What does Holistic mean anyway?

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What the heck is a holistic start? ย Well, let me back-track to what I thought holistic meant just a year ago. To me a person who lived a holistic lifestyle was one who ate obsessively healthy, spoke in a very soft voice, and probably yearned to one day visit Tibet and hang with the monks to do some hard-core meditation. This was my pretty sad perception of what holistic meant, until…I decided to google the meaning, and discovered that holistic simply meant “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just physical.”

[\pullquote-right]I began to live a more holistic lifestyle when my husband was diagnosed with Cancer in January 2011.[\pullquote-right] Out of fear that my children would only have one healthy parent, I immediately changed my eating habits, started to work-out, found a church to call home, listened, read and watched everything that was in the “self-help” category. I thought I was just trying to become a better person, but who knew that there was a word for the balance I was so desparately trying to achieve; my goodness – I was living a holistic lifestyle and didn’t even know it!

While working a demanding full time job, advocating and being a care-giver and secretary to my husband, I simultaneously fought a school district for my son’s educational rights. I was drowning emotionally and it was my dirty little secret. My world was consumed by Cancer and Aspergers, and no matter how much I tried to lift myself spiritually, physically and mentally, I was being dragged to places that were dark, murky and down right scary. How could I ever escape my own sorrow?

In fighting through the pain of knowing that my life would never be the same, I discovered that I had to take control of my life, but I didn’t know where to start, so I did what I knew best. I put on my big-girl pants, and decided, I would save my husband, I would save my son, and heck, I could even try to save the world! I would have to tell my two little girls to hang on until mommy can give them some serious TLC once I was able to spare two seconds. I began to read dozens and dozens of books, watched countless movies, paid professionals to show me the way, from holistic chiropractors, to expensive nutritionists, to exotic healing centers, booked appointments with top notch Cancer docs that didn’t even accept insurance, and the list goes on and on as you can imagine. I was more exhausted and depressed in trying to find inner peace than when I was having my little private pity party. I had a serious aha moment when I realized that no matter how much I invested in personal development, it really didn’t matter unless I knew how to make it work in my life, in my situation, in the best way that I knew how for my family. When I arrived at this crossroad, things quickly changed for me, including my weight. I dropped almost 50 pounds when I discovered a manageable balance.

Everyone’s journey is a very personal one, and no two people are alike, however, the common thread in finding inner-peace for us all, is that we cannot complicate the process in trying to find it; we all need to start somewhere – this is why I started HolisticStart.com.

I hope that this site can enlighten you with a thing or two, but my biggest hope is that you will be inspired and persuaded that a healthy balance is attainable. At 38, I am personally nurturing my inner sexy peace in the chaos of it all!

Love,

Kenia

18 Responses to “What does Holistic mean anyway?

  • You’re such a blessing!!!! Your husband is blessed, your kids are blessed… May God continue to guide you and give you the energy to go on being such a super hero mom. You inspire so many of us!! Xoxo

  • Maria, thank you so, so, so much! Your beautiful words mean the world to me. Thanks for the support.

  • Kenia your a sweet soul and your new found faith and
    Holistic lifestyle is a true inspiration. Keep
    Your spirits high and continue to share your
    Love and passion with the world. Sisters in health
    TBB ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Alexa, thank you for taking the time to read – sisters in health for sure…and we just got started:)

  • You did not just changed you and your family but so many lives. Your life and story will inspire and motivated many. Even at your darkest hour you found strength to push forward. May God continue to hold you in his hands as we watch you conquer the world. This girl is on Fire!!!

    • Yaz, whhen you have an amazing support system anything is truly possible Amen!. love you lots!

  • Love u girl u are an inspiration! I really needed this right now n I thank u ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Gee, I have been thinking about you. Love you too. I am here for you. Thank u for the beautiful comment.

  • I love that you have created this Blog! You are really an amazing person! You have learned so much in a short period of time and are loving enough to share what you have learned, not many people have the heart to share! One thing that was once said to me by my loving uncle was: ” You have to take care of yourself first so that you are able to help of other” . Xoxox Shirley

    • Shirley, it really has been a short period…did you see all those books? lol! I am so happy you are on my team:)

  • Kenia, you are an awesome woman and your family must be so proud of you. You have done a terrific job helping your husband and your kids and you are an inspiration to so many woman, including me. I am so proud to have you as a friend. I truly admire you and everything you do. Thanks for being an inspiration and for sharing great and valuable information with all of us!

    • Thank you Adelaida. I am so grateful that you take the time to read. It means so much to me.

  • You are truly an inspiration!! Simply amazing xoxo

    • Right back at ya! Always a pleasure connecting and inspiring each other.

  • My dear friend, it takes a truly blessed human being to be able to handle all that you do and do it with a smile! And on top of it take the time to share your amazing story with many who are truly benefiting from your story to help them live theirs! I am truly blessed to call you friend!!

    • Well sometimes the tears hide behind the smile, but I snap out of it quick when I remember it takes more muscles to frown than smile. xoxo – Thank you for your friendship!

  • Kenia you are an amazing mother, wife, and friend. You have touched so many people’s hearts including mine. I am so honored to know you. Every time I feel like giving up I just turn to one of your post and I instantly smile and start thinking positive again. Thank you just does not seem like enough to say to a woman like you. God bless you and your family always.

    • Annette, thank you so much! I am touched that my journey has helped you in yours. I appreciate you sharing.

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