Finding a stronger me

by Judy Griffin on March 11, 2013

Bike riding is one of my favorite fitness activities.

Bike riding is one of my favorite fitness activities.

My path to vibrant  living started with a tragedy.  Although I always had a passion for cooking, health, and fitness I really didn’t learn what a healthy lifestyle was until after I experienced the tragic death of my brother Joey.

I felt so lost, sad, angry, and empty that I really lost touch with me. I actually remember missing me.

I needed comfort. Funny, it started with having to wear slippers for the first time in my life.  Somehow my slippers disappeared and my husband came to my rescue with a new pair.  I could no longer walk around the house barefoot. I needed a cushion.  Just that little piece of comfort made a difference.

My body was crying out for help. I went through the motions each day but felt like I lost myself.  Thank god I had a loving husband, four little and precious children to nurture because I needed a reason to get out of bed each day.

I found going to sleep at night extremely challenging so I soothed myself with a couple of glasses of chardonnay.  I craved a crunch along with my wine. So, I lulled myself to sleep with wine, saltines, or pretzels.  I never slept well, always had bad dreams, and never wore up feeling replenished or rested.

Two months later I began experiencing deep face pain so bad that I needed to be in my bed an awful lot. I thought for sure I must have a serious sinus infection. I finally went to a neurologist and he did an MRI. Guess what? No evidence of a sinus infection. It was completely clear. So where is the pain coming from?

After hearing my story he explained that I was experiencing neuralgia like symptoms from mild depression. He quickly wrote a prescription for a mild sedative that I never filled.  The reason why changed everything.

A very special friend, Alison Dolan Hall, gave me the best Christmas present. Her beautiful and generous gift was a special intro yoga class and luncheon for a group of us at Divine Yoga. Although I had never tried yoga, this invitation really stirred something inside me.

In all honesty yoga didn’t appeal to me since I thought it wasn’t active or strenuous enough. With only two free hours while my youngest was at Nursery School I looked   for a “real workout”.  I really didn’t feel comfortable with the stillness and peace that yoga offered.  But something inside me knew this was just what I needed. Well, thank god I listened to this voice, my intuition.

I decided not to fill the prescription because if I found relief I wouldn’t know if it was the sedative or the yoga.   Deep inside of me I knew I needed pure nourishment on every level. I knew I could no longer live the life I had before he died. Everything changed so drastically that somehow I knew I had to carve out a new way to live.

The yoga worked and my journey back to a stronger me began. Yoga became my lifeline and this  was just the beginning! Needing to heal from this devastating experience propelled me to explore the many ways to nourish myself.  I found out that when you nourish the corners of your life you really can flourish.

This is why I am so passionate about living a life with purpose and guiding woman to nourish their way to Vibrant Health.  It’s more than food; you really need to feed your life.

So, I offer you an opportunity to Nourish to Flourish. This is my gift to you. So go ahead and sign up today.

Offering you Nourish to Flourish -a Free 10 Day Virtual Wellness Program is my way of honoring the path I chose and sharing my ability and passion to guide, support, and encourage you to nourish your way to a Vibrant Life.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Brettschneider March 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for sharing your story, Judy. Seems the universe leads us into alignment in all sorts of ways. For you it came through the death of your brother. I’m so very sorry for your loss! For me it came through breast cancer, which, even though it was caught early led to a mastectomy and several reconstruction-related surgeries. Feeling my body so utterly weak when I had always been strong has helped me deeply appreciate the importance of a mind/body/soul wellness program. Keep up the good work you are doing to spread the message! Martha


Judy Griffin March 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Martha. Sorry to hear about your history with breast cancer. This disease is very close to my heart as I have had so many friends who have experienced this disease. Sadly, my best friend had an extremely aggressive case and passed away 2 years ago. Even an early breast cancer is so much to endure. So good that you found your way back to vibrant living with a strong body mind wellness approach.


chris blevins March 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

What a beautiful testimony that the way to healing and health is not via surgery or pharmaceuticals. Thank you for sharing your personal story and leading by example. We can change society and the planet one person at a time and you are doing just that!


Judy Griffin March 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Thank you Chris. I really appreciate your thoughtful response & insight.


WeNdy March 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

Dear Judy, what a beautiful story of transformation! Your 10 day program looks like a wonderful gift. I signed up and look forward to it! Thank you.


Judy Griffin March 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

Dear Wendy, I appreciate your kind words and am thrilled that you signed up.


Tara DuBois March 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring experience. You remind me of the power of good friends and trusting your intuition. I am sorry for the passing of your brother and thankful for you sharing your experience.


Judy Griffin March 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I really appreciate your feedback Tara. Thank you for your kind words.


Mia Rose March 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I’ve also found yoga to be a wonderful gift, Judy. Thank you also for the gift of your Nourish to Flourish program. I’ve shared the link on our Soulwoman fan page.
Mia xo


Judy Griffin March 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and for sharing your thoughts Mia. Glad to hear that yoga really suits you as well. I really appreciate you sharing the Nourish to Flourish Program on your Soulwoman Fan Page. That really means so much to me. So very grateful for your support.


Elizabeth Scala March 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

WOW, Judy. Thank you for sharing this. I love how you listened to your intuition, to your self. So often we believe we must listen to the “authority”- the doctor, the media, the family/friend… anyone but the one true person who knows best- us. I love how you listened and followed your inner wisdom. When we look for the answers from within such beauty and bliss follows.

I too had a recent experience- I lost my uncle tragically to suicide in winter of 2010. I was devastated, shocked, angry, sad, confused, uncomfortable- you name it. But now- I realize that he, his brother who also struggled but continues to survive, our family- these are the reasons I do what I do. I see so much of my uncle in myself. I get many, many compliments on my videos and website about “my smile”. Well, that smile I shine- that was my uncles smile. Thank you for sharing your story to remind me to connect with my own.

Have a healthy day! Elizabeth


Judy Griffin March 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

I really appreciate your encouraging feedback Elizabeth. I love what you said about beauty and bliss following a search for answers. I am so sorry to hear about your Uncle. I love that you feel that his smiling is shining through you. I always want me kids to feel my brother in some way. I love to hear that this helps you to connect with your story.

As always it is a pleasure to connect with you. Thank you for reading and taking the time to write your heartfelt response.


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