I have always believed that bad times serve a purpose. Though they are definitely not any fun, they are a necessary part of life. Without those bad times we wouldn’t fully appreciate the good times. This last year and a half has been rough for my health but in every other aspect of my life it has been one of the best years I could ever imagine. It has been a year of true healing for me, not just physically but emotionally as well. Physical and emotional healing go hand in hand, to heal the body we must heal the soul. My family has been through a lot the last few years. The stress took its toll on my health. Then 2015 had its way of restoring so much for us. I regained a lot of my health and feel more alive than ever.
I don’t want to sugar coat all I’ve battled this year, because 2015 started out with me getting needles shoved in my neck and being diagnosed with Hashimotos, then adrenal fatigue and MTHFR a few months later. Then leaky gut, and candida overgrowth, hemochromatosis, severe gluten issues (possibly celiac), 5 big mercury fillings that need dealing with, kidney stones, and gallbladder issues. And thats not even the full list! BUT, through all of that…I have had the best year of my life. Seems crazy to say doesn’t it? Its not though. While the physical has been a challenge and a struggle, I have discovered a strength within myself, and a constant support and true unending love in my spouse. Those two things are so valuable to me, absolutely priceless.
Discovering this inner strength has helped me persevere and change my life from the worn down, fatigued, migraine ridden, pain filled, sick person I used to be, to a woman who has the energy to do anything my heart desires. All of that physical pain is gone now. Sure, I’ve still got some healing to do but I’m nowhere near how bad I was a year ago.
There is something about a year ending and a new year beginning that causes people to reflect back on the last year. It’s not really that anything is going to dramatically change from December 31-January1 (like people so adamantly believed back in Y2K), but its more the reflection and introspection that takes place that causes change. People make New Years Resolutions because thinking back on the past year causes us to mentally review the good and bad in our life. It causes us to think of the things we want to change, the things we want to grow and keep and the things that need a good swift kick in the butt to leave. Whether it be an illness, a relationship, 30 pounds, or a thought process that needs to go. New Years is the motivator a lot of people need to make those necessary changes. Sure it’d be great if we just made these changes anytime throughout the year and didn’t wait to start on January 1, but its better to start then than to not start at all.
That is what I did last year. I had spent a few months leading up to New Years researching Paleo and very slowly making a few changes along the way. Once the New Year hit all bets were off and I came out with guns blazing. I hit the research hard, overhauled my diet, took on necessary healthy habits and changed my life. I tell you this as motivation. To tell you that it can be done. Lives can be changed and people can take what was a worn down life and make it new. GAIN. YOUR. LIFE. BACK! Don’t wait for someone else to help you, a doctor to heal you, or the changes to just happen. Do it yourself and do it now. Your life will never change until you decide to make that change. Don’t live life on the sidelines watching others run and play with their kids or grandkids, others radiating joy and wishing you could experience that yourself, or even getting out of debt and not living with that burden. It all can be done. I promise you it can be done.
One year ago that was me wishing for those things and today I sit here a new woman. So full of joy, peace and love. I truly believe it was the soul healing, the soul searching, and the emotional growth that lead to the physical healing. The Paleo diet has had a massive positive impact on my life and my families life, but I never could’ve taken on a diet like this and stuck with it had I not made the necessary changes within myself also.
We can’t live our life playing the victim as a sick person and expect anything to change. If you want your life to change then damn it, get up and CHANGE IT! That quote “If you don’t like where you are move, you are not a tree!” is so very true. The only thing holding you back is yourself. Our circumstances are what we make of them, we all have the same number of hours in a day. You can spend them sitting on Facebook all day or you could do some research on the same internet to find out how to eat better. Then get up and go do it! Excuses like “I don’t have the money to join a gym, and eating healthy is expensive” are complete crap! Sure eating all organic expensive but a bag of organic apples is also the same price as a bag of Doritos or a case of Mountain Dew. Doing squats in your living room, following along to a youtube yoga video, or walking around your neighborhood are all F-R-E-E. Excuses are just that, excuses. I’m sorry if this seems harsh, but I can say it from a place of knowing. I’ve been there and lived that life. It’s no life to live.
I ache to see people happy, thriving and doing well. Living the life of their dreams. I sit here in the still quiet morning, and pause to think of what changes I want to make in the New Year.
My list is short and in no particular order,
- Continue on my healing journey to heal my body of years of damage and neglect.
- Further invest in the relationships that matter most to me and weed out the ones that drain me.
- Grow closer to God.
Writing them down makes them more real and tangible. I’d encourage you to sit down for a few minutes and do the same thing. Get a piece of paper and reflect on the last year and what you want to change, then write it down. Make some goals and work hard to reach them.
So tell me, what are you going to achieve this year? I wish you all the happiest year ahead! Filled with countless blessings and goals reached.