Another year ended last night and a new one is starting, and as I look back, I am so very grateful for the year I have had and that you have been along on this journey. I love to take time at the end of the year and look back at what has happened and what I have learned. I feel that this year, many of the biggest happenings have been behind the scenes, so even those of you who have been following me and Small Changes, Big Shifts may not know about all of them.

March 7, 2018

This was one of the top 5 nights of my life. I planned to do a wrap-up event as the culmination of celebrating my 25th year of practice as a chiropractor, but it actually turned into a launch party for Small Changes, Big Shifts and the Big Shifts Foundation.

Small Changes, Big Shifts is working to train healthcare practitioners a new way of treating their patients through the Quadrants of Wellbeing.

The Big Shifts Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with 5 – 30 year olds to teach our young people how to live happy, healthy lives and put the odds in their favor.

People showed up for the event and I learned that they (those who came, and people in general) are hungry for a new way of healthcare. I know without a doubt I am called to do this work and I feel blessed to be walking this journey. It is a big vision, I know with your help and God’s help we can make a difference, our kids are depending on us! This year I have new great-nieces and a new great-nephew who remind me how important our kids and their future are.

Me with my new great nephewMy new great niece

A Board of Directors

My board of directors for the Big Shifts Foundation

The Big Shifts Foundation is a big vision and large amount of work, so after creating it, the next step was to form a Board of Directors. I feel so privileged to have community leaders who caught the vision and have chosen to join me to make the Big Shifts Foundation come to life. Together we are co-creating a new way of being for 5 – 30 year olds.

While I feel so lucky to have them, I also feel nervous. I don’t want to let my Board of Directors down. I feel a huge amount of pressure, because I don’t want to waste people’s time or resources. When I get stressed out by my nervousness, I remind myself that Billie Jean King said, “Pressure is a privilege.” And I do feel privileged to do this work.

25 Champions

This year I also gathered a group of Champions. These are healthcare providers, including nurses, nurse practitioners, and medical doctors who are volunteering 5 – 20 hours of their time each month to help build the Small Changes, Big Shifts movement. With their volunteer hours they are sharing the message of whole person health and engaging other practitioners in the Quadrants of Wellbeing and how to treat patients with this framework.

A lot of planning and preparation has happened in the past year, and I am excited for the upcoming year and the opportunity to see our efforts begin to shape people’s lives.

Speaking and Other Efforts

Through the year I’ve done 3 – 5 speaking engagements each month. I use the saying, “Celebrate, guide, connect to create hope” in my podcast and these words help me stay focused on my calling. With my speaking engagements, I am working to guide people to better health. I love the opportunity to meet new people and to bring them into this well being movement.

I’ve continued to interview amazing guests this year for my podcast, connecting them to my listeners and helping them share their guidance. I’m grateful to learn through these interviews, and hope that you do as well.

I’m also continuing to prepare new programs, like my 21 Days to Rejuvenating Sleep. In the last few months, I’ve been focusing on posture and creating a new program to share the benefits of good posture and how to improve your posture with the Quadrants of Wellbeing.

3.5 Years

It has been 3 and half years since I  was hit by a car while riding my bicycle. I know without a doubt that I put the odds in my favor for a wonderful recovery and I continue to walk the talk knowing that my body is a temple.  Even with the severe degeneration in my pelvis, I am 95% pain-free. My brain is also getting better, thanks for understanding when I don’t remember your name. I am grateful that my commitment to healthy habits before and since the accident have allowed me to heal and continue sharing the message of  well being.

2019

John Gordon explains that he chooses one word to shape his year. My word for 2019 is “Ripple.”

Recently I have come to the conclusion that I am like a duck, sitting calmly on the surface of the pond, but paddling like mad under the surface. In 2019, I am paddling with a purpose to create a ripple.

Thank you for showing up and paddling with me.

With a grateful heart,

Michelle

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  • Bernadette S
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    You have been an inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you for all that you are doing to shine a light on living well.

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