So I’m gonna be a little bit more vulnerable today, and I love getting to know people beyond this screen. So in today’s video, I will be sharing the story about me and a few quirky things as well.
But as an intro, I am Laura Cragun and I am an Intuitive Eating and Body Image Coach, and I help Latter-Day Christian women find body acceptance, reduce their stress and discover free freedom so they can find their true purpose.
So this video will be divided into three parts.
- The basic story about me,
- My heroine’s journey how I’ve gotten to this point,
- And a few quirky things about me.
Basic Bio of Me
So I was born and raised in Arizona, but I’m currently living in Utah.
I grew up in the country and I love animals and I love big open fields and I’m the oldest of six kids. So I was the big older bossy sister. And my parents use me as a babysitter, all the time.
I grew up swimming A TON since it was so hot in Arizona, playing the violin and piano, doing bake sales, going to reunions, playing with my kitty cats, and teasing my brothers, and overall, I was a pretty happy girl. I had good memories and my parents worked hard for me to be happy.
But it was not always an easy childhood. I always felt like I was a divorce kid. My parents finally split up when I was 25, but that strife was always in the home. There was fighting and money problems feeling emotionally neglected. And other hard things that I won’t mention, but God was always with me.
I moved to Provo when I was ready to move out of the house and got my bachelor’s in family studies and minored in violin performance. I always thought it would be great to teach violin on the side. And then later on in life, I could be a family counselor, but I always wanted to be a mom. First and foremost,
I had my first baby just a month after I graduated. I remember climbing that hill at south BYU. It was so steep! I was trying to get to my classes at eight months pregnant and trying to finish things up. And it was so hard but it felt so good to finally be done.
I taught violin on and off for nine years in between babies and moves. But I always felt like I wanted something more and it wasn’t something that lit my soul on. And of course, as a mom, that is my most important work that I do.
I am a mom of three in my kids at this time or ages nine, six, and three. I have a boy and then two. Being a mom has proved to be very challenging, but equally, reward.
I am a fire wife and my husband works at the fire stations in long shifts as a firefighter paramedic. When people ask me if that’s hard, I say yes sometimes, but it has its perks and all jobs are. Being the introvert that I am. I love my alone time when he is gone for those evenings. And he gets four days off in between shifts. So that’s a great perk!
But now I work part-time as a coach from home and I love what I do. I started three years ago and it has been like having another baby to build this business. I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart, so I enjoy the journey and the crazy. For the most part. It has its hard times, some days and weeks are hard, but I feel passionate about it and I have to keep going
My Story/Mental Health Crisis
So now let me go into more of my story of what I have been through that has led me to this point and wanting to share and coach people.
So I grew up as a member of the church and I’ve always had a strong testimony of Christ. So I was a young mother of three and going through the hardest trenches of my life. I had clinical depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation.My husband worked at the fire station for long shifts. He even had a second job and my parents recently divorced, and frankly, I didn’t know who I was anymore.
I felt like I was constantly running through a muddy. It was possible. I was barely doing it, but it was so hard to do every day. I thought to myself, is life supposed to be this way?
And as many women do. I had a lot of inner work to do with my relationship with my body and with food through all this, I was suffering from eating disorders, body dysmorphia, orthorexia, which is religiously clean, eating, and binge eating.
I felt so unhappy, unfulfilled, and out of control. I wanted so badly to have energy and freedom of my mind with my health. I also wanted to become my higher self, whatever that meant, but then it happened and I hit rock bottom.
It started with a mental breakdown after an exhausting family trip and ended with going to a month-long treatment center for my suicide ideation. It was not uncommon to find me on the floor, sobbing and gripping for any hope.
I didn’t want to live. And I hated my body and the way I looked. I lacked energy and the jolting up Of my chemically unbalanced mind was unbearable. There were many dark days in the gloom of hopelessness that was always over me as I tried many different medications, therapists, and redundant self-care routines. I would try many different diets and food fads. And think to myself, this is a this is the.
It got to a point where I wasn’t getting better. So I went in and got treatment. It was a very difficult decision with having a family and young. But it was what I needed during that hard time. And being away from my family for a month gave me that time to heal and readjust to my new medications, but nothing was truly healing me. I came out of there feeling a lot better and had a lot of answers. but it wasn’t until I found Christ intuitive in mental overhaul that fully healed me.
After that month-long treatment center for my suicide ideation, I went and got some more treatment at an outpatient clinic with an eating disorder treatment center.
I learned more about my healing and intuitive eating and how to change my negative thought patterns. So now it is an honor to coach other women that are going through these same things too. So not only am I a health coach, but I am a life coach. A lot of this stuff is life coaching!
Quirky Things About Me
So are you ready for number three? Here are some quirks about me.
So I love to learn about quantum physics, which is energy and knowing the law of attraction, which is just really fun. And it really helps me in my life.
I also love to learn about North Korea. And even though it is depressing at times to learn about communism, it’s quite interesting to me. And it makes me feel like I’m aware of what’s going on outside in the world.
I also, love 80’s love ballads, and I love Journey and Survivor and think they have amazing songs. And those are the best days of music.
I also sneeze very loud.
I love to walk in nature to decompress and feel like it’s the easiest way to get to that point. I have asthma and I was diagnosed when I was five when I had to go to the hospital for pneumonia.
And here’s another weird one. I have a long, second toe on both my feet. So it’s longer than my biggest toe. So it looks like I have monkey feet.
I also love to ski in the mountain, especially here in Utah, I love to bake and I love to go running.
I also love to read and think that audiobooks are the way to go for young moms like me. And it’s been a way for me to keep reading.
And also, I love anything to do with homesteads and farms and country and just, and I am so excited to someday live that life.
I watch YouTube about it and I’m saving towards that. Right now, we’re talking to the kids about it. We will see how it goes, but that’s definitely in the plan. Hopefully, 10 acres give or take 30 minutes away from that urban fringe, which is to the nearest store and a lot of nature and animals, plants, and quiet.
But I think I’ll leave with this last point of being a creator is one of my favorites.
It is woven throughout my life and being a mom and creating my own family, creating a good marriage, creating this business. I love. And like I’ve said before, creating a homestead, but whatever God will inspire me with next, it always feels good to know that I’m creating. And I want the same for you too. It’s the highest state of being that we can achieve.
So if you’re feeling that connection with me and would like to work with me, let’s. I offer free, Intuitive Breakthrough Sessions. So you may feel overwhelmed about where to start with your health or you’re in some pretty deep habits.
You want to have the energy to live your life to the fullest, but you feel held back by your current mindset of constant dieting and stress. But as your fellow sister, I understand that inner turmoil and I can safely say there is a way to break free. And in my Intuitive Breakthrough Session, I can help.
With intuitive eating principles, mindset, overhaul, and Christ, there is a way for you to stop being at war with yourself.
- We create a clear picture of the health that you’ve always wanted.
- Then we talk about and discover what’s holding you back from becoming that person.
- Then we put into action, a plan that will help you finally get there.
If you’re struggling with accepting your body battling negative thoughts or feeling outta control of food, I will have the absolute final solution to help you figure that so thanks for watching today. And I hope to see you soon!
Xo, Laura Cragun