Well what a year 2015 has been for me, both personally and professionally.
It didn’t get off to a great start, in January I suffered a relapse of my symptoms of Lyme/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I found myself back in bed, house bound, in my wheelchair and my life had been plucked from under me once again. I was devastated. It was a really hard time. But I took the choice to leave my job at Waitrose which I loved, and focus 100% on getting better. Thankfully by the summer I was feeling much better, thanks to my studies in nutritional therapy and my personal experience I knew exactly what to do to get back on track.
Worked on my adrenal health
Addressed some candida overgrowth in my gut
Killed the lyme bugs with the Cowden Support Protocol
Went back to a psychologist to keep on track
I cut out all sugar, gluten and dairy which had slowly began to creep in
I also addressed my methylation – many months previously I had done the 23andme genetic testing but actually addressing my clear methylation, detoxification problems served me very well
Later in the summer I finally graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine, it was a hard slug, mainly writing my final assignments from bed, dragging myself into clinic weekends, but I got there in the end (yay).
In July I was very very nervous, due to still not being well, myself and a group of women all embarked on the trip of a life time to Uganda, Africa. That was an incredible 2 weeks of learning, realising how truly blessed I am, and seeing how amazing our God is. I saw a lot, learnt a lot and grew a lot.
Straight after coming home it was all hands on deck to open Hello Healing – becoming the CEO of my own company? Whaaaat? I never ever thought that would ever happen. And wow…
How it has grown just in 4 months is absolutely amazing. I am now running a busy clinic, doing Skype consultations with people nationally, I am Lancashire Lifes very own healthy eating columnist (look out for me), I have met some wonderful people who showed me how motivated people with CFS can be to reach recovery. In November I took 9 highly motivated individuals through a detox programme with fantastic end results! It seems those years of pain have given me a story to tell, in high schools and colleges around the north west. I have made lots of new friends, and I hate to be cliche but I am so fortunate to have a job I love.
I come out of 2015 with tears in my eyes after reminiscing on the journey this year has brought me on, it may have started very bumpy but when you are armed with the right tools, recovery is just around the corner, even close enough to start a business within the same year.
I learnt nothing is worth pushing your body for, not even work. Your health is the best thing you will own, without that everything falls apart, home life, work life, emotionally, physically so that will always be my priority.
I’ve learnt a lot about how strong I can be when I put my mind to it, if people don’t believe in me and say something can’t happen, that just pushes me all the more to prove them wrong.
My faith in Jesus has grown to extraordinary heights this year and I can’t wait to get back to the theological training course in January.
I’ve learnt that things happen when your a nice person, ask for help, smile at people and be a good human
In there somewhere I managed to squeeze in a trip to Dubai with my wonderful boyfriend. I would be nowhere without the people who surround me, family and friends.
Thank you all those who have supported Hello Healing and I in 2015 – clients, partners, businesses, my fabulous mentor, all the lovely people over at BB4B
Planning for 2016 at Hello Healing headquarters began long along, please watch out for more fantastic opportunities to join in with the detox programmes, some more online work for all your lovely people all over the UK (or world), look out for my speaking engagements, the column, and lots more things I am keeping under my hat.