So honored that Sarah agreed to share her story in our year-long Train For Life Empowerment Campaign.
I think sharing helps us recognize we are not alone and that life is perfectly imperfect. It is unpredictable, often messy and certainly full of experiences that push every emotional button we have… but what an incredible journey. Thank you again Sarah for sharing your story. You are a bright light and you are definitely living your personal mission.
Sarah shares some powerful insight through her answers.
My personal mission statement:
“To be the light that inspires change!”
What health and happiness mean to me:
Once upon a time I believed that my health and happiness was tied to appearing physically fit. I gave self-care lip service, but I didn’t yet understand it’s true meaning. I had a very narrow view of health that was driven by my self-worth and what I believed would make me happy. In fact, the times in life I may have looked the most “fit” were also the times I was the most unhealthy…physically undernourished, emotionally stressed and relationally isolated. On this side of things, I’m clear about what I want in life. My priorities have shifted…the things I value most…and so have the things that drive my health and happiness. The opportunity to question what really mattered most in life came at a time when some of my personal decisions left me in a place where my health was at risk, my mental and emotional health was deteriorating and my most important relationships were on the line. I refer to this turning point as an “opportunity” because it was the catalyst for me to stop and re-evaluate what things I would prioritize in life. I was given another chance. It was a gift.
The 3 things I value most:
- My Family. I’m fortunate to live in a home with 4 generations. Yep! That’s right. My husband and I have 3 boys (and a girl pug who makes me smile everyday) but my parents and my 93 year old grandfather also live with us. We don’t share any of our living quarters and we don’t see each other everyday, but we do get to enjoy having easy access to the people who love us more than words can describe. I’m deeply grateful for the privilege of living in my home with these amazing human beings. Their love and forgiveness has power, and it moves me like nothing else in this world.
- My whole-person health. Mind, body and soul are equally important to me and they work in harmony with each other. When the health of my mind suffers, so does my body. I’m grateful that I was created in the image of the divine and that there is an intelligent relationship, a perfect design, for my wholeness. When something feels off, I stop and ask these questions: “Am I giving myself time for mindful moments?” “Am I participating in the healthy movement of my body?” “How am I fueling myself? Am I getting the right food, the right amount and at the right time?” “How much sleep am I getting?” It’s usually a dead giveaway, of what’s causing me to be out of balance.
- Creation and connection. I put these two together because for me they cross the lines of pleasure, productivity and purpose. This is where I feel passion and gifting, but also calling and dedication. I’m blessed that I love my work. It gives me opportunities for creation, connection and provision. Sure, there are days I’d love to just check out, and that’s when I know I need a vacation!
At the end of the day, my happiness is rooted in joy and that comes from being grateful. When I embraced the true fact that EVERYTHING in life is a gift, that I’m not entitled to anything but that I have the power to choose the way I respond to my circumstances, life took a turn for the better and I’m forever grateful.
My favorite quote:
There is no JOY without GRATITUDE. ~ Brene Brown
More wise comments:
We all have stories, that is a fact, but choosing to own them can initially be very painful. As human beings we’re wired to run from pain, and we’re naturally really good at hiding. What happens when we hide however, is that we begin to be owned by our story and we along with our stories, are rendered powerless. Making the decision to bring our truth into the light is one of the most empowering and freeing experiences this life has to offer. Owning doesn’t necessarily mean sharing, but sometimes we have special opportunities to offer the gifts of our journey to others we meet along the way. I’m grateful that I can share a little about my story and the place I find myself along life‘s path in this moment. I am honored to have been asked to share some of my thoughts on health, happiness and empowerment.
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