In this episode I enjoy an inspiring conversation with Anna Chisholm (annchisholm.com) on her journey from social worker, to being a mum and becoming a health coach.
Anna is a plant based health coach and also an experienced podcast host on her show ‘Big Impact’ which is an interview series with people making big impacts in the health and wellness space, especially with plant based nutrition.
She shares her methods for a healthy life through plant based eating, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle and through her background as a social worker she is able to work at a deeper level with her clients.
Anna shares her interesting journey to her health coaching business;
- How a fatal car crash as a young age lead her to helping others through a career as a social worker
- Studying at university in Sydney training as a social worker
- Practised for 10 years in hospitals in Sydney and London
- After experiencing burnout retraining as a personal trainer as she always enjoyed movement and being active
- Returning to Sydney to work as a social worker while pregnant with her daughter
- How she experienced burnout again whilst pregnant with her son and knew it was time for a change
- In 2013 she was influenced by beautiful food and wellness bloggers and the information being shared
- While taking a year’s maternity leave she completed an online course in Integrated Nutrition and began a new direction as a health coach
Her passion for plant based health began while living in London with her husband. He made the decision to go vegan, and soon after she decided to join him.
Through trial and error and also time to complete research, they found healthy nutritious food ideas that focused more on health benefits.
More studies followed with Anna completing a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition and she began sharing the benefits to health and also healing through a plant based diet.
Anna’s client’s come to her for support on how to adopt plant based eating, and especially for mums to improve their health and wellness.
Anna gives her views on the paleo v’s plant based diets and how there is actually a few common messages, including eating fresh fruit and vegetables and no dairy.
Plant based diets include whole foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Anna suggests we have a responsibility to confirm scientific research on all foods, for example butter and coconut oil. She recommends that we read independent studies to look at all information provided to make correct choices for our health.
I ask Anna to share her tips for self-love and self-care. Other than her healthy eating and exercise she includes–
- Daily walking alone – no trainers, no kids, no messages or notifications, just enjoying quiet space to think and connect with herself.
- Daily meditation – which can be a few minutes of breathing exercises or a guided mediation.
Anna has an amazing health coach herself, who is also one of her close friends. She also has a business coach and close family who are very supportive. Her husband is also incredibly supportive and they work as a great team together.
She explains how she found running a business from home has its benefits of flexibility, especially with small children, but can be isolating at times due to a lack of regular deep connection with others.
For inspiration Anna listens to Rich Roll Podcast (plant-based endurance athlete) as well as following nutritionfacts.org
She also loved reading ‘Rising Strong’ by Brene Brown.
If you’re inspired to learn more about a healthy, plant based lifestyle join Anna’s 21 day Smoothie Challenge, for ideas on seasonal, fresh food.
Also find Anna’s podcast ‘Big Impact’, Blogs with lots of inspiring information and also her Facebook Page.
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In this episode I’m chatting with the beautiful and fascinating Nora Wendel from her stunning location in Bali.
Nora is the ‘Creatress of Beauty’ www.norawendel.com/ and has a great passion for all things beautiful and to surround herself with things that bring beauty to herself and the people around her.
I enjoy discussing with Nora;
How she’s recently rebranded her website to define more of who she is and what she loves.
Her life growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal and early years in a boarding school in India.
Her global, nomadic life and how this influences her design style.
How she had a creative passion from a very young age.
Her studies of Fine Art and a degree in Audio Engineering.
Back to a living in India and starting a jewellery making business while living in Delhi.
How creating graphics through the use of her own photographic images lead Nora towards becoming a graphic designer
Establishing a business ‘Hey Yogi’ (hey-yogi.com/) to provide graphic design for people in yoga industry
Following on from this many people asked Nora for graphic design work which lead to her becoming the ‘Creatress of Beauty’ and she now provides graphic design work for women entrepreneurs.
We discuss life in Delhi and the importance of close friends around her.
We then continue with;
The importance of having a close group of friends around you
Her journey of becoming comfortable with letting go of the jewellery business to focus on her new vision
How we need to let go of the old to allow something new
Moving to South Africa with her boyfriend to help overcome anxiety
Nora shares her beautiful message of knowing it’s ok to be kind to yourself and that everything can be changed.
Nora was understanding the effects of anxiety and how she could gain support through counselling and dance therapy, plus asking for help!
From this process she now incorporates self love and care into her daily rituals.
Although Nora doesn’t consider herself an intuitive person, she is incredible passionate about life and has learned to control her feelings and to let go of things. For her it’s more about going with the flow of her day.
Nora’s daily self-care ritual is about just sitting and enjoying the moment, which is a fantastic way to begin the day.
Checking in with yourself is a perfect way to trust yourself and draw on inner wisdom.
It’s very important for women to have self-trust, as this leads to self-love, self-determination and really believing that you deserve what you are going after.
Nora has now taken her passion for beauty and photography to create a membership-based stock photo business ‘The Photo Forest (www.thephotoforest.com/) to provide ‘real life’ images to use on websites and her graphic design work.
Nora shares with us the steps taken to create her new business ‘The Photo Forest’ including;
How she researched what people’s needs were.
Deciding to use a membership model for the business.
Coming up with this wonderful name.
Funding the website development.
Hiring a business coach and being surrounded by a supportive team of women so she didn’t have to do all this alone.
Her plans to travel to Australia for photographic work with clients.
Nora shares the term ‘multi-potentialite’ as a description of someone who chooses many passion to persue, rather than one niche area.
‘Don’t choose a niche, craft an overarching theme’ is a quote I’ve recently heard which explains this term.
Nora considers this of herself, as she has many talents, skills and passions and embraces all things of beauty. This shines through in all the work she does.
Her suggestion for gathering inspirations for life and business is through Pinterest. Through her Pinterest Boards Nora gathers and shares beautiful images that inspire her personally and professionally.
She suggests to create boards when designing your website, launching products,
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