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How did I get here?

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

How did I get here? Great question. I wish it was a short and easy story, but it's not. As long as the journey has been, I'm grateful for each step. I would not be the person I am today without every experience I've had. In an effort to keep this short and sweet, I'll give you the cliff notes. My childhood was interesting to say the least. It was filled with happiness and chaos and a nagging feeling that I was just different enough that I belonged everywhere at once and no where at all. I had friends, a lot of them actually. I still do to this day. And I still felt/feel like an outsider. Except to a select few who really know me...the real me. I have a wandering heart. It led me to move often between my mom and my dad who lived in two different states. When I graduated high school, I joined the Army. There I found myself in a whole new world. I am very proud of the 6 years I spent serving our country, but that time did not leave me without scars that I must bear for the rest of my life. After leaving the Army in 2006, I worked for a recycling company, that happened to be owned by my family, for 12 years. It served it's purpose and provided me an income, benefits, and stability. However, it didn't satisfy my soul. In fact, it did the opposite. I no longer found myself excited by the simple things in life and I felt drained. My body was in a constant state of fight or flight and it was one of the lowest points of my life. As I prepared to welcome my 4th son (yes, you read that correctly, 4 boys) into this world, my husband and I decided it would be the end of my career in the corporate world. See, not only did I find myself giving more of my time, energy, and self that I ever should have, I also felt a pull and a tug in the direction of the wild. You know, the unknown. The direction of the earth...the moon...the ground beneath my feet. Not only was I done with the corporate world, I was seeking a more natural, freer lifestyle and to connect with the world around me. My pending birth at the time seemed like a fantastic place to start. Wanting something unlike my previously, heavily managed births, I found HypnoBirthing. IT WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. IT WAS EMPOWERING. IT WAS INSTINCTIVE. It was confirmation that I was in the right place. After my beautiful hypnobirthing experience, a passion grew to share it with other women, I became a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator and a Doula and I have been so blessed to have been a part of so many growing families over the years. Birth Work will always be a part of what I do. It isn't going away. However, while educating and supporting women, a natural curiosity about postpartum healing grew and I began to study herbs that served birthing people throughout the stages of family planning and created a line of prenatal/postpartum care products. Not long after, we found ourselves in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic. There was so much talk about immune support, immune boosting, treatment protocols and distrust of our medical system and government that I knew I needed to search for a simpler, less "system" dependent way of caring for myself and my family. I found herbal medicine. I found a need to connect to the air and plants around me. I found a need to get outside and touch the ground. I desired to know more and I committed myself to becoming more instinctive with the care I showed myself and my family, which then led me to wanting to share with you, my community. As I said, I'm grateful for the journey I've been on that led me here. This is where I am supposed to be. And I'm grateful you've decided to join me here in this place of rest, healing, and nurturing. I would love to hear how I can meet you on your own journey of health and healing! Please reach out at any time. Stay Wild!

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I'm so glad that you're finally happy! Funny thing is that I'm following in your steps a few years later...I'm studying also to be a doula doing birth, postpartum, and bereavement along side the weddings and baptisms...I hope too someday get into the herbals...Miss you and the boys.

Aunt Jackie

Jolene Guilmet
Jolene Guilmet
Apr 26, 2023
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That's amazing Jackie, Hope you love your experience in becoming a doula! It's such a beautiful line of work and I'm so grateful life led me here! Naturally, herbalism will be next for you...they just go hand in hand. Please keep me updated...would love to hear all about it. <3 Stay Wild, Jolene

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