I was recently very honoured to be asked to do an interview for my friend Claire’s Heroines with Heart segment of her wonderful and incredibly successful blog – This is Lifeblood, and here is how it went…
Today’s Heroine with Heart is a very special person in my life. Synchronicity brought Fiona Ferreira into my world when I had hit absolutely rock bottom. My entire life had changed overnight; I was lost, confused, angry, anxious, heartbroken and in serious need of some healing. Fiona’s blend of reiki, meditation and energy healing has transformed so many areas of my life, physically and emotionally. I have written about my personal experiences with reiki here, here and here.
Fiona is not only a Reiki 2 Practitioner, Writer and Blogger but also a wonderful Mum to two young children. She seriously blows my mind with her intuition and her ability to give so much to the world. She has the biggest heart of GOLD and I am beyond thrilled to introduce her to you today.
So, first things first. What is your dream?
My dream is to be successful. Success to me is enjoying every aspect of my life, career, relationships, hobbies, money, exercise etc… It’s not just about having these things, it’s about enjoying them too and the enjoyment comes from fulfilment where the activity does not own me and I have it/do it because I choose to. To fulfil my dream I actively work on self discovery, confidence, defining happiness, peacefulness and love.
What makes up your lifeblood?
My passion is to live a spiritual, creative, exciting life full of adventure and making connections with people who are travelling down the same road as me.
What has been your biggest fear to date to overcome?
My biggest past fear was the fear of “losing” my children as during our divorce proceedings my ex-husband insisted on shared care. I was worried that the children would make preferences between households and reject me. I feared losing my influence on them and that the less time we spent together, the less the kids would bond with me. For these reasons I turned into a horrible control freak, until one day it dawned on me that I could not control what was happening and that I really had to make the best of it.
I set about trying to reconnect to my heart so I could then live through it. Once I did this my relationship with my children blossomed and I cannot imagine we will ever not be close irrespective of the amount of time we spend together or how different the households are.
Being healthy means that I…
Feel strong in body, mind and spirit. I was a slow learner on this one. Connecting the dots between my thoughts, my beliefs and the consequent desire for physical health took me some time to master. I started working on the health of my mind, then my spirit after which the health of my body, which I had struggled with in the past, came easy. I did not change diet or exercise significantly, but just found a natural balance which keeps my body strong.
To me, the word ‘healing’ means…
True healing is going deep into self discovery and changing what it is that isn’t working for you anymore. Healing is identifying and then moving emotional and energetic blockages that hold you back in life. Deep healing is a cellular level, it creates a sense of calm, a sense of peace, it is when you still have day to day things to deal with but have moved most of your baggage and you are no longer controlled by past experiences or outmoded ways of doing things. It is losing the need and doing/having because you choose to.
Where is your ultimate travel destination?
Is this a trick question to see if I am adventurous or not? I don’t know, I used to be a big traveller but the interest has faded. But if I had to choose I would have to say Scotland is up there as I feel a spiritual connection, particularly to the Scottish countryside.
What DRIVES you?
I love being part of self discovery, being a part of a new story, a new person/client which brings new energy and momentum for achieving their peace. There is nothing better than hearing someone make the connection… The AHA moments.
Choosing love over fear means…
Personal growth. In life there are always choices between taking the easy road and the hard road. In most instances choosing the hard road brings personal growth and the courage of that choice brings self respect, therefore stems from a love for yourself.
Choosing the easy road is often done out of fear and can limit growth.
I feel really creative when I…
Write. I have so many ideas and thoughts, solutions and stories to tell and to get them down on paper, to share them, satisfies my creative side.
If you could tell your 14 year old self one thing, what would it be?
Stop trying to grow up so quickly. I spent a lot of time in childhood thinking I was missing out because we lived on a farm out of town. I didn’t get to go out with friends who hung out with older kids who drove laps between the main street of town and the beach to see who else was driving laps (affectionately known as “bog laps”).
In reality I could have enjoyed those innocent years more by an understanding that there is plenty of time to do bog laps and that by doing the same things as everyone else isn’t necessarily the best option (I mean seriously – bog laps!!).
Can you share with us your secret pleasure?
I am such a geek, I looooooooove Lord of the Rings. Recently I was home sick from work and spent an entire day watching nearly all of the movies. I can see in my crystal ball another day in the near future – with a bad headache coming on….