Updated: Sep 26, 2021
This is not a ‘before and after’ story or a ‘one and done!’. Far from it. My intention with this blog post is to share a raw and honest glimpse into my personal journey of how I went from avoidance and optimistic delusion to awareness and acceptance. Most importantly, I share what not only changed, but really did save my life. I was filled (literally) physically and emotionally with decades of fear, disappointment, despair and feelings of guilt and not being worthy (a lifetime of being resented and repeatedly told “you’re so lucky/it’s not fair/you do such a great job of reminding people what they don‘t have!”) until one day, my mind & heart told my body “no more!” and quite simply stopped me in my tracks.
After what felt like a lifetime of enduring endless medical appointments, I finally had confirmation that I was suffering from a severe virus which rendered me completely unable to function in any capacity and kept me bedridden for 5 months forcing me to take a career break. Add to this the complication of being ‘clinically morbidly obese’ after years of running my tank bone dry and not taking accountability for my own life and health in general whilst I tried to be all things to all people, except myself!
I had hit rock bottom and felt as if I had nothing left to give after spending 17 years in fight-or-flight mode.
I had been in denial for way too long. My entire body was riddled with toxins and I was beginning to experience several symptoms of a compromised immune system amongst countless other things.
It took a near death experience in 2012 as well as a 5 month stint completely wiped out and struggling with chronic fatigue in 2017 to finally realise that the only person who could help me, who knew me better than anyone else, was staring back at me in the mirror.
No longer able to disguise it with makeup.
An entire lifetime isn’t long enough to spend with my “favourites” as it is. The people who are emotionally invested in me and who truly love and ‘get’ me because of who I am. In that precise moment, I understood the level and depth of work needed. Although a serious issue, the extra weight I was carrying was only a physical representation of the many layers of negative limiting self-beliefs stored in my subconscious mind that had been driving my destructive self-sabotaging behaviour for years without me realising it!
It is said, “when you have your health, you have a thousand dreams. When you don't, you have one!” Most of us will receive at least one wake up call in our life time but not everyone will answer the call. Thankfully I did answer my (2nd) wake up call and chose to accept that I needed to make small changes that would make a massive difference to the quality and length of my life.
I was introduced to an entirely new world in the form of dōTERRA® Certified Pure Tested Grade Essential Oils in the Autumn of 2017 and therein began the start of a priceless preventative and empowered way of living for myself and all those who have placed their valued trust in me to lead them and show the way.
The positive difference I felt from using and integrating their oils and lifelong vitality multivitamins + supplements in my daily routine was almost instant. In a matter of a few short weeks, I felt well enough to travel abroad on a family holiday to Australia which I had not long before seriously considered cancelling!
Fast forward a year and my personal multi-layered transformational journey was so profound that I then left my 27 year corporate career and went on to qualify as a Hypnotherapist.
Shortly after that, I pursued my passion and love of dōTERRA® further and qualified as an Essential Oil Specialist and further down the line I became a Practitioner in Rahanni Celestial Healing. This is a 5th dimensional energy healing modality which works on the physical as well as the mental and emotional aspects.
The body is a reflection of the mind and when we are able to have a change in consciousness, we will then have a positive effect on the physical body. Rahanni needs to be experienced to be appreciated. It truly is a beautiful experience for your mind, body, soul and spirit.
I can’t say I have loved every moment of my self discovery and ‘unbecoming’.
It has been messy, painful, embarrassing, frustrating and at times, very difficult to accept. A key realisation about myself is that I am not very good at asking for (or admitting) when I need help. That is why I am so grateful to have the complex level of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual support within minutes from every single drop of the various oils without having to ask, justify or explain what I need thanks to dōTERRA's qualified medical advisory board and associated professional social media groups to which I now belong.
If you are new to the world of pure essential oils, and are in any way skeptical or struggle with justifying the price, it is only because you haven’t yet experienced the value. I can say that because I was a huge skeptic.
I didn’t know what an essential oil was let alone understand the difference between dōTERRA® oils and other essential oils being sold online or in retail stores. In years gone by, I would think nothing of spending money on clothes, beauty products, jewellery and accessories in the hope of making me ‘feel’ better. Yet, the ultimate goal in life is to be able to live a long, healthy and ‘able’ life in this ONE a body we have been gifted.
We ‘wear’ it every single day yet question the cost of investing in it. Your body is a vehicle for your soul.
Maintain your body and your body will maintain you. Cherish it, nourish it, care for it and invest your time, energy, unconditional love and devotion to it.
I am 4 years in to my journey and hope to be a work-in-progress for the rest of my beautiful life.
The average life expectancy in the UK is 81.5 years. Although I don’t believe there is anything remotely average about any one of our lives. To understand and fully grasp the concept of what it has taken for you and I to be created and actually living as human beings in this time line is a miracle in itself. The odds of us being born are 400 trillion to one!
If you are in the fortunate position of being able to choose what to do with your life, where and how to live, what to put in and on your body and how to earn money for a living, you are in a very privileged position.
Everything in our world including ourselves and the words we say out loud are entirely made of ENERGY.
As humans we are energetic beings in motion. That is what emotion means : energy in motion. I work very deliberately & intentionally in a number of ways to keep my vibrational frequency and energy at optimum levels which keeps me and all those I live & work with very strong, healthy and constantly attracting miracles into our lives. Every single emotion and pure essential oil has a different vibrational frequency. Not only is it possible, but it is a powerfully fast way to elevate your state and ease any kind of discomfort or unease in a matter of minutes by diffusing, inhaling or applying the oils!
Life isn’t so much about time or weight management nor is it only about eating clean and taking adequate supplementation. It’s more about energy management.
Manage, invest and spend your energy well and watch the magic happen.
Studying how the human mind and body operates as well as understanding the importance of using essential oils to create flow and shift any stagnant energy caused from blocked emotional trauma has been the key to acceptance, strength and tolerance I never knew I had!
I am now able to observe any emotional pain and suffering rather than allowing it to own and control me and I have helped so many others get this deep relief too.
Essential oils aren’t new, they have been used for centuries. Although it may surprise you to learn that there is no Governing body when it comes to Essential Oils, the Industry is totally unregulated.
dōTERRA® oils are the most trusted and the most tested. They have pioneered & revolutionised the way essential oils can be used and are at the forefront of advanced scientific testing technology with their extensive rigorous safety testing process.
Their level of transparency in what is in every single bottle of oil is second to none.
Essential oils address the root problems at the cellular level & permeate the cellular membrane. They also influence neurotransmitter activity & can permeate the blood brain barrier.
Modern medicine is actually based on creating a synthetic version of the essential oil compounds.
doTERRA oils are 100% natural and pure which enables the oils to work the way nature intended with regard to eliminating overwhelm in our bodies be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. No painkillers or chemicals required here.
dōTERRA® Essential oils can be used for a variety of health care concerns for all members of the family at any stage of life, including your pets (though informed knowledge is paramount!).
As a family, we have been using dōTERRA® essential oils & supplements every single day since October 2017 when I was introduced to peppermint oil. I had heard how beneficial peppermint is for alleviating head and neck tension, muscle soreness, joint discomfort, and even uplifting of vitality and emotions.
And so my road to integrated wellness began.
From the very first night we diffused the oils, it completely impacted the atmosphere & energy in our home. In a relatively short period of time, I regained my vitality day by day and I have never looked back.
The best part is, this has had the same effect on my husband and our two sons. And our two dogs were even more chilled out and content than ever before too (although that is the subject for another post as I quickly learned the importance of knowing what essential oils are safe to be diffused around pets).
We now have a diffuser in almost every room in our home.
Diffusing oils is a phenomenal way to elevate the mood, shift energy and raise the vibrational frequency in any environment in an instant.
Everyone is so much calmer & more focused.
When our sons use the oils before exercise, not only do they notice a significant difference in their performance, they also see the difference in their post-exercise recovery time.
I am a thorough researcher and fact-checker backed by proven science. dōTERRA®’s lifelong vitality supplements are whole food based and are 90% bioavailable which means almost the entire supplement is absorbed and utilised by our body unlike the majority of other supplements from well known brands and high street stores that are neither whole food based or nearly fully absorbable!
By regularly taking these multi-vitamins and supplements, our energy and vitality is greatly improved and we function better generally from day-to-day.
My entire family is so deeply grateful to have been introduced to dōTERRA® (forever grateful to my friend Melinda!) and we simply cannot imagine our lives without the oils.
It has become a way of life for us.
In 2020 we embarked on a major family transition wanting to break free from a lifestyle that was no longer aligned with who we had become, so made the decision to sell our family home along with the majority of everything we owned (!) in the midst of the Pandemic.
We were determined to lead a more intentional and minimalist life somewhere near the sea and not too far from the UK so Montenegro it was.
Little did we know what lay ahead and that I would spend almost 3 months on my own (with our diva doggies of course!) in the UK whilst Carl, Mitch and Brandon went ahead to Montenegro to get things started. In total, we endured 6 more months of moving between various Airbnb's before we took stock and re-assessed. We realised that the Universe was showing us we were meant to remain in the UK for now so we decided to find somewhere more stable and long term to stay. Due to the age and location of our new home in Montenegro, there are more complex and lengthy loopholes to go through. Brexit and Covid-19 added further complication to this!
I can absolutely guarantee the only way I got through such a distressing, disruptive, traumatic and unsettled time was thanks to these precious and priceless oils and of course 'my people!'. Endless flowers, cards, door stop meals, safety, security, support, packing + storage, helping me move on my own between various places...the list goes on...
I am forever thankful to you all! I am not sure you will ever know just how much your sincere kindness and beautiful acts of love meant to me/us in our time of need.
When we are lucky enough to travel regardless of how far or for how long (especially when we went back and forth to Montenegro throughout the Pandemic), the diffuser, oils and supplements are always the very first things to be packed without fail!
I know with unwavering certainty that dōTERRA® has been my lifeline throughout. I also know for sure that I would never have had the courage or confidence to make such a bold and big move without feeling safe in the knowledge that I have such extensive and powerful tools at my side 24/7!
My days are now mostly spent empowering, educating and mentoring those looking to play the long game be it personally and/or professionally. We work together on how to use the power of the heart, mind and pure plant based medicine to totally dissect and transform every layer of life. Using safe, effective, affordable natural solutions which help take back control and reclaim the essence of you. Each of our lives and personal experiences, beliefs & values are vastly different. I truly believe the grass isn’t greener on the other side. It‘s greenest where you water it!
I have also come to learn that the message or lesson you want to share will only be heard and grasped by those who are ready to hear and receive it.
I don’t believe in co-incidence but I do believe in alignment and synchronicity so, if you are reading this, I believe you are here for a reason. And if you have got this far, huge thanks.
I am also now ready and excited to take on a few more business colleagues which I will train, guide and mentor.
This isn’t a dress rehearsal. We don’t get any rollover mins so I’m certainly not going to waste your time or mine. The only people I want in my life are the people that want me in theirs.
Our 2 most precious resources are time and energy and they are both finite.
I am fiercely protective of both and go to extreme lengths to find practices and tools that help me maximise my overall health, wealth and fulfilment.
I value the people I am blessed to meet all around the world. No two days are ever the same. It gives me great honour to be able to offer and suggest solutions to 80% of life’s concerns which makes day-to-day life more enjoyable. Crucially this brings hope and sheds light into some very dark places.
I have chosen to specialise in the people business and my heart, connection and integrity is at the core of everything I do.
I hope this real-life messy journey gives you hope to know that it is absolutely possible to completely start over and re-create your life by your design so you don't exist 'by default!'.
As the man I adore, admire, love & am indebted to for far too many reasons to write, my husband Carl says “the quality of our tomorrow is defined by what we do today”
I hope you say Yes and choose YOU! I will welcome you with open arms to my beautiful community.
Thank you for being here (extra huge kudos if you got this far!) With my deepest love and brightest light,
OUR LIFE ADVENTURE CONTINUES...