Why I Started Soul Haven
Hi, I'm Emmi. When I was 2, I fell 12 feet off of a slide and sustained a severe TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury. Because of that, for as long as I can remember, I have struggled with chronic fatigue, poor memory, depression, anxiety, lack of coordination, low concentration, and difficulty being active or on my feet for longer than a few hours. I was later also diagnosed with a chronic illness that came with its own set of confusing and frustrating symptoms. As I'm sure you can imagine, all of those things have seriously affected the way I live my life.
One of my biggest struggles has been the fact that, due to my brain injury, my body processes every medication incorrectly. Stimulants make me a zombie, mood stabilizers make me crazy, and don't even get me started on thyroid medications. Don't get me wrong- Medication is great! But for me, it doesn't work. So I needed to find something else that did. That search led me to natural solutions and alternative therapies. I've tried every essential oil, every supplement protocol, every homeopathic remedy, every allergist, nutritionist, acupuncturist, naturopath, functional medicine practitioner, energy healer, chiropractor, yoga class, and physical therapist I could find. I've basically become a walking encyclopedia of holistic medicine. My friends and family have all learned that you can't mention any kind of physical or emotional complaint around me, or I will definitely try to fix it. However, the good news is- I can almost always make it better.
The second biggest struggle I've had with my health issues is that working a normal job is hard. Most jobs require shifts longer than 3 hours, a strong memory, great organization skills, and more motor function than I often have to offer. This frustrated me, because outside of my physical limitations, I'm fully functional! I want to be able to have a fulfilling and challenging career, just like my peers.
After several years of trying to find a job that was the right fit, I was discouraged, tired, and at the end of my rope. Until I realized I could combine my passions. I started Soul Haven as a way to do that. I am able to use my knowledge of essential oils, crystals, holistic and alternative therapies, and energy healing, and my certification as a Foot Zone Therapist to help others who are like me, and tons of others who aren't, achieve perfect balance in their mind, body and soul and live their ideal life.
All that sounds great, but you're still not totally sure what Foot Zoning or holistic therapies are? Check out my FAQs.
Want to know more about what it looks like to live with brain injury and chronic illness? Check out my blog Taking Back Insanity. Link coming soon:)