Welcome to our segment of the “Think Tank” where we send out a Q&A to the people, to keep building and exploring “Food For Thought” for the people. Each and every moment someone’s story is unfolding and I feel each and every one of us is significant. Together, we make TODAY better than YESTERDAY.
This insight comes from an AMAZING childhood friend, who is also now a Registered Nurse and a holistic healer helping people from all around the world live healthy lives.
1. Where you’re from, what you do, etc?
My name is Sierra Marie Baker, I am a born and raised California girl, having grown up in South Lake Tahoe, CA. My family and I (my husband and son) currently live in San Diego, CA where I practice as a Registered Nurse. I am passionate about wellness and holistic healing and feel called to help others find health and wellness in their own lives.
2. What are some your top values in life and, why?
My top values in life include:
-Belief of a Higher Power, the Source of Love and divine light. My spirituality is a huge part of my life and why I feel called to be a nurse. Sharing love and light with others is part of my purpose in life. We all need love and divine intervention to thrive. I feel having a belief in something higher than me, helps me to fulfill my purpose.
-Kindness. It is essential that I am kind to others (including “enemies”) and myself. Kindness is more than being nice. Kindness is knowing when and how to set boundaries, having the ability to feel empathy or compassion, a willingness to accept others as who they are, or to help others (or myself) without needing something in return. If everyone could practice kindness, the world wouldn’t be hurting so much.
-Health. I truly believe that health is wealth. Health is not the absence of disease, but is the balance of mind, body and spirit. For me, it is important to make healthy choices in all I do to create an overall sense of wellbeing in my life.
-Forgiveness. Forgiveness has been an important part of my healing journey and in finding health and wellness. Forgiveness has allowed me to let go of the past. Forgiveness has freed me from sadness, anger, disappointment and more. It is not only about forgiving others, it is about forgiving myself too.
3. In your work and personal/home life what are some of the ways you stay motivated?
Family - my son and my husband - motivate me. They mean the world to me and all that I do, I do for them and for myself, so that we are able to thrive and truly find happiness in simply being together in this life. But don’t get me wrong, I definitely struggle with procrastination with all sorts of things, and it is always a work in progress. Creating checklists or keeping a paper calendar helps me stay motivated.
4. We speak of “Food For Thought” that provides a means of making TODAY better than YESTERDAY. What do you do or do you have a daily routine to keep your mind on the right track?
Having a morning ritual and an evening ritual help to keep me on track. Since having my son, I haven’t been able to stick to my rituals 100% but each day is a new day and a fresh start to practicing my daily rituals. Often times my toddler son tries to join me. For example, in the morning, I like to do 5 minutes of stretching and repeating positive affirmations followed by drinking a big glass of warm lemon water. In the evening, I like to make a checklist of the things I need to get done the following day. Then I massage my feet with herbal body oil to help me relax. And getting enough sleep makes a world of difference for everything.
5. If you could chose a superpower or spirit animal what would it be and, why?
Being a mother - birthing a child and bringing life into the world - is a super power. Being a woman is a super power. Women are so strong - mentally, emotionally and physically. We seriously should be running the world...and someday we will.
7. If you could call your younger self, what sort of advice would you offer?
Not to worry about what others think of you, be confident in who you are and always be true to yourself - this is how you will find happiness. Don’t drink so much alcohol (but who am I kidding, I wouldn’t give up those college party days!). And also, practice self care daily. (Self Care is any act that helps you feel happy while reducing stress.)
For more about Sierra and all her resources visit Instagram @holisticnightingale or visit her website www.holisticnightingale.com
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