Hi! I'm Chelsea Brooks and I have a confession:
this is my very first blog post for myself & I'm about to share my dreams, my struggles and so much more with you all.
I hope you get something from my words and experiences.
If I've learned anything from all the craziness currently happening (March 2020/COVID-19), it's that communicating and keeping
relationships alive with the others is so important.
Family, friends, clients, other local small businesses, artists,
entrepreneurs, teachers & service industry workers:
We are all in this together, even when we are a part.
We as humans need one another and this pandemic has proven that.
We need love, caring, rest, support & so much more.
I don't want to get off subject and I do that quite a lot, just
ask my husband... I have 15 conversations in 1.
That's just who I am (enneagram 7).
I want to share some personal stuff and if you know me,
you know I'm raw, real & wear my heart on my sleeve.
So I'm about to get really REAL!
Like many other small businesses, 2020 hasn't shaped up to be what I planned
and hoped for due to the COVID-19 crisis and pandemic.
But even before all the craziness from that began,
I was in the midst of another struggle with my health and deciding if I can continue doing what I do in the salon... keep reading to find out
how 2019 ended & 2020 began for me:
Like many, I started the new year celebrating with our close friends at
a Roaring 20's themed party. Who knew what was in store in the coming months...
A few weeks before Christmas in 2019, I woke up and could barely use my
left hand & wrist... my right ankle have had the same undiagnosed issues since 2018.
The last 3 months have been filled with uncertainty, bouts of depression & anxiety
on top of countless doctors visits, x-rays, MRIs and blood work.
After months of ruling out "this & that",
we have an official diagnosis:
Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)
PsA for the most part is an "invisible" autoimmune
disorder that can be completely debilitating & requires an injectable medication.
I've spent the last few years adjusting my daily work and personal life activities to reduce pain. In just the last few months, I have found answers & a bit of relief thanks
to medication on top of changes in my diet & daily habits.
I could have easily given up on my dreams & left the beauty industry for a
more traditional career, however, I'm choosing to turn lemons into
lemonade by shifting my focus and service offerings.
CHANGE IS SCARY BUT ESSENTIAL FOR GROWTH.
Until then, stay home, stay safe & stay healthy!