Create Nourish Inspire Interviews is a blog post series, where I interview people who inspire me because of the way they follow their heart and seek to do what lights them up. I find out more about the journey they have taken and discover how they embrace their creativity, nourish their soul and find peace in everyday life.
This week, I’ve been talking to Rachael Field, founder of Eva & Alma. Rachael is a yoga teacher, soul midwife and holistic therapy practictioner. She is a huge inspiration to me in the way that she lives her life with purpose and passion despite her health challenges. She is also a wonderful champion for self-care.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you have created a business doing what lights you up?
Hello! I’m Rachael, Founder of Eva and Alma. Pre 2011, I thought I was healthy. I was an ex-athlete training and exercising daily and using the power of my mind to push through psychological and pain barriers. I was also working in a fast-paced marketing role with some of the world’s biggest brands. I was happy, had a great social life, a loving partner and was on the road to success. Or so I thought.
Between 2011 and 2012 I went through: 9 weeks of spinal trauma that wasn’t medically investigated because I ‘looked too well’ ; 2 minor spinal ops; 1 mini stroke scare; major spinal surgery and being signed off as medically unfit to return to my career so I found myself with no income overnight. I lost the career I loved and we’d just moved in to a new home when my career insurance decided not to pay out – despite medical teams not allowing my return to my career. My mental health took a knock due to the stress on my body and emotions, and I supported my Nan (my maternal love and hero) through a tragic and traumatic death.
And that’s in a nutshell! As you can imagine, losing my career, being unemployable and having a big new mortgage put me under a huge amount of stress whilst adapting to a new life with a disability. I had to grieve for everything my old life stood for and all of my dreams. The mind I thought was healthy, turned out to be my biggest enemy – I couldn’t push my way through this any longer – so my deep ‘self-care for healthcare’ journey began.
Two days after finding out I was no longer able to return to my old job, I registered as self-employed. I didn’t think about it; it just felt right. I found myself wondering if this was an opportunity to do something different in my career, but nothing felt right. I decided I really loved marketing and if I was smart, I could still work in the industry, but locally with small businesses. Within 4 weeks I was fully booked and was up until last year when I realised I had a ‘calling’ that I never saw coming…
…after my Nan died I decided to volunteer at my local Hospice (she died peacefully in Hospice) as a ‘thank you’ to them for their love and care. I made tea for patients and supported families during difficult times. I found it really natural. In 2016, a patient suggested I train as a Soul Midwife (end-of-life therapist) and despite running a full and fulfilling marketing business, something deep inside of me knew I had to go for it. At the same time, my daily self-care practice and investing in my own health was making massive healing breakthroughs in my conditions and I was astounding my medical team. No one was guiding me. I just listened to myself and loved myself enough to go on the self-care journey.
I now dedicate my life to supporting people to find peace in life and at death with Eva & Alma.
How do you nourish your soul in your daily life and does creativity play a part in this?
I am a self proclaimed ‘Self Care Queen’. Not only is self-care a huge part of my own healthcare, I’m an advocate for bringing it more into our daily lives. If I can live a life of purpose, happiness & inner peace, and support others to, despite my own daily challenges – anyone can! And the secret is ‘self-care’. It’s a hidden super power. For this reason, taking care of myself ALWAYS comes first. My self-care practices encompass a balance of mind, body & soul health. I cannot list them all here as I have too many to share. But, I check in with myself regularly and ask myself what I need. Creativity can play a part in this, but I am more of a visual creative – I have zero talent in my hands lol! I like designing interiors, gardens and spaces. Pinterest also plays a big part in my creative happiness.
What helps you to find peace in everyday life?
Me. I check in with myself almost daily and ask what I need that day to be peaceful. Trusting yourself, your destiny and the Universe plays a big part in the process. Living in the moment and being grateful is also a big helper.
What piece of advice would you give to people going through a tough time or struggling with their health?
It all begins with self-love and feeling worthy of allowing yourself to be kind to you. Trust yourself. Listen to yourself. Honour yourself by being super kind to you. I believe you can get through this – I hope you do too.
Who or what inspires you?
Anyone living with health challenges or going through trauma and are loving themselves enough to live a peaceful, fulfilled and happy life despite adversity. You are true warriors.
If you could make one profound difference in people’s lives, what would it be?
Show them how peaceful and powerful they can be if they believed and trusted themselves.
Thank you so much Rachael ; it’s really inspirational to hear how manage your own health challenges with self-care and a holistic approach, and now seek to support others going through a tough time.
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