Updated: Oct 13, 2021
and I'm on a mission to awaken wellness everywhere by reminding people that they are Infinite Divine Beings. I believe strongly we need to change the approach of wellness from treating the problem to being the solution.
No matter what challenges you are currently facing, may you find the courage and the strength here to take responsibility for your own health and wellness. May this website become an oasis where you feel nurtured, nourished, strengthened and empowered to be the best that you can be… one small step at a time. I help people who suffer from a traumatic injury, and terminal or other serious diagnoses, to heal themselves above and beyond the odds, so that they can go on to live full, healthy and happy lives. Why? What drove me in this direction? Keep reading...
Many years ago, I was living in Toronto, Canada and had reached the pinnacle of success that she thought would finally make her happy and her life complete. It didn`t. She had climbed the corporate ladder, was making a solid 6 figure income, had lots of “stuff” to show for it and looked extremely successful on the outside. Despite appearances, however, she was unhappy, unfulfilled and felt empty and dead on the inside. Maybe you know this feeling.
Before Turning Fifteen
As if that was not enough, I had struggled with my weight for decades, as I had used food to cover up my unexpressed emotions from my past traumas. Before turning fifteen, I had lost her only two brothers and had been sexually abused by an uncle for four years. So, I overate when I felt sad, ashamed, unworthy, guilty, fearful, anxious, overwhelmed or any other feeling I didn’t want to feel. My addiction to food kicked in at a new level to fill the void left by this superficially successful career and, at my heaviest, carried around an extra 60 pounds.
When I woke up crying most mornings, I knew something had to change. I felt that there must be more to life, there must be a better way of living and being. While still working in an unfulfilling career, I was determined to find the answer. I spent two years rediscovering and reclaiming myself, as well as soaking up everything I could learn about wellness. Being a nature photographer, I spent as much time as possible outside, feeling embraced by Mother Earth and capturing her beauty in photographs. A lightbulb had gone off in my mind when I found countless reputable research studies that showed the healing power of nature.
At The End of 2000
At the end of 2000, I finally found the courage to jump off the corporate treadmill to follow my calling. I didn’t know exactly what I'd be doing, however knew I'd be using my nature photographs in some way. Mother Earth had helped me to heal in my darkest hours and I wanted to create healing environments for others in need. Just four days later, the Universe provided me with an amazing opportunity to discover my gifts and to ‘test’ what I had learned.
My mother was diagnosed with "terminal" cancer and given months to live. I immediately flew home to Newfoundland to share my nature photos, as well as all of the wellness knowledge I had learned over the past few years with my mother. Just six months later, my mother’s "terminal" cancer diagnosis was reversed and she was almost cancer free. With this uplifting news, I knew she was on the right path. I then called myself a Wellness Innovator and spoke across Canada for over four years, inspiring and empowering people to take charge of their life and think outside of the box.
On June 14, 2005, I was given the perfect opportunity to live and breathe the wellness lessons I had been sharing on a much deeper level. On that day I was riding my bicycle down a very steep hill in Toronto to get to the bicycle path at the bottom. I never made it. There are six weeks I don't remember, however an eye witness said they saw my front wheel shake, hit a pothole and then I was thrown over the handlebars, landing directly on my face and head.
I received a traumatic brain injury and immediately had brain surgery when I arrived at the hospital. My injuries were so severe that I was placed in a drug-induced coma for several days to increase my chances of survival. When the doctors knew I would live, I was taken out of the coma and my friends and family were told not to expect much given the severity of my brain injury. They were told I'd probably never be able to function as I had in the past and that they’d have to look after me for the rest of my life.
Knowing me, though, they knew I'd be much better than anyone expected. What they didn’t know was that besides my optimism, I came out of the coma with vast knowledge...about life here on earth, about eternal life, about the changing role of humans, about our ability to heal ourselves and about the true Divinity and perfection of every living thing on this planet, amongst many other things.
I finally understood that we not only have an eternal soul that carries on after our body transitions, it is here to play a much larger role in our lives. I knew that when we learn how to let our souls lead our lives instead of our limited ego minds, we’d be shown a much better way of living and being in this world. Initially, I didn’t know what to do with this knowledge for a number of reasons:
I’d had a brain injury and didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy.
I was a very left-brained individual before my accident, as were most people in her life.
I, and almost everyone I knew, had to see it to believe it.
I didn’t have any role models whom I respected and trusted to help her embrace this.
Over the next eight years, I learned how to get out of my own way to allow this Divine knowledge to come to the forefront of my day-to-day experience. I would not be here today – happy, at peace and absolutely loving life – if I did not live and breathe the wellness lessons that I share today and embrace the wisdom I gained from my visit to the other side.
I wake up every morning excited about the magical and wonder filled day before me, regardless of the challenges around me, eager to jump out of bed. I now know that, YES, there definitely is a better way of living and being and, NO, you don`t need to have a challenge or traumatic event, or give up everything and remove yourself from society, to realize it. It is not only possible to create a life that you absolutely LOVE, it can be done with ease and grace.
I am passionate about making a difference and am on a mission to awaken millions of people around the world to their magnificence...to the Infinite Divine beings that they are.