Hi All, After some time away, I've just launched a new website! I'm copying the initial post here to reintroduce myself and catch everyone up a bit. Please check out wellnessescentials.com
My name is Amy Ray. I have been happily married to my soul mate for over 20 years. I am a mom, daughter, business woman, friend and counselor, life long learner, educator, and Oh, and did I mention mom!?
I began my wellness journey as a child. My mother was diagnosed with MS when I was young and I watched her as she modeled courage, researching and trying every possible integrative option to battle her disease. As a teenager I poo poo’d (as is typical of a know it all youth) such things she introduced to me such as Ayurveda, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Supplements, Yoga, and the list goes on….
Now, my husband and I own a veterinary hospital, he’s the Vet We live with our two children, two dogs, a cat, chickens and three pigs on a six acre homestead where we have worked to teach our children about sustainability, free play, growing and raising our own food, and being good caretakers for the earth. As my children grow and evolve I now also look to natural ways to keep my family healthy and happy. I blogged about this philosophy and adventure atTilting at WindmillsThe photo above was taken in Córdoba, Spain, shortly before I wrapped up an eight year blogging journey, so it feels fitting to be the launch of this website.
A few years ago, our daughter began a debilitating battle with depression, anxiety and anorexia. As her illness evolved my blogging voice fell silent as I found myself coming full circle and going back to the roots that my mom instilled in me. I began to research for myself the vast world of integrative medicine. Funny enough, now my teenage daughter is the one to poo poo my ideas.
This space is to share what I have already learned, and continue to learn. I have degrees in Psychology, Business Management, and have independently taken a number of continuing education classes in integrative health and mindfulness. Now I have enrolled to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.
I’m loving every moment of my crazy busy life, and striving to take a road less traveled.