A Message from MaryIt is always interesting for me to ponder what I might have done differently in my life, especially knowing what I know now. Did I really need to learn all those lessons the hard way? In fact, what were the truly important lessons? How is success really defined? How do I live a meaningful life? And on a practical level – how do I continue to have the strength to survive problems and stressors I encounter? Now that my four children are grown and out of the house I actually have time to ponder some of these questions. Earlier on, just as many of you, I really had my hands full. I've always known that a strong basic goal of mine was to be of help.
Like my mother, I started out on the career path as a nurse. I felt that this was a very good way that I could help people. But, I personally decided that I could not continue to give out all the drugs doctors prescribed and not have the "freedom" to educate patients on known side effects, adverse reactions, nor natural options for health. I discovered my passion in the natural health field; and with my husband founded Wellness Resources back in 1985. As a women's health educator, I have had the opportunity to meet many interesting women. Health issues are so intertwined with stress and the nature of personal relationships that it is really clear that true physical health requires emotional health and mental well being.
We all want to have "golden years" accompanied by a true quality of health that makes life enjoyable and fun. How do you wind up in that condition after so many years of hard work, stress, wear and tear, obligations, and doing so much for others? This is the juggling act of life. How will you balance everything? How will it all turn out?
The demands of the "modern woman" make this all the more difficult. I know that first hand. For the past 25 years I've run a business, building it from the ground up, while raising 4 healthy kids, and doing everything else I thought was needed for a strong family. I've worked hard to be healthy myself and raise my children with good life lessons firmly embedded in their noggins. I've also helped many women sort out their issues and stay on a healthier and more successful path.
Life is not easy, but there is considerable reward in being persistent and solving problems. The "easy path" is often the path that leads to future problems. It has always been fascinating to me to predict what people are likely to do when problems stare them in the face. I've had the interesting experience of hearing many problems and attempted solutions, as well as good solutions.
I'm always intrigued by the meaningful lesson learned, especially in the case of problems actually solved. So many women have so much wisdom to pass on that it is a shame that younger women in the midst of high pressures and difficult decisions don't have more of an opportunity to benefit from what others have already learned – oftentimes through great pain or personal travail. Is there an easier way? And along that way, what is really important about life?
In my blog I will be passing along to you some of my thoughts, lessons learned, and observations about life, problems, and human nature; stated as simply and clearly as possible. It is my hope that my stories and examples will help you in your quest to be healthy and keep your health intact well into your "wisdom" years. If I can help you to make your life a bit easier and more enjoyable, I have spent my time well.