As many of you know, I am passionate about wellness and believe deeply in holistic treatment. Born and raised in Denmark, wellness was always at the root of everything. But I didn’t really go all-in until I studied and adapted a more natural and holistic lifestyle as an adult. The way I run my business is no exception. Since adopting a holistic green business model, many clients want to know more about my wellness journey. What do you eat? What do you use on your skin? Where do you exercise? My approach is simple—focus on the whole person. Adapting this mantra saved my life and changed it for the better, thanks to my Naturopath and other professionals who contribute to my over well-being. Here is just one important part of how I reclaimed control of my health.
My “Wake-Up” Call
In my early forties, I went to my regular medical doctor to see why I was having brain fog and fatigue. Without much consultation, he said I must be depressed and overly stressed. Stressed, maybe, but I wasn’t feeling sad or down. I felt more flushed and flu-ish, tired and weak— and I knew in my heart it wasn’t depression. Yet, he wrote me a prescription for antidepressants and sent me on my way. That was it. No treatment plan, no follow-through, no personalization whatsoever. If you know me, you know that wasn’t going to cut it. I was so disappointed by this approach. This was a huge wake-up call for me. I needed to dive deeper to see why my body was sending out red flags, not just mask it with drugs. Something wasn’t right and it wasn’t just depression. I just didn’t feel…healthy.
You Find What You Seek
One of my trusted clients suggested I go and see her Naturopath, Dr. Angela Jaegelli. From the very first appointment, her approach wasn’t about diagnosing me with something just to put me on meds. It was about getting to know me. I talked and she listened. In fact, to this day she still gives me an hour-long appointment, so we can discuss new methods to improve my health. It’s a constant journey, so it’s important to find a doctor who listens and takes action. We decided to get a thorough blood panel and other various tests. I needed to start from scratch.
At our next follow-up appointment, I was quite rattled by the results. Low iron, low vitamin D, no B-12 ( the list goes on!), all which were contributing to me feeling ill and stressed with brain fog. Even more random, is that I had a full blown case of Epsteinbar active virus— most of us know it as Mono. My body was definitely inflamed and sending S.O.S signals. Turns out, I also have a genetic mutation called “MTHFR,” (you can only imagine it’s nickname now), which stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This means I have lower levels of folate and other vitamins in my system. It was not just depression after all. I needed nourishment and balance. I needed vitamins and supplements. And, I needed to do the work.
If I just simply took anti-depressants, I wouldn’t really heal, and most likely still feel sickly and fatigued while taking medication I didn’t need. Of course, as we age, we may need medication for this or that. But, if you treat the entire body as one whole (and start now!) it can be a powerful age-defier. I’m always a work-in-progress, but I feel healthy again.
My Wellness Plan ( It’s ever-changing! But, these are the staples. ) 🙂
- Supplements and Vitamins. Take these. Mine varies based on my levels and moods, but I cannot express how important vitamin D, B-12, Vitamin A, magnesium, (and more!) are to your overall health—and if you’re not getting them through food, you need to take supplements. Check with your Naturopath (do you have one yet? :)) to see what you need.
- Vitamin Infusions every 12 weeks: That’s right! They put super-charged vitamins straight into my body, bypassing any digestive issues and absorbing perfectly, giving me the nourishment boost I need. It’s amazing.
- 15-day liver detox
- 15-day plant-based diet
- Chiropractor visits (future blog topic, stay tuned!)
- Exercise I use the row machine for 20 minutes a day, lift free weights 2 times a week, and I do cardio at least once a week.
- I love the outdoors! And getting out in nature is a huge part of my wellness. I just bought a mountain bike. I enjoy hiking and I cross-country ski! SO, there will be some fun winter adventures opportunities to stay active.
- Yearly Blood panel testing to ensure stability and wellness
I look forward to telling you more about my wellness journey! For more information about Dr. Angela Jaegelli, visit her informative site Sage Integrative Medicine!
Until next time!
Like for all of us, 2020 probably started out with a strong game plan for business and family–graduation, new business goals and summer vacation plans–until it was all crushed by the Coronavirus Pandemic and our lives as we knew it changed.
Finding Our Rhythm
Within a few days, both my businesses were basically shut down, and it got really super uncomfortable, scary and quiet. My teenagers were instantly sent home from school, after packing up all their belongings from the lockers. No word, no notice, no plan, no activities, not allowed to visit with friends. I was trying to navigate the news, and not knowing really what to say or do. I assured them that we were safe at home and will be fine. There was no need to go anywhere and we had absolutely everything we will ever need. The same day I shut my Salon down. My comfortable work-from-home life was about to get very cozy, and not in the hot cocoa kind-of-way.
Getting (and staying) Motivated
It’s been more than two months now, and we have all found a good rhythm on most days…but, I’m ready to go back to work. I have had some wonderful heartfelt phone conversations with all my clients I service in my salon; they have all been amazing and supported my little business, and I’m forever grateful to them–to you.
And so, to stay proactive and motivated, I shifted my focus to the online business world. Much of “behind the scenes” is now updated and I have managed to catch up with self-assigned jobs I had wanted to tackle for a long time. Participation in online educational classes is my creative brain food these days. My Distribution Company NATULIQUE has done a great job supporting us with knowledge from Social media, fashion to sanitation. I listen to podcasts on my walks ( yes, I can move again!). Right now, I love “The life-coach School” with Brook Castillo, I get some great advice and honest coaching from her.
Sassoon Online provides fuel for my love for precision cutting, and every morning I’ve been on for hours, watching and listening to these Masters I so admire. It’s amazing to have so much free time to soak it all up, however bittersweet
It’s no lie that many of us appreciate the slower lifestyle and being forced to organize the house, workout and tend the garden now that we have the time to feed our passions and be with family. I am pondering how to keep this slowed down lifestyle, but yet move forward and with intention and purpose.
What I have learned about myself during this time:
*I am happy how I’m spending my stay-at-home time.
*I try not to stress and worry about things I have no control over.
*I slowed down because I could – I don’t feel guilty, I deserve a break
* I stayed connected to the people that mean the most to me.
*I do at least one task a day that has brought me closer to my end goal.
* I am being proactive and keep moving forward – even in a world pandemic – and I realize that we all react and respond very differently to a crisis.
* I love my job, 🙂
Much Love, Lone
Elevate ..delegate…elevate…delegate…this is my life right now–my new daily routine after badly spraining my calf muscle doing a simple sprint in MMA class. As I lay here cozy, but in quite discomfort on my couch, my injured leg is elevated and slathered in Deep Tissue Pain & Muscle Blend (Land of The Living Apothecary) underneath a heating pad for blood circulation. I’m holding a cup of hot tea in one of my favorite mugs with the phrase “Love yourself first” written on it. And it all, seems so… ironic. The moment I gain the most momentum in my career, I experience this major setback.
I know it’s not that unique to have a sports injury. But honestly, this is my first! And, it’s been humbling, to say the least. I’m a go-getter who never stops–and now, I can’t move. I am very grateful for all the help. And, the silver lining? It’s making me sit back and really think about my life. It’s made me have more patience and understanding. I’ve learned that delegating is actually a healthy part of life if you want to be successful. This change is welcomed, and it’s actually refreshing. Funny how something bad can turn into something rewarding.
Another 6-10 weeks will go by until I am back on my feet, literally. But, I feel so fortunate that my salon clients are understanding, and I have such a great team of professionals to support me in a strong health and wellness routine. Morgan Binnie, my wonderful and knowledgeable Chiropractor at Snohomish Family Chiropractic also referred me to an amazing orthopedic doctor and sports physician, who are guiding me in physical therapy. And, my personal trainer Sarah from @Wildstyle Gym, is creating a custom conditioning routine for me, so I can stay strong as I heal.
Love yourself first. And, then that’s what I shall do. And, if I don’t take this time to love and heal myself, everything I worked so hard for recently will take a backseat to this inconvenient situation. I won’t let that happen. So, I’ll elevate and delegate while I heal and love myself…right from my cozy couch for now!
- Delegate, of course! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Build a team of professionals to help meet your goals.
- Seize the day! Get the most out of your “forced” breaks.
- Practice self-care, stay strong & active as much as possible-just in case you find yourself in my position, a strong body heals faster!
It’s been a great summer, but I love the Fall season in Washington. As a mother of two teenagers, I am always super excited for this new season when school starts up again and there’s inspiration everywhere through nature and new beginnings. I love getting new school supplies, stocking up my office with bright pens and fresh notebooks, and buying new outfits for the whole family to match the crisp, cool weather that fall brings. I embrace it as a breath of fresh air and setting new goals in my business to finish the year strong. I even started a new kind of exercise to keep learning new movements and keep my brain challenged called MMA, something I have never tried before. It is super challenging and a bit humbling. So far I am having fun and making new friendships while we work hard on coordination, strength and speed.
I just finished the book, Becoming Michelle Obama. WOW just wow. Michelle is an amazing – fascinating intelligent sweet and sophisticated woman. She has the ability to tell her story with grace and authenticity, honoring her family and everyone involved. It is a must read if you have not done it yet. The next book I am reading will be Everything is Figuroutable , just released by Marie Forleo. A handful of fellow business women and I went to Marie’s book release to get our signed copy and meet the writer, and it was great meeting her and learning more about her life story and business decisions. If you do not know Marie Forleo, look her up right here: www.marietv.com. She has many years of experience in business building especially in the online space.
Fall always inspires me to learn new things in my field and make new goals. This October, I travel to Denver Colorado for an exciting class, “ Hygge Training “ with our Company. It’s a good time to connect, make friendships and learn from the best. I simply love continuing education, and I am the perfect forever student.
Fall also means back to school for my daughters, which makes it even more special. It represents growth and perseverance. I love raising capable little humans, and it’s a thrill to see my girls making mature choices, embracing change like it’s not a big deal, creating long lasting friendships and loving their freedom. It’s fun to listen to their perspective during dinner and through casual conversations. My oldest daughter is in high school, but already enrolled in college part-time, taking higher level classes so she can graduate High School with an Associate’s Degree–talk about having a head start! She works very hard and at the same time, holding several jobs throughout the year. My youngest daughter has just jumped full force into High School, She has literally signed up for everything she has a passion for, including playing the Trombone in band and Jazz band, joining the dance and Volleyball team and choosing Chinese and all Honors classes. She’s on fire, and I love supporting this busy life she has gotten herself into. Basically, our schedules are full of new experiences, learning and fun events–it’s such an exciting time of the year.
I am making an effort to meet a friend for lunch or coffee every week the rest of the year. Seems like it’s too easy to lose friendships when life is so busy!
Enjoy our beautiful Fall season!
As you all know by now, this year is dedicated to balancing life and career, and with that, comes many days and nights of self-searching, self-motivating and self-accepting. And, the one thing I continue to ask myself is, “Was I all-in today?” Somedays I am…some days, I don’t have the energy. But, when I think about what it truly means to be all-in, I don’t define it as something I do each day, but an actual state of mind.
Here’s how I stay, All-In for the long haul:
- I set realistic goals and don’t give up on them until I check it off the list! With a 5-year plan in mind, I only actually create short-term goals, so my 1-year to 5-year goals don’t seem so daunting and they’re easier to meet. I set daily, weekly and monthly goals that all fit into that larger plan.
- I self-educate daily. For me, that’s attending workshops, listening to Podcasts–anything to self-motivate and learn. My favorite right now is The Miracle Morning Equation by Hal Elrod.
- I stay present. If you stay active in the moment, your focus will be stronger.
- I’m open to change. Don’t be afraid to spice things up or try new things. That’s what life is all about!
- Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.
If you stick to your goals and make a genuine effort daily to be conscience of them, you’re all-in. This doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It’s not about success or failure. It’s about consistency, self-motivation and effort.
STAY CONNECTED WITH LONE