Finding Mentors Through My Community

Hey friends! Can you believe that it is Christmas time again?? I can’t! This year has just flown by.

I have been thinking about community a lot lately and how I have found various mentors. I have grown my community in multiple directions- Yoga, Public Speakers, Life Coaches, Entrepreneurs, and not to forget my friends and family. I don’t think that everyone realizes it, but they contribute something powerful and meaningful to my everyday way of life.

When I was first recruited for TEDxStanleyPark, in December of 2015, I was elated. I was soon to be one of the people standing on the stage, sharing knowledge and wisdom like the people in so many TEDxTalks that I looked up to. I was recruited late in the game, so when I went to the very first rehearsal in January 2016, I was nervous but oh so thrilled to be there. I needed to soak in every bit of information that I could, having never done anything like Toastmasters, and only a bit of public speaking prior. After the first rehearsal, I soon became engaged with one of the speaker’s talks. She was charismatic, witty, and had a powerful personality. She knew how to deliver a good talk.

I already had a coach, but as a novice speaker, I needed all the help I could get. I knew she wouldn’t give me any BS, and would tell me like it is. Sure enough, that’s what happened, and I honed in my public speaking skills.  In addition, I took her entrepreneur course, which taught me how to lay the ground work for starting my own business. I worked hard at entrepreneurship, and even though found it wasn’t my calling in life I found some very translatable skills that I can carry with me for the rest of my life. She has also given me the courage to keep moving forward- especially when things get tough.

I am so lucky to have Isabelle as one of my mentors. Her support means everything to me, and helps me to live life at full volume, despite my epilepsy.

I Am Approved for the Vagus Nerve Stimulator!

Hey friends!

vagus-nerve-stimulation-publicTwo weeks ago I had an appointment at one of the nearby hospitals to see if I would be approved for the Vagus Nerve Stimulator!! Guess what?! I am!!  I will be having the surgery in about three months, which I am very hopeful for. Hopefully over time it means that I can reduce my medications which make me so tired. I am sure you know what I mean. Some days I feel like a walking Zombie, so it would be great to feel like a “normal” person again. (Whatever the f*** “normal” is).

I was anticipating that the Vagus Nerve Stimulator would be inserted before the end of this year, but it’s okay that I have to wait. I mean, ideally it would have been inserted by the end of this year and it would start to work. One of the interesting things about the VNS is that it can take some time to see if it is effective at controlling seizures. Unfortunately, after the surgery, only part of it can be taken out. I makes me laugh when I look at the diagtam of someone with a VNS; it makes me feel like a bit of a robot. I guess it means when I take an airplane I will have to carry a letter explaining why I set off the machines.
In the past couple of weeks my seizures have been more active, which is hard to manage. Especially this past week my seizures have been out of control and last Tuesday it felt like someone had stuck needles into my eyeballs on top of the seizures. It has been an intense ride! It is also disappointing because I had to miss an event that my friend bought me a ticket for.

So, that’s where I am at.

Love you lots!
Sita and JoJo xox

100 Days of Gratitude-Day 6!

Hey friends! I hope you had an amazing day! I did- I got some work done and then went out! It was good times all around.

I am SO SO thankful for tea! It might seem silly as I suffered a massive burn from a seizure and tea incident (donhappiness-looks-good-on-you‘t worry, it’s all healed up). but I love tea. It has so many amazing qualities that can help your body and mind. Today my tummy was a little upset so I had Peppermint tea and BAM! I felt better! I would definitely have to say that my go-to is Earl Grey Tea, but I love Bengali Spice, Masala Chai, Jasmine Green tea and Creme de Caramel Green tea.

Do you love tea too??

Lots of love,
Sita Gaia and JoJo xoxo

100 Days of Gratitude-Day 5!!

Hey friends! I am feeling good today, as I have accomplished the work that I set out to do! As my mom would post *arm pump*!

sita-sahasrabudhe-headshotI have been thinking about Tedx a lot today, and I am really thankful that I was able to do a TedxTalk this year. If you haven’t seen it yet- check it out here! Being part of TedxStanleyPark was a real game changer. I went into it wanting to talk about people with Epilepsy and Disabilities, but some of my fellow speakers really changed my game with regards to what I am doing with my life. I would have never imagined this, but now I am working hard to become (or am I already one??) a solopreneur. (Which is like an entrepreneur, except it’s just one person.) This person (Hey Isabelle, you rock!) saw something in me and gave me an awesome butt kick in the right direction. When she saw that I was falling out of her community, and even stopped communicating with her, she told me that she thought I hid behind my Epilepsy. I was SO upset, but hey it’s because the truth hurts. It was like a hand pulling me out of the quicksand and saying “Hey! I believe in you! Now YOU have to believe in you, too!”

That aside, the actual experience of Tedx was amazing. I actually had a platform to talk about chronic illness, and besides graduating it was probably one of the best days I’ve had thus fat. So yeah, I am so grateful for being able to speak at Tedx, the people that I met, and how much of a game changer it was!

Lots of love,
Sita and JoJo xoxo

100 Days of Gratitude-Day 2

friends

Tonight I am pooped, but I just thought I would let you know that I am thankful for meaningful conversations and relationships. This was shared with me 4 years ago today, and still has just as much meaning.

There’s some people in this lifetime that make every day fuller, every blow softer, and every smile wider. Sita Gaia, I am so very, very lucky to have you as a best friend. On the days that I struggle, you grab the end of my rope and pull me up, even if you yourself are standing on the same platform as I am. As you head home to BC, (even though I know it’s for a good reason and that you’ll be back in a couple of months), I want you to know how much I will love and miss you while you’re gone. You’re my warm blanket in friend form, and I am so very, very proud of you for staying stron

Lots of love,
Sita Gaia & JoJo

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