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Donna’s Journey

Donna McDine
Donna McDine

Certified Reiki Master


Photo credit:
Joe Gartner Photography, Pearl River, NY

We all experience our own unique life journey and no two are the same. Joys and triumphs along with unexpected blows and losses and everything in between make up who we are. Our reaction to each experience whether it’s perceived as a positive or a negative is our blueprint and for us to learn from.


My life journey began in 1967 and I experienced a blissful childhood with my parents and siblings. Thankfully we were all nurtured and continue to be so by our parents to this day. Not to say I didn’t experience bumps and bruises along the way. No one’s life is a 100% positive at every given moment.


As a young teen, I found schoolwork daunting and the struggles to stay afloat in the academic world were stressful for me. The public school system in those days typically did not think outside of the box for students that truly needed different learning tools. From my perspective for the struggling students, like myself, no matter how hard we tried, decent grades were out of reach. We were often labeled as lazy and were pushed along the system. Thankfully I graduated high school with my peers, but I allowed myself to get stuck in the perception from the academic world that I was not going to amount to much.


As I continued to navigate the teen and early adulthood years, I suffered from debilitating migraines. Physicians often told me that migraines were heredity and because of my family history should expect this to be part of my life. At that time and for many years I accepted this as truth. And because of this acceptance I was often sidelined from enjoying my life for days at time as yet another migraine would inflict its pain. Until the world of meditation, journaling, crystals, tapping and eating different were introduced to me. Thankfully I eventually broke the cycle of my migraines without medication. Woo hoo!


In my early twenties, I married my still to this day sweetheart; Tom and we have two beautiful daughters, Nicole and Hayley. As much joy as I experience with my family I longed for a soulful inspiring path for myself. At times I felt adrift, then I unearthed a long ago squashed desire to write and now find myself as an award-winning children’s author.


As I continue to progress through my journey, my quest for living my life outside of the conforms of society has opened up a whole new path to me of spiritual elevation, evolution and connection. My mentors along the way have been instrumental in authentic connection and guidance. Without them I would have let the external naysayers of the past and my own internal naysayer to squash my additional new path.


I’m delighted to say, I am now certified as a Reiki Master and my journey continues to astound me each and every day!


Thank you with immense love and gratitude to…
My husband & daughters, my mentors, my friends and family
(you know who you are!)

 Instruction and Certification by:

Melissa Paone Somma

Certified Reiki Master Instructor, LMT
Reiki Master Teacher
Reiki II Practitioner
Reiki I Healer