First of all, thank you for stopping by! I have experienced many transitions in my life: health, career, and spiritually, and I hope that one or all my experiences may encourage and support you through your life transitions. So, whether you are looking to change careers, transitioning to a more holistic approach for health reasons, or you are looking for resources to build yourself up spiritually, I would love to share my journeys and lend support through a like-minded community.

My first opportunity for change, (because isn’t that what most challenges in life are, opportunities for change?) came in 2005. In January, after a very stressful period in my life, I began experiencing random pain throughout my body, extreme fatigue, and stomach issues. I also had been fighting a reoccurring bought of bronchitis and a diagnosis of Bronchiectasis from 2002. It felt as though my body was waging war with itself. I was 30 years old. I couldn’t get over the cough and I was afraid I was going to end up in the hospital, for the 3rd time, with pneumonia. I also couldn’t understand why I hurt in places that I had no recollection of bumping or injuring. A simple stubbed toe or scratching an itch caused ridiculous pain. I also began to lose my balance and fell frequently. I had just completed a stressful move and left a full-time teaching position. I started to substitute teach but even that became too much after a few months. Insomnia became the only constant. Numerous doctor appointments ensued, leading to a lot more questions than answers. Blood tests for everything from Lyme’s Disease to Asian Bird Flu to MS followed.

Although I did not feel fortunate at the time, I realized afterwards that what took me about six months to get diagnosed with Fibromyalgia takes many people years. I ended up in the doctor’s office of an infectious disease specialist around June of 2005 who looked at me and said something along the lines of “I can’t help you. You have something called Fibromyalgia but don’t worry, one day you will wake up and it will be gone.” Then he sent me out of the office with no explanation. I didn’t understand what he was telling me. Was it like an infection that would pass, like a bad flu? Was he saying it was all in my head?  Google became my friend and enemy.

Let’s be clear. It has not all gone away. I tried prescription drug after prescription drug, doctor after doctor, clinical trials, diet changes, counseling, natural supplements, and on and on. I nearly ruined my marriage because of the side effects of some of the medication. I have missed an immense amount of work over the years. I’ve had other health issues that I am convinced are related to Fibromyalgia. I had moments when I was not the mom I wanted to be to my two amazing children. For now, let’s fast forward to today. I’ve made major life changes over the last eleven years. I have been off prescription drugs for over seven years, with the only exception being prescribed B-12 shots for less than a year’s time. I continue to use diet and natural therapies to help with my energy, sleep, stomach issues, and pain management. I am also open to try new things. Not crazy, dangerous things, but if someone suggests an essential oil, a meditation, a recipe for bone broth…I will likely give it a try. I weed out what doesn’t work and work into my life what does. My husband and our two teenagers have become pros at being my guinea pigs. “Taste this berry Kombucha/green smoothie/bone broth.” “Listen to this meditation.” “Rub this oil on for ____.” “Listen to this passage from ____ book, by ____ author about simplifying your life/managing time/finding your purpose/having a healthy gut….” Yes, I have an amazing, patient family!

Check back soon for the continuation of my story. I’ll leave you with one of my “never leave home without it” tools…. peppermint essential oil. I keep a little ¼ dram or 1ml bottle in my purse for the headache that pops up without warning, the tiredness that hits mid-afternoon, the motion sickness/nausea that comes on for no apparent reason. Oh, and when sinus infections and colds flare, inhaling a whiff especially combined with Eucalyptus oil, is a must have. If you have further questions or are interested in the brand of essential oils I use, because purity does matter, feel free to email me:

May love, peace and inspiration follow you always!

Mariann xoxo