Recently I had the incredible opportunity to meet my health mentor, Doctor Stephen Cabral who is not only an incredible Naturopathic, Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine Doctor but an incredibly generous, kind and humble man. Words cannot do him justice to capture how much he truly changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. I worked with his amazing health coach Julia on my wellness program via Skype as their company is based in Boston, MA (literally on the other side of the world!). Therefore I had never even spoken to him on the phone so to not only be in the same room as him, but to hug him, express my gratitude and learn from this intelligent and humble human was an experience I can’t even quantify.
Some of my key take a ways were:
1. That Stephen Cabral is a normal human being
Ok so this may sound a bit strange, but when you personally and professionally look up to someone so much that sometimes they can feel like they aren’t truly real. Turns out he is! He is a lot shorter than I imagined (hey nothing wrong with that), is approachable, has a wife, 2 beautiful daughters and a dog named Moose, he struggled with his health (worse than I did), he has all the same fears and above all else shows up every damn day and as a result is changing the face of natural health around the world!
2. I am in fact, NOT on my own
For the longest time I have felt like I was on my own throughout my health journey, that the doctors never understood what I was going through (just telling me that I was feeling things that weren’t really there, that I was ‘healthy’ and I just need to stop being a hypochondriac), my friends and family couldn’t understand what I was going through, I was the 1 person at the party not drinking, hiding a zip lock bag of pills to take after my meal (to allow my body to not fully shutdown every time I ate), receiving judgment from people when telling me I was too thin or that I would cook you a meal but you can’t really eat anything, going for dinner and feeling like the ‘difficult one’ when the food placed in front of me was filled with inflammatory ingredients or the fact that I was now working with a health coach on the other side of the world to get better- that is just unheard of.
What I learnt was that there is an entire community of people that have been and are in the exact same situation as me at some point and my goodness I have never in my life felt more energized, at home and comfortable knowing that there are others just like me!! I arrived at this event where they were serving the breakfast smoothies I have every morning and right there at the breakfast bar was a girl with her zip lock of supplements. That’s when I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
3. That the biggest thing standing in my way is me
For the longest time have been trying to work out what it is that lights me up from my core, that If I had to spend the rest of my life doing that one thing without getting paid what would it be. Its helping others heal so that they can flourish in life and go on to create what their soul was bought to this earth to do. However I have always (subconsciously) put up my own road blocks. This event made me realize that my journey so far hasn’t been about me, it’s happened to me so that I can help others. All I need to do is spread my wings and just fly. I have access to all I need to be an incredible health coach, I just need to trust myself enough and remember that my obligation to others is so much bigger than my fear. I learnt that there are people less qualified than me, doing the things that I want to do simply because they believe in themselves.
4. There is such an important need for health coaches right now
Before going to this event I was questioning whether there were already enough health coaches out there and I had a feeling that it was such a saturated market. What I learnt however is that people are sicker than ever and that there is a whole community of people just waiting for me to step into my power and serve them because people will connect with me because of my story, my journey and my authenticity.
5. I have my own powerful and important identity outside that of a mum and a wife
When I was leaving to attend this event I felt a lot of different emotions, mostly that of mum guilt (of course, it never truly leaves us) I am a fulltime mum now maybe I should just stay home and do what I am ‘off work’ to do and that is to look after my family.
What I realized is that for the first time I was there on my own, standing in my own power interacting with people that had nothing to do with my baby. They were genuinely interested in my background, interests and my business plans which is only just a tiny little seed thus far. It gave me an immense amount of confidence and reminded me of how passionate I am about helping others and that I have an entirely separate identity to that of a mum or a wife and that was a truly powerful thing to be reminded of.
I am passionate about sharing my health journey in the hope it will help others improve their health. Instead of taking 10 years like it did to me it is accessible now! I have a bachelor of Public Health with Majors of Nutrition and Health Promotion. I will soon be undertaking an Integrative Health Practitioner Certification.