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Birthday week Day 4 – Reflecting in gratitude

I am often my own motivator and it is me who knows best when a low comes around. Part of pampering myself includes taking time to reflect and pull out the gratitude journal. To remember how far I have come and allow it to make myself feel really good, accomplished, grateful, while finding the inspiration and motivation to build on my current for even more results. It’s important to stop from time to time and celebrate all the hard work you’ve been doing and giving yourself credit for seeing it through. Because in the end nothing ever worthwhile is easy.

Today I am reflecting on my health and I see it like a tree with many different branches that came into my life. Branches that held various forms of wisdom and healing so the overall picture could emerge and grow. A picture that rooted me even deeper, making me stronger in the eyes of storm and more flexible to sway without breaking.

I remember how much light Reiki has brought to my life and it was truly the turning point and the begin of this beautiful transformative journey for me.

I remember pushing myself physically and going from a point of barely being able to walk to scaling mountains, getting stronger than ever. I remember the saying “No pain, no gain” and the times I wanted to give up yet miraculously pulled through somehow.

I remember the various times of dabbling in the homeopathic path, coming across the Herbal master course, finding the natural remedies book, and the mean green juice .

Since then I feel like I have more energy and a weight has been lifted. The brain fog is also gone and more clarity has returned. I feel lighter and things are completed with more pep in my step and ease. Even the joints seem to move easier and require less effort.

The beginning of February I started to monitor my blood pressure. 158/96 was hypertension stage 2 for me, a often seen number throughout the month. In March I managed 5 normal readings as far as where my blood pressure is suppose to be. April showed 10 normal readings and the hypertension stage 2 reduced mostly to hypertension stage 1 with only two 2’s left. May brought 12 normal readings and no stage 2. In June I missed a few days during my camping adventure but I had pretty much stabilized with 9 normal, 11 elevated, 7 stage 1 and 1 stage 2. Much better than when I started back in February, but still not good enough and I felt ready for the next step. You shall ask and you shall be given. The next steps fell into my lap leaving me feeling grateful and empowered.

With 12 days into my July my blood pressure reading shows 8 normal, 3 elevated and 1 stage 1. I have to two thirds of the month left and I am already grateful knowing I can have the biggest impact yet.

I have lost 6 lbs four days into my juice reboot and I feel great.

Risk factors of hypertension include Aneurysm, Stroke, Chronic kidney disease, Eye damage external link, Heart attack, Heart failure, Peripheral artery disease or carotid artery disease and Vascular dementia.

A scary list I gratefully reduced to a smaller number of chances, and I’m not even done yet. The sky is the limit and with any interest from you, I will continue to share this journey and my learnings. 🙏🏼


We are the co-creators of our life and the time is now. More than ever are we needed to support Mother Earth and each other. Together we discover and explore our unique gifts in times of strengths, in times we lean on each other, and in times when we learn from each other. This blog started as an outlet and what I ultimately called my “Warriors Journey.” It was a way to document the ups and downs of my life, sharing my hardships as well as my successes. It showcased the struggles, but more important the ways of how to overcome them. Although we are warriors each and every day, I realized that having to be a warrior, comes from a place of pain. I decided to rename this blog, and “Phoenix Rising” now stands for the story of overcoming such a painful place. My motivation for this blog hasn’t changed and I hope to share inspiration and hope, to create a sense of belonging, a space of being heard, and connecting with like minded beings who instill a sense of oneness. We are never alone, and we are unstoppable in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire. Who I am in a nutshell... 
I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

2 thoughts on “Birthday week Day 4 – Reflecting in gratitude

  1. It is amazing what a fast can do for the body. Since beginning my own it is like I have kicked in a part of my body that has been in slumber for so long. Because we are no longer starved in any way we never use this very important part of the body. We are designed to have ups and downs in our food supply so naturally fast in many ways. These days there is no such thing so we cannot remove the weight, toxins and fluid retention that persist in our everyday lives, as well as eventually turning many things into chronic conditions.
    You are finding that relief valve dear lady, even your voice has changed, she is singing from the tabletop. Wait till you get onto the roof 😂 🤣

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