Sage & Spry was born out of my own personal journey to health and happiness. I always say that I didn't choose my career, it chose me.
I was born a sick kid with lots of allergies that presented itself as chronic ear infections, frequent colds, hay fever, and general illness. On top of that, I began experiencing anxiety and panic attacks at nine years old and depression at eleven years old. Unaware of how to cope, I turned to drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, and self-harm at a young age.
By the time I got to college, my emotional and physical health was declining. I was taking four prescription pills a day and receiving weekly allergy shots in addition to a dependency on nasal sprays and over-the-counter medications to deal with pain, allergies, and cold and flu symptoms. My battle with depression and anxiety had taken quite a toll on my social and academic life. Overcoming fear was a daily battle, my sinuses were always bothering me, I was taking two, three, sometimes even four naps a day, and I kept gaining weight.
I had no concept of what being healthy felt like and had no idea where to begin. I did what I was led to believe was good for me: drinking more than enough milk, eating only canned and frozen food that was deemed “healthy” or “nutritious,” and buying into whatever “healthy” fad diet was popular at the time, but yet I felt miserable.
Fed up, I was determined to find a better way to live. I began experimenting with folk remedies and saw instant results. This motivated me further. I knew I needed more information, but didn’t know where to get it. In 2008, my research led me to Sky Hill Institute of Wholistic Healing Arts where, at 22-years-old, I enrolled in their Wholistic Health Practitioner Program and began my transformation. I embarked on a challenging, yet immensely rewarding, journey that I continue on today.
Bit by bit, I tackled each part of my life that wasn’t serving me and experimented with ways of fixing it or letting it go. It’s been almost six years and the results have been tremendous. I’ve lost 50 pounds, gotten off all my medications, let go of my addictions, and managed my anxiety and depression. For the first time in my life I am free of allergy symptoms and am active, energetic and happy! Every year I feel healthier and younger and I can’t wait to continue to learn, grow and take myself to new levels of health and happiness.
Every step of my journey has given me more tools to help myself live the life that I want to. My own experience has fueled me to help others out of their own struggles and to make health something that is fun and attainable to all. I founded Sage & Spry in 2014 when I moved by home to Marquette from the West Coast. Since being back I've had a great time integrating myself into this amazing community and finding ways share my offerings with you.
What to Expect:
I want to share with you some of the things that have helped me the most on my journey and my latest experiments and discoveries. Hopefully, Sage & Spry will act as a source of inspiration, connection, knowledge, and empowerment. I want to show you that, even when life isn’t easy, it can still be fun. Enjoy your life and your journey as you open your eyes to a new way of living. Laugh with me, or at me, as I stumble along on my unique wellness path. Stay tuned.
I believe that we all possess the ability to thrive and heal. I feel the most important tools we have in that process are self-awareness and acceptance. We are complex and unique individuals with physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual patterns that either free or inhibit us. The more we explore these parts of ourselves, the more we are able to identify and let go of that which holds us back. It is important we are kind to ourselves during this process as the sooner we accept and love exactly who we are, the easier it will be to adopt habits that keep us happy and healthy.
Lots of Love,
Founder / Owner
Sage & Spry