Do you find yourself a bit rebellious? Maybe you just don’t want to be told what to do. Or maybe you just want to find your own voice. I think we all have some rebellious place in there. That rebellion can serve us or keep us stuck.
Ilana Kristeva tells me she was born rebellious. Colicky and anemic as a baby, Ilana just pushed back. She reports lots of parent/teacher conferences, since she didn’t much like directions. Then, her body rebelled.
As diagnoses started stacking up, Ilana lost more and more control of her body, finally ending up in a wheelchair. Unhappy and frustrated, Ilana finally hit a wall. Literally and figuratively. Coming down the hall in her home, Ilana collided with the wall, finding herself stuck. And suddenly laughing.
That was the starting point of her healing. In fact, she decided to take a stand-up comedy class (still in her wheelchair).
Slowly, Ilana began to understand that every cell in her body had the potential to heal, grow, and regenerate. She decided to honor that. To use her conscious thoughts to speak to her body, even singing to herself.
Along the way, she realized that she had to take her own health into her own hands. Sure, she could listen to the professionals. But she had to take responsibility, if she were to find healing. It was then that she converted her rebellious nature to a focused purpose. She became a Self-Care Vigilante.
As Ilana and I chat in this Thriveology Podcast, we discuss the elements of being a Self-Care Vigilante. How others can adopt the same mindset, taking control and responsibiliy for their well-being. How they can live in gratitude. Listen in for how to get a copy of Ilana’s books.