"There are many aspects of my life right now that I have needed guidance through, particularly with my relationship with my husband, my relationship with my parents, my pressure to be a great role model for my children and much of this resulting in my weight. I have needed emotional, spiritual, and physical guidance and Lindsey has guided me in positive and enlightening ways and has provided me new ideas and new ways to go about my ways that were not working for me. One of the ways she has strengthened me has been through the way of seeing things through the eyes of the person (such as my husband), and realizing that my way is not the only way, there needs to be a combination of ideas that come together to make a resolution. Stopping and listening to my partner and not expecting different results from the same things I already knew about my partner. This has helped our relationship grow and become a more team feel instead of one-sided and without unrealistic results. Another thing we have discussed in length is my lack of spiritual belief in myself and the Universe. I am seeking to find further truths and read more to help improve and open that side of me. Somewhere in the mix of being a wife, children and life, I have left that part of myself behind. Having a belief bigger than myself is a way we can push through times that we feel lost and abandoned and alone. This has been so amazing and I am excited for the journey that I will be on since I have belief that guidance is there for me to take and give. Food has been an issue for me my entire life. This is and will be a difficult place for me to tackle. Lindsey has guided me to understand food. The fuel of food. To use it as a fuel and not as a indamine object to lean on. I have always used food as my crutch. I eat when I am sad, happy, depressed, confused, and lost. Food started at a young age for me when my parents divorced at the age of five for me. It was available and never talked back and always made me feel better. I am realizing I can enjoy it, without food having to give something back in terms of an emotional filler for me. I have started to cook more, make choices that make my body feel amazing and full of energy, and enjoy food and a source of fuel but also a source of balance. I am slowly moving away from using it to fulfill a space that needs to be addressed and filled with knowledge instead of using a quick fix. As of today I have shed 17 pounds of “weight” that I have carried as a result of emotional eating. It is so amazingly cool to see that I don’t need that crutch. She has guided me in a way that no therapist, or doctor ever has. There is no quick fix in life, only everyday work and making progress within myself to achieve my pinnacle. Lindsey is amazing and a true leader. She has a presence that people are drawn to and want to listen to. She is full of knowledge and guidance that open ears are waiting to listen and adopt in their lives."
"Don’t say 'hate.' I can still remember the first time I ever said the word in front of her. Today, there isn’t one other word that I will stop myself 100% of the time from saying. I feel it before it happens, or taste the harshness as soon as I start to slip and say it. And I don’t say it. At all now. If one person can make one person never say the word “hate” again, and actually force a person to find a better way to express how they are feeling, can you imagine what that can do? Can you imagine what could happen if many more of us could teach that? I can, and I strongly believe in what that would do. I have learned that is possible thru Lindsey, along with many more things. In the first couple of months knowing her, she knew me as the girl who brought 2 Bojangle biscuits to work every morning. One for breakfast and one to warm up for lunch. I’m not saying I don’t still like them and that I won’t ever have one again BUT it has been about 5 months and counting since my last one, and that’s 170 something days longer than I used to go. If you told me back then the food I would be eating (and even posting to my Instagram), I would have probably giggled and went on about my day. Now, I am so proud to educate my friends and family on the crazy fascinating things I eat! Spaghetti Squash Bowls and Peasant Beet Quinoa Salad are just a couple of my favorites. I eat better and I FEEL better than I have in a long time. More importantly to me, is making sure the ones around me can feel good, too. And through knowing Lindsey, I can do that in ways I couldn’t before. Not only with healthy eating but with loving themselves. In the years leading up to meeting her, I had needed to take some time to really work on myself. So I did. I really took to meditation and began going to Temple as much as possible for 2 years and in that time decided Compassion would be my “religion”. Even still, there was room for me to grow and I could feel that. One of my favorite things I love about myself now is the confidence to be ME. There aren’t enough words to describe the meaning of that, at least I can’t think of them right now without going on and on. I thought I was pretty confident when I met her. It doesn’t hold a candle to what I have inside me now. It is everything. When you have love in your heart and the confidence to use it, that is power to me. And I feel I have been given a power like no other. I love others. I love the Earth and I love the world and this life. I believe that one smile, hug or laugh can change a life. I believe that we should trust each other and not judge someone for their differences. I can say with all my heart, I never leave Lindsey without being even more empowered to take that attitude out in the world and use it! She has seen me through many changes and issues I have faced. Changing friendships, changing jobs, car trouble and southern family drama! She saved ½ of my closet by giving me the confidence to just dress how I FEEL every day. I wear stripes with flowers and brown with gray, I even shop for shirts knowing I will cut the sleeves off to make it cooler – and I love it and feel fun! At 30 years old, I was asked 2 weeks ago how I would describe my style, because the woman asking just thought I had the “oddest but prettiest” way of dressing. I laughed and told her I would have to probably call my style “ The Lindsey “. She didn’t get it. So we ended up having a great conversation about her feeling confident to wear those things she “thinks” about. She hugged me close and I could feel it helped her. Even if it was a little, we all know even a little love can make a big difference. Lindsey is a lot of love. It is undeniable that she is here to make a difference in this world. There are days where I think being born in earlier days may have been better. But now I have way more days feeling lucky I get to live in this time, with someone as hopeful, strong and passionate about life and love as Lindsey."