Alright y'all I'm back! As you may have noticed, I have not posted any blogs or sent out any newsletters in the past few months. I have been working hard to complete my workbook I'm publishing entitled THRIVE: Creating a Balanced, Connected, and Healthy Life You Adore. I'm also finishing my Sports Nutrition Certification so I've been busy to say the least! I had to temporarily put my blog and newsletter on hold so I didn't spread my energy too thin. Now that I'm wrapping up these projects, I'll be back at it!
My first blog back is a special one. July marks my five year anniversary living in the Pacific Northwest and that is cause for a whole lot of reflection/celebration.
When I moved here five years ago, I was a much different person who was just starting a epic journey. Seven years ago, I made the commitment to invest in myself so I could live my best life possible. That decision has taken me on a quite a ride! It has brought me to places and given me things that were not even on my radar.
When I moved here, I had no idea the impact it would have on my life. I was lost and searching for my truth. I was holding on to anger, resentment, fear, and the stories of my past.
I was meant to make my way to the Pacific Northwest! This place has been incredibly healing for me. I've learned and grown in ways I can't even put into words. I haven't always known where my path was leading but I learned to trust that and be open to the possibilities. There was a lot to overcome and many days of anger, frustration, tears, and feeling like I was completely losing my mind.
That's often times what it can feel like when you are releasing things that no longer serve you. We hold some much in our bodies and souls like our upbringing, emotions, fears, stories, outside influences, etc. When I started to release all the stuff that was no longer serving me, to make room for what would, it often felt like an exorcism. I had to allow myself to feel all the feels so I could allow them to come up and out! Then and only then, was I able to explore what I truly believed. I found that so many of the mindsets and beliefs I was carrying were not even mine and didn't resonate with what I felt.
I worked with many healers who supported me and continue to do so. I started to find tremendous healing in things like meditation, connecting with mother nature, hiking, unplugging, and yoga. I started to feel a strong desire to help other people like me who wanted to change their lives. I have since become certified in Life Coaching and Sports Nutrition.
I look at where my life was five years ago and where it is today and all I can say is WOW am I blessed!! I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams that my life would end up here and I'm so incredibly grateful. I look around all the time and say out loud "I can't believe I live here!"
I will meet people that only see the healthy, balanced Heather and have no idea where I started. People have said to me, "You're healthy and balanced so you just wouldn't understand." This couldn't be farther from the truth!
I have battled addiction ... I understand
I have been overweight ... I understand
I have hated being active ... I understand
I have eaten like shit ... I understand
I have beaten myself up mentally ... I understand
I have battled control and anxiety ... I understand
The biggest difference now is I love, respect, and support myself. I AM my biggest fan! This is what my personal development journey has gifted me and I'm beyond grateful.
Happy five year anniversary to me! Thank you for everything you've given and continue to give Pacific Northwest. Can't wait to see where my journey takes me next :)