MaraWellness is definitely a journey. It is making an effort to develop a lifestyle full of habits that will help you focus on preventing illness and prolonging life. If it sounds like work, it is!  Don’t panic, each journey begins with a step and that is what I am here to help you do.  I have been traveling on my own wellness journey since 1994 when I was diagnosed with RSD / CRPS.  I am very excited to share with you my own experiences and the experiences others have shared with me. In 2005, I decided to move outside of the traditional allopathic box and examine a more natural and holistic approach to my health.  I went back to school to learn about herbs, natural therapies, and essential oils.  I became a Certified Aromatherpist (CA), Certified Herbalist (CH), and Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP).  I believe educated people make better decisions and learning from each other is what life is all about!

Building a lifestyle of wellness has to begin with you.  You, the person you see in the mirror, is responsible for your health! Not your doctor, not your friends, spouse, or parents, it’s you!  You make the daily decisions on whether you are going to exercise or not. You decide how much water you are going to drink. You make the decision whether to eat a cheeseburger and fries verses a salad.  You choose what time you go to sleep and whether or not you stay up late.  Some of us even choose to let life’s stresses take a hold of us. These decisions can and often will affect the foundation of your overall health! Living well means taking time to shop and cook healthy foods. It means having the discipline to stop at the gym and exercise when you are tired and don’t feel like it. Regardless of what you choose to do, it will always take time to do it. So choose your health, live your life, and give your body the best you can!  You are your own thoroughbred!

Over the past twenty years, I have noticed lots of  things. The most important thing I have noticed is that you can’t buy health.  Health seems to be achieved by those who through dedication to oneself, discipline, faith and love carry on despite everything else. Sadly, I have also noticed that too many of us start to pay closer attention to our health once we have had that first heart attack or become sick (like myself). Don’t wait like I did. Make time to take care of yourself today. You are worth it! If you happen to be like me, and you just had to wait till something happened, you can still improve your health and your life by taking the time to do it now.

Remember, when you feel good you are able to take care of your family and support your friends and enjoy yourself. It is when we are at our best that we can best serve others. I believe sharing to be one of our greatest gifts! So don’t forget to learn about your options, natural and traditional so you are not only the navigator of your own health, you are an educated one!  Join me in leading by example and taking time to take care of yourself!

Here’s to your health!

DukePS – I didn’t make this journey by myself.  I have a strong faith in God and lean on him for strength, as well as my family and friends.  I truly believe all creatures are gifts from God, especially man’s best friend. One would say that I am an animal lover! The picture on the left is me with my dog Duke, who is no longer with us. He brought me tons of love, lots of smiles, and I still think about him and miss our walks in the woods!

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