I'm Joyce Harrell: A Nurse, Wellness Coach & Holistic Health Practitioner (And a Grieving Mom)
A little about me...I'm Joyce Harrell. I'm a faith-based holistic nurse & wellness coach. I am co-author of a book for nurses, From Frustrated to Fulfilled: The Empowered Nurses System. In 2016 I traveled solo to Europe to take an almost 2 week aromatherapy palliative care program. I'm a bit of an adventurer and risk taker it seems...and in 2017 I lost my oldest son to suicide.
In one day, I went from a confident, adventurous woman, to a paralyzed and shaken woman. My world was ripped apart, and it's been very difficult to find my way. Even though I'm a trained wellness coach, I realized I cannot do this alone.
I was gifted a lifesaving program called One to One Women Coaching, and after only a few sessions, I'm already working on issues I've neglected for years, and I'm seeing how these simple changes are going to snowball, and the journey in just a few weeks has felt life changing.
I'll be writing about things I'm doing and experiencing. I'll be writing about my journey in minimalism, things I'm doing to move forward, and how Mike and I have decided to become part of an alternative home movement. We are looking at options like a tiny house, travel trailer, and even a metal storage building turned into a home. I'm setting my intention to retire next year, and it's exciting to have some goals.
As I discovered in my first coaching session, I've been leaking energy from my life in all sorts of areas. So, you will also find out the things I'm "letting go of", as well as what I'm embracing.
These are some of the things I blog about, and as I move forward, I believe these things are still the core to who I am:
- Apothecary. This is herbal and aromatic support for nurturing and nourishing several areas of my life. Things like ashwaganda herb for adrenal support and orange essential oil for an energizing and revitalizing aroma. After Brandon died, I realized how healing nature is. I spent more time connecting to nature and looked for opportunities to spend time there. I started hiking when I could, and my husband and I even have started camping some just to spend time in nature.
- Creativity. I realized my work/play balance was horribly out of alignment. I began to tap back into the creative side. This includes things like vision boards, creative journaling, adult coloring books, knitting, and more. After Brandon died, I continued on my creative path. I've added the tools of cosmic smash-booking and art journaling. I've been leading women to create their own smash-books.
- Sufficiency. This is all about mindset and being enough. Having enough. It does include the areas of finances, which much of the time our stress is derived from. This really embraces my new minimalism journey. I'm realizing my "stuff" was at the very core of my stress and overwhelm. Clutter had overtaken my life. No more. This had been life changing for me. To be honest, after Brandon died, I was paralyzed and the clutter has returned. I'm at the point now that I'm ready to tackle this again, as a great deal of peace came to our home when we had streamlined. We obtained many of Brandon's possessions, and of course, at this time, I cannot imagine parting with any of it. I am back on that journey though to create a peaceful environment.
Oh....my name... Joycelynn. That's my REAL name. You may know me as Joyce. I was Joycelynn until I went to college. So, I'm being authentic in every way. I don't know why I dropped the "lynn" part. It's back though. It's ok if you still call me Joyce, but I'm making my way back to Joycelynn... the person who experienced joy in all things...