This past January, as it’s become somewhat customary for some of us, I thought long and hard about choosing a word that I wanted as my banner for all that I was believing for in 2017. There were many words considered but I kept coming back to the word Plant. So much imagery and depth in this single word, and out of that choice God has really begun a deeper level of healing my body, heart and mind in so many ways this year..let me explain.
One of the most common emails I get (at least twice a week for the past two years) are from woman who’ve read my story about PTLS and have found me online and found a piece of themselves in what I shared. That post was one of the most vulnerable and uncomfortable things I’ve ever done but as you guys know God was intimately faithful through it and I had surgery in April of 2015 to begin healing my body from the hormonal trauma that PTLS caused.
Every week a woman will write me desperate to know if that surgery helped, if it was the magic bullet for healing. I’ve been very timid in sharing because it feels so deeply personal but my journey has continued on and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to reverse my tubal ligation but what I was left with was an autoimmune issue, addiction to over the counter pain meds and a continuing of constant migraine headaches at least three or four times per week and depression and anxiety (aka hormonal imbalance).
What WAS healed immediately was all of the pain, cramping, vertigo, heavy fatigue, heavy periods. And gosh I didn’t need that hysterectomy after all! Phew I’m getting personal guys!
So at the beginning of 2017 I just felt a heavy nudge from the Lord to take a deeper more holistic look at my symptoms and how I could be an active participant in healing. After doing tons of research on hormonal and autoimmune gut issues I chose to go all in gluten free plant based vegan on January 1st and haven’t looked back. I’ve literally become the Plant Lady at my house. My family is so supportive and I’ve been having so much fun diving into the world of veggies! And my word, plant has really taken on a variety of symbolism.
I’ve started to see huge changes in the frequency of my migraines, I’m noticing a lightness and lift in my mood and I also went off of all of my antidepressant and mood stabilizing drugs and haven’t used over the counter pain meds since I made the switch and I am feeling pretty fantastic! God is given me a deeper passion for his creation and the food that heals us from the inside out and I’ve begun playing around with amazing recipes and am even dreaming about planting my own garden because I just want to learn more and more about what He has blessed us with on this earth and to learn to steward and care for the earth as He commissioned us to.
But there’s more. The word Plant has also opened up deep meaning for me emotionally and as I’ve been designing our Spring 2017 Jewelry Collection all of the pieces are deeply connected to the imagery of the garden and tending to the garden even in barren seasons with hope for life to spring forth once again.
This past weekend when I visited Stacy she organized a little garden party with a few friends to try on the new line, eat yummy snacks and sip cocktails and really bring each piece to life behind her lens. The collection is launching on Monday and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
We’ve decided to open up pre-sale of our Plant Lady necklace today, because we are so very excited! It’s a necklace with so much meaning behind it, not just a trendy phrase but an actual mantle of hope that Jesus has planted so many seeds in each one of us and he is tending to us in every season, even the barren ones.
He’s planted hope and life and joy and of course kale and flowers are also kind of the best! I hope you love it as much as I do – I am so very grateful for each of you who have supported me on this healing health journey. I love you all from the bottom of my heart! So here’s to Spring, to getting our hands in the dirt and cultivating the life Jesus died for us to live with a vibrancy and passion for all the beauty around us! xoxo Check out the new Plant Lady necklace HERE.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. psalm 1