Our Year Of Wellness Winner
“I’ve never won anything in my life and seriously, when I first spotted the competition I thought to myself: ‘I really could do with some wellness in my life right now,’” she recalled.
SoulAdvisor Founder, Elain Younn, together with CEO Australia and New Zealand, Deborah Shepherd, and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Katrina Savell, read every single one of the thousands of competition entries to choose a worthy winner.
“We were completely overwhelmed by the level of interest but also humbled by so many of the stories we knew were behind those 50 words people wrote,” Elain said.
“Choosing a winner was incredibly challenging because we realised there were just so many people seeking better health - physically, mentally and spiritually.
It’s so important to put your wellbeing first in your life so we hope all those who entered will now take some time to explore SoulAdvisor and connect with one of our practitioners who they feel best meets their health and wellness needs.”
Tracey is an aged care support worker from Redcliffe, Queensland, who has experienced the pandemic through the eyes of her elderly clients, and helped many of them through it, often just by talking and listening.
“Early on in the pandemic they were terrified - they would watch the TV news all day - so I would have big discussions with them about it and just try to support and reassure them in a positive way,” she said.
Ms Shepherd said the pandemic had hit the aged care sector particularly hard.
“Given the vulnerability of the elderly in the early stages of the pandemic, the pressure and disruption to our aged care workers was particularly challenging,” she said.
“This was a key factor in awarding Tracey with the prize - to acknowledge her support of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
Tracey raised her three daughters (including twins) in country NSW and decided to move to Queensland in 2019 when she was left with an empty nest.
As a single mother, Tracey was never really able to afford natural therapies or complementary medicine, even though she would have liked to receive some treatments.
“My life was purely focused on raising my girls so there was never any extra income for anything much. I’ve had a few massages in my life, but that was about it,” she said.
In 2015, Tracey was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy. The timing was horrendous, having just lost her 80 year old mother the month prior to her diagnosis.
“I felt it was just so unfair. My mother would have been right there alongside me. But my daughters supported me through this time - especially my youngest, Eden, who was only 15 at the time - and although I have come through it now, you never get a clean bill of health. It’s always a watching brief - so I’m trying to stay positive about it,” she reflected.
“I think Reiki and kinesiology would be the therapies I would opt for to assist with my (long- term) recovery. The cancer treatment itself is quite overwhelming and these two therapies are at the other end of the scale and all about balance and self-healing.”
Tracey is still overcoming the painful breakup of a past relationship and is still trying to work through her emotions around it, so is considering having some Rapid Transformational Therapy® to support her to heal.
“I’d never heard of it before, but I read it can get rid of negative thoughts you’ve had that have affected your life, so I think I need to try it!
Winning this is so good because now I can take the time to explore the kinds of therapies I want to try - perhaps even some of the services available online,” Tracey said.
Tracey plans to share the prize package with her daughter Eden.
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