My heart goes out to Lisa and I can’t thank her enough for opening up to us and sharing something so close and dear to her heart. Sometimes we know a part of people’s journey and we don’t fully know or understand what was the catalyst for the steps that they have chosen to take or how the change in direction of their lives came about.
I never tire of being inspired by people who use their difficulties and struggles to push them forward and carve a new path with new meanings, new purpose and a new outlook in life. I am a total believer that everything happens for a reason, and sometimes we may not understand it at the time, but if we open up to accepting it and using the growth and strength that it has brought us, I believe we can go far, we can reach our dreams, and we can be and do anything we want.
Lisa Godlee is a complete reflection of all of that. This 33 year old true cancerian from the Gold Coast in Australia had always dreamt of being a mum to her own babies (like many of us), but the Universe had other plans for her (at least for now), and she has learnt so much from her experience. She is now an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach at Shine Bright With Wellness, and she has used her experience to transform her health, her outlook in life and what she is here to do.
She has a beautiful message of always looking at the bigger picture, finding your inner strength and accepting what you can’t change.
Enjoy this heartfelt and soul filled interview. Thank you Lisa from the bottom of my heart. xxx
Lisa Godlee – Shine Bright With Wellness
Tell me a bit about your journey, the difficulties and bumps you have encountered along the way?
My husband and I had been trying to fall pregnant for about a year before we saw a specialist. Being told that IVF was our best option was devastating. My testing showed that I had very low AMH levels which means that I had very low egg reserves. I was told that women are born with a finite amount of eggs. Because of this, IVF was the best option and it was recommended that we make the decision very quickly.
This was unexpected news to process and to also make a decision on within a fortnight. There were tears, negative thoughts and a lot of questions. We decided to go ahead with IVF for my next cycle. This involved more blood tests, figuring out how to come up with the money and meeting with nurses to take us through what the process of injections, egg collection and implantation would be. It was a lot of information to take in.
Two hours before I went to pick up my injections, my specialist called with news that a blood test had shown low immunity and he recommended that before commencing this round for IVF, I should get a booster. This meant that the whole process would be put on hold for another month or two. It was my decision to make and I went with his recommendation.
What was your aha moment? What pushed you towards taking action and taking steps towards change?
In the weeks that followed that last minute phone call from my specialist, I reflected a lot on the whole situation and for the first time in weeks was able to see the bigger picture. I took that phone call as a sign that IVF was not the right thing for me. After a lot of discussions about the pros and cons, my husband and I decided to not go ahead with the next round.
From our family’s point of view, this meant changing our thoughts and images of our future. We talked a lot about what our life would look like if we didn’t have children together. There were so many possibilities.
Personally, I had to think about what my life would look like if I didn’t become a mother. I was grateful that I had my stepsons, my nieces and nephews and my students at school. I would always have children in my life. I was grateful for all of the things my body can do, from the basics such as seeing and hearing to being able to climb mountains and finish a tough yoga class. I was grateful for my health and I began to spend more time on my passions and hobbies.
Choosing to be positive helped me to move forward.
Describe yourself before your journey of transformation/awakening.
I was an average Australian woman. I graduated from university, lived overseas, travelled, fell in love, started my career as a teacher, got married, bought a house and the next step was to have children. I was living the kind of life that so many others do. The kind of life that seems to live up to societies expectations.
I was very passionate about health and wellness. Cooking healthy meals for my family and making up new recipes was my creative outlet and very therapeutic. Yoga classes, getting out into nature and reading health and wellness blogs and books was how I spent most of my spare time.
What has been the most significant change in your life?
Having to consider a different kind of life. I feel like I was on auto-pilot, reaching and ticking off all of the expected milestones. Being told I may not be able to have children of my own forced me to re-evaluate what I really want out of life and what could be possible in my life. This news was one of the most significant and life changing moments because I have changed direction, changed my thoughts and changed my priorities.
I decided to focus on my passion which is health. I want to be the healthiest version of myself and I also want to help others on their health journeys. I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am now a Health Coach. I have started my own business (my baby!) and hope to support women to reach their own health goals and live their happiest lives.
Looking back, do you now understand that the difficulties you went through were a part of your journey? And if so, what have you discovered about yourself through going through your experiences? What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself?
Yes I absolutely believe that this was and still is a very important part of my journey. It is not something that I will ever forget about, it is something that I make peace with everyday. I have learnt that choosing to keep positive and focus on the good things really allows me to have strength.
I have learnt that the qualities of being a mum that are so important to me such as nurturing, supporting and loving can be transferred to other areas of my life. I really want to do something with my life that incorporates these qualities.
I won’t ask you what advice you would like to have given your younger self because I know your younger self wouldn’t have listened. But what you wish you knew back then?
Perhaps ten years ago I may have been able to have children easily and naturally. I had heard that the older women get the more difficult it is to fall pregnant, I knew the statistics and I’d heard the stories. But babies weren’t on my radar back then. There is nothing that I wish I knew as I know I wouldn’t have done anything differently.
What has been your most important life lesson?
Two quotes sum up my most important life lesson:
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” Hippocrates
“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” Unknown
What was the main belief you had to change in your life in order for you to be able to move forward?
That there is more to me than being a mother. That if I never become a mother to children of my own, I still have a lot to give. Being a mother is not my ultimate goal and that is ok.
If you were to give advice to someone who is feeling lost, hopeless and struggling in life right now, what would it be?
The first thing to do is breathe, the next thing would be to take a walk in nature. Being still and spending time in nature has given me so much clarity in the past.
It’s important to work through the struggle and feel what you need to feel, ultimately it could be the best lesson you learn in your life. Our struggles allow us to be grateful for all of the good things in our lives and truly appreciate when life is going well.
Choosing to focus on the positives is not always easy but in my experience it is the best way to build strength and move forward to the future that you dream of.
Three words to describe yourself now?
Work in progress! I always try to be better than I was yesterday.
What is your most heartfelt belief in life? Share your message with the world! What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about empowering women to live their best and happiest lives. We all go through tough times whether it is a bad break up, our careers or relationships aren’t going well, or surviving infertility. With a little support, we can turn our lives around, move forward and live the life we’ve always imagined.
I believe that investing in ourselves means that we truly value ourselves. Investing in our health, relationships, spirituality, personal development, education and our future dreams and goals is the best road to happiness.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have been on my fertility journey for about four years now. While IVF is not the right thing for me, I am still hopeful that I may have children of my own someday. But this hope does not consume me. I know I will still have an amazing life if I don’t have children. I’m a believer in the right thing happening at the right time. What will be will be, I’ll keep moving forward.
Talking about something so personal can be difficult, there are many people in my life that don’t know this about me. This is the first time I have spoken at length about my journey and I really hope that it helps some of the amazing women in similar situations. I hope to share more about my journey on my blog in the future.
Lisa is a passionate Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, educator and blogger. Her purpose is to support and empower women in discovering their own version of health and wellness. Lisa specialises in working with professional women who want to reduce stress and have more energy. She values the importance of healthy whole foods and self care. Lisa also supports women experiencing fertility issues who want to improve their health naturally and need someone to truly listen.
Lisa’s clients have had improvements with digestion, energy levels and body confidence. They have introduced healthy foods and habits into their daily routine with ease and are following through with their goals. Imagine how amazing that feels!
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Inspiring Journeys is an empowering interviews series with women who have overcome life’s adversities and turned their lives around, finding themselves along the way.
I have started this interview series because I believe that we all have the power to turn our lives around and find a new route, a route that is guided by our heart.
The universe has funny ways of shaking things up and making us wake up to what is really important in life and what we are here to do, embracing our challenges and growing from our experiences is a wonderful gift.
I have invited some beautiful and inspiring women to be a part of these series and I am so happy to share their journey, wisdom and heartfelt messages with you.
My wish for you is that you find hope, inspiration and courage to follow your heart and use your struggles as your own opportunity for growth and transformation.