Today we’d like to introduce you to Cazoshay Marie.
Cazoshay, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was blessed to have been raised in a family that always encouraged and supported a holistically healthy lifestyle; this included using natural products in our home and on our bodies, as well as healthy foods and using herbs to heal ourselves. Having that foundation lead me to the path of becoming wellness professional. On May 19th, 2017, I was struck by a car traveling 48 mph in downtown Phoenix as I was in a pedestrian crosswalk leaving an event. I was thrown 15′ up and 100′ forward and sustained numerous injuries, some of which I am still in recovery. While the accident gave me an even greater passion for sharing wellness, gratitude, perseverance, and mindfulness, my conditions and limitations have caused me to have to be creative in finding different ways to share those ideals. This leads me to begin speaking and teaching engagements as well as increase my presence as an Influencer, blogger, model, podcaster and natural product creator. In keeping with my goal of promoting holistic wellness and sustainability, I am currently working on a line of beautiful, delicious and beneficial teas that I’m really excited about, as well as selling beautiful thrifted teacups. They will be available on my website later this summer. In addition, I’m working on a book of haikus that I’m also illustrating entitled, “On Love and Loss” and one on my experience with the accident and overcoming obstacles in order to live your best life!
Has it been a smooth road?
Not.at.all! Among the numerous injuries I sustained in the accident, I suffer from a traumatic brain injury, vestibular and vision issues, debilitating migraines as well as chronic pain. While I have an excellent medical team and am trusting and believing for total healing eventually, not a day goes by that I don’t have to take into account my conditions and figure out how to still function and live with them. But my faith, family and resilience allow me to keep trying despite these difficulties, and to encourage others to never give up despite their own struggles or traumas. Most people that I interact with probably don’t really know how much I struggle because I’ve had a tendency to stuff my feelings down rather than express them and live as my authentic self. It’s something that I’m definitely working on and hope to encourage others to do as well because at the risk of sounding like Mr. Rogers, I’m awesome and you are too and the world should get to experience you as your truest self.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
My mission is to share art, beauty, and wellness with the world in a fun, accessible and sustainable way, all while inspiring a global sense of community. There’s actually a pretty long list of all I do: I’m an artist, minister, Influencer, speaker, wellness lifestyle blogger and podcaster, yoga, meditation & mindfulness instructor, delicious recipe creator, natural bath & body product creator, holistic wellness coach, Tea Queen, model, and brand ambassador. That was quite the mouthful, but they’re not just titles to me, they reflect my goals and values as a one-woman lifestyle brand. Wearing many hats and having a broad range of experience and knowledge is one thing that sets me apart from others and is something that I’m very proud of.
My unique perspective as a survivor of a traumatic accident and having a strong emphasis on helping others achieve true holistic wellness (mind, body, spirit, and community) sets me apart from others in the wellness industry. While I’ve been quoted, interviewed & featured in several magazines, news publications & social media outlets to include MANTRA Wellness and Thrive Magazines, my proudest moments are when someone tells me that my story and positivity gave them hope and made them feel encouraged and able to keep going through difficult times. Life can be really hard, so knowing that I gave someone hope and keeping that as my primary goal in all that I do has set me apart and is what I am most proud of.
What have been some of the most important lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I used to be very shy and guarded, it held me back from truly being myself and going for what I wanted and all I desired to do. If I had to start over, I would do it with more confidence and less fear. Mistakes or so-called “failures” are not the end of the world, so if you keep that in mind, you’re more willing to take those wonderful chances rather than play it safe or focus on perfectionism. One of my favorite phrases that I’ve seen make the rounds online says something to the effect of, “… you’ve survived 100% of all your bad days…” and I really take that to heart now. In the past, that truth was not even on my mental radar. The world doesn’t benefit from people playing small, so I definitely would have done that differently if I were to start over.
- Website: https://www.didwithcazoshay.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cazoshay_marie/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DIDwithCazoshay
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Cazoshay_Marie
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/didbyshay
Ken Brown Photography, Nate Ward, D.I.D. with Cazoshay, Eugene the Author