Hey there, my amazing friends and supporters! It's been quite a journey, and I'm nervous and a bit excited to be able to share my story with you today. Over the past year, I've been through some tough times as I encountered a mishmash of health issues that led to my hospitalization for almost eight months in late 2022 and much of 2023.
In the photo above, you can see just a handful of the team that worked with me every day (and every night!). And I was hanging on to the cart you see in front because I wasn’t yet able to walk unassisted. But guess what? I'm back, I'm much better, and I'm bursting with excitement about the year ahead!
For those of you who don't know, I've been a bit MIA for much of the last year due to a big, very unexpected change in my health. It's been a rollercoaster ride filled with incredible ups and downs, but through it all, I've learned some incredible life lessons, both about myself and my business.
Now, as I slowly regain my strength and stamina, I'm ready to dive headfirst into 2024 with a renewed sense of purpose and some exciting new developments for kinesiology students, kin graduates and movement therapists of all stripes.
Lesson 1: The Power of Resilience
The past year has been a true test of my resilience. It's astonishing how our bodies and minds can endure so much and bounce back stronger than ever. When faced with adversity, it's amazing what we can overcome. My experience in the hospital reminded me that we are much stronger than we think, and resilience is a quality we should never underestimate.
Lesson 2: Self-Care is Non-Negotiable
In the hustle and bustle of running a business and juggling life's demands, self-care can often take a backseat. My health scare served as a wake-up call. I've learned that taking care of myself isn't just important – it's imperative. This is a lesson I'll carry with me as I move forward, and I encourage you all to prioritize self-care as well.
Lesson 3: Adapting and Innovating
My time away from my business forced me to reassess and reimagine the way I do things. I’ve learned to delegate everything. Trusting my team to do ‘all the things’ was extremely scary for someone who needs control over, well, everything. From all of these necessary steps, taken as quickly as possible in between surgeries, I didn’t have a choice but to hand over my role and responsibilities to others with just my standard operating procedures documents, crossed fingers, an incredible team, and a big exhale.
As I’ve been recovering, I've been working on some exciting new projects and initiatives that I believe will benefit kinesiology students and graduates. The long stretches of downtime as I healed (and watched everything on Netflix - and Crave, Disney+ and Amazon Prime!) allowed me to strengthen many personal relationships, focus on innovation, explore new ideas, and set new goals for the future.
Ready? Here we GO!
What's in Store for 2024 (see that rhyme I did there?) 😂
As I look ahead to 2024, I'm filled with gratitude for the support and understanding I've received from this incredible community. Your well-wishes, messages, and positive vibes have been my guiding light during the darkest of times. I can't thank you enough.
My health journey over the last year has been a profound learning experience. It has brought me back with a renewed passion and purpose, and I can't wait to share these exciting developments with you all. Let's make 2024 a year of growth, learning, and positive change for kinesiology students and graduates.
Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey with me. Here's to a brighter, healthier, and more prosperous 2024! Let's do this together! 🌟 💪 💖
In (much better) health,
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