shann vann der leekMy Amazing Life Series featuring Visionary Coach Michelle Dawnn

I am excited to bring you an incredible story today as part of the My Amazing Life series where we celebrate the ordinary and the extraordinary in women’s lives. This story is truly extraordinary, scary and insightful. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Visionary Coach Michelle Dawnn.

A couple of years ago my husband and I were in a life-changing accident. We were headed to church when it began to drizzle ever so slightly. As we approached the highway’s on-ramp I had a gut wrenching feeling that we should turn around. Instead of verbalizing this, I ignored my instincts and kept reading my Sunday paper. Less than 5 minutes down the road our truck began hydroplaning at 60 mph. I peered at my husband with fearful eyes knowing we were in trouble. He calmly said, “It’s okay…we’re gonna be okay”.

The normal flow of traffic on this busy four-lane highway often exceeds 75 mph or more. On this morning, we just happened to be the only car in sight as we headed into a tailspin. My husband turned into the spin while attempting to control the wheel the best he could. I screamed in horror unsure of our fate and the well-being of our two-year old in the back seat. It’s true what they say… your whole life flashes before your eyes. I had no control of making the truck stop or the end result. By the grace of God, we eventually veered into the right shoulder instead of going the opposite way into the guard rail. I can’t recall how many times we spun because it was like watching my life in slow motion. What finally stopped us was the concrete culvert that ripped off the truck’s axel. I was so worried about my son that when I looked back realizing he was okay, I burst into tears.

A few good samaritans pulled over and called for help. As we waited for the rescue team and police to arrive, I was in utter shock at what had just transpired. The firemen were first on the scene and as one of them assessed the damage, he said to my husband “I’m no expert but you must have had an angel today, because THIS truck should have flipped several times”. My son kept saying “what happened?” but I was an emotional wreck and couldn’t answer. Our terrifying joy-ride didn’t seem to faze him in the least.

We declined an ambulance ride to the hospital since an emergency room bill was out of the question and at first glance we didn’t appear to have any broken bones or other physical impairments. They told us we would be sore for a few days and to get checked out by our primary care physician. The truck was totaled so the rescue took us home.

The emotional toll we experienced the rest of that day and for months after was pretty intense. To say we were shaken up was an understatement, coupled with the crippling pain our bodies felt. Our son only had a slight red mark where the seatbelt was and the EMT said the car seat saved him from major injury. My poor husband felt so guilty no matter how many times I told him it wasn’t his fault and there was nothing different he could have done. He suffered from PTSD and a broken back bone from the impact. I chalked my injuries up to a few minor bumps and bruises. However to my surprise, I ended up having severe whiplash and a mild brain injury from my head hitting the truck’s cab interior. My new normal over the next eight months included Chiropractic Care along with massage therapy twice a week. I brushed off my brain injury thinking it wasn’t a big deal and believing I’d be fine in a week or so. The reality was I had no sense of smell, trouble with numbers and lost my ability to effectively type a complete thought.

There were so many things I couldn’t do, yet I chose to focus on the things I could do. The hardest part was learning to be a little more loving and patient with myself which was easier said than done. I had no magical power over my circumstances nor could I fix it all with a snap of my fingers. It was a real wake-up call for me that opened my eyes for the better!

Life was not a bed of roses for me back then… I was still struggling to get my business off the ground, my marriage was rocky… I was unhappy, unfulfilled and spinning on the dreaded hamster wheel to nowhere. I was desperate to find peace and get life back on track for me and my family. During my recovery, silencing social media and the outside world suddenly became a priority to truly hear the divine whispers of my life.

And what I found is… There is MUCH to be grateful for even when the road is bumpy. I didn’t have control over what happened to us but it felt like the universe was knocking me over the head screaming “OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK AT WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU”! I had everything I needed in the palm of my hand yet chose to overlook it.

The grand lesson of honoring my intuition and more importantly trusting it was a pivotal point because it took my map readings to a whole new level. The raw guidance I’m now able to offer my clients in a Vision Mapping Session is life-changing because it gives them a visual GPS to move forward in life with complete confidence.

I heard a quote from Steve Harvey this week that said “Your career is what you’re paid for; your calling is what you’re made for”. Vision Mapping helped me find my calling but I had to wake-up to really honor that calling and be vulnerable to my unique gifts.

Oh and if you’re wondering about my brain… well two years later, it’s pretty much back to normal (whatever that is lol). For a while my family took full advantage of my slow thought process but today they tell me how annoying it feels to never get anything past me (insert BIG grin).

The moral of the story is “Don’t hit the snooze button because waking up to life is a real blessing”!

Who is Michelle Dawn?

amazing life seriesMichelle Dawnn is a Certified Coach who believes a clear vision is the catalyst to get you back on track and keep you on your divine path. Growing up surrounded by adversity, she understands the emotional struggle between feeling undervalued and learning to recognize the true power of authenticity. Her highly effective Vision Mapping technique helps you identify and focus on the unique abilities & qualities you bring to the world. By assembling visual words and images that sing to your heart and proudly displaying them, you create a reminder to concentrate on the areas of your life that are most meaningful. After creating her own vision board 14 years ago, Michelle discovered her passion to help women unleash their personal power. Since then, promoting positive self-images by inspiring others to believe in themselves has become Michelle’s core mission. Learn more about her work here.

 

Did you love this story? Here are links to other posts in the My Amazing Life series:

My Amazing Life Series with Chara Armon

How I Choreographed My Sacred Life with Shann Vander Leek