The Roanoker - March/April 2021 - 33

Lindsay McKinnon
is hungry.

COURTESY OF LINDSAY MCKINNON

For the chance to share all she's learned
over the last grueling five years. For the
time to build her life coaching business,
Soul Body Connect. For the opportunity
to raise her beautiful surprise-of-analmost-three-year-old girl, slung across
her lap, nursing, and wearing nothing save
a pink, long-sleeved T.
Not so long ago, McKinnon was living
a picture-perfect life - mom to two
curious, energetic elementary-schoolage boys, working as a therapeutic dance
leader, massage therapist and doula,
frequent host with her husband, Thomas
McKinnon, at their 4,000-square-foot
home on the side of a mountain.
Then March 19, 2016 happened. In the
middle of the night, Lindsay and Tom
woke to a raging fire. Amid the confusion
and destruction, the McKinnons and all
four of their house guests escaped. But
their sons, Patrick, 10, and Logan, 5, did
not. They died in their sleep, together, as
the blaze consumed every beam, every
shoe, every framed photo. Everything the
McKinnons held dear.
For McKinnon, the journey out of
the abyss has been exhausting, terrifying,
soul-crushing. Also eye-opening. And
clarifying.

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What she learned is that she has a
purpose, to guide and to teach. And she's
meant to use every life experience toward
that end.
These days, she is writing her story. She
and Tom have divorced. She's working two
jobs on top of her coaching to make ends
meet. And she is co-parenting Trinity
Acadia McKinnon, the kind of child who
races to the door when the bell rings, to
announce through the glass, " I'm Trin! "
Most of all, McKinnon yearns to
help: Those in the depths of grief and
loved ones trying to reach them. Those
discovering - after a year of pandemic
stress - the value of self-care. Those
who, like her, have survived trauma, loss,
loneliness.
" I think ultimately, you come to a place
where it's like, I know some things. And
they're really important. And I've been
called to share them. "

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