A near-death experience and, six months later, a devastating car wreck left me with significant head injuries, several broken bones, and little knowledge of how long it would take to fully recover–if that was even possible.
At the time, neurologists told me that I would not be the same person post-recovery. I was given a cocktail of heavy duty pharmaceuticals just to maintain relative normalcy. But nothing in my life was normal anymore. The medication made me feel as though I were moving through a thick fog. I was non-functional most of the day. I struggled with PTSD and developed an intense fear of the outside world, which led me to isolate from some of my closest relationships.
Eventually, I experienced pharmaceutical addiction, depending on the drugs to keep me going. My recovery period was stunted as my body reeled from all the different side effects of medication. My voice was, quite literally, suppressed, and I had difficulty breathing properly due to my ribs and collarbone being crushed in the car accident. My mind easily wandered down hopeless trails of thought that led to dead ends. I lost a year of memory and was barely able to keep up with university demands, quickly dropping from a 3.8 GPA to a D average. I had difficulty concentrating and was easily fatigued.
But the neurologists were right. I wasn’t the same person after recovery. I became stronger, more ambitious, determined and malleable. I wouldn’t say I bounced back because recovery was a slow process–but I used my fear of the unknown as fuel to drive me forward. I used natural remedies including CBD therapies to help reduce inflammation, spent time hiking nearby trails and worked with a cognitive therapist to develop new coping mechanisms. Finally, I faced my fear of driving by getting back into a car and driving deep into the Rocky Mountains–success!
By 2007 I graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration in International Business, Marketing, and Management with honors, co-founded a software startup in Boulder, Colorado with several brilliant friends, and traveled to dozens of countries. From Bahrain to Thailand and everywhere in between, I made it my mission to learn everything I could about holistic healing techniques and treatments. I worked with conscious entrepreneurs, worldly scholars, spiritual leaders, royal families, quantum and meta-physicists, and NGOs, helping hundreds of people in the process.
Almost immediately after I graduated college I embarked on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. I traveled to the remote mountains of Indonesia and northern Thailand to study and train with Buddhist monks. And I earned certifications in Vipassana Meditation, Neuro-Linguistic Tapping, BioEnergetic Techniques, and Metaphysics Techniques.
The goal during both one-to-one and group work abroad was to bring clarity, healing, and peace to those in pain. I practiced and taught effective healing techniques like neuro-linguistic tapping, timeline therapy, acupressure, and emotional freedom technique. I reprogrammed old habits and stepped into opportunity and abundance. I consumed a raw food diet and quickly began teaching others how to prepare raw food as well. I lived fully and sustainably.
By the time I left, I felt fully prepared to share my message of hope and healing with others.
The major takeaway here is to be cautious of buying into the beliefs of others. If I had given in to what the doctors and specialists told me was my fate all those years ago, I would have never left my bed. I would have never transformed my life, traveled to the far reaches of the world, discovered true and complete healing, or been in a position to impact others through my story and talents. But my belief in myself burned brighter than any outcome the doctors could have predicted for my life.
My message to you is simple and true: the spark within you, however tiny, is far more powerful than another person’s outlook on how your life will unfold. I believe you make your own magic and your own destiny. Let’s connect and explore the possibilities together.
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