Hello! I am Leslie, affectionately known as the “Season’s Lady” and the face of Wellness In Season. Here you will find a compilation of thoughts, experiences, knowledge and resources that bring emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical well-being. If you are feeling stuck, frustrated, unsure, unhappy, ready to make a change and thrive in a life you love… Or are you looking to be inspired, encouraged or mentored? — You are in the right place!
We are all living in a fast paced, noisy, ever demanding, toxic culture. Too many of us have become lost and can no longer hear God’s voice directing us in our purpose and mission while here on earth. Becoming holy (aka the best best version of yourself), maintaining happiness, and staying radiantly healthy through all the ups and downs of every season in life requires prayer, commitment, and paying attention to all the important aspects of maintaining a balanced satisfied lifestyle.
In order to thrive, not just survive, requires not only hearing God’s voice with clarity but following and living your purpose in all the key areas of our lives that we reference here at WIS.
THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Cor. 7:1
Striving for holiness is key in all areas of our life including: personally; professionally; in all relationships from family and friends to acquaintances and even enemies; in serving your community; to living life’s purpose and giving back of self. Reflect on what the top priority is for you and start there by making adjustments and improvements. Thriving as the best versions of ourselves is the biggest part of our existence, but are we giving it the conscious attention it deserves? Are we truly able to hear and follow God’s voice and will? Our we placing virtues over values? Are we leading in our strengths and communicating in others? Striving to become the best versions of ourselves is what keeps us feeling alive and achieving our highest potential (aka thriving).
Staying stuck in old, outmoded patterns is self-defeating and promotes our declining and living in lesser versions of ourselves. One thing in life we can absolutely count on is change. It is only with ardent change, and yes sometimes this may entail periods of suffering, that we can experience growth with meaningful breakthroughs. Of course this will look different for each individual person depending on his/her season in life, personal lifestyle habits, personality tendencies, behavioral traits, gifts and talents. If we are not growing in holiness then we are declining, there is no in-between.
GROWING IN HAPPINESS
“You shall love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself” Matt 22:37-39
As a Home Education and Life-work expert trained in the Myers-Briggs® profiling system and multiple other style series, and from working hands on with many individuals, families and groups I have come to strongly believe that every human being, is not only created in God’s likeness and image, but has definitely been endowed with unique gifts, strengths and abilities. Those unique traits are bestowed upon each individual to carry out God’s plan and mission for their life. When we are fully engaged in following God’s mission for our lives we are truly growing in lasting happiness.
To inspire awareness, acceptance, and growth I help people take stock of their skills, talents, and abilities and then assist them in deciding where God wants them to apply these gifts, and finally how they can get there. Individuals discover their areas of greatest potential and how to develop or improve specific talents and skills, in order to clarify their purpose so they can follow their mission in life according to God’s will. However, when an individual has been living in a lesser version of themselves, where they have established years of excuses, a victim mindset, and or unhealthy toxic lifestyle habits, the truths revealed during these sessions can be very difficult to accept. They find making necessary changes cumbersome instead of joyful. During this stage individuals find themselves struggling to move forward and remain stuck in a toxic culture. This is why the process of acceptance and growth is simple but not easy. It requires prayer, lots of nurturing, time to develop new habits and proper spiritual guidance and direction.
Recently I have been certified in a newly founded step-by-step process called Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT). When used in conjunction with some of these sessions I’ve been seeing amazing results! Individuals open to this technique are showing shortened adjustment periods and are able to move forward more easily. You can read more personal testimonies here. I believe AFT is one of the simplest, quickest, most non-invasive, scientifically proven and effective modalities for helping individuals to get unstuck and move forward more quickly in their relationships, businesses, finances, and personal goals etc. As clients report more clarity in their ability to focus and discern God’s mission for their life they are simultaneously experiencing a more satisfaction and happiness.
If you personally are finding yourself stuck in any area or season of life, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an initial consultation.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
From personal experience I can say it is really difficult to love God with everything in your being, when your body is toxic and tired, your mind is in a fog, your spirit is broken and it takes everything you’ve got just to get up and function each day. You have little to no patience or tolerance when it comes to serving those around you, only anger and lack of forgiveness. How do you love and serve your neighbor when you don’t even love yourself?
As a practical wife and mother, I began improving my overall physical health and consequently that of my family, by first by eliminating preventable toxins in our household and personal care products after learning the ramifications they presented to our own health and the health of our environment.
Through every season of life I find great frustration with how many toxic chemicals are permitted to be used in our foods, personal care items, household cleaning supplies, cosmetics, over-the-counter medicines, and even in our vitamins and supplements! These toxic chemicals are having severe affects on our ability to think, act and live healthy lifestyles. Have you noticed every year the overwhelming and disheartening, increasing cases of domestic violation, road-rage, lack of job commitment, miscommunication, higher divorce rates, public killings etc? What about the increasing number of diagnosed illnesses, diseases and disorders that are coming out every year? Do these distinct and alarming patterns not disturb you? For our future generations they certainly do concern me.
In my humble opinion I am convinced these increasing numbers of chemical toxins we are absorbing into our bodies either through our skin, respiratory systems or gut, in conjunction with the bombardment of negativity in our social media, the decreasing ability to manage stress, the lack of good communication skills, the toxic relationships and unhealthy lifestyle choices we are living every day, are *all* having a direct correlation on the increasing diagnosis previously listed. Reduction of all these toxins in our lives really need to be a priority that is addressed today or there will be more and heavier prices to pay for our future generations.
Another challenge to consider is modification of our nutritional habits from the standard American diet of processed foods. I can’t stress enough the importance maintaining proper nutrition. Nutrition is so key and has such an impact on how we feel, our moods, our brain health, our hormones and our outlook on life.
What many people consider to be good nutrition is typically very lacking in many crucial nutrients, which places our cells in survival mode doing only the most critical functions without enough ‘juice’ to perform optimally and thoroughly. I would highly recommend starting with rich, dense and pure nutrients daily to maintain the adequate production of energy in the cells, so they are able to perform all of their tasks optimally. One of the fastest and easiest methods to do this is through a nutrient-dense green smoothie. The keyword here is nutrient-dense, and we are in a time when I believe it is no longer a luxury, but truly a necessity.
In today’s world there is a depletion of vitamins and minerals in our soils, and with the increased use of pesticides on plants, crops etc., the foods being grown today *do not* meet the body’s nutritional needs. I am an advocate of supplementation, and in particular super-foods infused with pure, unadulterated essential oils. These are becoming more important than ever, as they provide our bodies with dense nutritional values at a cellular level.
Since eliminating these toxic products from our own home, changing our nutritional habits to a wholefoods diet, and using whole natural plant-based medicines our family has experienced numerous surprising health benefits. It’s amazing how great you can feel when your body is receiving pure, concentrated nutrition from the best and most natural sources; you have converted your homes and environments to chemically-free products; you have become skilled at managing your daily stress, you have learned how to reduce negative influences; you have placed God back into your life, first and foremost developing daily habits that nourish your heart, soul, mind and body; you have perfected your personal h.e.a.l.thy styles (communication, personality, parenting, leadership etc.), you have cultivated dynamic friendships at work and in your community and you’ve created intimate, affirming relationships, first with God and then your neighbor!