“How do you do that?”

This is a question I hear frequently as I have been travelling, speaking, and writing my story.

I was not born without hands and feet. I not only had to learn things for the first time as a child, I faced having to relearn simple and difficult tasks as an adult.

Tasks as simple as feeding myself and brushing my teeth. Or as detailed as changing my baby’s diaper without hands. 

How long are you willing to spend trying to achieve your goals? 

Everything I do requires extensive planning or thinking on my (prosthetic) feet, concentration on every part of my body, and up to 20 times the time and energy consumption of other people. 

It took close to 200 attempts before I was able to successfully remove my son from the five-point harness system in his car seat.

What mountains are you facing in your life?

Are you facing a goal that feels unattainable? 

Are you in a struggling marriage or relationship that requires commitment and perseverance?

I want to share my struggles and successes with you. Together we will explore the moments I attempt a new task or ones that I have done repeatedly. I hope that it inspires you to persevere.

Perhaps this little glimpse into my life will make your mountains appear much smaller and easier to climb.

"I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

Cyndi Desjardins Wilkens has overcome many obstacles, including infertility and a quadruple amputation. During her rehabilitation, she worked hard to recapture her relationship with her children and learn to walk, swim, and dance through life again. She has been interviewed by major television personalities recognizing her strength in adversity. As a wife, mom, author, and speaker, Cyndi has a heart for sharing her story with transparency, bringing tears and laughter in the hopes of shining His light for others facing dark times. 

How does she put on lipstick?

How does she drive?

I had to retrain to drive with no hands and feet. 

I would hear people say things like, “I’ve never seen anyone like you drive before.”

“What will you do if your car breaks down? Or you drop your keys?”

If I was the only woman with no hands and feet driving, It wouldn’t have made a difference. I was “driven” to recapture my independence. I pushed on…

Do you feel like a ground breaker as you push on through your goals today?

Don’t let being the only one hold you back. I encourage you to push on!

The end result of pushing on meant that I could drive again. 

When I am behind the wheel, I can’t help but look up and say, thank you!

Push on my friend and Shine On!

How do you get back up?

What goals are you trying to achieve right now?

Is it work related? Perhaps it’s a relationship that has stalled.

Sometimes we fall.

Sometimes we fail.

I’ve fallen a lot! Both physically and spiritually.

Falling has taught me that I can always get back up again.

It has also taught me that I don’t have to do it alone.

If you have fallen today, I encourage you to remember there are always loving arms ready to catch you and help you back up.

What is it like to walk?

  Did you know that when I walk I have to stay focused on the ground to ensure I don't trip?

But I remember what it's like to be able to keep my eyes focused up.

  As you strive for your goals today, I encourage you to keep your eyes up and know that you are never alone.