Welcome to the Real Authentic ME!

meDon’t you love being around people who are down to earth and REAL? For me to write authentically, and to liberate my soul, I am going to start getting a little vulnerable. I am going to start sharing with you the good, the bad and even some of the messy things about me. This is how I hope to inspire you. I am all about being genuine. So welcome to the REAL AUTHENTIC ME!

My desire has been to inspire you with ideas and things that you can do to make your life more simple: healthy recipes, DIY projects, tips in the kitchen, sewing ideas and other holistic recommendations. However, up to this point I feel like I have been writing behind a filtered screen or a mask, by not appearing authentic and REAL. I don’t want to come across as someone who has it all together without any cares or worries, because in reality, who really does? Well, the truth is, I don’t have it ALL together and I DO have cares and worries. Perhaps knowing some of my experiences and challenges, may make the things I write about more meaningful.

I want my website to be a place that you can come and be:

  • refreshed
  • validated
  • inspired and not overwhelmed by comparison to perfection
  • authentic

For those of you who follow me, you may have noticed my posting has been a little sporadic the past few months. My website, sad to say, has had to take the back seat due to a series of unfortunate events. It was these events that made me rethink the way I am doing things and the way that I see life. I have learned some important lessons and would love to share some of them with you. My life is getting back to normal, and so I am excited to start sharing again.

However, before I get back to my usual post topics, I thought it would be nice for you to know a little bit more about me. If you haven’t read my “About ME” page, that may be a good place to start. I am going to share with you what I have experienced the past few months. I do this with the hope that it might help someone else going through HARD TIMES and CHALLENGES, (no matter how big or small) know that they are NOT ALONE and that there is light and hope.

There is a lot of information to cover, so I am going to break it up a little. Hopefully you will find it interesting and perhaps you may even relate to some things. If this doesn’t interest you, just skip these posts. I do have a lot of fun “how to” posts coming up, (authentic style), so don’t go too far.

Why am I so passionate about a holistic lifestyle?

Well, for the past 20 years I have experienced the symptoms and lifestyle of someone with Lupus and ITP. This is not something I go around telling everyone, in fact, most people who know me don’t even know this about me. I have been thinking lately and I have decided that it is time for me to stop hiding in regards to this.

Perhaps someone who is going through similar things and needs to know they are not alone. I do. Maybe someone needs to be validated in how rotten they feel. It’s not an easy go and because we (Lupus patients) appear to be healthy are often misunderstood.

determined to fit it!

Over the past 22 years I have been determined and in high pursuit of curing this dang disease. There has been a lot of time, money and energy spent on trying to FIX this and IT HAS CONSUMED ME! I have researched and tried almost everything under the ALTERNATIVE HEALTH spectrum. It is my belief that in order to find true health, one needs to find the root cause of the disease.

Western medicine seems to just put a band aid on things, and treat only the symptoms. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions. I have experienced this first hand. For example, I did not start healing until after I started doing emotional release work. I have learned and implemented information on

  • herbs
  • nutrition
  • essential oils
  • emotions
  • energy work
  • body work
  • yoga
  • Thai chi
  • even conventional medicine

I have been VERY fortunate to have had so many mentors and teachers in my life. I continue to learn new things every day. Although I prefer a holistic approach, I still see my hematologist and do consume a small share (the least amount possible) of pharmaceutical drugs. It’s such a ride finding a balance.

Survival mode

I have tried to resume a “normal life” (whatever that means), and pushed myself probably a little too hard. Survival mode has been the way I have lived most of my life. Even as a child, I was in survival mode, not really able to let my guard down and ENJOY life fully. I had to be PREPARED for the worst case scenario. Can anyone relate? I have been working on changing that.

Well, I wasn’t prepared for the scenario the universe presented to me a few months ago. Can you ever be prepared?

I wish I could take that second back. I wish I could have learned what I needed to learn without such a BIG jolt to the system. A big jolt it was. Sometimes this is what is needed to get our attention. For several years I have felt like I needed to slow down and take a few things off my plate. I was scattered, doing too many things, pushing myself way too hard, and trying to DO and BE EVERYTHING. Time to get authentic and real, don’t you think?

I was teaching three yoga classes a week, managing two Etsy Shops, consulting as a life coach, and trying to run a website. Not to mention the stress of going through a MAJOR faith crisis for the past 3 years. Now for some, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but for my system, it was too much.

Well – slow down I did!

Stay tuned for the first episode of, A Series of Unfortunate Events.



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  • SandyJuly 5, 2017 - 6:22 am

    I believe the universe will shake us to awaken us. I know for myself that turning inward and strengthening my intuition has helped me tremendously in the past 9 months. No health crisis for me, but a divorce after 30 years of marriage. I am so happy and so free now!! I just read somewhere that once we accept ourselves just as we are in the present moment, then we open ourselves for healing to occur. I hope you are doing better and send you light and love 🙂ReplyCancel

    • JanJuly 5, 2017 - 1:16 pm

      Thanks so much Sandy for your kind words. I too believe accepting and loving ourselves is KEY to happiness and health! So happy for your new life of freedom! Sending light and love right back to you girl!ReplyCancel

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