June has been a month of tremendous and unexpected growth for me. I was asked to present a closing speech at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Paso Robles and the experience was life-changing.
The following is an excerpt from my speech to share with you my experience:
Thank you Millie for co-creating with your team to put on such an event. What an amazing group of people you all are. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more inspiring group of individuals from all walks of life come together for any one cause.
Like Millie mentioned, my name is Stephanie Austin and I’m a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, and owner of www.WellnessByMotherNature.com.
When Millie first asked me to present a speech at the closing ceremonies, I figured, I’ve got this – I’m a writer and a holistic health practitioner, I’ll present the latest nutritional studies and maybe even some whole-life healing techniques.
Trust me, if given the time, I would talk and talk about nutritional healing, but after last night’s Luminaria ceremony, I drove home behind tears realizing, what can I possibly teach this group? How can I possibly inspire them? What can I say that will help them celebrate, remember and fight back? Because in less than one hour, I learned more from you all than you can learn from me here today.
I learned the strength of connection and community from the complete stranger who sat down so close beside me, I almost thought they didn’t see me. Then I looked behind me and realized they didn’t have much else to choose from because this place was so filled with people who are here to help one another heal at whatever stage you’re in.
I witnessed healing through humility, laughter and joy as grown men danced around wearing bras on the outside of their clothes and children played to the latest tunes from the DJ. What a great DJ right?
What was most overwhelming to me was when you showed me what magnitude of hope there is to experience. Last night, David Lee asked us all, “Who represents your hope?”
In a rather famous Relay event poem called HOPE:
“H” is for Hope, which is everlasting.
“O” is for Oneness, because we all stand united in the fight against this dreaded disease.
“P” is for Power, because that is what we have, as part of the more than 4000 events across our beautiful nation!
“E” is for Eradication, because we will ERADICATE cancer and make it a distant memory!
So what can I possibly teach you about hope?
Amid such hope as when you’re hoping for the life of your loved ones, that is when we really learn how to LIVE, right?! While I am sorry you’ve had to experience such illness and loss, I can really see how thoroughly it has taught you all how to LIVE.
Look at your commitment to this event. Look at the people you were here for. Not just the people you came with or for but everyone here.
To those with cancer, let the survivors offer you hope. Connect with your community of healers and embrace every avenue of whole-life healing you can.
To the survivors, be the hope for others who are going through what you’ve been through. Sometimes the best way to heal is to help somebody go through what you’ve already seen.
To those here who have lost loved ones to cancer, you are a survivor with a different definition, and you can carry on the legacy of your loved ones’ fight by helping others learn what you’ve learned.
To the caregivers, you are like Mr. Lee’s hope – the light when they can’t find the switch for themselves. Hope is what is needed when we cannot do it for ourselves....
I continue the speech with some nutritional background and how important it is to change the terrain within our body to an environment where 'dis'ease and cancer cannot flourish as it currently does in our overly-acidic and inflammatory-causing diets.
I am forever grateful for the reception I received as I read this speech through tears and sniffles. The dedication people have to this cause has forever inspired me to continue teaching Eating for Healing.
Wellness by Mother Nature's, Stephanie Austin, HHP at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Paso Robles
I have been asked to present a speech at the Closing Ceremonies for the Relay for Life on Sunday, June 23rd. I feel so honored and excited to have this opportunity to inspire hundreds of individuals whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
From Millie Drum, the Relay for Life Coordinator:
I hope to see you there!
Stephanie Austin, HHP
Thanks to my dear friend Heather, here are a few videos of a couple songs in my set. Good times followed my set when Morgan Manifacier played, followed by John Miller.
Thanks for coming out!
This one is of me warmin up on a cover by Ryan Bingham called "The Weary Kind" before the high-note songs make their way into the set.
This is my own song, Darkling Wood, and I forgot an entire verse while playing it. Geez... performance nerves. I'm just glad I kept goin!
This is another original called, "I Grew Up" about the little girl I started out being and who I have become.
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"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
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