A few years ago I was at the end of my rope. It seemed that so many frustrating things were happening in my life all at once. The way I was dealing with that frustration was through junk food, too much tv, too much phone time, and a lot of isolation. I had completely turned my back on everything I had learned in the previous eight years and I was just surviving. Have you been there?
Today, I want to share a little bit about my journey with you since 2019 and the stirring that God put in my heart over the last year about this message, “Believe you can be well.” Really it all started with my kids. Can you relate? We tend to put our kids first and whatever needs they have become top priority, especially when there seems to be little fires everywhere. First, my oldest son was in the teenage years, we were switching him to a new school, and there were some unexpected family dynamics there. Then, my daughter was having some health issues and because of that I was homeschooling her and taking her everywhere I went. We had a traumatic experience one day that shook her and I to our core. My youngest all the while, he was just him. The strong willed third child, who needed lots of extra love and attention. All of a sudden my life seemed like a revolving door of crises, anxiety, fear, and takeout. I didn’t even really feel like I had a life, I was just living in a bad dream. Thankfully I was surrounded by people who were praying over me, supporting us, and doing life with us so that we could get through this hard season. But I knew I was faced with some choices.
A few months after I started to feel like we had caught our breath, my husband was furloughed from his job. This felt like the final blow. But this time, instead of feeling fully defeated, I just knew that lasting change needed to happen. There is so much more to the back story behind all of this, but one of the things I knew had to change was my health. Because if I wasn’t well, (I wasn’t) how could I take care of my kids and be the wife I needed to be? I knew deep down our family would continue to struggle and suffer until I made some serious changes.
I sat down and I made a decision with my husband one cold February night as we were sitting in our living room by the fireplace: I am going to believe I can be well. I was going to get the therapy I needed to help with my anxiety. I was going to find ways to be accountable to others to take these changes seriously. I was going to surround myself with people who were healthy like I wanted to be. I was going to change what I was buying and what my family was eating. I knew what I needed to do, but I had been avoiding it. This decision has changed my life in so many positive ways! It’s something that gives me hope that things can be better. For too long I had believed the lie that I had no control over how I felt and my family’s over all wellness.
If you find yourself at a dead end, if you are struggling, or if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want to encourage you to make a decision. It all starts there. But I also want you to know, I might be able to help. One of the beautiful things about this story is that God had already given me a business (you can read more about that here) where I could get most of the support, accountability, and tools I needed to make these changes. It was right there in my grasp, I just hadn’t chose to be utilizing it. A friend reminded me recently that I don’t talk a lot about my health journey here and she encouraged me to start! I’m so glad she did, because there are many of you who have families or maybe this season has been particularly hard. And one of the best things that you could do for yourself, is to make sure you are WELL. If we aren’t, I truly believe it effects our spiritual health, family health, and mental health.
As I write this today, I am still on my wellness journey and that means I am nowhere near perfect (perfect doesn’t exist outside of God and Jesus.) But I have so much I want to share with you and a few ways I think I can help. The first way is through a wellness newsletter I started a few months ago. I send it out weekly and I share a simple health tip, a little dash of life, and a new recipe. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here. The second way I can help is through a program I offer through my Arbonne business called the 30 Days to Healthy Living. If you want more information about joining our next program on October 4th you can respond to this email, or visit this link to learn more.
I would love to help you make this decision for your health and I would love to walk with you day by day and help you along the journey! I truly believe that the decision to “believe you can be well” is one of the single best decisions you can make for your life. This week ask yourself, am I surviving or flourishing? And if the answer is surviving, please connect with me so I can help you flourish.