Wellness Community Member: Stacy Karen, Holistic Health Practitioner and Natural Skin Care Creator

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I’m Stacy Karen, a Holistic Health Practitioner, hobby herbalist, and natural skin care creator. Born and raised in Australia, I currently live in the USA with my husband and three kids.
This is what wellness means to me:
To me, wellness is creating space for the mind, body, and spirit to function optimally so we can become the best version of ourselves. It’s not about wanting to live forever or looking healthy on the outside, it takes into account our entire being, encompassing our inner and outer life as well as our living environment. When we live in wellness, we have the wonderful opportunity to develop our full potential and do the things most important to us.
I contribute to the wellness community by:
I strive to help women simplify wellness so they can create a healthy lifestyle without feeling overwhelmed. I do this through my website, courses, and ebooks, as well as hosting classes online and in my local community.
One item I cannot live without is:
I hate to say my phone, but it’s one tool that makes it very easy to stay in touch with my family back home in Australia. Maintaining those relationships is extremely important to me and I am thankful my phone provides a method for me to do that without a lot of complication.
I practice self care by:
Walking outside! It’s so simple, but it works wonders! A walk outside helps lift my spirits, makes my body feel good, and aids me in working through problems or making plans. If I take a friend or family member along, it’s a great opportunity for conversation too.
This is how I keep my wellness simplified:
Once I find something that works well for me and my family, I aim to stick with it and not continue to research endlessly for other options.
I have spent my fair share of time on Dr. Google and it can be a huge rabbit hole full of anxiety and confusion. It’s not that I don’t consider other options when they present themselves, but I am learning to let go and move on in order to release the mental tension and decision fatigue that comes with over-thinking. Embracing good-enough is a healthier way for me to live rather than striving for the perfection I once did.
This is what motivates me:
My kids. I want to be a good example for them and strive to demonstrate how to be a good steward of the health and resources we’ve been given. I also want to stay in optimal health in order to continue to enjoy life alongside them and stay around long enough to see what they decide to do with their own future.
Learn more about me on:
Instagram @NoFussNatural
Facebook @NoFussNatural

Wellness Community Member: Michelle Garland, Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Sign Language Interpreter and Wellness Enthusiast

Let me introduce myself: 
Hi! My name is Michelle Garland. I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a Registered Sign Language Interpreter and Wellness Enthusiast!
This is what wellness means to me:
I think of wellness as a philosophy. It’s happiness. It’s balance. It’s being surrounded by positive energy and experiencing life in a way that nourishes my mind, body and soul. It’s giving myself permission for self-care and protecting my boundaries by saying no to things that don’t align.
I contribute to the wellness community by:
I am the founder of Plentyfullme Nutrition and Lifestyle Consulting where I bring individuals’ health back into balance by working with them one-on-one to implement simple and realistic modifications to their dietary choices, lifestyle habits and emotional well-being. I also give talks in the community and teach cooking classes in both spoken English and in American Sign Language.
One item I cannot live without:
My biomat. It’s a far infrared mat covered with amethyst crystals made to promote circulation and increase cellular communication, relaxation and detoxification.
My favourite self care practice is:
An infrared yin yoga class – it just melts away the stress! Laying on my biomat. A hot bath with essential oils and Epsom salts. Curling up on the couch sipping on a warm adaptogenic elixir while reading a good book. And going for walks in the forest – this is my kind of meditation.
How I keep my wellness simplified:
I take one day at a time and always celebrate the small victories.
This is what motivates me:
My clients, they’re my why – I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Also, my expanders – seeing fellow entrepreneurs in the wellness field rock their businesses, I find it super inspiring.
Learn more about me at:
Follow me on Instagram @plentyfullme
Follow me on Pinterest @plentyfullme
Like my page on Facebook @plentyfullme
Check out and subscribe to my blog for recipes, health tips and more at www.plentyfullme.com

Wellness Community Member: Danielle Lindsay, Nutritionist and Mental Health Advocate

Let me introduce myself:
My name is Danielle and I am a nutritionist and a mental health advocate. I began my career as a counselor but quickly started to realize that there was more to mental health and well being than just talk therapy. I quickly burnt out and began facing my own mental health challenges. Which is part of the reason why I went back to school and became a nutritionist! I now work with clients on such health challenges as mental health as well as thyroid and adrenal issues. I also like to make really tasty food!
This is what wellness means to me:
Wellness to me means that there as a sort of balance in your life. It isn’t about the number on the scale, the salad you ate for lunch or the long run that you went for last night. To me it is so much more and so much deeper than all that. To me wellness is about bring in a state of peace and a sense of calm into the body so that you can feel great no matter what you are doing whether it is sitting at work, walking down the street, or snacking on a cookie!
I contribute to the wellness community by:
I run Thyme to Nourish which is a life coaching business/blog that focuses on nutrition, lifestyle, and having fun with food to bring about well being. I work with clients one on one, both as a counselor and a nutritionist via in person sessions or on skype to bring about balance into their life and help focus on over all mental/physical well being.
I am also an ambassador and part of a small start up called Blue Support which focuses on mental health advocacy and sending out self care boxes to those in need!
One item I cannot live without:
I don’t know if it is actually truly an item but probably my fur baby cat Vitton. I got him when I myself was struggling with my own mental health challenges and he has now become part of my being. He reminds me to slow down when I need it, forces me to sleep in on days where I am lacking in sleep, and gives me a good excuse to curl up in front of the fire with a good book. Plus he is just so darn handsome!
My favorite self care practice is:
My favourite self care practice has to be my weekly essential oil epsom salt baths. These baths have become so ritualistic for me that I can literally feel myself getting super stressed out if I go too long without on. Once a week (sometimes twice if I feel like I really need it) I light my favourite bees wax candles, draw a hot bath (even in the summer), add in some epsom salts/essential oils (I love rose, lavender, bergamot, and eucalyptus), grab a good book, and soak!
How I keep my wellness simplified:
I keep wellness simplified by encouraging myself and my clients to take everything day by day. Sometimes when we look at the bigger picture it can be very overwhelming and seem impossible to get there. By looking at each day (and moment) as its own it helps us to break things into smaller steps and also see the smaller victories we might otherwise miss. I also believe this is key because each day our bodies and minds need something different and so it is key to honour where we are at each day to make sustainable changes in the long term!
This is what motivates me:
I am motivated by so many things. But for the last year my niece, Bailey Mae, motivates me so much. It is my wish that she grows up in to a world where wellness is not talked about as something to achieve but that just is a part of life. I want her to be able to feel and know that no matter where she is she is exactly where she needs to be right then and does not need to strive to fit others ideas.
Learn more about me at:
You can follow me on instagram @thyme_to_nourish 
Or tag along on my blog for recipes, tips and trick at: www.thymetonourish-ca.com

Wellness Community Member: Sophia Ruiz, Wife, Mama + Wellness Enthusiast

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Let me introduce myself: Hey! I’m Sophia Ruiz, wife, mama to Isabel Grace, and wellness enthusiast.
This is what wellness means to me: For me, wellness is about feeling your best. I believe that when you feel better, you do better!
I contribute to the wellness community by: I have been apart of the wellness community for about four years now. Everyone I encounter has to sit through some wellness spiel while I talk to them about organic food and celery juice. I also run a wellness Instagram called Curve Wellness where I post simple science-based health tips.
One item I can’t live without:  I can’t live without my juicer! It makes my celery juice every morning.
My favorite self care practice: An essential oil epsom salt detox bath, yummy-smelling soy candles, face mask, and sea minerals salt scrub is my favorite way to take care of myself.
How I keep my wellness simplified: I like to look at wellness as a combination of sleep, nature, food, and fitness. If all these are good, you’re probably good!
This is what motivates me: Seeing other successful women in the wellness realm is a huge motivator for me. I love to see some girl bosses!
Learn more about me at:
My instagram @curvewellness is an insight into my daily wellness practices, food, with a few occasional pictures of my beautiful baby Isabel Grace!

Wellness Community Member: Lucy Snider, Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapist

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Let me introduce myself:  I’m Lucy Snider, a Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapist and Sexual Health Educator. I’m originally from Edinburgh, Scotland but spent 11 years living in London, England and moved to Kelowna, BC earlier this year. I’ve been working in the field of mental health for about 10 years and the field of sexual health for 8 years
This is what wellness means to me: Wellness for me is a sense of overall balance and well-being in your life. It’s about being in tune with your body and mind, recognizing what your needs are and taking steps to getting your needs met. Of course this is easier said than done and unfortunately society can still often stigmatize “self-care” as “selfish” and it takes practice, but we’re so much more able to feel capable in all areas of our lives when we’re able to address our own needs
I contribute to the wellness community by: Back in London I was working in a sexual health clinic as a sexual health adviser and psychosexual therapist, providing support, information and education around all aspects of sexual health as well as support and treatment for sexual dysfunctions. I also worked as a psychosexual and relationship therapist for a charity providing therapy for a wide range of clients. Since moving to Kelowna I have started my own practice, BC Sexual Wellness, where I offer specialist psychotherapy for individuals and couples experiencing sexual and relationship issues. I also volunteer at Options for Sexual Health, a BC sexual health charity
One item I can’t live without: Blankets! I love being warm and cosy!
My favourite self care practice:  Yoga and exercise are important to me, but so is remembering to keep a balance and resting when I need to. I love taking long, hot, bubble baths to relax
How I keep my wellness simplified: I like to try to remember that acts of self care don’t have to be big, small acts are just as important. I try to manage a few small acts every day, such as having a hot drink or spending time looking at nature
This is what motivates me:  My clients are huge motivator for me. I’m inspired every day by the strength I see in my clients. People speaking openly about their struggles reminds me we’re all human and we all have a story. It helps me to maintain empathy for myself and others and I’m always grateful for that
Learn more about me at:
Check out my website at www.bcsexualwellness.com
Twitter: _sexualwellness
Instagram: sexualwellness
Linked In: lucysnider

Wellness Community Member: Jen Casey, Holistic Nutritionist

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Let me introduce myself: I’m Jen Casey, a Holistic Nutritionist and mama of 2. I’m a Toronto girl, now living in Vancouver. I used to be a MakeUp Artist for fashion, film and tv, before trading in my brushes for forks and measuring cups.

This is what wellness means to me: For me, wellness is a whole body experience.  This includes the mind. It’s about balancing the pillars of health: nutrition, movement, sleep and managing stress. If one of these is out of place, the whole system is off and the body is affected. Wellness is about community, support, gratitude and making people smile.

I contribute to the wellness community by: I work as a Holistic Nutritionist and teach workplace wellness programs and nutrition classes around the Vancouver area. I don’t just tell you what to eat, I want to teach you the why’s and how’s around it so you have the tools to build your own wellness regime.

One item I can’t live without: Lip balm! Natural, of course.

My favourite self care practice: Exercise. I never played a sport growing up and only starting regularly exercising in my mid 30’s. As I age, I find movement vital to stress reduction, blood circulation and just feeling great. For me, I don’t exercise to lose weight (that’s through nutrition). I exercise to feel good.

How I keep my wellness simplified: I read labels, I make most of my own products (skin care, hair care, cleaning products), and I keep my ingredients to a minimum. Simpler really is better! When you have less ingredients in a meal, your body has an easier time digesting it.

This is what motivates me: Staying creative. I’m the type of person who needs to be doing and making all the time. Whether it’s a new skin care product or a recipe, I like to stay creative and learn something new every day.

Learn more about me at:

Next Bite Nutrition Coaching

Instagram @nextbitenutrition

Facebook @NextBiteNutritionCoaching

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