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#24: Dee Johnson: From a terminal diagnosis (spoiler alert, she's still here!) to opening a bakery

Dee Johnson was told she had 5 years to live. She refused to have an expiration date on her life and thus began a journey towards healing her mind, body, and spirit. Her path led to eliminating dairy and gluten, which eventually led to starting a bakery business to provide delicious cakes free of gluten and dairy.

  1. Often, solving your own problem can be a sign about what to do next. Your problem may be the same thing others are trying to solve

  2. When you brainstorm, look at what you loved to do as a child (like baking)

  3. Start even if you don’t know how it’s all going to work out. You’re not going to think your answer into being, but by taking a step you can start figuring it out as you go. Dee felt pulled to go to an Ashram in India. She went, not knowing she'd find the path to healing there.

  4. Trust your gut. If physical problems are going on and on, keep searching until you find answers. Dee knew her symptoms weren't normal and she knew she didn't feel well.

  5. When you open yourself up to possibility, synchronicities begin to happen. Articles appear, people appear who can help you (the doctor at the Ashram on vacation).

  6. Once you take a step in the right direction you’ll know because the energy will flow and you’ll feel it. You’ll actually have an easier time with whatever it was you were struggling with when you’re on the right path. Like when Dee made the decision to change her lifestyle and diet in a split second while she was at the Ashram.

  7. Your body will tell you when you’re on the right path.

  8. Life will present you with guides in your life. Be on the lookout.

  9. We often play the role of victim and feel sorry for ourselves. This is our ego. Our inner self knows this. Our inner self will allow us to shift from fear to trust. This is where we can find out inner strength. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

  10. Your mess (ie, your biggest struggle/hardship) can become your message.

  11. You always have a choice to live in fear or trust the process.

  12. Your body will tell you what’s good for you and what’s not. Trust your body. Notice how it feels after trying something new.

  13. It’s okay to be different. We don’t have to fit into a certain mold. Have courage to acknowledge it and embrace it.

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life coach, PA, Physician assistant, burnout, stuck, career, martha beck