God works all things together for our good!
I thought this was the way life was supposed to be.
I was working with my husband in our Real Estate Investment/Online Marketing business, the kids were in great schools, we lived in the area that was close to my family and we could basically travel when we wanted and buy what we wanted when we needed it. God supernaturally blessed the work of my hands financially in many of our business ventures. I know God had gifted me in the area of business and entrepreneurship. We were living life on our own terms. It was not always that way for us, in fact, there were many years of barely making ends meet, on food stamps, living with my parents in a spare room, working for companies that paid us a combined salary of 48K. So for me, this stage of my life was what we dreamed about. There was one problem….. I built this life on my own strength and anytime you build something on your own you have to maintain it.
And then eight years into our business, I realized I was had stopped putting the oxygen mask on myself and was running around with my wonder woman cape trying to make as much money as possible. Not only was I constantly stressed out and on edge with everyone but I was killing myself in the process. I had so many balls in the air I wasn’t really present to life. I was run down, tired, sick and very unhappy and to be honest an absentee mother and wife. From the outside, it looked like I was happy and content. But inside I was sick and was walking around with a toxic heart. I never really let people see the real me. I was always wearing my happy mask because intimacy with others was not comfortable. (I had trust issues)
By age 40 the fun stopped….
This was not the life that was giving me all the things I so desperately wanted; health, happiness, a sense of self-worth and family unit that had a strong bond. I began to ask the Lord (like you know we do when things get a little rocky) what was my purpose? What was I really put here to do? Did I have anything of value to share?
I remember being so passionate several years back learning about health. It was at the time when I discovered my Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and I was his primary caretaker for eight months before he passed away. I would stay up at night researching and studying everything I could about health and cancer hoping and praying I would find a cure for him so I would not lose him. The doctors gave him six months to live and that meant I needed to get busy and save him. I wasn’t able to save my dad but the Lord taught me a lot about the body and how unfortunately my dad abused his body and was not a good steward of the body God gave him.
I did gain a closer relationship with my dad that I didn’t have most of my life growing up. He wrote me a beautiful letter one day saying how much he loved me and was sorry for not expressing it more while I was growing up (he had trust issues too). Oh, how my heart needed to hear that. I feel truly blessed that God allowed me eight months with him and to hear those words I so longed to hear. It brought a huge healing to my heart.
Fast forward now I was doing the same thing to my body that I saw my dad do and if I didn’t make some changes would probably end up terminally sick at a young age. (strange how if we don’t heal the past we pass it on) You see after my dad’s death, I plugged into being a workaholic with my husband and we hustled hard. I felt the only way to end the hustle was to take some drastic action and that is what I did. I decided to take some time out and get off this hampster wheel I felt I was on and do some soul-searching. I wanted to find my voice, my passion for living and begin to live the life I knew deep down inside I was called to live but always allowed fear to hold me back. I wanted to stop escaping the pain.
Behind the scenes that nobody saw was a woman escaping the pain with food, anxiety meds, alcohol, and sleeping pills to disconnect from life. I knew this was not going to be a path that I could sustain for the long haul.
I felt the little taps the Lord gives calling me back to HIM. I knew that I had kicked HIM out of the driver’s seat somewhere along the way and took over the control of how I was going to live my life. I didn’t mean for it to be like this but it sort of just happened. That’s the way the enemy works, very subtle. I guess when you are running from emotional pain you will do whatever is necessary to avoid it. For me, it was working nonstop and abusing my body and never taking time to be with the Lord and find out what His desire was for me.
I was done escaping. I was ready to surrender my life completely to the Lord and allow HIM to do the necessary work that needed to be done in my heart. I was ready to push past the fear, to cry, to feel the pain and dig deep into those places of not feeling worthy. Life had given me several lemons and I was ready to make lemonade I held on to the shame of abuse, learning disabilities and many other obstacles in life, — my own STORY – I realized I could allow my story to take me down or I could allow the Lord to rewrite the story and use it for HIS glory, and that is what I did. I started by surrendering my life to the Lord and allowing Him to take total control over what my life was going to become from here on forward. I told him I would hold on to His hand and not let go no matter how rough the waters got.
I choose today to live a life totally surrendered to HIM and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. I am passionately in love with Jesus, my husband, and my 2 children. I am not great about conforming to what other people think. I’m an independent woman in a constant state of learning to be completely dependent upon the Lord. Every action I take is based upon seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and then everything I need will be added to me.
Today in this season of my life I help women learn how to holistically take care of the body God has given them while they are passionately running with the vision that’s in their HEART. I provide a simple and easy solution for getting adequate nutrition into the body so it will thrive. I show you how to create a lifestyle where you put the oxygen mask on yourself first before putting on your SUPERHERO cape to save the world.
My passion: Is to empower the frustrated Solopreneur and Network Marketer to become clear about their mission and create a simplistic online strategy that will enable them to share their gifts with the world. I teach women how to become influencers so they can attract their ideal client and serve those they are called to.
My Mission: MY MISSION IS TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS CRAFT A GOD-CENTERED HOLISTIC LIFE THAT IS UNCLUTTERED AND RICH WITH PURPOSE SO THEY CAN BOLDY MAKE MONEY DOING WHAT THEY LOVE AND GIVE BACK TO CAUSES THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT
I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I studied over 100 dietary theories taught by amazing teachers and famous experts in nutrition and wellness such as Andrew Weil, MD, John Douillard, DC, Barry Sears, PhD, Mark Hyman, MD, Geneen Roth and Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD, Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Dr. Brian Clement PhD among others. I am certified in Nutritional Blood Analysis (Blood Microscopy) and a certified Life Coach. I’ve studied Ann Wigmore’s protocol for healing and detoxification at the Raw Food Institute and I am also a self-taught Raw Chef.
Besides owning my real estate investment company and being an online marketer, I previously owned my own nail salon that still exists today and is run by my sister. I also worked for 9 years with T. D Jakes Ministries in the marketing and events division where I was the employee of the year. I say all this to let you know that God will use all things in your life together for HIS good.
I can’t wait to help you make your health and business dreams come true.
Below, the picture on the left is when I was living my toxic dream. I was not pregnant – just very toxic.
Doreen Martin, CIHC, AADP, IAHC
Certified Integrative Health Coach, American Association of Drugless Practitioners & International Association of Health Coaches