I have worked in the non-profit and healthcare fields for 20+ years in a variety of leadership roles. My background is developing strong, authentic teams that can lead organisations forward, supporting teams and leaders in their development, successfully delivering complicated projects, and ensuring that change is rooted in shared values. I am a people-first person.
I bought my first essential oils starter kit from Young Living in 2017. I was in a busy, head Leadership position at my local hospital — very stressful and I loved it. I didn’t use the kit much — the occasional diffusing when I struggled to relax. Then in 2020 - amidst the first phase of COVID — I had a stress-induced heart attack. My body was done with the relentless stress and I was not listening so it sent me a message I could not ignore.
Once home from hospital, I set out to learn how to relax, deal with stress, heal my body and put myself first. I opened my dusty starter kit and started researching which oils I needed and best to use them. I began a daily meditation practice to begin to retrain my body and a mindset shift practice to reframe my experience —putting me back in control of my reality and at the same time teaching me to surrender the outcomes. My oils were the key to giving me a new wellness perspective.
With this new wellness perspective, I can reflect back and see how my journey to heart attack affected my work and my teams — something that I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) see at the time. I know that my experience and my new knowledge of wellness practices can also help people working in a variety of sectors who are still having all the stress that I experienced. This relentless stress impacts people deeply and affects how they show up as leaders. We need support to balance life and leadership.
It is time to share what I have learned.