Whatever challenges you face, you have what it takes to create and live your most INSPIRING life. 

This declaration is one of the cornerstones of Operation INSPIRATION and has been since its inception in 2005, and that core belief has become more meaningful to me than ever before. 

On August 28, 2017, I was diagnosed with a stage IV pressure ulcer and was put on full and immediate bed rest.  As an active person and an extrovert who loves being out and about in the world, this could have been a crushing blow to me.  However, while I wasn’t happy, I also wasn’t going to let this situation get me down … not for long, anyway.  This was an opportunity to be the best example of all my teachings. 

Prior to my diagnosis, I had been struggling to come up with new workshop material and was praying for divine inspiration … and my prayers were answered.  While I jokingly warn you to be careful what you wish for, I realized almost immediately that one of the gifts of this experience is that I can use the lessons I am learning from this experience to: 

  • Share with you the tools for dealing with challenging, seemingly overwhelming situations 
  • Reinforce the fact that, no matter what, you have what it takes to create and live your most inspiring life 

I knew the best way to heal was to remain productive in my professional life and personally connected to my family and friends, and to you, InspiraFam.  (For anyone visiting this website for the first time, InspiraFam is what I have dubbed the members of the Operation INSPIRATION community.)  I also knew that my parents would be taking care of me, and that they would need support.  So I reached out for and received help from family, friends and acquaintances who have become friends.  At a time when my world could have gotten smaller, reaching out for help opened my world up wider than I ever imagined. 

Sharing my healing journey has been and continues to be a positive experience. I have immeasurable gratitude for everyone who has reached out, either in person or through social media, to offer support and encouragement, and to share stories of their own life challenges.  The connections I have made are essential to my healing journey. 

The COVID-19 quarantine has delayed my re-entry into the outside world, but I am nearly healed and I look forward to seeing you in person at my workshops and at my favorite virtual offices, including Bernardsville Public Library and Starbucks. 

Operation INSPIRATION is one of my greatest joys and it’s a privilege to help you believe in yourself and your ability to create and live your most inspiring life. 

All the Best to You,
Andrea Mastrobattista
aka InspiraWoman