I am Sabrina Gallimore– a woman of many “hats.” I am an attorney, a mother of four, and a survivor and advocate against human trafficking, domestic violence/child abuse, and hunger/homelessness. The first half of my life included running away at 15 to escape a home life more horrible than the homelessness I ran to. Homelessness, however, was not easy and left its own scars. I escaped at 15–but it took decades to heal. I managed to graduate high school, worked my way through college– at one point living out of my car– and graduated law school in the top 25% of my class. I married during law school and gave birth to my first son right after passing the Bar Exam. He, and his siblings, are the light of my life. However, he has significant disabilities that ushered in a new phase of “fight.” That is a story unto itself. Eventually, I divorced and had to start my own law practice to take care of us. Employment at law firms would not provide the hourly flexibility needed to care for my son so I started my practice representing other children with special needs. It was what I knew but was also terrifying. I continued to build my law practice for many years until I remarried and we decided that our new blended family needed my support at home.
Several years ago, I founded Naturally Elegant LLC in Leesburg, VA where I happily reside. This blog initially started–in part– as a creative outlet to share knowledge learned in the care of my children. My oldest son has many medical issues and my youngest son was diagnosed with multiple food and environmental allergies–including a very rare allergy to polyethylene glycol. This substance is a stabilizing agent included in almost every kind of product imaginable–from medications to personal products such as shampoo/deodorant to everyday items such as toilet paper. I had to quickly educate myself as to a variety of chemicals and was stunned to learn how many of our everyday products include chemicals banned in other countries. They are banned due to known health risks–including cancer and autoimmune disorders. When 85% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies–it really shouldn’t be surprising that all these chemicals can have dire consequences. Over the years, much research, and much trial and error I developed beauty products, personal care products, and herbal remedies that were not only healthy– but powerfully effective. What started as a need to help my child grew into a lifestyle of healthy, organic, natural living across all domains of life. I was thrilled to pass that on to others who may benefit.
However, life got crazy with a host of family challenges that required all my time and energy. My husband became very ill. So did my son. My other children had different challenges; and, I realized the blog would need to wait till another time. There is a season in life for different purposes– and my family was my purpose. Fortunately, that season came to pass and another has begun.
My children are grown and spreading their wings. My oldest has made miraculous progress and is significantly more independent. My husband healed and is healthy as can be. My own healing is virtually complete. I say “virtually” because there probably will be new areas that come to my attention as I continue to grow. But my past no longer dictates my future, my thoughts, nor my heart. I am free of the chains that had been placed around me. Now is a season where I can dream, grow, and share/learn with you! So, I am returning to this blog– with a new intent and content. It is a victory blog of sorts. It is about taking joy in life, refusing to give up, refusing to let your ‘inner child’ lose the sense of wonder and magic, reveling in all things beautiful, and sharing all of that with those you love.
I have been honored to speak at multiple events in several states regarding domestic violence, human trafficking, faith, dealing with disabilities in a loved one, and healing/survival. Soon, I hope to publish a book detailing these years– and most importantly– how healing from even the most severe of injuries is possible. Not only is healing possible– but one can thrive. This blog is happening because thriving can happen. I delight and find joy in many things. Organic gardening, travel anywhere/anytime, local places of interest, beekeeping, herbal medicine, creating my own beauty/personal products, history and art, growing what we eat, cooking, entertaining on scales large and small. I am reveling now in the “empty nest stage” and the over 40 lifestyle. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for being able to heal enough to laugh, trust, and enjoy the beauty in our world. I have to give the credit where it is deserved– which is to God and Jesus. Yes, I had to make decisions to survive but He gets the credit for the healing and resulting joy and peace. But please don’t feel you can’t come along if you don’t share my faith. I have friends from all faiths, from no faith, and everything in between. I can be contacted through this blog; followed on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sabrinag587/ or I can be reached by email at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions; and, of course feel free to comment to anything that catches your fancy. I would love to meet you!