Who are we in the very center of our existence?
What exactly, makes me – me or you -- you??
Such complex concepts do not bring about answers overnight.
Many years went by when no aspect of my well-being had been prioritized.
Chronic pain led me to the path of holism~ mind, body + soul because we are all of the above & every part deserves recognition.
The disconnect throughout ourselves & the world became undeniable hence why/how Peace&Love was conceived.
Each of us longs for an opportunity to be seen, heard, loved + valued though we often live in a parasympathetic state, existing rather than living.
My pursuit to achieve Wholeness came out of necessity – fed up with dead ends, it resonated that healing is a very personal experience & figuring out how to live MY best life, was up to ME.
Over time, I began witnessing real changes replacing inner turmoil + I could also see those around me being affected by inner work so the decision was made to give back.
Keepin’ Our Heads Up or K.O.H.U; is an online, phone conference line + in-person Network of Support for those enduring health ailments & who may be otherwise lost or hurting.
Pain does not solely just include nor is limited to that of physicality- what one endures is not always able to be seen.
The process of transformation is difficult, uncomfortable + requires everything we've got & considering we’ll be spending the rest of our lives with ourselves, you are worth prioritizing.
Today is one day or day one.
This is an opportunity to inch closer toward the person deep down that we are meant to be.
Each function of the universe is interconnected ~ it is imperative we approach ourselves & one another as such.
Only after making Peace with where we've been, is there room for Love to help navigate where we go from here,
Turning Our Pain Into the very Power that fuels us.
We're grateful you’ve found your way here & do believe our paths have crossed for a reason so we'd be honored to discover the possibilities, together!
"Always bringing an energetic spirit and a devoted work ethic, she truly gives each and every client the individual attention that they deserve. She demonstrates professionalism and genuine enthusiasm in learning every single day. She refuses to be defined by any limitations that her chronic pain tries to put upon her. While her battles are a heavy weight, they will never break her spirit. She is determined to rise above her pain and offer the very best of herself to her clients."
"I feel confident that she is equipped with the mentality, work ethic, interpersonal skills, professionalism, and possesses the necessary drive and ambition to improve people's lives. Because of her inherent genuine, personable, compassionate, and respectful nature, her empathy resonates with clients and the world, easing anxiety in situations that can be stressful by nature."
"I'd just like to boast about my friend, who represented Wisconsin at Headache on The Hill. US Pain Foundation named her 'Pain Warrior of the Month' in their August '18 Newsletter! So proud of you girl! Keep up the good work!"
"Mia is a walking definition of, 'warrior,’ and has more than earned esteem and I wholly support her incredible work. You won’t find a more compassionate advocate who, in spite of her own chronic pain, somehow finds amazing strength to gently and consistently motivate others. "
"Anyone who has the pleasure of meeting/speaking with Mia knows: her life philosophy works, her heart is dedicated to the mission, she is leading the fight for change within us, the pain community and our nation."
"Mia is an old soul with the freshness and enthusiasm of a kid. She’s wise beyond her years, funny as hell, and one of the most beautiful, brilliant, badass babes I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing."
"If you have the opportunity to work with her, hear her speak, or even just shake her hand, go for it. You won’t regret it, I can promise you that. I love the foundation that Mia has built
[KOHU + Peace&Love]
and I can’t wait to see what the future holds."
"Let me tell you…when she says “Peace & Love”…she means it! Mia, the people of your community are very fortunate to have you. I am so proud of you my friend. YOU ARE A FORCE!"
"She launched KOHU, writes articles for pain publications, travels to speaking engagements & even has been nominated for her work all the while it causes her disabling pain. Now she has opened this fantastic new place to spread her positive vibe on the rocks with a twist to help those of us who feel like we have been forgotten!"
"Mia’s heart and mind are fully submerged in the work of improving the lives of those who live the way she does. Her efforts are tireless and relentless. A noteworthy fact is that Mia does not just talk the talk, she walks the walk. As a Pain Warrior on the center stage at times, she still publicly declares her hardships, such as the struggle to achieve the strength to make it on center stage in the first place that day- but that is why Mia is so special. She is a woman of the people."
A strong force in the universe, she lives as a person in pain each moment of every day which generated her passion for advocating for human rights.
Despite the lingering ailments from a near death experience, she ventured countless attempts to navigate what resembled a 'normal' life, Reaching her breaking point, everything took a turn for the worse- all seemed to be falling apart.
In '18, she was invited to attend a lobbying event in Washington, D.C where her fire for policy change was lit.
It was there she was confronted by so many others who were fighting battles of their own and then a commitment to begin cultivating a source of Support in an effort to reach people who might not have much fellowship elsewhere, was made-- leading her to take on the role of an Advocate + Patient Leader & ~*Keepin' Our Heads Up*~ was born.
Throughout this incredible journey, the only consistency in the pursuit of proper pain management were the ups/downs.
Most approaches proved unsuccessful & none were without less than ideal side effects so she became fed up!
The seed had been planted: The idea that everything she needed in order to begin healing herself, could already be located within her own body.
She chose to make amends with her Whole-Self, including & especially the pain, thus begun a transition into Holistic Health.
Reflecting upon the healing of energy, food being medicine, balancing chakras, grounding + importance of breath were foreign yet her life was forever changed.
It is her belief that:
"Striving toward our most authentic self is a process that will continue onward until we leave this Earth, Everyone is capable of experiencing this sense of enlightenment although it does require a lot of self-compassion & hard work but WE ARE WORTH IT!"
It is her Mission to guide others on their journey to their Whole-Being. She bravely continues using her voice as a weapon to shatter stigma, raise awareness + spread hope.
She has grown to learn that self-care is not only necessary but also what she deserves.
Her message is that:
"We must be our own best everything. There is a way to co-exist with what we're carrying & we do not have to do it alone."
Serving on a Volunteer Advocacy Panel alongside USPF experts Lemiska (left) + Rice (right)