Friday, June 20, 2014

How Does He Do It After TWO Heart Transplants?

I was inspired and amazed last weekend by the story of golfer Erik Compton. Although I am not a golfer, I happen to live in the heart of golf country (no pun intended), and our little town of Pinehurst, NC hosted the 2014 Men’s US Open which wrapped up on Father’s Day. While watching the tournament from the comfort of my living room in order to avoid the sweltering heat and humidity, I was captivated by Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient. Compton’s story is well-known in the golf community, but I had never heard it.

He received his first heart transplant at the age of 12 after being diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition which inflames and weakens the heart muscle. He went on to become an accomplished junior and college golfer despite a scheduled treatment of drugs which resulted in a swollen face and extremities.

At the age of 28, Compton’s first donor heart began to fail. When he began to feel symptoms that felt all too familiar, he drove himself to the hospital and waited for a new donor heart to arrive. Just months later he was back on the course and has an impressive record.

When I tell you it was hot here, believe me! Many spectators were reported as suffering from dehydration despite the bottles of water that were handed out as a courtesy. Some were reported to have passed out in the heat. So how does Erik do it? Is it attitude, determination, a willingness to exceed no matter what? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please post them below.
You can’t ever give up. We all have adversity in our lives, some are different than others. The up-and-down I made on 18 is an example of never giving up. I hit the world's worst shot into the green and then got up and down. So when you have disabilities or you have health issues, some days are really bad and then you’ve got to try to make the best of it the next day, and wake up and move your body – and I’m a perfect example of that. I’ve been on my back twice and I never thought I would ever leave the house. Now I just finished second at the U.S. Open, which is – I don't think anybody would have ever thought I would do that, not even myself. So you can't ever write yourself off, you just can’t give up. — Erik Compton

Friday, May 9, 2014

What is Chronic Illness?

A chronic illness is defined as a condition that lasts for months or even years. Typically that condition limits activity and quality of life.

It is estimated that more than 120 million Americans have at least one chronic condition and many people deal with more than one condition at a time.

It's a scientific fact that stress is the main cause of illness. Long-term stress can create a chronic condition and sadly, chronic conditions lead to additional stress because of the added pressure of on-going  and sometimes costly medical care, interference with work and home life, physical ability, mental ability... the list goes on and on.

Why is chronic illness so ramped in our society? The simple answer is "stress."  Stress can be caused by any number of things such as low self-esteem, lack of joy in work and home life, feelings of lack of control. The list is endless. We live in an ever-changing environment and the pressure to keep up can sometimes be overwhelming. When life becomes unbalanced and stress isn't managed, it  takes its toll on our health.

All too often only the symptoms are treated allowing the underlying cause to continue to fester. Many conditions are said to have no cure, only treatment. But that isn't always the case. Discovering and treating the root cause through deep work with a certified health coach often results not only in an improved condition but to a complete recovery.  I know this to be true. I suffered from a nearly 10-year long battle with chronic illness and it wasn't until I discovered and resolved the underlying stresses that I began to recover. Now I guide others along the same path.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a chronic illness and has a strong desire to recover, please contact me for a free consultation.  There is hope! I and many others are living proof.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
— Norman Cousins

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Who Can Benefit From A Healing Guide?

The simple answer is a person who is struggling emotionally or physically.

Sometimes life throws us a curveball, and depending on how we choose to handle that, it can begin to interfere with how we are feeling emotionally and physically. It’s a well-known scientific fact that stress causes illness so when a person doesn’t take the necessary steps to manage their stress it begins to take its toll resulting in a variety of symptoms, anything from lack of motivation and joy to a full-blown medical condition. When this happens it begins to interfere with our ability to live a high-quality life. The onset of symptoms can happen so slowly that we don’t even recognize that changes are occurring until they compound to a point where we say, “How did I get here? How did this happen?” When this happens it’s time to seek help.
  • You can benefit from a Healing Guide if any of the following apply.
  • You feel like you are going through the motions yet not living a fully engaged life.
  • You’ve lost your ability to fully and effectively engage with those around you.
  • You have some health issues that seem minor even though they are a constant bother.
  • You’re suffering from a physical health condition and you’re worried about your future.
Working with a Healing Guide can provide the following benefits:
  • Decreasing worry and frustration.
  • Improving your ability to relax and sleep thereby allowing your body to heal.
  • Sorting out decisions by having an unbiased sounding board.
  • Discovering the blocks that have you stuck.
  • Increasing your “feelings” of wellness and satisfaction with life.
  • Improving your professional and personal relationships.
  • Discovering a feeling of contentment, security, and fulfillment in everyday life.
  • Increasing your productivity, energy level, and life balance.
  • Reigniting your excitement and determination.
If you or someone you know resonated with any of the above, feel free to contact me for a consultation. We can determine if we’re a good match and discuss the results you want to obtain.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What is a Life Coach?

What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is a partner with one specific goal; to maximizing the client’s full potential. A life coach is fully committed to your success and, unlike friends, family and co-workers, the coach’s only agenda is YOUR agenda. The coaching relationship is a powerful relationship which opens the client’s heart, mind, and soul to possibilities never dreamed possible. A life coach sees the client’s full potential and helps to remove the blocks that are in the way of fulfilling that potential.

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a powerful alliance; a process where the coach and the client work together in an ongoing, supportive relationship to bring out the client’s full potential. Coaching assists a client in discovering what’s best for them and moves them forward towards it while thriving in the face of change. Coaching brings about extraordinary and sustainable results for clients.

How Can a Life Coach Help?

A life coach will assist you in:
  • defining your goals and hold you accountable to them,
  • improving your health, wealth, and relationships,
  • reaching higher than you have ever thought about reaching,
  • making decisions that are in alignment with your values,
  • recognizing potential and possibilities in yourself that you fail to recognize,
  • rekindling what really matters to you,
  • creating and experiencing a life full of abundance.
How to Choose Your Life Coach?

Choosing the right coach is essential to your success. Not all coaches are trained equally. Coaches have different styles, techniques, and tools that they use to move their clients to a greater, fuller life. It’s vitally important that you choose a coach you are comfortable working with if you expect to get great results. Here are a few guidelines you can follow when choosing a coach:
  • Study the coach and make sure their philosophies align with yours.
  • Ask for client testimonials. Look to see if their former clients have achieved the results you are looking for.
  • Check to see that the coach is certified. It’s easy to hang out a coaching shingle but has the coach been properly trained? Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of credentials.
  • Choose a coach who specializes in the area of your problem. There are hundreds of coaching specialty areas.
  • Choose a coach who is in good standing with the International Coaching Federation.  ICF members are bound to a Code of Ethics. The ICF sets the standard in the coaching industry.
  • Ask for a “get acquainted call” where you can ask questions and get to know the coach. This should be free of charge.
According to the International Coach Federation
  • 99% or those surveyed say they were “somewhat to very satisfied” with overall experience.
  • 96% would repeat the process.
Source: ICF Global Coaching Client Study was commissioned by the ICF but conducted independently by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“It is better to follow the Voice inside and be at war with the whole world, than to follow the ways of the world and be at war with your deepest self.” - Michael Pastore

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Look at How Far You've Come!

On a recent trip to Dallas, Texas I was stopped in my tracks by the image you see on the left. The contrast of the old against the new was breathtakingly beautiful. It symbolizes not only how Dallas has grown as a city, but how we have grown as a nation.

I think this image is a great metaphor for how we grow as individuals as well.  All too often we only look at where we are and what we are now. This can cause feelings of self-doubt and failure because we haven’t yet reached the heights we’ve dreamed of.

We fail to take the time to look back and see how far we’ve come.

Taking the time to look at how far you’ve come can produce feelings of success and accomplishment. These feelings of success and accomplishment can act as a fuel to keep you propelling forward toward your ultimate goals.

So here are a few suggestions to help you “appreciate” how far you’ve come.

  • Don’t throw out those finished to-do lists.  Keep them in a file so you can look back to see all you’ve accomplished.
  • Take a moment at the end of every day to look at what went well that day.
  • Set aside time in your schedule to review all that you accomplished
    • every month,
    • every quarter,
    • and every year.
  • Acknowledge what you have learned through your successes and your perceived failures.
I say “perceived failures” because it is my belief that nothing is ever a failure. It’s simply part of the growing process. Sometimes what we see as a failure is simply life’s way of pushing us in a new direction. Learning to embrace that isn’t always easy. Sometimes days, weeks, months and even years need to roll by before we can see the blessing wrapped in the disguise of a perceived failure. It’s only then we realize there was no failure. It was all part of a greater plan.

Here's to your success!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm Celebrating 15 Years of Health and Vitality!

Release the balloons and queue the confetti to drop. I’m celebrating!

This month marks the fifteenth anniversary of recovering my health and return to full vitality. What a different life I led before that occurred.

It’s hard for me to believe that I was chronically ill and unable to work for nearly ten years. Never having been seriously ill before, I trusted my doctors to find the magical cure and get me well. Instead, I became confused over what my symptoms were versus the side effects of my multitude of medications used to treat my symptoms. My life was a six-year blur of helplessness as I followed professional direction that left me feeling worse.

I had two choices; continue to merely exist that way forever or find my own answers. I chose the latter and set off on a three-year healing journey. In the process, I turned to my inner voice, my intuition for guidance.

I learned our bodies act as our internal compass. They send us signals when we go off track. If we choose to ignore those signals long enough, chronic conditions (such as migraines, joint issues, back pain, frequent upper respiratory issues such as asthma, etc.) and serious, sometimes even fatal diseases develop.

Looking back now it’s easy for me to see the connection. As I started to work on my emotional health and began to release my fears (and fear takes many forms) I began to recover.

What I found was I already knew everything I needed to know to get well. 

I am a firm believer that each and every one of us has all the answers we need. It’s what I call “internal truths.” You were born with it. We all were.  It’s just a matter of learning how to tap into it again and sometimes we need assistance.

There was a wonderful bonus attached to this journey through what seemed like hell; I discovered my life’s purpose and work I love.  I am an Intuitive Healer, and Health and Wellness Coach helping others transform their lives!

Do you have chronic condition that plagues you every day? Or a serious disease? Or maybe you know someone who may be struggling to regain optimum health, maybe someone you work with, a relative or friend, or maybe your significant other.

Imagine celebrating an anniversary of return to health and vitality.  How would that feel?