Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Sais.
Veronica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Hmmm… Where do I begin? I think I’ve always been a healer, it’s sort of in my blood. I didn’t realize it until I was an adult and found my way to becoming a spiritual person through the dreaded process of rehabilitating my ACL from knee surgery. Ironically, knee surgery shifted my entire reality. Before the accident, I was this average girl going through the motions. I was miserable inside, heartbroken from a childhood that left me bitter and lonely. I was constantly walking around in a bubble of negative thoughts and emotions. By the time I was an adult, I had swept my pain so far under the rug and locked it away deep in my heart, that I had no idea these hurtful memories were dictating my everyday life.
As a child, my parents fought- a lot. They yelled and screamed, they threw things, and he hit her… repeatedly. My dad isn’t a horrible person, but the drugs altered his state. They manipulated his mind and clouded it with darkness. And my mom, well, she was always just in the way. My brother and I would watch helplessly from a distance. I was caught between mediating, protecting her, and shielding my brother from witnessing the violence.
The fighting eventually stopped when I was around 13 years-old, but my mental state stayed trapped in the past. I was extremely emotional, I was angry, sad, anxious, and I never felt good enough. The five-year-old girl inside of me was screaming for help, but the teenage girl was holding back because she didn’t want to appear weak. As a Mexican-American female, I was taught to stay strong and never let anyone see my vulnerability. How could I one day be the matriarch of my family if I was seen as unstable and fragile? The world could never know.
My life finally shifted when yoga found me in my 20’s after my ACL surgery. It changed the way I was thinking and living my life. My personal thoughts, relationships, and my body came to the forefront of my awareness and I hit the tip of the iceberg- I had begun the “awakening” process. Becoming a Yoga Instructor led me to forging a new life path as I embraced new spiritual practices. After five years of teaching yoga, I was ready for a new trade and wanted to dive deeper into the weird stuff that was making me feel so good. I could no longer contain my thoughts about meditation, spirituality, and energy. I knew there was magic within me and I had yet to tap into my fullest potential.
Somewhere down the line, after a lot of trial and error, and A LOT of moving/bouncing around, I decided to enroll in massage school. I remember researching schools and thinking, “I want a school where a bunch of hippies are telling me what to do.” Needless to say, that was exactly what I found at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, and I absolutely loved it! My teachers were intuitive, kind, and welcoming. The students were a little odd, open-minded, and empathetic. I felt like I could be myself and no one would judge me for being a little weird too.
I learned so much in massage school: I learned how to protect and ground myself. I learned how to work with my energy and the energy around me. I learned how to be kind to myself, accepting of my pain, my family, and my past, and even found closure and forgiveness towards my father. Most importantly, I learned that I was loved. I don’t think I had ever felt that much love from anyone before and it was truly magical to feel it from a group of strangers. I had found the magic I was looking for. It was within me all along but I had to journey through the unknown to find it. Have you ever read the book The Alchemist? Yea, it’s kinda like that.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Hahaha! Oh, how I wish things were easier at times… Please note that the road will never be smooth. Yes, some moments will be easier than others, but most of the time life throws curve balls to see how bad you really want something. And, of course, the things you think you thought you wanted will not happen and you’ll end up down another road. And, that’s okay!
I always wanted to be a dancer. Dancing saved me from the evil thoughts in my mind and it helped me get through the pain stuck in my body caused by grief. After I tore my ACL, everything changed. I continued dancing, but something shifted and yoga took the front seat. It made me feel good, and feeling good was all I had ever wanted. For a long time, I was torn between wanting to become a dancer and this gut feeling that I was meant to head in a different direction. It wasn’t easy to leave the one thing that had always stuck by me, but I knew movement would always be there, I could always come back.
I wandered around for a while after my college graduation. I moved to Miami, then to Vegas, then back to San Diego, then decided to go backpacking indefinitely through South East Asia (which only lasted four months), then LA, then back to San Diego. Yikes! It wasn’t easy for me to settle down. I wanted to see, feel, and experience everything. As a child, I didn’t get many opportunities to travel or go to cool places or eat at fancy restaurants. We were poor and although my mom gave us everything she could, we only had the bare minimum to get by. This eventually taught me to appreciate everything life has to offer. It taught me to go after sh*t and dream big! I was going to do everything I desired even if it meant trying new things, failing, and starting over.
For those of you starting your journey, those sinking in quicksand barely holding your head up, or those at the end of one path in search of another, please know that no failure is ever final. Let each failure give you strength. Learn something from the pain and grow from it. Get your ass back up and start over or start on something new. Never allow ANYTHING to keep you down. Life is going to continuously test your limits and it’s going to hurt at times, but you are strong, you are worthy, you are capable, and you are magnificent beyond belief!
Keep f*cking going and show the world what you’re made of. We all deserve a little bit of your magic.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I call myself a Holistic Healer. I incorporate energy-work, Reiki, massage therapy, crystals, meditation, aromatherapy, cupping, nutrition advice, and spiritual healing/coaching into my sessions.
I feel the mind, body, spirit are all connected and everything from thoughts, health, fitness, beliefs, and current life experiences are the cause of imbalances. All of my sessions are different, so I work with each individual on how they’re feeling and what they’re open to. I don’t get too woo-woo with the spiritual stuff if they’re not ready for it. I wouldn’t want to scare them off too soon by talking about how I talk to my spirit guides before each session! If they are interested in a more spiritual type of healing, then we go there. Everyone is different, therefore, every session is different.
I try to be as transparent as possible in both my work and in my personal life. I strive to be the most authentic version of myself because pretending to be anything else is way too exhausting. Ironically, the one thing I hated to show in the past is the thing people relate to most- my vulnerability. I’m not perfect just because I am a healer, I’m flawed just like everyone else and you deserve to know that.
As far as my brand is concerned, this is honestly the first time I have really tried to put myself and my work out there. I have to say, it’s scary AF! But we all have to start somewhere. I’m still working out all the kinks in my personal wellness practice (Barefoot & Lost Wellness Co.) and trying to find what works best for me. I plan on starting a Barefoot & Lost podcast and expanding my network and brand this year. I have a vision and I’m not backing down till I see it come to life. Stay tuned!
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Talk to EVERYONE! After working as a bartender off-and-on for the last 13 years, I’ve learned how to start up a conversation with just about anyone. I love meeting new people and having new conversations. People are so fascinating, learn what you can from them.
If you’re looking for a mentor, just ask the people that interest you. If they don’t have the time, they’ll probably tell you and steer you in the direction of another person who can help you out. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
- Website: barefootandlost.com
- Phone: 619-395-3766
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blwellnesscompany/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barefootandlost/
My amazing boyfriend and partner in crime, Tony DiMarco