Through the many twists and turns of my life, I came to the realization that I wanted to give back in an impactful and joyous way. Over the years I believed life was driven by the whim of circumstance; loves found and lost, triumphs, health scares, births and deaths. I quietly wished for a sense of peace and balance behind the smile that said I could handle anything that came my way.
The desire for inner peace remained with me, and right around my 40th birthday I caught a beautiful glimpse of clarity over a cup of hot chocolate in a Paris cafe. I’ve sometimes wondered if it was the tryptophan, but that clarity grew even after the chocolate high wore off. It grew through being part of a compassionate community, inspiring books and speakers, holistic healing experiences and learning to be present, patient and appreciative of each moment.
Over the past few years, physical and emotional disappointments and setbacks became my most valuable learning opportunities. Health became a choice and a lifestyle. I wanted to invite people to walk this journey with me. Would it be possible to create a place that supported and nurtured lasting wellness by integrating healing, learning, compassion, community and a sense of coming home? The answer became clear to me, and Tournesol was born.
And a little chocolate never hurts.
Tournesol is French for sunflower and literally translated into English means turn toward the sun.
Want to know more about my journey to creating Tournesol?
Check out my first blog post, "Allow me to Introduce Myself," to find out more.