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Sabrina Gauer

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2017: In Review

“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

 

A year changes a lot of things.

When you’re in it, you don’t see the subtle things that add up to the big picture, but wow, what a difference a year makes! And one of my favorite things is to write down the significant parts, and compare them to where I was in the past, and see not only how my life keeps moving forward, but also how the Creator’s hand paints a beautiful masterpiece through each moment.

I’m so grateful for this life.

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2016: In Review

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 40:19

2016 has been a year of so many new beginnings and complete endings.

Looking back on everything, it’s almost a blur of puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly, while others are floating around, still waiting to be connected. And now, with the last week of December almost at a close, I’m reflecting on it all and excitedly peeking into the new year with anticipation.

In the past year:

  • I stepped down from full-time ministry as a career, and have watched God open doors to ministry every day as a way of life
  • Pursued my health and healing through total mind/body/spirit change
  • Discovered so much about myself and about the God I serve- grace and truth above all
  • Was declared stage IV cancer-free by disbelieving doctors after my October PET scan, but more importantly, heard from God in February that “It is FINISHED” and trusted Him through the process of healing my body through alternative medicine and changing my lifestyle to clean eating, essential oils as medicine (and I love to share and educate about them, so contact me for information!), other alternative methods, and true self-care; He is truely faithful to His promises, and loving toward all He has made! (Ps. 145:13) 
  • Began my health coaching certification in September- I will be a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® and taking clients in 2017! So exciting!
  • Said goodbye to Titan, our family dog for 14 long and happy years 😦
  • Moved from my one bedroom apartment of three years to a cute little home with my sister
  • Got involved with 13thirty Cancer Connect and First Descents; making great friendships and connecting with others who have experienced the same challenges
  • Traveled to Punta Cana, Montana, and Manchester-by-the-Sea (outside of Boston)- hitting my goal of at least two new places a year!
  • Stepped outside of my comfort zone more than a few times (such as whitewater kayaking- WHAT), and watched the amazing changes that happened in myself as a result!

    Lunch break by the river during FD1 Tarkio in August!
    Lunch break by the river during FD1 Tarkio in August!
  • Dreamed big dreams– and set some awesome things in motion that will be revealed in the next few months. The site is still under construction, but keep an eye on updates about Going Rogue Collective!
  • Working at a juice bar and helping others to discover health and healing through real nutrition
  • Saw God work in and bless my family in HUGE ways
  • Pushed my writing to expand its reach, and was published in Cottage Hill Magazine this past November!
  • Experienced the full circle of relationships, both friendship and romantic; seeing how God removed the toxic and strengthened the life-giving. I am so incredibly grateful for the people in my life who are still standing with me.
  • Played a few shows and got back into music and leading worship; an absolute miracle after my surgery
  • Mourned and rejoiced with loved ones who saw amazing blessings this year and experienced hard losses

And a million more things.

It’s been an incredible journey. If I can leave you with anything in this final blog post of 2016, it’s this: Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart, and don’t rely on yourself to figure it all out or to understand. Commit it all to Him. He will make your paths straight, your footing sure, and your plans succeed when they are fully surrendered to Him. You have no idea what He’s up to for His glory and your good. I’m not going to say that I’ve got it all figured out perfectly, because that’s a big fat lie. But I can’t deny His power and how I’ve seen Him work this year.

Here’s to a new year. Here’s to the crazy awesome ways that God is going to keep working and being faithful. Here’s to new adventures. Here’s to friendship and love. Here’s to the unexpected and the dreams. Here’s to lessons learned and character built.

Here’s to you, 2017. Let’s do this.

Turning Over That New Leaf

DID YOU KNOW??: You have the freedom to speak up and choose your own methods of health, healing, and wellness. Yes, it’s true.
When I began my cancer journey, the moment I received that life-changing phone call from the oncologist, it was my choice to follow the doctor’s orders or to make informed decisions. It was my choice every step of the way; from agreeing to the surgery, to the protocol I would follow to fight off the cancer, to recovery.
But I didn’t know that at the time. It was a gradual learning process, with incredible support from people I trusted, who had been there before and were thriving and healthy on the other side.
We are taught as a society that we don’t do anything about our health until it’s compromised. THEN we act. Headache? Take a pill. Anxiety? Take a pill. Muscle pain? Take a pill. Sick? Knock yourself out with some liquid drugs until it passes…and take another pill. Of course, if all else fails, you make an appointment to see the doctor, who prescribes…more pills. We have been a very medicated society as a whole.
But when you decide to take control of your health, to pay attention to your body and figure out the underlying causes of these illnesses, aches, and pains- and then choose to support and boost the systems that were created to fight off disease or heal the injured or malfunctioning parts…our bodies have the amazing ability to work WELL.
And suddenly, you aren’t relying on the pills anymore.
I had friends who showed me a better way when I felt so overwhelmed. And I wanted to just throw it out there for anyone who might be in a desperate place for themselves or for a loved one. Listen: YOU HAVE A CHOICE. You don’t have to just “do what the doctor says” and hope for the best. There can be a positive outcome to your story. You have the ability to research, engage, and make informed decisions about your own health & wellness, if you’re willing to exercise your freedom.
As a part of that freedom, I use essential oils. I was introduced to these plant-based drops before my surgery, and was amazed at how powerful and effective they were in calming and pain-killing. Now, I work them into my daily routines, research them constantly, share with people I love, and recommend them wholeheartedly. They are an all-natural way to provide support (along with good, researched nutrition and staying active) to the immune system, enhance healthy cell regrowth through increased oxygenation (**increased oxygen = cancer killing**), and have a myriad of uses- from replacing your over-the-counter drugs, to flavoring your food. 
 
Crazy, right?
I’ve seen tremendous results in my overall health & wellness, and there is plenty of reputable information to back my own experiences. Young Living Essential Oils are my preference (and yes, I am a distributor, so feel free to ask me about them!), but DO YOUR RESEARCH. Make informed decisions about your WHOLE self- body, mind, and spirit. We miss the point when we just medicate for a symptom. The cure lies in finding the CAUSE of the symptom, and working from the ground up for total healing.
It’s time to take charge and believe there’s a better way to live healthy, happy, and whole. Let’s turn over a new leaf of thought about our bodies and how we treat them as we go forward. I guarantee it’ll be one of the best things you ever did for yourself- and for those you love!

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