As soon as you start to research health and wellness online you encounter a plethora inspiring blogs from women who are working hard to be their healthiest and happiest selves.
With this in mind, I’d like you to meet Courtney from Arrows and Apples. Courtney is a blogging dynamo, a passionate health crusader and my latest blog crush. She and I are on a similar mission to improve our health through holistic means, and her dedication to getting the good word out there is incredibly inspiring.
Courtney gave me five minutes of her time the other day to answer a couple questions for The Whole Life. I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about her. Make sure you check out her blog as well http://arrowsandapples.com
Tell me about your blog. Why did you start it and what’s your passion?
Arrows and Apples started in 2012 as a way for me to document my healing from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition that left me overweight, exhausted and depressed. I was on a multitude of medication, suffering with severe swelling and hives.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m a big nerd for a routine! My day usually looks the same which makes me really happy.
I wake up early and feed my cat Boo. I put on my work out gear and head out the door for an hour long walk through Newtown, in Sydney’s inner west. After my walk I dry brush (have you guys tried this? I’m obsessed!) have a shower, get dressed and make myself a black coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil. I journal the ten things I’m grateful for while guzzling my coffee down and spend a bit of time thanking the universe for all the great things in my life (friends, family, coffee!).
Then it’s to work for me! I usually eat a salad with chicken for lunch with pumpkin, kale and Persian feta. I’ll usually eat this outside and lap up the vitamin D while I read a book, or write notes for articles on my blog. All day I listen to podcasts and sneak peeks at Mind Body Green or Thought Catalog.
After work I go for a walk (are you seeing a trend here?) and make dinner. Then It’s blog time! I usually spend a little while working on articles in front of the TV where I’m most likely binging on Gilmore Girls!
What’s the most important part of your day?
My mornings! I love my morning routine so much. I usually get sad If I’ve slept in or don’t have time to take my walk and do my journallng. For me, walking is a form of meditation and a way to connect with myself and how I’m feeling. It’s the part of my day I look forward to the most.
What is your favourite food, recipe or cafe?
Without a doubt, my favourite food is cheese! I dream of brie! Gouda! Asiago! I go to an amazing Italian deli in Five Dock that let’s you try incredible cheeses from around the world, I always walk away with huge slabs of cheese which makes me really happy.
How do you release stress?
I used to be such a stress head. I didn’t understand people who were relaxed (they genuinely confused me!) but now it’s a totally different story. I walk to release stress and get out of my own head. I meditate as a way to relax and sometimes, if the situation is particularly difficult, I turn to a bottle of preservative free red wine!
Who are the people in your life that make you your happiest and why?
Without a doubt, it’s my family. My parents are the best. My mum is my role model and I hope to be half as kind and generous as her. My dad is super funny, quick witted and loves me immensely. We talk every night even if it’s only about the weather. I always look forward to it. My step dad loves music, like me, and he’s so easy to talk to when I need advice or help.
I recently got to spend an entire month in Melbourne living with my mum and being with my family and I had the happiest time.
What does living The Whole Life mean to you?
Living the whole life to me is about having a healthy mindset, a balanced attitude to food and a good outlook. I used to think that being skinny was the most important thing but since changing my diet and getting into living a balanced life I can’t believe I used to be any other way (goodbye kilos of lollies a day, stress, and a negative attitude!). I try to see the best in each situation and am thankful for the lessons the difficult ones teach me.
What is your favourite way to be active?
I am obsessed with quick, tabata style work outs and walking!
If you could give others one piece of advice, what would it be?
If you want to lose weight, live well and feel content, it really starts with your mind. Once you have the right attitude to food, yourself and life, you’ll be unstoppable!
What is best place of advice you’ve ever been given?
It’s OK to say no. I know, this is really simple but it’s given me so much freedom. I was told to start to be a little more selfish and learn to trust myself and it’s been a game changer. I used to try to please everyone but now, I’ve found confidence in myself. I can trust my gut, walk away from situations that don’t serve me and say no.
What is the most important lesson we all need to learn?
Change is slow, and then quick. Once you start out on a path of wellness, change takes time but once you persevere with it and start to see the benefits, it becomes addictive. And suddenly, you wake up and changes have happened in the blink of an eye.
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