The key to relaxation is breathing. When we take slow, deep breaths, we activate our parasympathetic nervous system, allowing our body to calm. I use the count of four seconds in, one second hold, four seconds out, one second hold and repeat. I call it my “chill pill.”
When I think about what makes me happy, I think about food! Amazing flavorful food! I love to bring my family together to enjoy new recipes.
Something most people don’t know about me is I served in the US Air Force Reserves for 12 years as a chaplain assistant. So many great experiences, serving with some amazing people who became my family.
When people think of me, I hope they think and smile about how I made them feel. I love helping people feel joy and getting them to laugh.
Something I enjoy learning about is the human body. The knowledge of how it works, moves, thinks is really endless. I enjoy completely geeking out on massage techniques to help create space for healing.
I love working as a massage therapist because every day and every client is different. It challenges me to keep growing and to keep moving.
April showers bring May flowers and LIVE MUSIC! I love an evening at a brewery with a cold beer, listening to music, with the family and our dog.
If I won the lottery, MY first purchase would be a farm — chickens, goats, horses, cows. It’s a lot of work and never a dull moment.
My favorite place to dine in Newport News is Aago! Nepalese and Indian fusion. The chicken mikhani with garlic cheese Naan is always on point.
A cause that I am in passionate support of is bone marrow donations. I encourage everyone to sign up at www.bethematch.org to be a donor. Donating blood is also a great way to support.
The secret to a happy life is living in each moment. It is tough with today’s distractions. It’s easy to look back or charge forward, but living in this second, this breath — that’s the only thing that we truly have.