The story of a peach stone turning into a peach tree.
My story begins in down home Chickamauga, both my parents are from there. They grew up across the railroad tracks from each other and were high school sweet hearts. Growing up I split my time between Chattanooga where I lived and Chickamauga where my family was.
Life offered me challenges early and I lost my father in 2006 in a motorcycle accident. My home life was rocky and by the time I turned 18 I found myself living from my car, using drugs and in a physically abusive relationship.
One particularly violent night ended up with me fleeing back home to Chickamauga. There, I began slowly picking up the pieces of my shattered life.
In 2008, I started massage school. There I found ways to care for my body and mind from a holistic point of view. I graduated in 2009 at the top of my class and began a successful massage career.
I was married in 2011 and things looked perfect on the outside. I had it all: a house, a family, and a full time job. But inside I was miserable.
My marriage was verbally abusive from the start and I found solace in my work and alcohol. I ended up feeling burnt out, worthless, and numb.
In 2017, the salon I worked in began a program for the New Year. We would set a personal and professional goal for the year with steps to implement it. We were to write down this promise to ourselves and check back at the end of the year.
I set my professional improvement goals and one for myself. Personally, I just wanted my body to feel better. I had recently begun to feel the strain of my lifestyle and stress as pain in my body. I knew there had to be a way to feel better. So, I found two days week I could get up early with no one in the house and have an hour or so to myself.
Some days I would take a hot bath and others I would workout. Some days I just sat on the couch and binge watched sci-fi. And believe it or not, my life began to change.
One day I "woke up". I saw my life totally differently, like I was a bystander watching from afar. I realized I said yes to things I didn't want to do and never had time to do the things that brought me joy. I hated my choices and I wanted a better life! I no longer wanted to suffer through my days, a victim of my circumstances. I decided I would write my own story and define myself the way I wanted to.
I wanted my marriage to work, so I did my best to improve my communication with my husband. All our efforts ended up the same way, screaming, name calling and threats. So, I left my traumatic living situation: having nothing more than my car, some clothes and a massage table.
Again, I would re-assemble the pieces of my broken life into something better.
In 2018, I began working for myself and opened my own massage practice in Chattanooga. I was able to breathe life into my dreams and began living the life I had always wanted.
I invested in myself and I was rewarded! As I began to developed my relationship with myself I found my relationships with others benefited. I no longer found myself struggling to connect with those I was closest too.
In 2020, I closed down my massage practice due to the pandemic. I was lost without my career, it had helped define myself and my place in the world. I also lost my nana that year, who I was very close to. I found myself in a deep depression.
But again, I knew there had to be a better way to get through this turmoil. Life was not meant to be painful all the time, there had to be a silver lining to this. So, I searched within myself to found the answer.
And I did. I would live the life my dad and nana would want me to. I would find my joy and continue to make the world a better place for myself and the next generation.
I reopened as Peach Stone Spa in 2021 practicing in Georgia and Tennessee. I also expanded my services to include herbalism, intuitive readings, and coaching. I have been greatly rewarded and I want to share that bounty with you through my massage, herbal, and coaching practices.
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