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12 months ago, I was in a car accident. Here's what I learned...

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my son and I being involved in a car accident.

It was one of the most terrifying moments of my life.

Where literally, you are just going about your day and then BAM.. out of nowhere.. everything changes.

There is a LOT I could say about this incident, but the truth is, I am just so grateful that My son and I (and the others involved) were safe.

Bruised and battered, cars completely demolished, but safe.

As with anything I go through, I want to share the lessons.

What I have learned the past 12 months - because it's not just about a car accident...

1. Don't be surprised when you are following your purpose that all Hell breaks loose.

Right before the car accident, I had completed a live training in my private facebook group and announced the launch of my first mastermind. This was a goal I have had for years, and here I was, announcing it for the first time. I felt unstoppable, I felt like that song 'Bright, sunny Day' playing in my head. And then 2 hours later, one moment (nearly) changed everything. We were divinely protected, but it put a stop to everything I was doing for a while. Everytime we make a firm decision about following our God-sized dream, Satan will take notice. But thankfully Heaven has a strategy too, so we don't need to be anxious for anything.

2. God can make good out of anything

I had the most incredible people around us that day. Strangers on the street, neighbours who took my son because I couldn't hold him, a man gave me a coke and told me to sit down, the Ambulance crew and the road police were so professional and caring. While it was scary, I felt the goodness of humanity that day, and honestly felt like God had angels just there, at that time, for us in that moment. I later sent thank yous to the service crew and ended up pitching story for the local morning radio station, about gratitude for our local service people. I ended up being interviewed on ABC Newcastle Radio and personally thanked and named the local community service people involved in helping us. I was able to say thank you on a public platform and share the importance of saying thank you to our local service people.

3. Recovery takes time.

While I don't have any permanent injuries, I'm still dealing with chronic issues from the accident. I have been to multiple doctor appointments, CT and MRI scans, physiotherapy appointments.. while it doesn't look like I have any physical issues walking down the street, the recovery has been long. And continues to be. I have had to give myself much grace during this period, as I slowly build up strength again. You have to give yourself time. Time to recover, whether its from an accident or a breakup or burn out or loss... recovery takes time. Give yourself grace.

4. Don't let anything stop you from moving forward

Here's the hard truth: I was so anxious getting behind a wheel, for months after this incident. I had nightmares about it. My son has a scar that I see everyday and I am reminded of that moment. But I decided not to let anything stop me from moving forward. I launched my first book this year, and our 12 month mastermind. That accident maybe slowed me down a little, but it didn't stop me moving forward. When you KNOW what you are meant to be doing in your business, don't let anything hold you back from doing that thing. The pain of regret is so much worse then the discomfort of doing something new.

I promise, not all my posts will be so morose!

But I believe in sharing the highs and the hards of being a Christian woman in business.

It's not all glizy and rainbows - but I honestly could not imagine doing anything else with my life.

I hope it encourages you - even just a little - to get a little more visible today in your business.

Sending you much love & peaches,

PS: If you want to share your story, your expertise and God-given genius with the world (maybe even vulnerable moments like this), join the waiting list for our 12 month mastermind. It's the program created for the high-achieving Christian woman in business who is ready to up-level her visibility game and become known as the thought leader you were created to be. Time to turn your stories into inspiration. Join the list here.

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Janet Brandow
Janet Brandow
Jul 15, 2023

How can a person celebrate the survival of their loved one after a year?

Rachel Reva
Rachel Reva
Jul 16, 2023
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Hi Janet, thanks for the question: just to be clear we were absolutely relieved that the accident was not more serious- but it also left us with scarring, chronic pain and some trauma we have been managing ever since. As with most of our personal stories, we share from the lessons we have learned over time. We only share out of the hope to encourage someone who may be going through a difficult time, but we thank God every day for His protection and grace. x

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