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  • Writer's pictureShelby O'Hagan

Aaand we're back! An update.

Updated: Mar 5, 2022

Woooof - what a couple of years it’s been, eh? Global pandemic, political upheaval, social division, natural disasters… it's been a lot, and somehow the list does go on.

In my personal life, the past couple years have been marked by life-altering heartbreak, disorganized redirection, and uncomfortable growth. It’s been tough. And to be honest, I was really bitter about it for a while, but I've reached the point now where I can look back and feel gratitude. There were lessons for me hidden in those experiences.

The last year alone was a wild ride of disconnection and avoidance as I wrestled with transitioning into my 30s, experiencing single life for the first time, and haphazardly attempting to “live aligned with my truth.” Funny thing is, I also discovered a habit of not always being honest with myself about what I really want or need. Alas… lessons everywhere if we dare to look.

However, despite the discomfort of growth, I also experienced some of the greatest adventures of my life in the past two years. I had my heart shattered once, road tripped to Utah twice, and B.A.S.E. jumped three times. I explored the depths of anxiety and depression (seriously, nobody prepares you for the utter destruction heartbreak wreaks on you!), learned to meditate and about the power of presence, and redefined freedom for myself. I read a ton, visited new cities, started managing the cafe where I've worked for several years, and began my Master's in Acupuncture. Each and every day has offered a twist or turn, and regardless of how smooth it's been, it's been truly awesome.

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”

Currently I’m six months into my Master’s in Acupuncture. It’s a three-year program, so there’s still a ways to go, but I absolutely love it so far. My classmates are amazing. They’re all there to change the world and support their communities, and they're absolutely going to succeed. Our school is small, but the program is awesome, and our educators are all so interesting and brilliant. It's so cool! I feel incredibly grateful to be there.

As very few of you know, one of my long-time goals has been to open a wellness center. From my perspective, we’ve really lost touch with our natural selves, our communities, and our connection to the environment. I’d like to create a space where people can go to reconnect - mind, body, spirit - through classes, workshops, bodywork, and more. It's a big dream, but I hope to realize it someday in the future for all of you.


All this to say that it’s been a while, but I’m still here. And you are too.

I'm super excited to start teaching RESTART classes again and to begin sharing what I've learned about Chinese medicine. It is SO cool!

Happy trails,


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