I never really had any great aspirations in life, all I ever REALLY wanted to be was a wife and a mom, and I was so incredibly blessed to be a stay-at-home wife and mom for 20 years. The downside of that is… after my kids grew up and left home and my husband passed away in 2016 following a 9-year battle with a brain tumor, I was lost.
I had given up my writing career in 2015 to focus all my time and energy on Charles, so I didn’t have a career anymore. I didn’t feel like I had any purpose. And I added to my grief by leaving my entire life behind when I moved from North Carolina to California 2017.
I fell into such a deep depression I could barely function, and I had no direction in life. Then one afternoon, while I was home in bed sick… again… a friend called and presented me with a life-changing opportunity…
A chance to say YES to a new business… to new friends who are quickly becoming ohana (family)… and to creating a healthy and exciting new way of life. Please follow along on my journey or better yet… #JoinMeInThisWellnessJourney
While driving for Uber full-time, my health was definitely taking a backseat. I started at 4:00 in the morning and drove until 10:00 or 11:00 am, came home, ate lunch, took a nap, and then went back out again in the late afternoon. I would stop at McDonald’s and get dinner on my way home at 7:00 or 7:30… eat, go to bed, and start the whole thing over again the next morning.
Between the junk food, lack of exercise, and exposure to hundreds of people each week, my immune system was so compromised I contracted the mumps for the 2nd time in my life (that’s not supposed to happen). I’d just started driving again after being home for 2 weeks, when I developed a sore throat, cough, chills, headache, and extreme fatigue.
I didn’t qualify for COVID-19 testing, but I had every symptom, so I started self-quarantining 4 days before the California governor issued stay-at-home orders. 3 weeks later, I finally started feeling better.
If I’ve learned anything over the past 2 months, it’s that building a healthy immune system is one of the biggest gifts we can give to not only ourselves, but to the world as a whole. Please follow along as I embark on my biohacking/health-building journey… As a Pepsi-guzzling, Krispy Kreme-loving, sugar junkie, I’m going to need lots of encouragement and support!
Time and health are our most valuable assets because they can’t be replaced. This is something I became painfully aware of over the past year while trading time for money as a full-time Uber driver. I often drove as many as 300 miles a day, but personally and professionally I was going nowhere. My physical, emotional, and mental health were deteriorating, and every day I grew more sick and tired of being sick and tired.
California’s stay-at-home orders forced me to re-evaluate my situation, while also giving me the gift of much-needed time to go within and figure out a new, healthier vision and plan for my life.
Please follow along with me as I explore the exciting world of biohacking… it’s sure to be a wild ride! 😄
This image from the Power Of Positivity really spoke to me today, because 4 years ago today, my husband gave me a final gift… he had a stroke.
I imagine you’re wondering what’s wrong with me… how could I say such a thing? But I knew my husband, in a lot it ways, better than I knew (and still know) myself. I woke up every morning to him lying in bed beside me, smiling and saying, “I love you” with his eyes. We spent all day every day together, and then we went to sleep at night holding hands.
I’m not sure I could’ve survived him leaving in an instant, one minute there, the next minute gone. And he knew that. I say that his stroke was his and God’s gift to me, because it allowed me to get used to waking up alone and going to sleep alone, but still getting to spend the day with him at the hospital. I had a month to prepare for the inevitable conclusion to his fight that I spent nearly nine years refusing to accept. March 9th marks a lot of firsts and a lot of lasts for he and I. And every year, I keep waiting for this day to get easier. So far, it hasn’t. Maybe next year….