It’s hard to believe that the person sitting here (me!), Joumana Nasr, with the “bubbly” personality (not my word!), the positive attitude and the endless gratitude writing this is the same person who, not so long ago, was such a mess.
Actually, if you had told me just a few years ago that today I would be a certified life coach, a certified medical intuitive, an energy healer AND an entrepreneur, I would have thought you were from another planet (that’s my polite way of saying I would have thought you were nuts). First of all, I had no idea what a life coach was. Up to that point, the only coaching I was aware of at the time had to do with sports, and, as for energy healing, well that was an altogether alien concept to me to say the least. And don’t even get me started on the medical intuitive part. I truly believed I didn’t possess a single intuitive cell in my entire body (but then again, what did I know, right?!). However, life, with its unmistakable sense of humor, is funnily unpredictable and always has a way to get its message across even if that means using a 2×4 across the forehead.
And if you had told me I would be helping women naturally and holistically overcome depression, loss and stress in general based on my own experiences and discoveries, I would have been sure you were talking about someone else. You see, I was always the “strong one”, logical, rational, “solid as a rock”, “no problem!” kind of person. So I didn’t see how I would even have these experiences in order to help others deal with them. That was too far from my reality. But you know what they say: Never say never!
We all know that life is full of ups and downs. We love the ups and we don’t want them to end. And we grin and bear the downs as best we can. Sometimes that is possible. Sometimes it takes a lot more effort than we care to exert. And sometimes the downs are so low, it would just be easier to grow wings and fly because you just can’t see a way out.
Well, at the end of 2008, and in a very short period of time, I went from one extreme to the other. My family had just moved into a new home after 2 months of intense rebuilding which, despite the hard work, was very exciting. My daughter had just gone away to college. My son just started high school. My two sisters were coming from abroad to celebrate with us the birth of our new grand-nephew and it was going to be the first time my 4 siblings and I had spent a major holiday together in over 30 years. It was a magical time. Beautiful memories were made with lots of laughter everywhere. The excitement was at an all-time high.
Then the unthinkable happened. Just a few days after Christmas, my sister, on her way back home, passed away at the Paris airport waiting for her connecting flight. Needless to say, it was totally unexpected and a huge shock to everyone. And in the space of seconds, literally the time it took to get the news over the phone from a complete stranger, I went from the highest highs to the lowest lows. I was in such shock that even as that kind stranger half-way across the world was trying to soften the blow and make sure I was ok, I could no longer understand a word he was saying. All of a sudden, my mind went blank and I could no longer understand this language he was speaking and that I have been speaking and studying my whole life. After that, I got on a fast track downward spiral with no net in sight (though luckily it did appear later) and nothing to grab on to. I tried hard to deal with “it” but I neither had the strength (I had spent it all on everything that was going on in my life before that time) nor the desire to “deal” with anything. Before long, I found myself in a deep depression and no idea how to get out of it without having to resort to the traditional way of dealing with such challenges. And that, for me, was not an option because I refused to trade the lethargy of depression for the lethargy of medication. All I knew was there had to be another way out for me. But finding it was a whole other monster to tackle.
I tried different things to help myself. A few helped a little while others were a waste of my time and energy (something that was already in very short supply). But I never quit searching and eventually discovered energy healing and a beautiful modality called Reiki. I still remember walking in to my first appointment not knowing what to expect and therefore not expecting anything and walking out a different person. At some point during that first session, I received something that was so very precious for me at the time. I received hope, hope that what I wanted was possible and hope that I could actually do what I needed to do and do it my way. I saw the symbolic “light at the end of the tunnel” and it gave me strength to move towards it, slowly at first (maybe even hesitantly) but picking up speed with each step forward and with each shift I made.
There is a Buddhist saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. To this day, I don’t know if at the time I was “ready” or not but I do know I was desperate so when my first “teacher” appeared, I grabbed on to her and simply allowed it and allowed the experience to change my life.
This first step opened up a whole new world to me: the world of energy healing which so fascinated me that I started researching its components and studying various aspects of it which then led me down a spiritual path with many twists and turns till I reached life coaching and became certified in it. Then it was as if the pieces of the puzzle started slowly falling into place based on my readiness. I found myself inspired to take the biggest challenge of my life and the most difficult to cope with and use it to support others going through similar experiences by saving them the time and disappointment of having to search for their own solutions, by showing them that there is always another way and that their pain and suffering can be turned around to their own benefit and growth so they can appreciate life again and create a better tomorrow for themselves and those they love.
That’s what Precious Victories Coaching is all about: facing life’s toughest challenges head on, doing the required inner work and turning those challenges into life’s most Precious Victories!