I’ve always had a way with people. Most who have met me would consider me to be an extrovert. I thrive on human connection, bringing people together and helping others reach their highest potential. I am a natural born leader, altruistic, charismatic, genuine, intuitive and reliable.
As a Maine resident growing up, I went to the University of Maine for Art, with a concentration in sculpture and metal working and minors in Art History and Business. I’ve always been intrigued by and the effect art has on society. How it brings people together and provokes deep thought and feeling. The gallery work I was involved with upon graduation exposed me to the scene of art and culture in real life and time. This work was inspiring to me! Sharing an artist’s work and message with the community through setting up shows and events was by far my favorite aspect. Unfortunately I wasn’t making a livable wage, and was enticed by the security of a comfortable salary with benefits. An opportunity to work with the finest of elements in my favorite hands on medium lead me to Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, just outside of Boston, MA. In this small company, my metalworking position did not include room to grow, and my body began to signal that it was craving something less introverted and toxic.
This is something I deeply believe. We all go through individual and collective obstacles to learn and grow. And it is your duty to share what you learn. As I mentioned, my body began to signal that it needed a change in direction. I’m sure there were more subtle signs, and in hindsight I can pick them out, but the first sign I couldn’t ignore was when my body endured a massive knee injury that left me immobile for months. I couldn't work, let alone drive to work. I was completely immersed in healing myself and learning about the human body in ways I had never experienced before. I started to acknowledge my interest in health & wellness, and the body’s innate power to heal itself given the right tools and mindset. During this recovery period an interesting thing happened to me early on. My foot was staying swollen and purple long past the time the swelling should have gone down. My PT doctors worked from a holistic mindset and told me that energetically I wasn't seeing past my knee injury. This shallow mindset basically was blocking energy from moving through my knee down to my lower leg and foot. I wasn't allowing my body to bring new fresh blood to this area because of this energetic block in my system. My therapist told me to visualize myself after surgery, healed and mobile. She then did some energy work which basically reset the energy flow throughout my body. IT WAS SO COOL! It felt like she shut off all the energy on the right side of my body (the injured side) which made my entire left side zing! I could feel this powerful high movement energy running up and down the left side of my body. She then slowly began to turn the right side back on and the energy moved through my entire system freely. I'm not even kidding here, within 2 to 3 hours my foot looked and felt normal and the swelling was completely gone. I will never forget this experience.
The next sign was less abrupt and came on more like a slow burn. Long story short, the job was toxic for me, and made my body so sick and vulnerable that I had to leave. I have a sensitive system when it comes to chemicals and heavy metals. If I wear fake jewelry my skin gets hot and itchy and I develop a rash and I'm sensitive to laundry detergents and other artificial chemicals like dyes in foods. At work I was dealing with copper, aluminum, cadmium, mercury and lead on a daily basis. This was weighing heavily on my immune system by feeding dormant viruses in my body. My digestion began to fail and I was not absorbing the nutrients from my food. I was extremely weak, and could hardly leave the house. All of those little things in life became a struggle for me. I understand this whole process on a scientific level: that my body’s toxic load had reached a point where it could hardly function. My liver couldn't keep up with all this toxicity. But I also have come to understand it through a more holistic and spiritual lens. My spirit was completely dissatisfied with where I was, and my prana, my qi, my life force energy was depleted. My head strong resilience and tenacity was trying to keep me in a place that wasn’t the right fit for me, paralyzed by the illusion of financial security and paid time off. At that point in my life, this was the only way I would listen.
I was diagnosed with parasites, candida, SIBO, IBS, IBD and any other digestive acronym or disorder you want to throw in there. I learned so much about natural, whole food nutrition during this process. I took medical leave from work and reduced all the toxins from my lifestyle; from preservatives to cleaning products and beauty products. I ditched the toxic candles and dryer sheets for pure essential oils. I relearned how to grocery shop, after reading probably every single label in the store. Healing my body was my priority and taking drugs to mask what my body was trying to tell me was simply just not an option. I wanted to get to the root of the problem. I began to get better and better, as my body detoxified and my brain was nourished with fresh new knowledge and hope of a brighter future. DISCLAIMER: During a process like this, it is never a straight trajectory. There are several ups and downs. You have streaks of good days, and then some days you are crippled by the overwhelm of what to even make for breakfast. There were several mornings when I called my boyfriend while he was at work, crying in the kitchen feeling absolutely paralyzed and unable to make a single decision. I began to notice a huge correlation between my mindset and how I felt. The more I stayed positive, the better I felt and more progress I made in my healing journey.
Enrollment in massage therapy school was my official ticket into the health and wellness field. Being a massage therapist satisfies my needs for human interaction, being hands on and in the physical realm, and my interest in how the body heals. It has been extremely rewarding building a business that serves the community. Through creating the Simply Bliss Wellness website, brand and social media presence, I’ve been encouraged to combine my background in business along with my skills in communications, event coordinating and artistic expression through aesthetically pleasing and inspiring content. This whole journey has been a lot of work, but honestly so much fun at the same time! Yes, I've had to face several fears head on. My self-confidence has been tested and my mindset has been challenged.
My dream is to take this even further! I want to help other health and wellness businesses in the Greater Portsmouth NH community spread the message of their brand. I want to bring businesses and influential people together who share the same goals and interests in holistic health and wellness. Community is everything. People follow through when a friend or a trusted influence gives a referral. If you are part of a business or an organization, visualize the value in connecting with the community more. The world of business is changing and adapting. There is friendship in the competition and by joining forces, we are all stronger. Let’s build something amazing! I look forward to connecting so we can further discuss how a partnership will be beneficial for your business and brand. Fill me in on your dreams and mission statement. Then, together, we will dream even bigger!
Find Your Bliss,
Emily Kalar & Simply Bliss Wellness