Animal lover ~ high-vibin' autoimmune warrior ~ body healing coach ~ nutrition coach ~ dog mom ~ caribbean dreamer ~ photographer ~ drama & negativity avoider ~ sprinkler of sarcasm ~ straight talker ~ encourager of women to step into their personal power and design the life they want with oomph and gumption.
Money was tight when I was growing up. We never went without the necessities, but I do recall some arguments between the grown-ups at the dinner table over finances. I began to worry about money fairly early on without knowing why - even buying small gifts for family members became a stress trigger for me because I felt, somewhere deep down, that for some reason I needed to worry about not having enough, and I shouldn't spend it.
Our limiting beliefs are often formed in our very early years, and stay with us until we recognize them and change them.
Animals have always been my source of comfort and acceptance. They seem to gravitate to me, and I to them. I was a professional dog groomer in my 20s, and worked as a veterinary assistant, but because of losing some of my own pets, eventually I was having so much trouble processing my own grief when clients needed to have their beloved pets put to sleep and I had to change careers. Please thank your vet team every chance you get. It's not an easy profession.
I then worked in for 15 years in Social Services, Finance & HR. Even though my high school year book write-up said I didn't want to ever open a math textbook again, I gravitated towards finance roles. I also began teaching my friends how to track their finances with some easy spreadsheets I set up, and some simple-to-follow methods that were working for me.
After feeling financially stuck in a couple of terrible relationships, I also knew by the time I was in my early adult years that I wanted a formal education so that I always had "options" for self-sufficiency. I bought my first rental property while going to university (Bachelor of Commerce degree) and working full time. I went on to get a financial management certificate as well, and it helped me get promoted to higher levels and higher salaries.
I had what should have been a dream career but honestly I felt depressed and uninspired for the last 10 of those years, as I dealt with a toxic work environment, a failing marital relationship, and weird, random health issues.
Eventually I was hit with full-blown chronic autoimmune disease. Several of them, in fact.
My inspiration and "emotional escape" during tough times was having fun hobbies, some of which have now, years later, turned into additional income streams because what I came to learn is that I LOVE helping other people find joy, inspiration, and to live life by their own design! (And you've GOT to have good health to do that!)
After the long overdue break-up with my ex, I made the intentional decision to attract the right person into my life. I had some specific criteria in mind, and I didn't know who it would be at the time, but soon after the day I made the decision, my childhood friend Mike and I reconnected.
7 years later, so far so good! We have lots of things in common, similar dreams and goals and we don't try to change each other!
In 2016 I made another life changing decision - to wean off my prescription medications and go with a more natural health strategy. The autoimmune symptoms I experienced were debilitating and the pills I was on were causing all kinds of terrible side effects, with pretty much a promise of liver and kidney issues down the road. I was unable to work, couldn't ride my horse anymore, and was sick and tired of being sick and tired, with no help from my doctors. I needed to take massive action. So I made some drastic changes. And I mean DRASTIC. By 2017 we were living in Nicaragua, eating a completely different diet, I was off all of my prescriptions, and we were building our vacation home on a remote Caribbean island!
Intentional choices have gotten me (and Mike) to where we are today, and we aren't stopping yet!
In 2019, I completed a 150-hour Aromatherapy Certification just for fun, and I also run the websites & social media for several of our income streams. In 2021 I completed a Body Healing Coach Diploma, Precision Nutrition's PN1 Coaching certification and am helping women make sense of their health challenges, figure out their limiting beliefs and am guiding them to find their own motivation and crush their goals!
I am pretty much symptom-free because of how I manage my health now. The results are that I am managing multiple businesses, am a published author, and able to lead a high-vibin' life!
Jo & Kazan
My learning curve was steep, long, and brutal, so I've made it my goal to share what I learned and help others avoid most of what I had to endure.
In early 2021 I published a book called The Autoimmune Warrior's Healing Key, about how I healed from autoimmune illness, with action steps so you can implement new things to improve your health too.
The two collaborations I was in (one created and published by me / Boondocks Publishing) are also about my healing journey, from different perspectives, with different details.
I also created the Holistic Healing for Autoimmune Warriors 9-week COURSE to help autoimmune warriors learn what exactly I've done to manage and recover from the effects of my conditions. This is a more hands-on, deep dive program than what I talk about in my book.
Come join my FREE facebook group. This "ain't your momma's" support group. I keep it positive, share science based info & focus on taking action!