Wherever you may be on the road to making lemonade out of the lemons you, or someone you love, are dealt it can be hard to see the forest through the trees. For years, and to this day, I continue to stay curious and open to new perspectives, more information, advancements and developments, and topics that pique my interest through a mental, physical or emotional lens. This evolving compilation of resources included here would have transformed my journey. I hope each one of these resources help and inspire you, too!
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Healthcare and health insurance can be intimidating. Most people just assume it’s too complicated to understand. That’s not true. Click HERE to watch my discussion on these topics and learn how asking questions can save you time, money, and so much stress.
If I could define ‘lemon head’ I think it might be Meredith – meditation teacher, speaker, choreographer, dance and yoga teacher, and co-founder of the non profit In Good Company Dance–all I can say is, this discussion has so much to offer! She’s an amazing example of someone who truly lives out loud, who trusts her gut, and—in this conversation (watch it all HERE!)—shares the good, bad, and ugly, and the lessons she learned as a result.
While compassion is critical toward those with mental health or chronic illness challenges, the individual themself is encouraged to keep their side of the street clean. Click HERE to listen in to the full and eye opening discussion between myself, and friend and business partner, Nicole Andes, as we navigate roles and responsibilities on this matter.
“To this day, I find it hard to tell the story of how I got sick. All I can say is that in my twenties and thirties, I got very ill…My doctors were reassuring. When I asked if something might be wrong with me, they reminded me that my labs looked mostly fine…Still, everyone had anomalies. I did work a lot. Maybe it was stress. No one believed I was ill—not even I did, exactly. I thought that perhaps I was sensitive or anxious.” This BRIEF excerpt from a fantastic read does a great job describing what living with chronic illness entails.
Accepting my first job had less to do with the offer and a lot to do with what it meant for my health insurance. What I didn’t realize was the excellent coverage would cost me my health. When I read this recent article about lifted medical debt in the @wsj I felt hopeful to say the least.
When I opened up about my life of lemons, I found a network of extraordinary people that have their own sweet and sour tale to tell. It has been not only a privilege, but an honor to share life-changing discussions with these lemon heads. May their stories bring you inspiration…
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. I celebrated my first birthday in Switzerland, and lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from ages 1 through 4. Since then, the only two states I’ve lived in are New Jersey and Florida.
I have a weird obsession with belts and own at least 60 of them. My favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy—I’ve seen every episode! Also Downton Abbey—I wish I could have lived in that era! My first concert was Bryan Adams. I only watch happy movies, and only listen to happy songs. When I’m in pain I sing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
I met my (now) husband at my first job; our managers forbade us from dating (we were the only two in the same age bracket)! On our second date he took me to a colonoscopy. You could say the rest was history, ha! We have two amazing children and one fur baby. My parents divorced when I was 4 years old.