Celebrate your miracles!

When I started my journey into helping others I could not have imagined being in the place I am today. I am humbled as I celebrate this victory and the miracles it contains.

I felt the call to make a difference in this world many years ago. My goal was to change the lives of those willing to commit. That meant, focus, dedication, and hard work on my part.

Making a difference has taken on many forms and has focused mainly on those who have been told they have cancer. No matter, how young or old you are, this is a tough diagnosis. It is when you truly find out the staying power of your friends and family.

Prior to 2013, most of my work was only slightly challenging. In July of 2013, I took on the most challenging case to date. I was asked to assist with a glioblastoma patient who wasn’t expected to live past the end of that year. She had just had surgery to remove what tumor the doctors could safely remove. Then it was 33 days of radiation and chemo.

She was wheel chair bound, very weak, cognitive and speech skills weren’t good, and she was overweight. The goal, in the minds of her family and herself; give her some sense of normalcy until she passes. She wanted to do as many things on her bucket list as she could possibly fit in and we did do some of those.

However, I had a bigger goal in mind. My goal was to help her thrive and outlive any expectations the doctors may have had.

Each individual is a unique, and her case is no different, therefore, I won’t go into the specifics of what I did with her. On June 13th, 2016, she celebrated her 3 year survivor, thriver anniversary. She is half the woman she used to be, no longer needs a wheel chair, speech and cognitive skills vastly improved, the list of miracles goes on.

Her doctors say she is defying the odds. On multiple occasions, they simply turned to me and said, “Whatever you are doing, keep doing it because it works.” They have no explanation as to why she is still alive. She no longer needs me.

If you had told me I would be used to aid in this type of transformation, I would have told you that could never happen. The fact is, it did, and I was part of that miracle. This was by far, the most stressful 3 years of my career as a coach but I wouldn’t change it.

We all have the ability to heal. The human body is an amazing machine. Listen to the messages you receive from your body even when they seem crazy. Miracles are happening with each breathe you take.


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Gratitude-Pay it forward contest!

Gratitude is the open door to abundance! I start each day with an exercise in gratitude. Wellness isn’t just about nourishment for the physical body, we need to nourish the spiritual, mental and emotional bodies as well. What are you grateful for today?

I’ve been sewing off and on since I was a teenager. I was in my early 20’s when I first saw a Baby Lock machine and I was hooked. They were way out of my budget and I believed that owning one would only ever be a dream. I would dream and then let it go, always grateful for what I did have.

Last year I took a step up the sewing machine ladder and bought a Singer Stylist with all the bells and whistles. It was more than I ever had in a machine. Gratitude is a constant in my life and I was happy.

Fast forward a year, I started a project sewing special pillowcases for cancer patients, inspired by the work I do at Unlimited Smileage. The dream resurfaced as I sat and stitched.

I decided I would go look at them again. This time the universe had other plans for my dream. I was lead to a shop that is locally owned and wanted to see me with the machine of my dreams. Long story short, my new Baby Lock is now sitting on my sewing table ready to start the Pillowcase Challenge. My goal is to see how many pillowcases I can stitch in the month of March, all of which will be donated to charity.

Paying it forward!

In keeping with the gratitude theme, I’m giving away my Singer Stylist to IMG_4404one lucky winner. This machine with all the added accessories is valued at over $500. I want to see someone using it in love and service to their family, friends, and community.

There are two requirements. The first, sign up for the Begin Within Wellness newsletter. The second, comment on this blog post and tell me in 150 words or less how you would use this machine in service to others(family included) and why you feel you should win. If you prefer not to comment and would like to keep your response private, I will also accept email submissions.

It’s that easy.

  • There is no cost to enter.
  • It is open to individuals as well as not for profit agencies.
  • Deadline to enter is March 15, 2016.
  • The winner will be notified by email on or before March 30, 2016.
  • The contest is open only to those in the U.S. with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska. (I’m sorry shipping would be an issue outside of the lower 48.)
  • The winner may be required to pay a small fee to assist with shipping. If the winner is local to me, I will be happy to deliver.
  • Although I will do my best to ship safely, the machine doesn’t come with any expressed warranty. Unfortunately, I have no control over the shipping process. The machine works well and as you can see by the picture, it comes with tons of accessories.

What are you waiting for? I can’t wait to hear your stories and find a new loving home for this machine.

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