Our guests today are Meridith Alexander & Schuyler Arakawa. A mother and daughter. Meridith is a bestselling author, grit and resilience mindset expert, inspirational speaker, keynote speaker and powerhouse mom-preneur. And Schuyler, a YALE graduate on her way to doing great things in and for the world. What you’re about to hear is nothing short of miraculous.
On Friday, February 19, 2016, Schuyler began the fight for her life and the lives of hundreds would be changed forever. While on a rafting expedition in Colombia, a large rock falling from 30 feet above landed directly on her head, crushing her skull, collapsing her lungs, fracturing multiple vertebrae of her spine and causing a dozen breaks in both legs. What has followed has been a series of miracles, not the least of which is that she SURVIVED.
In the words of her mother, “Schuyler in her purest form is a fountain of love and radiance. Every day, unconsciously done, she has sowed happiness, kindness and understanding in the world. She knows no prejudice, no ill thoughts toward anyone and SMILES with her whole body and heart. That kind of light is not brought into this world if not to change it for the better and thousands AROUND the world are fighting along with her to bring that light back. Although her body is weak, Schuyler has proven herself an angel on earth, improving almost beyond medical explanation, and continues stronger in mind and spirit than ever before.”
Meredith, despite her years of research on grit and resilience and the untapped power of the mind physically AND spiritually, figured out that it’s ONE THING to research these concepts but QUITE ANOTHER to be faced with a disruption so powerful that one’s OUTCOME rests in their ability to successfully implement those strategies.
In 2016, this is exactly what Meridith faced. In the middle of a busy Friday afternoon, Meridith received the call that her youngest daughter had been crushed by a boulder while on a fellowship in South America. She was not expected to survive. None of the measurable “outer game” systems that aided her in running a business could help her. Her only hope was to tap into the skills and strategies in her inner game. Without hesitation, she declared “game on!”
And it was here, RIGHT HERE, that Meridith and Schulyer changed their story from IMPOSSIBLE to I’m POSSIBLE.