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From Food Stamps to First Class

How Spirituality Led Me From Rockbottom to Life's Greatest Abundance

Shilamida
Shilamida

In life growing up you never really think that you will end up a loser. You don’t think, one day I’ll be on government assistance or worse, contemplating living in a shelter.

Just like other little girls growing up (at least my generation or older), I thought I would be married in my 20’s, with a white picket fence in love and happy.

I graduated college at the age of 21. At the time I was bartending, making a decent income, until  my mom knocked on my door and told me to “go get a real job”. So I searched around and landed a job as a school teacher making $32,000 a year, less than what I was making working that part time bartending gig. The job wasn’t bad but I was bored. I was seeking more.

I started looking for something I could when I wasn’t in the classroom. I ended up taking on a  side gig at a women’s fitness franchise and started learning about owning a business and entrepreneurship. This excited me.

By 22, I opened up my own business, The Occasional Favor, (not that kind of favor, wink wink) a wedding accessory and favor shop and by the time I was 24 I was making 6 figures selling franchises all over the country .

You would’ve thought I would be on top of the world with joy and happiness but inside I suffered. I suffered with sadness and depression. A few years prior to my success in business, my dad was diagnosed with Leukemia, at the time he was only given 2 years to live, so every trip to the hospital I thought he was dying. And on top of that, my mom was battling her own struggle with breast cancer.

So here I was. Successful, young and my entire life in front of me, but inside seeking more.

I would find myself in a silent surrender, asking for guidance to understand what I was experiencing. At this time I found spirituality and the Kabbalah and it really saved me from the darkness I was feeling inside. It gave me a foundation of hope and a guideline to live by. It gave me a sense of belonging and helped me to realize I was living my life in fear.

Shortly after finding Kabbalah, I found myself at rock bottom.  I was fired from my 6-figure job, my dad passed away and I found out I was 8 weeks pregnant with my ex, who had just recently left me.

It felt like my world was crumbling. Why was this happening? Where was my white picket fence? I found myself crying, alone, eating my sorrows away. My grief was so heavy. I gained 100 pounds. I was embarrassed to talk to people, embarrassed to go to my 10 year reunion.

I prayed nobody would ask me how I was doing, or what was happening in my life.

I struggled wondering how’d I would answer or what would I talk about. My life consisted of the lines at the food stamp office, and the interrogation I would have to sit through as I attempted to  receive child care assistance.

But I knew there was more. So I asked the Universe to help me again. I asked the Universe to help me find my way. And so I started learning. More than just Kabbalah, I started to learn Buddha, Tao, I dove into Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer. I filled my free time with healing circles. I cried. I ugly cried. I released, I prayed and then I started a gratitude practice.

In a healing chakra meditation, it came to me that I was a healer. I needed to follow that path. And so I did. I said YES to things I thought were impossible. I signed up for things that I didn’t have the money to pay for because I believed that I was on the right path and I was right! For every schooling, course, therapy, healing, I would be grateful for the money and the money would appear, every time!

Now I am a 6-figure earning Licensed Acupuncturist, best selling author and Inspirational leader. I guide women and men in becoming the best version of themselves! I find the more that I spend on me, the more return I receive. With each uplevel came a hefty price, but my belief in myself the Universe with a mix of gratitude landed me in first class!

A life of luxury, abundance and happiness is yours for the taking! No matter where you are in life you have to believe. If you are in a place where you feel lack, fear, worry take a moment close your eyes and breathe. My 3 go to steps to shift into a better place is:

  1. Focusing on my breath, Long inhales through the nose, and long exhales through the mouth, releasing anything that doesn’t serve me
  2. Being grateful! Saying the words I am grateful is so powerful! Look around the room, there is SO much to be grateful for!
  3. Mantra: I am safe, I am ok, I am protected

Want more? Come visit me at www.shilamida.com or pick up my book 31 Days of Gratitude: Create the Life You Desire

Instagram @goddess_of_gratitide

Facebook @ShilamidaInspires

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