Name: Stacy Cimino
Age: 40! - "Hell Yeah"
Occupation: Mom, Cook, Cleaning Lady, Dog Walker, Taxi Driver, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Nutrition Educator, Certified Traditional Foods Cook, a nationally certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Tell us about yourself!: I have always held a deep interest in nutrition, health and fitness. After graduating from Univ. of Vermont I worked for a large pharmaceutical company until I left that career to focus on being a mother and a part time certified personal trainer. After 10 plus years of competitive triathlon racing, I began to feel the physical breakdown of my body leading to exhaustion. Raised on SAD foods with an emphasis on pizza, pasta and antibiotics, my health began a steady decline starting with a nagging stomachache that lasted over a decade.
After an exhaustive search for answers I met a doctor who introduced her to the world of Functional Medicine, bio-individuality and the notion of seeking to uncover the root cause of the problem. By shifting to an ancestral nutrition and lifestyle approach, which included eating a nutrient dense, whole foods diet and implementing lifestyle changes that include plenty of sleep and fresh air daily I was able to make the shift to restore her health.
I believe in the importance of being aware of our ancestral traditions while exploring what it means to be human in the 21st century. It is where our shared human past and cutting edge science meet, that we can begin to restore our health and be guided towards healthy future decisions.
What is your definition of what a “wild woman” is?: Wild Woman is someone who is authentic they speak their truth and know who they are.
Wild is what is real. Wild is who you are. Wild is your home.
Wild is your Sacred Feminine Core.
How would you describe your life was like before starting your journey of being a wild woman?: "Perfectly dysfunctional" -
I am made of two parts - they often are at odds with each other. One is "slave driver" and she conforms, she wants perfection, she wants neat and tidy. She loves lists and structure and lives in a great big beautiful house. She is black and white. She does what most Mom's in our culture are expected to do. She smiles and waves at school pickup. She cleans the house and then pounds out hours and hours of hard physical training (Ironman) all in the name of numbing out all sense of feeling and emotion. She wins the races and is rewarded for the fucked up behavior.
She is full of anger/rage and wants OUT!
Slave Driver was built over many many years of learned behavior that was rewarded and praised. Before becoming a wild woman she ruled the vast majority of the time. She is all mind/head. She is also so very strong due to some many years of practice/training. To the majority, she looks great from the outside.
What were your biggest insecurities before engaging your inner wild woman?: I think once you begin the process of "waking up" - you can not go back. There is fear and insecurity but once you know, you have to continue on the journey.
Moving out of my head and into my heart. Not an all or nothing. The two sides have to work with each other so that I am able to be a full and complete human. The experience is so fluid. They both bring important pieces to making me whole.
Sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff into the ruble and from there you can build it back up on a solid foundation.
What is your life like now that you are actively engaging your inner wild woman?: It is like I have dumped out everything that was in the closet for the past 40 years onto the floor.
It is messy, scary and thrilling. It is adrenaline and freedom. It is shear intensity and complete vulnerability.
It is naked, raw and intimate. It is your deepest truth - the dark/shadow and the light.
It is also clear and grounded and knowing who you are.
I realize that most things are
1. a lesson
2. a test
3. a celebration
What are your five most favorite aspects of yourself as a wild woman?: Knowing & loving this evolution
Finding my voice
Speaking my truth
Being naked :)
What was the biggest realization, experience, or transformation that most helped you to start unleashing and embracing your wild feminine nature?: I have had a few great teachers. You need guidance and support in this process - you need a tribe!
What is your favorite part of expressing your wild feminine nature?: For now it is the tears. It will not always be tears but at this point I am cleansing out a lot of old shit that has gotten in the way.
It will be joy and being present. I am staying with the process so that in the end I am all in. As little left over from what was conditioned in me as possible.
When do you feel the wildest?: I have huge needs for air and space. Every single day. I need to walk on the beach, be in the woods or at the farm. It is what grounds my swirling head and brings me back into my heart and body.
I have a weekly sauna ritual with an amazing group of wild women we meditate, we sing/chant and we hold a very safe and sacred space for one another!
I am learning how to feel my wildness anywhere. It is always within me. It is in my blood and no matter where I am or who I am with I have access to it. - This is a major work in progress!
Why did you decide to participate in Wild Women Unveiled?: I can not say how important community & connection are - they are critical to our well being.
What is your message to other women out there who are just beginning their journey as a wild woman, or haven’t started yet but feel the call of the wild woman speaking to their soul?: Be Patient. Find your Sisters.
Find your courage and your openness.
Evolve, inspire and love - That will set you Free!
My teacher told me this just yesterday,
"Be gentle with your pain.
Put your consciousness in your senses.
Feel the nuances of every feeling in the inner theater.
Cleanse by crying or laughing.
Write, write words that come from your heart.
Listen to music it washes the dust off the soul.