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A Gift that gives…

I’m sharing because my story could help someone else...

At the end of 2016, my life took a huge 180. Lots of things were happening and life was very stressful. One event after another kept coming at me and my family: accidents, cancer, life changes, church stuff, and then towards the end of 2017, I was going through a divorce, my mom had passed away from pancreatic cancer, two months later, my grandma passed away, and then one of my best friends passed away a month after that. It was kind of crazy and it felt like everything that I cherished, places and people that were my pillars, my rocks, were crumbling around me.


I had started going to Crossfit (Prime Performance & Movement) at the beginning of 2017, and it was a Godsend for sure. It helped me so much having a healthy outlet to let out the energy and frustration that was building up. Thankfully, my faith also stood strong, because God knows, it was certainly being tested during this time. I have to say, it was probably the hardest time I’ve ever had in my life. On the outside, I was keeping it together, but inside, I was hurting so much. I’m really good at smiling, and being “ok” even when it’s tough, but, eventually, all those emotions that we hide, and stifle away will find their way outside.


During this time, a friend of mine gave me a gift, and it truly was a gift, now looking back. She brought me this little bottle of oil and told me to take it and it would help take the edge off. Now, as I’m typing this, I realize how sketchy that sounds. I asked all the questions - because I wasn’t informed about CBD yet. I never had tried it before. “Am I going to get high? Am I going to feel weird?” And this one - “ Will I get arrested?” All the answers were No. I trusted this person, she had a really good job that she would never jeopardize, had been using CBD for a while, my gift had a label and wasn’t from some witch doctor.


I remember the first time I tried it. It was Christmas Eve, and I was continuing on with our normal traditions, having a houseful of people, but it was my first Christmas without my Mom and it was really hard. I was home and I figured, Hey, what could it hurt. So, I gave it a whirl. Within about 20 minutes, I felt a little less anxious, and like I didn’t have an elephant sitting on my chest. I felt like I could breathe. I felt some relief for the anxiousness. Now, I’m sure some people will have their opinions about this and mental health, etc, but, I know what works for me. The more I have researched into the benefits of the Hemp plant and all the incredible, positive things it can help with, the more I believe it was placed into my hands for a reason.


I have tired many different CBD products along my journey, some are better than others. Ingredients, purity, processing, where it’s grown, third party testing - there’s so many things I’ve learned. I’m super excited to have finally found one that is USDA Certified Organic, and its completely made and farmed in the USA, with clean, quality ingredients that you can identify on the label. It’s all so important to me. Do your own research and decide for yourself. What you put into your body matters. Raise your standards because you only have one body. I’m simply sharing my story because I know there are others out there that might need more information like I did, or could be suffering in silence, and you don’t have to. I want to hear your story. Let’s chat. <3


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