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How My 25,681 Piece Puzzle Got Me Ready For You

October 3, 2023

How My 25,000 25,681 Piece Puzzle Got Me Ready For You

A lot has changed since I first wrote this blog 18 months ago so this is the updated version. I have continued to reinvent myself in so many ways. Has it only been 18 months? I hardly recognize myself. It’s so exciting!

Who am I?

Well, like the rest of you I am many things. First things first, I am Sally. I’ve been in western medicine for 22+ years. I‘d been hiding my alternative health side for most of the last 10 years of my western medicine career here in the Calgary area, even though I have more formal university training in Holistic Health. The openness wasn’t the same, so I tucked it away and only allowed a few special people to know. Here is something interesting…
As I started opening up more about it, other people started showing their interests too! I see you western medicine people who know there is a place for both! These two pieces of the medical world go hand in hand when you have an open mind and heart. I won’t get into all the peer-reviewed studies and how North America is lagging in integration.
I love to travel and try new things, cook, take way too many pictures of pets, go camping, sit around a fire, go to drum circles, connect with people and talk about and experience all things spiritual.
I started traveling in 2013. A Mediterranean cruise, total bliss…ahhh. The bar was set high and now it’s hard not to travel in such luxury. I got to experience Rome, Venice, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Malta, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey. Since then, I have traveled to Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, Bahamas, and Florida. I tell people this is part of my mental health. I want need to experience new places and cultures. We are hoping to get to South America, Iceland, the UK, Norway, Sweden, and Belgium and Egypt. This list continues to grow especially when I think about hosting retreats. Where would you like to go on a retreat?
Speaking of too many pictures of animals. Meet Jack. He is almost 5 6.5 years old. He is 9lbs in the winter when his hair is long and drops back down to 8 when he gets a haircut. He is a Pomshi-Pomeranian and Shih Tzu. He saved me. I was so lonely and was having trouble making friends when I was a clinic manager in Calgary. I wasn’t supposed to be friends with people I worked with as a manager. I didn’t have much going on in Airdrie at the time that wasn’t kid-related. How on earth do you meet people in such a big city that feels like a small town?
I was lonely. My marriage wasn’t great and I was struggling with the kids getting older and being independent and I was trying to figure out who I was again as a person. So, I picked out and named Jack before I even told my husband we were getting a dog. He’d said ‘no’ for years. He likes cats.
Now in 2023, my life looks very different with amazing people in my life including a healthier loving partner relationship. I attribute this to my reinvention and working on myself that allowed me to attract new people into my life. My life feels so much richer now. Yup, I had to work on myself to be a way better partner for someone. I continue to work on myself!
Jack is/was so worth it. Also, Jack loves Reiki (most pets do) so when it is quiet, I try to make sure he is getting some.

How can my expertise help you?

Now that you know a little bit more about me, how can I help you with your life? Let’s cover the boring stuff first and get all my training out of the way and then we will dig deep into how all this plays into who I am and what I do and how that will benefit you.
In 2002, I trained as a nursing attendant and began to connect and be an integral part of thousands of patients’ western medicine journeys. Here it was mostly a physical focus. We touched on some mental health but 20 years ago, it wasn’t talked about like it is now. We NEVER touched on spiritual health unless someone was dying, and social health? Go see a social worker-cue every parent imagining their kids being ripped from their homes.
In 2009, I graduated as a Holistic Health Practitioner from McEwan University. Holistic Health Practitioners, while frustrated that they were being discounted, support western medicine and what was being done well. My two worlds had finally collided! Everything in my being knew there was a place for both to work together. Family doctors that I worked with sent patients and their loved ones to me when they had exhausted all other options. Patients were experiencing relief, but something wasn’t quite right for me to make a life for my two young kids, 10 and 7 years old, as a single mom. I am sure that at some point you have all understood how that feels.
My kids were my world. In university, I’d get up at 3 or 4 in the morning to do my homework so I could spend time with them during the day. I was feeling like a horrible mom taking 5 classes and working almost full-time. This part of my reinvention was difficult but, nope AND, so powerful. I learned how strong and resilient I am.
In hindsight, I had a great deal of healing, learning, and growth to do before I was ready to help others heal as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Sam, who helps me learn about blogging (another one of my reinventions), asked me to add something in here about what I’ve done to be ready and how I knew I needed to heal. I had a lot of trauma to work through. I experienced domestic violence and needed to come to terms with things in my childhood and how I saw myself as a mother and as a human. I may talk about it in the future. I don’t know if I am ready to expose those skeletons. Right now, we live in peace together.
All I can think of when asked what I have done is a 25,000-piece puzzle (now 25,681 pieces) of healing I have been working on for my entire life. I have done acupuncture, reiki, singing bowls, massages, therapy-LOTS of therapy, meditation, seen my family doctor, been on medication, chiropractic care, travel, camp, went to retreats, sat with my feet in freezing cold streams because I heard the water was good for releasing (it is, but it doesn’t need to be painful), went on floats, done puzzles, gotten a dog, you name it, I’ve tried it. Each experience revealed a new, healthier, brighter puzzle piece to put together everything I needed to be ready to work with you.
Here I am, as ready as I’ll ever be, taking another leap of faith and finally ready to share myself with the world and now in 2023, joining a clinic with multiple health professionals-Embrace Wellness.
I will continue to grow, learn, and heal, just as I support you to do the same.
We are always changing, growing, learning, and reinventing ourselves with new experiences, new skills, new people, new risks, new rewards, new dreams, new challenges, new successes, new heartache, new love, new aloneness, new criticism, new acceptance.
It’s part of the human experience.
I bring you my knowledge and experience from both western medicine and alternative health in every session that we complete together.
I use intuition, Akashic Records, Reiki, and our connection to guide you through an insightful, exploratory, personalized healing journey curated, in the moment, just for you.
I am constantly reinventing myself and my life. Now I am finally helping others to reinvent themselves in a way that they didn’t think was possible!
No more waiting.
No more questioning your worth.
Now is the time to take control of your healing, your life, and your vision.
Let me guide you during your healing session and begin the journey to revitalized love for yourself and your life.
By the time you read this, I will have REINVENTED myself again so stay tuned,

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