to the fact that there is a lot of pain, anger, anguish and real world problems but when it's shoved down your throat daily, you tend to lose hope that there really is any good in the world or the people in it. I'm here to tell you there is. I haven't lost hope, I have gained it. Who knew that checking off our bucket list would include meeting so many amazing people? What I have learned is that here in America, we are all still people, we still have dreams, we still want and seek connection, we still are in awe of God's beautiful creations and we still seek to find the commonalities that bring us together rather than the differences that tear us apart.
Little did I know that I would fall in love with America all over again, not because of it's natural beauty but because of the people!
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