I started my journey with The Wellness Universe in 2016, after the one and only Anna Pereira found me on LinkedIn; as she may have done with you.
It was genius to say the least! I was intrigued as to who this “glamour girl” was in a picture with Oprah?! I watched her posts and read many intriguing articles. She was always showing up in my feed; marketing at its best!
About a year after our introduction, I started experiencing a slow health decline in my life. I was stressed with building a business, raising a child on my own as a single mom, and dealing with family issues within a very toxic relationship. I allowed my emotions to spiral out of control. I knew I needed help after years of self-care, therapy, and other forms of wellness treatment were just not working. I fell into a deep depression and was put on medication which depressed my health even more.
I couldn’t see my initial life-vision, successfully reach my goals, nor could I help my clients. I was in the worst emotional, spiritual and mental state that I had ever been in my 38 years of life. All I kept thinking was, “Who is going to take care of my son for me?”
I felt that I needed to run away for months to get myself together and clear my head.
After several days of this depressed mental state, my thoughts turned toward Anna and her presence in my LinkedIn feed. I happened to be going through my emails, and there she was with an email entitled, “Hello my Friend”; she was talking to me! I read on as she shared, “…please reach out if I can support you in any way,” and she stated she had resources for my “emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual wellness.” The final statement that caught my attention asked, “How can I support your goals?” I thought that if anyone had the answers and knew how to help me it was her. She was the one! She has a picture with Oprah, so to my thinking, she’s got to know everything! I truly felt that in my heart. I don’t know why. I can’t answer that. It wasn’t so much of a thought as it was more a feeling, and I went with it. In desperation, I reached out to Anna on New Year’s Eve of 2017. She answered me in less than 24 hours, on New Year’s Day. To me, that action spoke volumes about Anna’s character as a genuine, caring individual.
I knew this was my moment and I’m sharing my email for all of you to see the love that actually went into her response:
First, let me thank you for creating this great wellness group. As I am a wellness ambassador who is trying to mentor teens with positive nutrition practices, I myself fell into a bit of a mess. My emotions and weakened self-trust destroyed my positive energy and pulled me down into a severe depression. I am finally free from most of the heartache and pain, however, I need help in restoring my self -worth and energy so I can continue helping others.
I am not sure if you can guide me so I can get back to myself and perhaps even better than I was before. I’d love to share my story with you and hope for a new beginning.
Have a great New Year and I look forward to you reaching out to guide me back on the right path.
When Anna reached out to me in response, she was one of the kindest humans I have ever met.
Maybe it was because I was so down on myself that anyone would also reach out, but her response to a stranger that had little to no bearing on her life and business, is truly what happened. We were merely connected on LinkedIn, and honestly, how many of you would ask for help from a LinkedIn connection? Her email back to me was genuine and she even offered to hop on a Zoom call right away. If any of you really know Anna, you know exactly what I am talking about! Looking back on that, I always laugh.
Shortly after reaching out, Anna introduced me to Shari. Interestingly enough, it was just before Shari’s “B.A.D.D.A.S.S.” course that was due to start 2 weeks later. I thought to myself, “How did the universe actually set me up like this?” I took the course and it literally brought me to new levels of life. I often share about this course and the mentors that offered their time and guidance; Julie Reisler, Debi Silber, Denise Povernick, and Di Riseborough, each a total delight! I was restored, not at my usual 100%, but enough to know that I had this! I could do and accomplish anything no matter the obstacle.
That class was in January 2018, and from it, I was connected with many awesome leaders within The Wellness Universe community.
I did not want my successful uprising to end, so I searched, listened, and watched many more webinars, realizing it was gold before me. This is a network of people that care, love, and want to see the best for everyone around them. Those experiences and interactions made me realize that no single person has all the answers and probably never will, but within this platform I know you can find most of them.
My point in writing this was to share with all of you just how special both Anna and Shari are to my heart, so much so that I think they may just be stuck with me! It’s been over a year from when I had my breakdown, and although I did not keep in constant contact with Anna and Shari, the Universe kept bringing them back into my life. I even had the pleasure to meet and get to know them on a deeper, more personal level at Soccerex in Miami. What a BLAST that was!
I realized that at that event just how hard the two of them work for all of us in The Wellness Universe, and I knew it was something I wanted to be part of forever.
We have everything we need here in our “WU-verse” to make great people GREATER! We are best of the best; each and every one of us- so let’s “kick butt” and save this world!