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How to Deal with Trauma in Your Business

Trauma, frustration, pain, dark days, loss of life, loss of money…


The list can go on and on.


How do we deal with trauma and keep moving forward when we feel like it all is crumbling?

When we don’t feel like we are enough?

Or that this ONE moment or many moments has knocked us down and we might not get back up?


Meet Madeline Simone.



Madeline was more than just my grandmother. She was like my second mom. Almost every day of my life she was there. Inspiring me, empowering me, and ALWAYS celebrating me.


She never missed a basketball game, cheerleading meet, softball game, dance recital, or birthday. She never chose to be somewhere else instead of being with her grandchildren. She sacrificed her time and freedom to raise grandchildren when her time of raising her children was over.


This woman was selfless in my eyes.


Losing her on Dec 10th, 2018 was and is the HARDEST darkness I have had to overcome this year.



See, at 22 weeks pregnant the thought of my baby girl NEVER meeting the woman who has inspired me to be the best version of me breaks my heart, makes me sad, and has me SUPER emotional. Some days, continuing in my business and supporting my team seems pointless. For what? I will ask myself.



Let me take you back to October, 2018. I was in Dallas at my Network Marketing Convention where I was about to speak on stage. I receive a call from my mother that my grandmother had just been admitted to the hospital. I stayed calm, asked a million questions, and prayed that she would be ok. See, I was told she was in A Fib which meant it was her heart.



The next day I jumped on plane and returned home to rush by her side.



The news was debilitating.


All I heard was… Aggressive stage 4 cancer


Seeing my grandmother in tears put me into a deep dark place. This woman was healthy, exercised, laughed daily, attended church every Sunday, why her?


I put myself into denial as quickly as I could. The doctor messed up. He had to. He was being dramatic I told myself.


I became angry. I became depressed. I was numb.


Doctor appointment after doctor appointment and all the same. Stage 4 and then, “There is nothing we can do. There are no options. No radiation, and no options. Make your plans.” F*cking killed me to hear those words.



Thanksgiving. The last holiday our family would ever spend with her. We all knew it. My 8 year old daughter, Anaiyah, knew it.


Anaiyah has a pure heart. She writes in her prayer journal every single day. She prays for others without anyone knowing, she prays with a pure heart. That night she said to me,


“I prayed that Jesus would take care of Grammy in Heaven mommy, I knew not to pray for her to get better because she is really sick right?”


Another emotional, heart breaking moment for me. My baby girl would go through her first death in life. My heart was breaking.


Dec 2nd 2018. I was supposed to leave for Vegas to attend the Eric Worre Go Pro Event. I called and cancelled the whole trip that evening because we had to call Hospice for my Grammy. It was the end.


I tried to hold it together for my family. Cry outside, stay calm, and comfort my Grammy as she transitioned into a state of no movement, no words, no life.


This process took a week and was so hard on my family. But we got to be by her side and tell her stories of all the times we loved and appreciated about her.


Dec 10th I woke up to the call I dreaded. Grammy took her last breath at 1:30 am on Dec 10th. My heart was breaking. She was really gone.


So how am I supposed to move forward in my business? As a mom, with another little girl in my belly, run my brand, my team, while grieving? HOW? Trauma, tragedy, depression, fear, sadness, darkness is easy to get caught up in and to stay into this deep dark hole, how do I get out?


I want to take you on my journey of HOW I deal with Trauma and Tragedy while building a business. Unfortunately, I have seen a lot in my 7 years of being an entrepreneur and I want you to know that whatever YOU are going through in this moment, there is light at the end of the tunnel for you. So please keep reading…



Can we really move forward?



Listen, I know it’s tough. Reality is difficult. My Faith keeps me strong as well as mentors like Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, and Brendon Burchard have helped me through my tough times while being an entrepreneur.



Here are some ways I have pulled myself out of depression and darkness:



1. I find 3 things I can do everyday that help me move forward.


For example, taking a shower, reading a chapter in a book, and listening to personal development. These simple 3 things can help me move forward when I feel like shit. We have to find ways to move forward and move THROUGH the pain. Pain is temporary. I promise. What are 3 small wins you can accomplish everyday to help you get out of the depression and darkness?



2. Keep perspective 

Whenever I would hear this growing up I would legit cringe. Don’t tell me my perspective is off. Blah Blah. Ummmmmm Yea my teenage years I was a real pleasant person… NOT hahahah But as I have gotten older and built my business PERSPECTIVE has become a word that has saved me over and over again. I had to let go of the Victim mentality that no one knew what I was going through.


I needed to remember the good times, the better times, and not just the hard times. I had to stop focusing on the dark times… I was forgetting the power of law of attraction and my power of choice. Yes I was choosing to stay in shit, stay in darkness, live in my tragedy and not let go.


I needed to remember my strengths and tap back into having control over what I focused on. I even asked for help. Therapy, support from loved ones, and lots of prayer.



3. Asking myself, “What should I be learning from this situation?”

What are 3 things I can learn or gain from this tragedy? From my behaviors or beliefs? Will my story inspire someone else? Or… will I allow this pain to keep me down?


Are there some changes I can make?


Once we start shifting how we think we activate different parts of our brain. We allow the brain to sift and sort and we can choose what thoughts we hold onto. If we allow it, our brain will grow through the hard times and not stay stuck in darkness and depression.


Through every breakdown is a breakthrough Click To Tweet”.


Always remember, “Broken Crayons still color”.



4. I had to find the DESIRE to be my best self even in the pain.


Brendon Burchard says, “Interact in this situation as your best self”.


Even through the pain of losing my Grammy I continued to ask myself, “How can I support my family through this difficult time? How can I lead them through this pain? Can I be a role model in this moment for my sisters? Can I guide them in anyway?” I had to take the victim hat off and act as my best self.


I have found that through leading I have learned my best lessons and became the best version of me every single day.


5. I had to remember gratitude.


Even when times suck, people suck, the pain feels unbearable, we have to remember to give thanks. Becoming appreciative and becoming more aware of the blessings around me has helped me to love harder, give more, and feel full of purpose.


I grew up feeling empty from traumas of my childhood. Finding gratitude even though I had been through deep darkness has allowed my heart to be full of love. I know it sounds weird, and you might the thinking, “Yea Marina, you don't know my story or my pain,” but I want to challenge you.


Become aware of ALL the blessings that surround you and write them down daily. What can you be grateful for?


See if we sit in our own shit we will continue to have more shit. LOL


Pain is temporary Heeler.


I want you to know that whatever you are going through I am praying for you.



Drop below in the comments anything I can pray for you for before 2019. You can live your best life and you deserve to even in trauma and tragedy.



Marina Simone


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  1. Jane Northrop says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family during this difficult time. Blessings.

  2. Sandy says:

    Thank you Marina. Really needed this right now.

  3. Melissa says:

    I so needed to hear this !! Wow, THANK YOU 🙏🏻 It’s been such a short time for you to be posting this, but I am super grateful ! My Mom passed on Dec. 12, (not of this year) but I have lived in the pain ever sense. I won’t go on & on. I know you understand. No more excuses !!
    My Deepest Condolences, Thoughts & Prayers are with you & your family 🙏🏻💜
    Absolute Gratitude for you Marina 🙏🏻

  4. TARA GRAMS says:

    Please pray that I will find peace with my life and be financially happy and free

  5. Tracey Stinton says:

    Marina, I’ll so sorry for your loss! It’s one of the hardest things to face in life, losing someone who was such an integral part of your life. I lost my Nanna on the 2nd Dec 3 years ago, and had the same sort of relationship that you experienced.

    We are so very blessed to have had these strong, beautiful women in our lives, for as long as we did.

    I’ll be thinking of you today, as you live through another very tough day, but I’m hoping it will be one of celebration as well.

    Take care,

    Tracey xx

  6. Barb Nichols says:

    Such words of wisdom! I’m saying prayers for peace and comfort for you. I find it humbling to even comment. Life has brought me tragedy beyond my expectations for sure. My life motto has been that life is hard but God is faithful. I believe that with every fiber of my soul. Yet the pain of the last few years in my life’s circumstance has made it hard to live by each day. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I take them to heart and covet your prayers.

    • Marina Simone says:

      Barb, that is absolutely true! Thank you for taking the time to comment and saying such kind words. I appreciate your prayers

  7. Barb Nichols says:

    You have given a lot of wisdom with this post. Thank you for that. Prayers of comfort and peace for you and your family. Life is hard but God is faithful. I have had a lot of trauma in the last few years. Your prayers are appreciated.

  8. Colleen says:

    Hi Marina!💝 Condolences..I am so sorry for your loss..I understand..I was close to my grandmother also. She passed away several years ago…You were so blessed to have some one encourage you through the years. I miss my grandmother..& live away from another state…it is hard…I agree about finding gratitude..& find 3 things..that lift me up…sometimes I feel so alone..thank you for sharing your story. I will continue to lift you up in prayer…you are so amazing!💝

    • Marina Simone says:

      Hi Colleen,
      I pray for you and your family and for you to find what uplifts you.
      I will keep you in my heart and prayers.

  9. Karen Khawaja says:

    This was an LED light up moment for me. I am just reading this and you have my condolences. I have to say that things changed so much for me during my time as an Elite Heeler. The most important thing I learned is to continue to be kind and true to my authentic self. I have had something that I need to focus on (cancer) and other family matters. However, this time I am able to still concentrate on my business and keep the storms in my life right now in balance. I will stay tuned to your free training and definitely have recommended you to team members and other network marketers in need too.

    Thank you,

  10. Clare edwards says:

    Thankyou for sharing this story at the very time I needed it most.

    I am sorry for your loss 🙏🏻

    I am going to start a gratitude journal tomorrow and start appreciating EVERYTHING I have around me.

    You’ve inspired me to keep going and for that today I am grateful x

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