Happy 2018, y’all!
…. OK, I know it’s been 2 weeks – but you’ll have to cut me some slack. I guess you could say I took the whole, “New Year, New Me” thing to the next level because I packed up my entire life (including ze cat) and moved to New York City! Seriously. (Full blog post on WHY and HOW coming at ya Friday.)
This year is all about being true to myself. Gone is the girl who dictates her life around the thoughts and opinions of others. Farewell to the friend who says “yes” to everything out of the sheer desire to please the people around her. Ciao to the chick who is too afraid to speak her mind – not because she doesn’t have an opinion, but because she is afraid of how it could make someone else feel. Bye to the bitch who would use her words as weapons to cut down her loved ones out of insecurity and self-defense. This year…. I’m leaving HER behind. This year? I choose ME.
I have a long list of resolutions that I want to share with you – but instead of bogging you down with a 20 page post on why and how I plan to stick to each one, my goal instead is to share one resolution each week.
Sooo, let’s begin! First stop in Resolution Station? Self care! I’m actually going to break this resolution into two posts – one will focus on taking care of my mind/spirit and one will focus on taking care of my body.
When I initially started thinking about how I could take better care of my mind/spirit…. I didn’t really know where to start. Going to church seemed like the easy answer – I was raised Catholic and went to church every Sunday for 18 years. While I hold my relationship with God closer to my heart now more than ever (shout out to my greatest guide and confidant), I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself to be “religious”.
Seeing a therapist seemed like an easy answer as well… but an answer that just didn’t feel right for me. While I absolutely believe in the power of therapy (my mom has worked as a psychiatric nurse for 40+ years and two of my closest friends are licensed counselors) I really wanted to take time to explore who I was in a way that felt more personal to me.
I follow @thebalancedblonde on Instagram (go follow!) and seriously can’t get enough. From her morning meditations to writing her weekly intentions – she’s like, super inspirational. As I was scrolling through my feed one morning, I stopped to read one of her posts that discussed energy healing and it’s benefits – and that’s when it clicked. I was going to see an energy healer! I was obviously skeptical (hello, wtf are all these crystals) but I was also extremely open. I made my appointment with the incredible Joanne Newell at the Center for Energy Healing in Roswell, GA and counted down the days until our meeting.
When the day finally came, I was a volcano of emotions. I had just received my new job offer and had started thinking about my impending move, all while preparing for a 10 hour solo journey home to see my family for the holidays. I was greeted warmly by Joanne as soon as I walked through the door. I didn’t know it then, but the feeling of peace that washed over me when I walked in? Energy, baby.
She gave me a tour of the facility and I was pleasantly surprised to find a familiar face in one of the mediation rooms! Kristen Hyler, an old friend from college, was working there under the guidance of Joanne, specializing in astrology (something I hope to interview her on in a subsequent post – SOOOO interesting)
After the tour, we settled into comfortable chairs in a private room and got to know each other a little better. Joanne told me about her 15 year stint in corporate America and how energy healing truly changed her life for the better. It was comforting to know she believed in the power of energy healing so wholeheartedly that she actually left her professional career to pursue it.
After we finished talking, I laid flat on top of a super comfy table and she began to assess my energy fields and the flow of my chakras by placing her hands over different areas of my body. (Kind of awk but also kind of soothing.) After my initial assessment, she told me that my throat chakra (controls communication/personal truth/self expression) was electric/buzzing/on fire… none of which sounded good, LOL. She asked how that area felt psychically… and though I hadn’t been fully aware of it before, I immediately realized just how tight/heavy it felt.
Then she started asking me questions. My session got pretty personal, pretty quick (duh, that’s the point) so I won’t share exactly what we discussed…. but what I will tell you, is that this stuff works. I walked in completely unaware of what exactly was causing me stress…. I thought maybe the obvious things – my new job, my big move, the long trip home…. By going down this path with Joanne, I was able to uncover what was REALLY causing me stress – and it came down to my fear of communication with a certain friend and coming to terms with my own truth.
She’s no psychic, but it truly felt like she had dug into my soul and read my deepest thoughts….. At the end of the session, she asked how I felt physically… and y’all, I kid you not – I felt loose and light. Like an actual weight had been lifted off of my body and I could move again.
She explained how every person has an energy field surrounding them. As we go throughout our days, we come in contact with everyone elses’ energy. Ever been around someone who is having a bad day and all of the sudden, so are you? Sorry Charlie, but that just means some of their negative energy rubbed off on you. It’s our job as self-loving humans to make sure we guard and take care of our energy the best we can. Whether that means a lot of introspection and meditation or simply staying away from people who drag you down – it’s different for everyone.
After my session was complete, Kristen helped me pick out an essential oil and crystal to help channel my energy into positive communication. (Will DEF cover more on these items in my interview with Kristen later on!) Joanne also gave me a homework assignment: to use what I’d learned that day to communicate with my friend truthfully and without fear. (I DID IT THAT NIGHT Y’ALL, I KID YOU NOT – AFTER WEEKS OF BEING LOST FOR WORDS, I DID IT! THE FEELING OF TRIUMPH I HAD WAS TRULY INDESCRIBABLE….)
Like going to church and actual therapy weren’t for me in this situation, energy healing won’t be for everyone either. If you’re not open to the experience, there is absolutely no reason to explore it because it’s something you have to actively participate in. But for those of you who are interested in learning, not only about yourself, but the world and all of the energy that surrounds you everyday – I HIGHLY recommend going to see an energy healer!
Similar to a typical doctor, you can’t expect to go one time and be totally healed – it’s a process of healing. Joanne recommends a series of sessions to make sure you are truly taking care of your mental/spiritual/emotional health…. but that’s not hard when you’re already dying to go back the very next day.
Joanne opened my mind to the world of energy healing and thankfully introduced me to methods I will use to manage my stress and emotional/mental well-being for the rest of my literal life. Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body – you truly cannot work on one without the other. I am so excited to continue my journey of self discovery during 2018. I honestly can’t believe how far I’ve already come!
You can learn more about The Center for Energy Healing and make your own appointment with Joanne (or Kristen!) here. THEY EVEN TAKE APPOINTMENTS OVER SKYPE, Y’ALL! This NYC babe is over the moon about that, LOL. Stay tuned for more of my 2018 resolutions and a follow-up post on crystals and astrology with Kristen soon! You def don’t want to miss it.