Peace Love & Shari
Living a life of purpose and enjoying the journey is the difference between simply surviving life’s trials and tragedies and feeling like a CHAMPION through the process. When I made the decision to step out of my comfort zone and start working toward my dreams, my life changed. To fulfill one of my ultimate goals, I enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at the age of 50. I also started to research wellness. It was not enough anymore to try and fail at one more thing. For so long I had felt deprived of the richness of life, because I had tortured my body and mind with everything I could find to try and fill a gaping hole of sadness. I wanted so badly to feel STRONG and free.
My journey of recovery actually began in 2004 from prescription pain medication and alcohol. It took years of white knuckle sobriety, 12-step programs, intense therapy, and a couple of not so perfect restarts to figure out that it was not enough to just live an abstinent life. I was also able to link a history of trauma to the source of my need to be numb from life. I lost nearly every single person and thing that ever meant anything to me. Through deep acceptance and unconditional love, I have been able to restore relationships, career, and build a life far beyond what I could have ever imagined.
I made a conscious choice to put me first on my daily To Do List. It was important to make this part of my life a priority. I made purposeful movement through exercise, using positive affirmations, and a wellness coach to help me gain momentum on my life’s path. The transformation was incredible! This accomplishment made me so much stronger in heart, mind, body and spirit! I knew that I had to continue these practices along with other mindful routines like my morning meditation and evening prayer, clean eating for nourishment, and empowering others to do the same.
Since that time, I have channeled my energy toward my purpose. I have a passion for helping people grasp and maintain this loving wellness journey. I obtained my Certification as a Professional Recovery and Life Coach to help guide others toward an optimal life. I also finished that Doctorate and have returned to my first love as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. It was alright when I was just surviving, but it is the THRIVING through life that makes it worth it all!
~ Shari Long Romero, DNP, CNM, CPC, CPRC