Woman on the RISE ~ Peg Rosenbrock
Organization Name: Orenda International/ Optimal Aging Strategist/Double Diamond Manager
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VitalSignsBrighton
140 character pitch: As an optimal aging strategist with Orenda, my focus is on empowering people to live long and die short by balancing the key systems of the body with targeted nutrition.
Elevateher Pitch: Two years ago I needed a wheelchair. Orenda gave me my life back.
Immediate region: I have no territory. My story can be told wherever my travels take me.
What do people think you do for a living?
Most people have never heard of Orenda, but once I tell them it is a line of advanced bio-nutritionals, their assumption is that I am a vitamin salesman.
What do you actually do for a living?
I consider myself a teacher. I educate people about the delicate balance of the key systems of their body and how to empower natural healing from the root.
For 28 years I battled pain throughout my body, unrelenting fatigue, and the psychological toll of being a burden on my family. Sleep eluded me and the natural and normal rhythm of my body had been destroyed. It took years before I could even get a diagnosis, but eventually, it was given the label of fibromyalgia. I was so relieved to finally know what it was, because then there was surely a treatment. For a quarter of a century I ran from doctor to doctor trying every drug and alternative approach that came along. By the time I was in my 50’s I had declined to the point of needing a wheelchair and was only able to function a few hours a day. My biggest fear was not dying. My biggest fear was continuing to exist with no quality of life.
When I was introduced to Orenda I was very skeptical. It is difficult to open your heart to one more thing when your hopes have been crushed over and over. As I began to research the approach of balancing the key systems of the body through targeted nutrition, I started to realize that it didn’t matter what the diagnosis was. When we are in balance hormonally, the toxic effects of our environment are dealt with at a cellular level, and our digestive system is effectively absorbing clean nutrition, the body has the wisdom to heal itself.
It has been a rebirth over the course of almost 3 years. I continue to notice improvement every day. My pain is gone. I am no longer dependent on the 14 prescription drugs I needed to make it through the day. I can once again exercise and am working with a personal trainer to regain stamina, flexibility, endurance, and balance. I feel a lust for life as though someone has gone through my body and flipped light switches on. I am now confident enough to set goals for the future.
Tell us about your passions!
I have always been passionate about helping people and making a difference in their life. As I became sicker and sicker, I couldn’t help myself, much less anyone else. At the risk of sounding cliché, it was not until I hit my lowest possible point and surrendered control to God that the answers started to come. It is with great humility that I take his gift of rebirth and now pay it forward through my message.
Who/what inspires what you do?
Again, I refer to my higher power. There is no reward in material collections. Human fulfillment is derived from “people lifting people”. This quote is actually the mantra of Orenda along with the origin of its name which means “The spiritual power that flows through all things”.
Was there a turning point in your life that led you to your current career?
Every step we take along the path of life either moves us further ahead in a positive direction or helps us sink further into the hole of negative abyss. There are lessons to be learned on both journeys, but somehow, lessons from our negative experiences seem to have the biggest impact on how we approach life going forward. I heard a quote, and I apologize that I don’t know the origin, but it says, “If you continue to do the things you have always done, you will continue to get the results you have always gotten”. It wasn’t until I was ready to make some dramatic changes in my life that I began to see my circumstance change. “When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change….you WILL change.” ~ Dr. Robert Anthon
If money weren’t a factor, what would you be doing?
In my youth, money, or lack thereof, seemed to be the driving force behind everything I did. Once I was stripped of my health, money became nothing more than a means to acquire my medications and pay my doctor bills. Now that I have had the life breathed back into me, my priorities have changed dramatically. I was asked just yesterday, “if you knew you were going to die soon, what would you want to do before you leave?” I had to stop and think for a minute about the thoughts that consumed me when I was so ill. What I used to wish for was simply to be able to go outside and take a walk on a beautiful spring day. Don’t get me wrong, money is necessary for survival and comfort, but it needs to be neutral in its role in our life because if you don’t have your health, all the money in the world can’t make you happy.
What’s in your bucket list?
The only real “bucket list” item I have is a new home. We own property on a golf course with a view overlooking the front range of the Rocky Mountains. I LOVE interior design and the thought of a blank canvas gets my creative juices flowing. I was in Mexico some time ago, and the showers didn’t have doors. The thought of NOT having to clean water spots off of shower doors is very appealing. I also despise that I have to schlep laundry down two flights of steps to the back corner of my current house. Having a laundry room that backs up to my master closet seems to make perfect sense to me even though I’m not an architect. Finally, having room for a table where the whole family can enjoy a meal together without having to exile my munchkins to the “kids table” would make me the happiest Nana in the world!
Knowing all you know now, what would you tell your 20 year old self?
- When you borrow energy from tomorrow, it is like tearing down a locomotive and burning its parts for fuel because you ran out of coal. The risk is that once you get to your destination, the integrity of the original structure is drastically compromised.
- Maintain balance spiritually, emotionally, physically, and within your relationships. If any of these areas begin to tip the scale, a toxic shift can lead to a cascade of compounding effects.
- If a person is not adding value to your life and challenging you to grow and thrive, it may be time to give them a neutral position. In the case of relatives, you are always related to them and you can’t change that, but you can change the amount of space you allow them to rent in your head. In the case of people in general, if they add value, nurture the relationship. If you can feel the energy being sucked from your being when you are around them, remove them from your life. We worry way too much about what other people think of us when the truth of the matter is that no one is perfect and we all have only one judge.
- The only way to change your circumstance is to change yourself.
What’s your go-to stress reliever?
Taking action….. No matter what the source of stress is, I find that the more I sit and think and stew about something, the more stressed I feel. Once I take some course of action that makes me feel in control or that resolves the issue, my stress diminishes.
How do you perceive retirement?
Interesting question…..I worked in a corporate environment for 38 years and the ultimate goal in my mind was to build a pension so that when I was old enough to retire, I would have enough money to do whatever I wanted to do. My perception at that time was that I would travel and have fun every day.
When I actually got to the point of retirement, my only thought was, “is this all there is”? My pension was just enough to pay for my health insurance and all the drugs I required, and my body could only travel as far as from the bed to the couch. I had spent all those years working weekends, holidays, and evenings when I should have been with my family. I had sacrificed my strong, youthful body to a very physical job so that when I was older I could enjoy life. Nothing was working out as I had planned.
My current perception of retirement is that no matter how old we are, we continue to get gratification through purposeful work. Purpose gets me out of bed every day so I plan to work the rest of my life. There are however specific terms under which I conduct business.
In the survival stage of my life, I let my job rule my world. My priority now is to be able to plan my work around my life instead of schedule my life around my job.
Significance is more important to me than success. My reward comes in knowing that my work is making a difference.
Do you have a personal philosophy you’d like to share?
I actually have two philosophies I would like to share:
1. When I went to apply for my first job, my Dad told me, “You are and always will be your most valuable asset. Don’t ever let anyone underestimate your value”. The greatest gift you can give your children is self-esteem.
2. You can’t serve God by staying small. He created us for greatness. (I needed to use my circumstance to make a difference.)
What would you like your legacy to be?
I would like to be remembered as someone who loved being able to facilitate change in people’s lives.
To amend my father’s quote, “Your health is your biggest asset. It is better to be financially bankrupt than physically bankrupt.”
You can always make more money, but we are gifted with only so much life energy. Guard it with the urgency of Fort Knox!