A personal development junkie who’s been put to the test
Growing up, my mom would sometimes play Wayne Dyer CDs in the car. I remember hearing “manifest destiny” many times, but it had no meaning to me. I never really listened. If I were paying attention, I could’ve learned a lot from what my mom was listening to and reading. But it wasn’t until I was in college that I really started learning about things like the law of attraction, manifestation, and the power of positive thinking. I’ve been an enthusiast ever since. I started reading personal development books, listening to business podcasts, meditating regularly, and putting out only good energy as much as possible. I was living a charmed life.
Can you guess where this is going? I had honed my happiness skills, but nothing was challenging that happiness. So the Universe tested me to see how badly I really wanted it.
At the age of 25, after two major traumas, I started having health issues. I had always been healthy, and these strange symptoms were deeply unsettling. I knew something was wrong with me, but no one seemed to be able to name it. My symptoms got so bad that I couldn’t work or spend time with friends. This, coupled with the grief of losing my father, made for a challenging time. After a long journey of tests, changing symptoms, and doctor visits, I found out I likely have something called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS. POTS is a type of dysautonomia which affects mostly young women, a lot of whom appear healthy.
Living with this “new normal” has caused me to grow so much. It’s added depth to my understanding of the human experience. Despite the hardship, I’m still a positive person, determined to be a source of joy in the world.
Here I’ll be sharing what I’m learning on this healing journey. Diet, mindset, exercise, relationships, self care, and neuroscience are all fair game. If you’re also struggling with dysautonomia, my wish is to be a voice of hope for you. I firmly believe that things can get better, and I hope I can help you on your way.