2015 in review and my 2016 wishes for you!

2015 has definitely been another year of transformation and growth for me. Before the year is up I’ll be looking back, re-reading blogs, posts on Facebook, and my journal to reflect and review a lot of what I’ve done in this past year. And of course I’m also putting into place the steps for my plans both personal and professional for 2016. I’m excited about both! One aspect as mentioned that is fun to look back at is my activity here on WordPress.

I love knowing that my words here are reaching a lot of people, and hopefully connecting with and inspiring at least some of those readers. I love knowing my blog is being shared by other bloggers to their readers and to friends and strangers alike.

I also love to hear from my readers on how my words have affected them. I read every comment I get and use your feedback to create future blogs and to do things better. I hope you will continue to comment and share with me. We all seek that connection with others.

I would be even more thrilled if you wanted to share your 2016 goals and aspirations with me, especially if they involve health and wellness, but really it’s ALL about wellness – mental, spiritual and physical, isn’t it?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. It’s posted below.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Are you ready to make 2016 YOUR year of change? Your year of inspiration? Your year of amazing change?

For 2016 I wish this for all of you:

may the coming year

 

 

 

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The Right Decision

Once again it seems I owe you, my valued readers, an apology. I have been so busy with more of that personal work I’ve been talking about in my last few blogs as well as having doors of opportunity open, that once again I have neglected you by falling behind on my blog. I sincerely do apologize.

Not to be blowing my own horn (ok, maybe a little) but I have created those opportunities! 😀 I have recently been creating specific nutritional information and protocol handouts for my Naturopath to give to his patients. So far he has asked for 9 specific ones and we have kept the door open to me creating more for him. 

The second project I have been working on is gathering information and creating spreadsheets from the data for my Hypnotherapist, who is also my friend. We are collaborating on a few things.

I have some more good news, huge (to me) exciting news! This is the 3rd opportunity. It pertains to the work I will be doing with him (and his biz partners) in the near future. I’m not going to share what that is just yet as I would like to make sure he is comfortable with me sharing it here. Suffice it to say for now that I suggested a win-win solution to a challenge we were both facing and he (and his partners) have eagerly and graciously accepted the idea. I am very happy! 🙂 Very soon you will hear about it and for those of you living in the Vancouver area, you will be able to come and see me in lovely professional office/clinic space. I will also be adding another skill set to my range of knowledge that will allow me to really dig deep with my clients – by the end of this month I will be a Certified Hypnotist!!

 

Now on to the other topic that I absolutely have to address with all of you. I have been talking in my last few blogs about sharing more of my personal story with all of you. I felt very strongly when I first talked about sharing it, that it was the right decision. Yet since I made that decision I have been hesitant to do so. I have needed to take the time to figure out why.

Part of it was that I was in the middle of some more very intense in-depth work/changes. Once again they were all encompassing. I was taking my Vision classes that helped me discover my vision and purpose in being here and how I’m going to bring that into the world. That work along with the work I was doing with my Hypnotherapist was bringing forth a lot of intense emotion and huge shifts in perspective, thought processes and putting aside ways of dealing with things that were no longer serving me. I also had to learn new ways for those old thoughts/patterns because one thing I have learned from all my work is that you cannot erase the past, you can only change your perspective on it and on how you let it or use it to serve you. I have learned to see the broader picture or the same picture from a new perspective while still feeling and valuing my emotions. It has been incredible! I am living so much more in the moment than I ever have, and I honestly thought that I lived very well in the moment. 

My point being with all of the above (besides the fact that I did want to share with you where I am at), is that after a lot of thought and some discussion with a close friend I have realized that the reason I haven’t been able to tell my story is because I don’t want to look back to where I was last year or even further because I am not there anymore! I am not afraid of losing all the progress and change I have made – it has been done on the subconscious level and I won’t fall back, I simply don’t want to re-read (from my journals) all that I have gone through. It was all very intensely emotional and stressful. I cannot emphasize enough though that it was worth every moment of it, but I don’t want to go over it again. At least not at this point in time. This is the right decision for me.

I do however intend to be open with my personal story more often from here on out. I won’t make a promise I can’t keep as to how often that will be, but I can promise that I will share more often. Since my work is now leading me to helping others with making deep lasting change you will see more variety in my blogs. They won’t be as focused on nutritional subjects but will be more varied and well rounded towards the mental and spiritual sides of wellness! After all Holistic Nutrition is about the body mind and spirit connection. 

we are unlimited

You are never too late to find your power, share your gifts or use your talents to benefit the world. That is why we are all here!!

*If you would like contact info for my Naturopathic Doctor, my Vision teacher (mentor), or my Hypnotherapist, please email me at nourishment3@gmail.com. I will be glad to share and they would be glad to hear from you.*

 

Getting personal…

So I’ve made a commitment to bringing my personal story to my blog but I must admit I’m struggling with where to start.

In a discussion I was having with my Naturopath about this, I mentioned that I am actually way more of a private person than I thought I was. Yet sharing my personal growth is the right thing to do. I know in my heart that this is a good thing, for me and for my readers.

Humans are story tellers. Before the written word stories of our history, our families, our experiences were verbally told and passed down from person to person. People want to know how others do things, how they handle life, how they grow and change with all that life throws at us. I want to be a story teller! It is part of my most basic nature to want to help others, and what better way to do so than to share my personal experiences?

If you look at the kinds of things you read, watch (on tv etc) or see happening around you, don’t you learn the most from the things that happen to people you know and to yourself? Don’t you want to hear the true stories of others?

Going back to me finding this hard to do, it is not just about sharing some deep parts of me, it actually is more about not knowing where to start. You might say “Well Valerie, just start at the beginning!” Yet where is the beginning? I’ve been working on personal growth intensely for the last 2-3 years, since I moved to Vancouver, BC; but I have also done a lot of growth in the 4-5 years beforehand too. So where do I start? I am even contemplating working backwards, but I’m not sold on that. I’d like to be able to show all of you how one step has led to the next.

Let’s get started! I did post an “about me” as one of my first blogs that tells how I got to where I became an R.H.N. (Registered Holistic Nutritionist), so I’m going to start there again. I’ve had my issues with food and weight and emotional eating and have been seeking solutions all my adult life. I’m also a big believer in prevention and cure through natural and alternative methods. I struggled to overcome the belief that “modern medicine” was the only way to go. That’s what I was brought up with.

What has led me to so much desire for personal growth though is the belief deep deep inside me that I was and could be more, that I could be authentically me! That there was absolutely nothing wrong with me, and that I should be me. Why would I try to be anyone else?

Here’s where I really start getting personal. I grew up the youngest of 6 in an alcoholic dysfunctional home. There was physical and verbal abuse. I am not looking for sympathy. I know others have grown up in homes that were far worse, yet we all know that our experiences shape us, and are completely the be all and end all while we are living them (at the very least).  I also know that the experience was different for each one of my siblings and I.

I learned a lot of things in that atmosphere. I learned to hide. Hide who I was, hide physically and to escape mentally. I am only now at the age of 50 discovering some of what I hid from and what I hid about my authentic self – which sadly was a lot. Growing up in that kind of home created a lot of fear for me. The subconscious is the most powerful part of your brain and will protect you from things that it doesn’t think you can handle. For example I’ve only recently – within the last week, learned that something I’ve known about in small detail all my life was actually what turned my whole life upside down when I was not quite 5 years old. How’s that for a holy crap moment?? Lol

I think this is a good place to stop for now. I have been working for the last 6-8 years to discover, redo, undo, reprogram, learn, grow and move forward in my growth, life and mind, body, spirit wellness. I keep saying and 100% mean and believe that it is all worth it! As I bring more of my story forward to you I hope you will find it so and that you will be inspired to never stop growing, learning and moving forward. I am living happily in the present , excited about my future, and letting my past go, all at once. No wonder life seems hectic sometimes. 🙂

I’ll leave you with one of my fave quotes:

“Make a pledge to yourself right now, to declare that you are worth your time and energy.”

― Deborah Day