A Wellthy Kick Start to The New Year
We are so excited to finally write within our "Interest" section of the blog. Interest is its own space within our new online world where we're meeting and collaborating with inspiring entrepreneurs, creatives, weirdos...the whole lot of "crazy" people doing remarkable things! And our first guest here is nothing short of remarkable.
"Be confident in all that you do and don’t let comparison rob you of celebrating the little wins along the way."
We reached out to Mia Shettler of The Wellth for our introductory Interest post. We thought she would be the perfect fireball to kick off this section and kick off the New Year. As everyone is shifting their resolutions into high gear this month, we got ahead of the game and met up with Mia in December. We picked her brain on everything "wellthy," and she even prepared a healthy snack for us (and we're sharing it with you, below). Mia is a natural nutritionist and mindful-eating expert. She works one-on-one with clients and in group settings to provide health and lifestyle recommendations tailored to specific needs. She is seriously a wealth of knowledge. She answered every question we fired off to her regarding our different lifestyles and eating regimens. We hate to admit it, but she really had to dumb it down for us. She had no problem translating the molecular and hormonal to a language we could understand. We left her home energized from all the information, though we likely exhausted her with all our questions. We hope we didn't wear her out and can get an invite back.
One of our favourite takeaways was Mia's suggestion that we make an on-the-go snack for long days commuting from office to clients' homes. The three of us got our hands a little dirty as Mia guided us (well, more like took the reins) through a recipe for Lemon Energy Balls. Our only regret is that we didn't make a quadruple batch!
Lemon Energy Balls
1 tbsp collagen (great for hair, skin & nails)
1 tbsp brain octane (great for immediate energy, concentration and focus)
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup cashew butter
1 cup almond flour
1 tbsp flaxseed
juice of half of a lemon
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup jam of your choice
Add all ingredients except raw cashew & jam to a high speed food processor. Process on high speed until you achieve a consistency that sticks together when pinched. Add the raw cashews and pulse just until they are combined (the less you pulse the more crunch you’ll have). Form into thumbprint cookies and put in the fridge for an hour to chill. Once chilled spoon about 1 tsp of jam into the centre of each cookie. All you have to do next is - ENJOY!
Q & A
RE: Wellthy Tips & Trends
DWK: If you could describe your wellness story in one sentence, what would that be?
Mia: That’s a tough one! My wellness journey has been imperfect. It’s constantly evolving. I’m open to transformation, I’m a sponge for knowledge, and I’m always experimenting with science- based findings. I guess that’s one sentence [she laughs].
DWK: What would you say your number-one suggestion would be for someone to have Wellth and start incorporating self-love in their life and/or daily routine? Just one little thing they could do or change.
Mia: One thing that’s really easy and requires minimal tools is keeping a gratitude or intention journal. Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t have time.” Honestly, this requires two minutes—that’s all—and you’d be surprised just how healing this practice can be. For example, I woke up today and wrote down three words:
How do these words guide me through my day? Let’s take “focus,” for example. I can get completely distracted by social media—it’s ADDICTIVE—and before I know it, an hour is lost, and I haven’t gotten anything done. So today, I put my phone on airplane mode until I wrapped up a few tasks on my to-do list. By doing that one little thing, I ended up feeling productive rather than frustrated with myself for wasting time on Instagram. Win!
DWK: What food or fitness can you not get enough of right now?
Mia: Ok, let’s start with food, because it’s what I LOVE! I am obsessed with collagen peptides—vital proteins are my go-to. I blend it in my coffee every morning with brain octane oil, cinnamon, and cocoa. Great, now I’m craving one. But seriously, it’s an amazing source of amino acids—protein—that helps strengthen your hair, skin, and nails. The best, right? I also LOVE nut-and-seed crisp breads. I opt for a Norwegian crisp bread variety over traditional gluten-based breads because I find those irritate my skin. As for fitness, I really enjoy boxing a few days a week. Boxing is a great form of cardio without having to hit the elliptical for an hour. What a bore.
DWK: What are your top three tips for strengthening your mind-and-body connection?
Mia: Ok, one is definitely gratitude or intention journaling. For me, going to the gym or attending a fitness class totally gets those feel-good hormones pumping through my body and sets the tone for the day. It’s not about looking a certain way, but the gym is truly an emotional release for me. Lastly, spending time with friends and family is a big one. Taking time away from work or life stressors—whatever that may be—and finding time for the people that make you laugh, smile, and relax is so important for the mind and body.
RE: Your Passion is Your Power
DWK: What might people be surprised to know about you and your journey toward a Wellthy life?
Mia: My journey has had its ups and downs, like many people’s. I’ve done the whole vegetarian and vegan thing, which didn’t work for me. I set and accomplished a BHAG [Big Hairy Audacious Goal - a term we hadn't heard of either!] of 365 days of sweat. Yup, worked out every day for an entire year. Maybe you’re noticing a pattern. I can be extreme when it comes to health and wellness, but that’s something I’m working on, like many people. I’m working on finding that “balance” and sharing what I learn along the way with my community. I try to be as transparent as possible, which I hope people can appreciate and learn from.
DWK: 365 days! [Pause as we lift our chins from the floor]… What is or was the scariest thing about jumping ship from your previous line of work to The Wellth?
Mia: Oh, that’s EASY. The financial aspect is terrifying! Leaving a job that provides a steady income and pursuing a passion where there is NO guaranteed paycheque. I mean, just thinking about it gives me anxiety! But I’m very grateful for the support system that I have around me who all encouraged me to make that jump and take the chance.
My mom has always said, “nothing is guaranteed in life”—money, success, happiness. But if you work hard and pursue what you’re truly passionate about and what is authentic to you, all of that other stuff will come in due time. I definitely remind myself of this regularly! In the end, I’d rather be happy doing something I love than working a job I dread going to every day. Life’s too short.
DWK: Wow! We couldn’t agree more! Life. Is. Too. Short.
What would you tell your former pre-Wellth self now?
Mia: Be confident in all that you do and don’t let comparison rob you of celebrating the little wins along the way.
DWK: Agreed, it is so hard not compare ourselves to others. Especially with the world of social media, stepping away from the online world and really focusing on your own goals is so important.
For someone thinking about starting their own blog, what's one thing you would tell them?
Mia: Don’t let insecurities stop you. I was so nervous to put myself out there! I thought that people would judge me and think that what I was trying to create was silly. Of course, there will always be people who judge what you’re doing, but does their opinion really matter? NO. That was the biggest thing I had to realize. Not everyone likes everything, but if I can help one person, that’s better than helping none. So do it for you and no one else! Also, don’t hold back because it’s not “perfect!” Guess what—it will never be perfect, but there will always be the opportunity to revise and tailor what you create and share to the audience you’re trying to reach and impact.
RE: The Year That Was and the Year That Will Be
DWK: What was your biggest achievement in 2017?
Mia: I’d have to say...launching The Wellth. I was so nervous and anxious to put myself out there. I doubted everything I wrote for my website, I had major inferiority syndrome, and still do, but I gained so much confidence from doing so. So, I guess being confident in my brand was a really big accomplishment for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of refining to do, but I’m happy with my progress thus far.
DWK: What is your biggest goal for 2018?
Mia: To be honest, my goal is to simply help as many people as I can to improve their life through making incremental and sustainable food and lifestyle changes. I guess that means continuing to work on expanding my audience and collaborating with other people and businesses who are working towards making people lives a little more wellthy.
DWK: How do you find your inspiration/motivation?
Mia: I’m definitely inspired by other bloggers and influencers on social media. I follow people who are passionate and authentic to themselves and their brand.
DWK: Any parting words, Mia?
Mia: Thank you so, so, so much for this opportunity! I hope that your readers learn a little bit about who I am and feel comfortable reaching out if they have any questions about the Wellth!
If you don't already follow Mia on Instagram, what are you waiting for? She is a breath of fresh air and a daily dose of high energy. Not only will her delicious recipes change your life, but her fresh perspective on what it means to be your best self and live your best life will open your eyes to new possibilities.
We are so glad we blindly reached out to her and that she was just as excited to collaborate with us.
We hope you've enjoyed our first Interest collaboration on our new blog and that you've enjoyed learning from Mia as much as we did. We'd love to hear if any of the information resonated with you. If you can think of anyone of "interest" we should reach out to in 2018 to collaborate with, please let us know.
Oh! And give the Lemon Energy Balls a try! They are beyond delicious!