What Did You Learn This Year?


For me, 2018 was a ‘Year of Deep Healing’ and I learned A LOT this year about true happiness and wellness.

As you may know, I’ve struggled most of my life with work-life balance issues.

Before this year, I spent 25 years working as a High Tech Marketing Executive in Silicon Valley and then went on to write several books: Happy Habits: Energize Your Career and Life in 4 Minutes a Day and InspiredWork: Create Work You Love in 8 Weeks.

In 2018, all of those years of chronic stress, work-life imbalance, emotional eating, sedentary lifestyle and over-active mental activity had finally caught up with me and taken their toll on my health.

And my medical reports looked pretty grim.

Specifically, my medical lab reports showed I had prediabetes, insulin resistance, Candida, gut and hormone imbalances and systemic inflammation, which I was told could lead to some major diseases like heart attacks and strokes, if left unchecked.


Major Health Wake-up Call!

Clearly my body was screaming for me to pay attention and nourish it, too.

How Did I Respond to My Health Wake-Up Call?

When I received my abnormal lab reports, I realized that I needed to create a more holistic wellness plan for myself that would nourish not just my mind, but my body and soul as well.

As a result, I did A LOT of research and experimented with different diets, recipes, epigenetic (lifestyle trumps genes) research, exercise routines, supplement trials, and lifestyle experimentation. Plus, I consulted several doctors including functional medicine doctors and completed several lab tests.

It’s now been 21 months since my health wake-up call started. It didn’t come together easily at first.

But with perseverance, my happiness and wellness plan is working beautifully now.

How do I KNOW my happiness and wellness plan is working?

I am happier and feel better than ever

My new lab tests showed that I no longer have prediabetes, insulin resistance, Candida or systemic inflammation. Plus, my cholesterol and gut imbalances are much improved.

Although I wasn’t trying to lose weight, I lost 16 pounds and 2 inches off my waist. Originally, I was 108 pounds and I am now a healthy and fit 92 pounds.

To my surprise, I realized that my ideal weight – remember I am only 4’ 10” tall – is really 92 pounds and not 104 pounds like I thought it was all my life. Who knew?!?


People say I look better than ever.

My husband said, “You look better than when we got married.”

A friend and professional Fitness trainer, who I only see every few months said, “You look like the picture of health.”

My dental office receptionist said, “You look a lot younger than you did 6 months ago. What are you doing?”

It was a rough year. But, oh so fulfilling….2018 has definitely been a ‘Year of Deep Healing’ for me. I’ve learned so much about happiness and wellness and myself along the way.


I hope 2018 has been a positive year for you, too. December is a great time to reflect on your year.

So, I do hope you will share with me “What Did You Learn This Year?”


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