Ten years ago, I was extremely unhealthy, unhappy, and searching for answers. Leaving an unhealthy marriage with two toddlers and little more than a prayer to my name, it wasn’t long into my divorce proceedings when the pain, fatigue, and system shutdown began.
It took a slew of other symptoms, several specialists, and over two years before the fibromyalgia diagnosis. Finally, at the end of his rope, my primary care doctor handed me a single info sheet titled “Living with Fibromyalgia” and said he was sorry.
Despite the overwhelming sense of hopelessness, I vowed to regain my health. I began to research, track my symptoms and commit to change. I devoted my life to healing.
Over the next eight years, I worked hard to restructure my life and myself completely. My thought patterns, posture, habits, goals, and outlook changed. I developed systems to optimize my life and learn a new, happier, peaceful, and stable existence. I made significant life decisions, started investing in my health, set boundaries, and continued to work on loving myself.
These shifts freed up the space to pursue my greatest dream of helping others overcome their most significant challenges.
I wanted to be the person I wish I had been in my corner when I felt my worst.
In 2017, I met the love of my life and was driven to return to college for my bachelor's degree to learn more about psychology and health. I became a certified yoga instructor and took several adjunct health, psychology, and nutrition courses.
I have not only put my fibro into remission, but I feel better than I did 25 years ago. I believe everyone can find a healthier existence, and there isn’t anything I find more rewarding than helping others find success and empowerment to improve their life.
Do not let the obstacles become stopping blocks. Believe me when I say regaining your health and finding balance is possible. I created Spoonie Mom to educate, empower, and guide you through changing behaviors with lasting benefits. Typically, there are many areas my clients visit once they find success in improving their overall health. It’s a journey!
I believe deeply in the Positive Psychology philosophy pioneered by Dr. Martin Seligman that emphasizes an individual's strengths and optimizes one's potential within their community.
Rather than focus on flaws or disorders, attention is paid to the capacity to improve and influence over our situations and states of being.
Creativity, optimism, and strengthening self-efficacy move an individual from victim-mentality to feeling capable, in control, and able to overcome previously thought to be unchangeable conditions. Learning to internally motivate, direct, and drive your choices begins the pathway to a healthy life.
It is not about accomplishment but learning to shift into a more fulfilling state of existence. Regaining health and feeling better is possible for anyone with fibromyalgia.
To provide you with:
Encouragement that things can improve
Empowerment to manage your conditions
Education and support to do so.
May the yoga and meditation videos explicitly created with Spoonies in mind give you power, love, and a deeper connection with yourself.
May my blogs provide you with inspiration, hope, and information.
May my recipes give you a source of family meals geared for the Spoonie Mom.
May my support assist you on your journey to better health.
Together we create lasting changes that revolutionize your life and help you regain control of your health.
Healing is multi-faceted and comes from within. I give you many tools and teach you to discover your health and happiness. Take what you need, and leave what you don't. The inspiration comes from many tears and days spent looking for a practice that would help and not hurt; that didn't leave me feeling inadequate. I use many metaphors. Just like in meditation, visualizing helps strengthen concepts. I also try to incorporate expert advice and give you references for further exploration. This is your journey. You are the guide. I am here to help you discover possibilities and strengths already inside yourself.
Health & Wellness Coach Certification- Wellcoaches, 2023
BS Psychology Summe Cum Laude- Arizona State University, 2021
Minor Personal Health- Arizona State University, 2021
200 hr YTT- Uplifted Yoga RYT, 2020
500 hr YTT- Uplifted Yoga RYT, 2023