What if you could do a restart? A do-over? Take everything that you’ve learned in life up until this point (plus maybe a few other gems of knowledge) and then say time out. I want to start over. I want to reset my body, my mind, my soul…MY LIFE!
Hi there. I’m Lisa…a writer, entrepreneur, real-food eater and kick-in-the-pants motivator for living a vibrant life. I’m on a mission to help smart and busy women slow down in an overloaded world. To regain their energy and passion. And toss fatigue, burnout and stress out the window. ‘Cause there’s no room for that where we’re going!
SOMETIMES WE GO SO FAST WE DON’T KNOW HOW WE GOT HERE!
Downshift: To reduce the speed, rate or intensity.
Ology: The study or science of something.
You can think of Downshiftology as the study of a better, more fulfilling life. But really, it’s the sweet spot between health, lifestyle and happiness. Helping you slow down in a world that’s faster than a speeding bullet. Allowing you to notice more of the small things. Because sometimes those small things can be life altering.
A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE
- That focusing on wellness versus disease is transformational. The body is amazingly resilient and wants to heal.
- That every single day matters and you have the power to design the life you want to live.
- That simplicity does not mean boring. It allows you to pursue your passions and adventures with gusto.
- That it’s possible to master the work/life blend and free yourself from perpetual stress and overwhelm.
- That laughing so hard your cheeks hurt is good for the soul.
SO HOW DO I KNOW A THING OR TWO?
In the span of two years, starting at age 35, I was diagnosed with four autoimmune diseases. I never could win the CA Lottery, but boy did I win the autoimmune lottery! My number kept coming up – first Celiac Disease, then Hashimotos, then Psoriasis and finally Endometriosis.
Holy moly. How is this possible?
I was a corporate warrior going down the path of cataclysmic burnout. I had followed the path laid out before me – get a good education, work long hours and rise up through the ranks. And I did. In the healthcare industry no less! Oh, the irony. Yet I ignored all the little whispers of my body along the way.
Fatigue – I just need more coffee.
Stress – Some candy/soda/alcohol will fix that.
Sleep – I’ll do that tomorrow.
Until I got slapped upside the head, four times over.
NAVIGATING PAST DISEASE TO THE NEW PATH OF WELLNESS
With my background in healthcare I soaked up everything I could about autoimmune and chronic diseases like a sponge. Then I started connecting the dots. Big, bold, illuminating dots. The result? Two a-ha’s. First, while our genes are important, our lifestyle is more so. And second, inflammation in the body is bad (from food, stress or otherwise.)
But I only had to look at my circle of girlfriends to see this in epidemic proportions. Much like you, they’re corporate warriors, passionate entrepreneurs and mom-of-all-trades. They may have chosen different paths, yet they have one thing in common – they’re burned out! And suffering from depression, autoimmune diseases, infertility, chronic migraines, skin issues and mental breakdowns in droves. They visit doctors for answers…and only receive pills in return. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
The connection between stress, sleep and nutrition…to health, energy and happiness is stronger than crazy glue. Little tweaks can have massive impact. With a little bit of work and whole lotta self-love, you can reverse what ails you and regain your radiant life. I’ve lived this change. I’ve gone through the journey. And I’m passionate about guiding you through your own transformation.
WITH A JOURNEY, YOU END UP FURTHER ALONG THAN WHERE YOU STARTED.
It’s ok to do a life restart. In fact, I champion it! You might be a little scared. I get that. But don’t let fear prevent you from living the life you were meant to live. I left my corporate job, over-hauled my diet, learned how to breathe (really breathe) and became reacquainted with my former adventurous self.
Today, I nourish my body and mind with real food. I connect with girlfriends and nature. I practice self-care and meditation. I laugh as much as humanely possible. And *drumroll*…I’ve never felt better!
But the proof is in the proverbial pudding. Change doesn’t happen overnight. But slowly and surely it does happen. I’m happy to report that after two years, my Celiac antibodies no longer exist on lab results. Ta-da! My Hashimoto’s is under control. My Psoriasis is virtually gone. And my Endometriosis (after surgery) no longer plagues me. I’ve been healing from the inside out, using lifestyle changes as medication.
But I would be remiss in leading you to believe I’m 100% healed. The reality is that health is not a one-time fix and autoimmune diseases don’t magically cure themselves. In fact, once triggered, they’re always there. But let me tell you this – I’ve become a pretty darn good autoimmune tamer!
So if you’ve been reading and thinking, “hmmm, this sounds familiar”… know that you too can break this dastardly chronic disease cycle. And I’m here to support you along the way.
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Thank you for taking the time to read through my story. I’m so happy you’re here…and I’d love to get to know you!
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With Love and Smiles,