No Challenge, No Growth

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages” -Michelle ObamaπŸ’›

Viewing struggle as negative life experience used to be the norm for me. My new outlook: struggling emotionally, in personal relationships, financially, or with ones physical health can actually be a catalyst to amazing personal growth! 

Believe me, I know struggle and I feel blessed to have lived through so much of it! If not for the hard times I would not have learned about powerful qualities like discernment, trust, setting boundaries, loyalty, experiencing true friendships, when to stand up for myself, or when to walk away. 

Being a young, struggling single mom was one of the greatest life lessons I could have ever lived through. Learning how to be a grown up while concurrently raising a child was awesomely difficult yet taught me almost everything I know about surviving in this world! 

Without struggling with my health I never would have learned about the physical and emotional healing processes, which have given me so much insight on how strong I really am. 

I’m just so grateful for the challenges life has handed me. If not for the tears, the fear, the sleepless nights filled with worry, the heartbreaks, the anxiety, the really really hard parts of life…I wouldn’t be so well versed at problem solving, I wouldn’t know how much wealth I have in family and friendships, or who is truly there for me, I would not have learned about many of my blessings, abilities, and strengths! 

Facing the unknown and the darknesses which life presents can be powerful medicine for creating healthy boundaries for oneself and show you what you are truly capable of! 

So I shall continue to face my fears, walk into the darkness with a blazing fiery torch of self empowerment, look at my adversities as opportunities, and I invite you to join me! Your greatest struggles can be powerful catalysts to knowing your greatest strengths and I believe you deserve to know your most powerful self! 

Many blessings, much peace, and absolute love to you all! πŸ™

We Are Here For One AnotherΒ 

“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” -Albert EinsteinπŸ’›

A Voice For The Silenced

β€œIt is okay to suffer. But as long as you talk about it, it is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem.”-Prince Harry β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ 
Why I blog…I blog to be a voice for the suffering. Those of us who suffer from illness, loss, and trauma all have a common theme amongst our lives, the theme of being silenced. 
We have been told, “There’s nothing wrong with you.” or “You look perfectly healthy.” or “It’s all in your head.” or “You did this to yourself.” or “Suck it up.” or “Get over it.” or “You’re crazy.” or “You should have, you could have, you need to…” 
All of these phrases can strangle the suffering into silence which can cause great emotional pain, fear, loneliness, and hopelessness. I know this because I have had every one of these phrases delivered to me from the voices of those who do not understand suffering or who do not want to understand suffering. 
To talk about our pain and be given a compassionate hand to hold and to be truly held is absolute medicine. This is why I blog. 
As chronic illness is exponentially growing in our world the voices of the ill must stop being silenced and they must be given a voice, listened to, heard, held. Everyone knows someone who suffers, so I say please listen, please give compassion, please open up to the idea that those who suffer need to be heard. 
For those who suffer, here is someone who understands you, here is someone who holds you in regard, here is someone who absolutely believes in you. I live to help those who have been silenced into loneliness, despair, and hopelessness. I support your voice, your wellness, your dreams, your life’s desires, your authenticity. You deserve a voice. 
With absolute love and complete gratitude, blessings to all. πŸ™

Living The Dream Inn Santa Cruz, Ca

Endive topped with guac and mango salsa…SOOOO GOOD!!!πŸ˜‹πŸ’šBeing incredibly spoiled with an impromptu mini vacation to Santa Cruz, California with my Love.πŸšπŸ’βš“οΈ Thank goodness Santa Cruz has an awesome @wholefoodsmarket πŸ˜‡πŸŒ±πŸ‰πŸƒπŸ‹πŸŒΏπŸŽ for this raw vegan!! So many beautiful vegan and vegetarian restaurants surrounding our AMAZING hotel Dream Inn πŸšπŸ©πŸ–πŸ¦€ but the only food place that can accommodate me at this point of my process is Whole Foods Market.🍎 So I grabbed myself a big tub of guacamole, some mango salsa, pico de gallo, crimini mushrooms, heirloom cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce, precut watermelon, nectarines, date rolls, coconut water, celery, and broccoli slaw…lovingly nourishing myself with this awesomeness in the hotel room as he ordered himself room service. Enjoying a beautifully romantic ocean view dinner overlooking a vibrantly lit πŸ’«πŸŽ‘πŸŽ’πŸŽ πŸ’«Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk as a live concert playing from the Boardwalk serenades us.🎀 Can this get any better? Such a blessing to have the opportunity to live this experience. I cannot express my gratitude!!πŸ™ŒπŸ˜πŸ’– 

Papaya Boat Garden Party

  πŸƒπŸ’“πŸ’œπŸ™‹πŸ½ I decided to work on creating a creamy raw vegan yummy treat to use in parfaits as well to use as medicine for healing my adrenals and my neurological system. Today I blended 1 celery stick, 1 apple, 1 cup frozen wild blueberries, 16 Brazil nuts, and 1-1.5 cups coconut water to create a sweet, thick, creamy pallet pleaser. I enjoyed this creamy, fluffy yumminess in a Hawaiian varietal papaya boat with frozen black cherries and more wild blueberries. This recipe filled two papaya halvesπŸ’“πŸ’œ 

My Journey

πŸ’«πŸ™‹πŸ½πŸ’—  My Medical Medium protocol journey thus far…4 months ago I received my first copy of #medicalmedium, that day I began consuming mass quantities of raw fruits and veggies. After a 12 year food as medicine wellness journey I was nearly carb and sugar free, therefore I was eating no fruit, so the Medical Medium protocol was a blessing. Amongst enjoying the splendor of eating fruit, the next day I began a diligent routine of morning celery smoothies. For the first month of the protocol I ate 100% raw for the exception of approximately 6 days. Within that first month I noticed relief in my psoriasis and digestion. As well, I experienced multiple flares of emotional and physical discomfort I was not prepared for. I suffered anxiety, the feelings of fear and loneliness, confusion, nausea, congestion, ear pain, swishing sounds in my ears, tremors in my right arm and hand, shooting and stinging nerve pain, tingling, numbness, brain fog, hives, little Candida flares, crazy body odor, wild dreams, joint pain, puffy eyes, sour taste in my mouth, tremendous fatigue. Within that first month of this journey I suffered such pain but I also experienced spurts of awesome clarity and great energy, as if I was being given little glimpses of what it could be like if I just kept going. As I entered my second month I committed to a diligent vegan 90% raw diet. Again, I lived through the tremendous physical and emotional discomforts described above. However, I concurrently had profound breakthroughs in regards to my psoriasis, my digestion, and much more. I began to further own the journey and the flow of the  multiple flares.  As I approached the middle of the third month, enjoying steady improvements I was hit with an incredibly intense physical and emotional flare. I was truly afraid it would manifest into Shingles, so I instantly put myself on the 100% raw vegan cleanse again. The first 14 days of this surrender again surfaced intense emotional and physical pain but has now eased profoundly! πŸ™‹πŸ½πŸ’“πŸ’›πŸ“ Today is Day 18 of 28 of this cleanse phase and the relief in my psoriasis, my digestion, my anxiety, and overall comfort is mind blowing! I feel physically light and fluid, calm, on point, at ease, no swishing in my ears, no signs of Candida, no numbness or tingling for the last few days, less nerve and joint pain, no hives, deep fulfilling sleep, less swelling around my eyes, no yucky taste in my mouth, long lasting energy. 129 days deep into this journey and I am blown away at the struggles as well as the triumphs. I am incredibly excited about the relief I have received from this entire journey! I am farther along at this point in my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing than I have ever been in my life, this is something to celebrate! This journey has been one of the most difficult tasks of my life but I am so grateful to have found it. I now possess incredible wisdom and knowledge about healing, about myself and about the world I would have never been able to tap into had I never embarked on this road to wellness. The pain, the fear, as well as the positive changes have all been part of my journey, so I honor it all with love, acceptance, and grace. βœ¨πŸŒΏπŸ™πŸŒŸ