The falling away of the old…the birth of the new…and everything in between…here is where we grow – all within the cycles of change. 

- Ali Hotmer

New beginnings

 
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This past summer was filled with much change, and I welcomed it with open arms.

At the end of July I finished a six-year doctoral program, packed my bags, and moved west. I needed a new backdrop to my life, a new beginning. But as I settled into this new chapter I felt pulled back to create a resource and online platform for people seeking a more meaningful life, very much like we had created with Twin Tree Healing years before.

As many of you know, Greta (my beautiful sister) and I started a company called Twin Tree Healing almost ten years ago now. It was an online and in-person resource for mind, body, and spiritual modalities. For years we held in-person workshops, guided meditations, and individual sessions. We certified people in Reiki, held Yoga classes, and arranged Acts of Kindness Events. We developed a YouTube Channel and even produced our own CD.

As I attempted to run a business, while completing my doctorate, I unfortunately became very sick. The more I pushed back, ignoring the messages of my mind, body, and spirit, the sicker I became.

I had no choice but to reassess my life and take a long hard look at what needed to change. The number one priority was the absence of self care. I took notice of those around me…witnessing people doing much of the same thing…working at a pace that was making them mentally exhausted, physically burnt out, and void of spirit.

I am the kind of person that believes that everything happens for a reason; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I had the choice, succumb to this illness or choose to learn from it and perhaps help others going through similar experiences. I chose to write my dissertation on the topic of self care, specifically focused on clinical psychology doctoral students, and in my final year of internship created a research project focused on self care within the mental health field.

Unbeknownst to me, my lack of self care would be the beginning of an entirely new chapter.

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This new beginning and this website is a culmination of my life experiences, my education in both western and eastern modalities, and the call of my spirit. This website is a resource and platform of all things self care, to inspire you to return to the adventure that is your life.

Welcome to Autumn & Fig.

 

Photos and artwork by Sean Kelley.