ABOUT CULTIVATING HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND JOY

Life can be full of surprises.
Life can be challenging.
At times life can be hard.

My family has faced many challenges. We’ve faced diseases (over 25), injuries (including traumatic brain injury), sexual assault and other trauma, multiple miscarriages, seven car accidents, financial hardship, and so much more.

And, much of it came in waves. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis the same week my husband was diagnosed with cancer. This was at a time our daughters were struggling with some health issues of their own.

Years ago, we had one terrible week when things seemed impossible to overcome. We lost our car, had our power and water turned off, and I had to beg total strangers for help.

Another time, a drunk driver hit the automobile my husband was a passenger in. He was out of work for several months. At the same time, our daughter spent 30 days in a children’s hospital while faced my own set of health challenges.

There was the year I had 3 surgeries in one month, lost a child to ectopic pregnancy, and an elderly gentleman drove his pick-up truck into my tiny car. This was my second of three automobile accidents.

As I tackled each of the challenges we faced, I did plenty of research. I joined groups of other people who were facing the same things we were facing. So did my husband. In those groups, we found so many people full of despair, even suicidal. Many felt that life was not worth living if they had to deal with the disease.

But, life is worth living and living well!

I am on a mission to provide inspiration and resources to assist others in cultivating more health, happiness, and joy in life, despite life’s challenges.

This website is designed to be a place to record research we’ve done or found related to various medical conditions we have faced, tips and tricks for increasing health, information on what it is like to deal with a variety of medical conditions, and of course – what one can do to cultivate more health, happiness, and joy in life.

I also share different things we do to create more happiness. It could be hobbies, restaurants we love (I do love to eat), travel we’ve done, and more.

I hope that some of this, or any part of this, will help make an impact in your life and an impact in the world.

Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Random Facts About Me (Leisa Watkins)…

I often dream of selling every earthly possession so I can travel the world making friends while eating croissants, curry, and other regional fare.

But, I love the appeal of a Brownstone in the city so I can regularly partake of the city’s pulse – the ballets, dining, museums, dining, culture, dining, football games, dining and shopping.

And yet, still, I absolutely adore the thought of settling down on a homestead in the country, raising chickens, reading on a front porch, and doing everything else that goes with “a country life.”

Yep, I am totally conflicted.

  • Live in a Big City Brownstone 90% 90%
  • Travel the World 100% 100%
  • Live in the Country and Drink Lemonade 90% 90%

My first career choice, for most of my childhood was to be a prima ballerina. That didn’t happen, but I once taught  ballet lessons to a group of neighborhood girls and to my college football team.

Most of my life I wanted to be a FBI agent, or a criminal profiler. The closest I got to that was being offered a job as a secretary for the FBI.  Being a secretary simply didn’t sound nearly as interesting so I headed off to college.

One thing remained constant. I wanted to be an entrepreneur.  I’ve had owned a business in some shape or form since the age of 14.

I’ve been a banker, a traveling art teacher, a craft and hobby designer,  a Chief Executive Officer, head of marketing, web developer, and more.

 

I LOVE to travel. I was serious about that vagabond part of me that could travel the world for years.

It blows me away that there are people that don’t like to travel.

I heard that exists.

If that’s you – I respect you.

But I have questions…

Really?

You really don’t like to travel? 

Seriously? 

Why?

I don’t even know where this is.  But I want to walk down that street. I want to photograph it.

Some of the medical issues we have been dealing with. Some afflict more than one family member.

  • Cancer – Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
  • Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post-concussive Syndrome
  • Undetermined Auto-Immune Disorder(s)
  • CSF Leak
  • Dysautonomia
  • Diabetes and Blood Sugar Issues
  • Lyme Disease
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Connective Tissue Disorder
  • Hashimoto’s
  • MTHFR Gene Mutation
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Heart Issues
  • Blood Sugar Issues
  • Asthma
  • Internal Hemorrhaging/ Bleeding
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sepsis
  • Blood Clots
  • and a few other issue like appendicitis, gall-bladder removal, torn meniscus

Why I Do What I Do

leisa-watkins-circleI was born with the ability to feel what other people felt.  Some consider it a gift. I often considered it a curse.

I remember as a child being driven past a restaurant and feeling the fear and anguish it’s owners felt as their business struggled. It closed a short time later.

I remember the feeling of hope, anticipation, and excitement new business owners felt as they opened their doors and how it was far to often replaced by exhaustion, hopelessness and feelings of defeat.

At the age of ten, I wanted to help these business owners succeed. I still do.

Still, I fell in love with the idea of entrepreneurship.

I was bitten by the entrepreneur bug at a very young age (Fourteen is a young age to be an Entrepreneur isn’t it?).

It started when I began selling stationary door-to-door in my local neighborhood. Before graduating from high school I had ran several other businesses and I was hooked.  I have owned a business since.

I gained considerable experience in the corporate world, managing retail chains, and banks while running many successful home-based businesses. These included several direct sales and network marketing business, as well as several self-created businesses.

One company I founded specialized in unique products for vintage style scrapbooks, stamping arts, and book arts.  At the same time, I also had a very lucrative career teaching mixed media art throughout the United States. Traveling extensively, running production, and preparing my curriculum, and creating my samples, all while trying to homeschool gave me considerable first hand knowledge of just how difficult act of balancing the life of a busy mom with that of a business owner.

Every time I started a new business I felt that hope, anticipation, and excitement, and it far to often led to exhaustion and feelings of defeat. Obviously, I learned a lot during that time, particularly about the ins and outs of developing a business. I eventually discovered that creating and following a series of effective systems was an essential secret to success.

Now I dedicate a good portion of my time helping other entrepreneurs succeed through coaching, training, copywriting, and developing an effective online presences.

  • I am a life hacker, a person development addict, as well as a marketing strategist, designer, and copywriter.
  • I love art, photography, travel, the outdoors, design, movies, dance, and music.
  • I’m a mom who lives in a Salt Lake City suburb with my husband, three kids, a dog, a cat, and a lizard.

When I am not creating, or running a business, you’ll probably find me busy…

  • educating my children at home
  • writing
  • being a 4-H volunteer
  • creating art
  • photographing interesting things
  • dining out, or
  • spending time in the outdoors