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Embrace your F.E.A.R

Lessons in Taking The Initiative

I am Elizabeth Wojtowicz. When I was born, my parents were told that due to the lack of oxygen to my brain while in the neonatal intensive care unit, I would have Cerebral Palsy for my whole life. As a result of that diagnosis I have had many challenges throughout my 28 years of life. But to the best of my ability and strength, I do not let my challenges, limitations stop me. I use crutches and a walker to help me get around as independently as possible, I am a Yoga Teacher, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, writer, aspiring author, passionate participant of a beautiful grassroots non profit, "Off The Mat, Into The World".
I have been around adults the whole of my life, ever since I can remember and many of them would tell me "You're more than your crutches or walker or disability..." and to be honest, I really didn't know what that meant until I got older. And I also grew up with a lot of fear. Yes, everybody has fear. Let's face it, we are human but for me I always seemed to feel and see fear like something was wrong with me and that I was going to be seen as weak not because of my disability so much as more because of my fear. And I have always really seen my fear as fear and never really as F.E.A.R. Let me share with you what I mean. We as human beings have it programmed in us, in our bodies to react, to respond to fear but it is in HOW we react and respond to that fear that ultimately really matters.
Growing up with a physical disability the whole of my life, and most especially when I was younger, I never really saw Cerebral Palsy (CP) as a challenge that could actually be a gift and a blessing someday really. But ever since Yoga came into my life at the age of 19 and I have had the honor, privilege and blessing of speaking in front of an audience about working with and through my disability and challenges, and meeting the people I have met, I am learning to see my CP as "Cultivating Perseverance" rather than Cerebral Palsy. And THAT perspective has led me to many wonderful inspiring people and to a dear friend whose amazing and life changing writing retreat as part of my very first Solo trip ever, has helped me see my Fear as F.E.A.R. (Fabulous Elizabeth Always Radiant. Fantastic Energy Always Rising. Fabulous Embrace Alive Ready) 
My purpose, my passionate purpose  in presenting this talk is so that I can continue to work towards my plan IN Taking The Initiative, IN Cultivating Perseverance TOWARDS where I DO feel happy, alive and more empowered opportunity towards my life and my dreams. And in doing so, encourage others no matter what disability or challenge that they may have, that they can do the same with support and guidance And for me, there is a tremendously heartwarming connection towards the Golden State. There is this, healing sacred energy that permeates the Heart and Soul the moment you step foot onto the other Coast. It truly is, indescribable. There is a descriptive "saying" if you will when one is in moments of meditation where the teacher will describe it in such a way, in such detail to imagine our Hearts opening up into a big ball of Golden Light. As I write that, I bring myself back to the moment the plane landed upon the land of the Golden State. My Heart felt...free happy empowered...Golden.
 
And that is what I wish for you as you embark on your own Golden initiative, of your life.
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