Monday Motivation; Kristie Marsh Fitness Model

Good Monday morning my beautiful readers!

Now, if you read my blog or follow any of my social media sites or even know me personally, you will know that I am all about sharing love, about being kind to other people & my business motto is in fact ‘help other people get what they want’ {Zig Ziglar quote}. Sometimes I am surprised when people are kind to me, before I have in fact met them or had a chance to wave my magic wand and make them fall in love with the person I have decided to be (and somehow convince them to support my beliefs & brands 😉

Kristie Marsh is one of those people. She has shown me kindness, love and support without even knowing me, without me asking for it. Wow. Isnt that the definition of true beauty? What if more people showed kindness without asking anything in return, but just to be a good human?

In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
-Anonymous 

So I thought Id share her with you today (plus she is my new-found body inspo)…

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Krisite Marsh is a Mother of 2, a Mass Nutrition Fitness Model & Personal Trainer {yes she is indeed a super woman}

Charlie: You have created a rapidly growing personal training business; and your own profile as Kristie Marsh Fitness Model, in the fitness & health industry, what do you attribute this success to?

I have always been involved with the fitness industry I used to be a long distance runner. I used to do aerobic classes and have always had people asking me about my training diet and eventually how I got my body back after two children. So I attribute my success to being passionate about helping others but at the same time being open to other people’s opinions advice etc…

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‘Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.’ John F. Kennedy

Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the health industry?

I decided that years ago but it was a matter at what capacity . Once Garry & I met and discovered he was a passionate as me it really enabled me to come into my own.

Charlie: When did you decide you wanted to work for yourself?

I always knew if I was going to train others it would be for my own business however I am loving the idea of working in a gym too as I’m starting to prep for my fitness competition and the gym is turning into a new love for me and has been for the last 6-7 months

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor? I am very happy to be an inspiration as long as people realise it always a hard long road to get the body you desire. And being consistent. I’ve always been very competitive within myself to myself so I won’t ever give up.

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‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.’
-Mahatma Gandhi

 

Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Of course. I went through a divorce years of being a single mum which is full of challenges. Ups and downs emotionally . But I kept on training.

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Charlie: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

Hmmm good question . I only practice what I preach. All diet exercises etc I have trialled on myself do I know the outcomes for clients. Personally I tend to be all or nothing. And I’m all health fitness training. I don’t go out or drink. I’m pretty boring actually but I love my choice .

Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

I believe this industry is saturated by PTs , bloggers anything fitness … So you need to have credentials behind you. Why would you take advice off someone who isn’t qualified? So key to success is education. Also I’m doing my first IFBB fitness comp to build respect amongst my peers & to show my clients how did discipline, goals and consistency can result In a body you can be proud of .

Charlie: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

If you have a dream be practical . And get yourself the appropriate education. Hard work will make the dream a reality.

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{Kristie is also a #baller = she loves #charliesballs/Clean Treats, and a #charliesangel}

Charlie: What can we look forward to next from you?

Next from me will be stepping on stage in October at the IFBB Nationals in the bikini division.

‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

#1 Drink water

#2 take vitamins/supplements

#3 consistency in training

Charlie: Share something no one knows…

That after my competition my next goal is to have a baby then get back up on the stage again! With a better body than I had previously !!!

Follow Kristie on her journey:

Facebook: Kristie Marsh 

Instagram: thespecial_k & confessionsofafitnessmodel

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Sending my very special love & gratitude to this gorgeous woman.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Now, Monday…1st of December 21 days until my birthday celebrations = 110% commitment to my plan by Chris Dufey.

Monday Motivation…Noa Reis {Vie Activewear}

I have recently fallen in love.

With this years ‘must have’ fitness wear label …Vie Active 

Today I would like to introduce you to Noa Ries, the co-founder of one of Australia’s premium activewear brands.

“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” Richard Bach

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You are the co-founder of one of the hottest/sexiest fitness wear labels of the moment, what do you attribute this success to?

Firstly, thanks so much for the lovely compliment! It is so exciting to know that an idea that started as a vision and a concept for doing things differently is being responded to so well around the world. I think part of this is due to the fact that I used to be a personal trainer and I created the range with people who sweat for a living in mind.  Women who don’t want to compromise style for functionality.

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When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the health industry?

I’ve always been incredibly passionate about health and fitness.  I decided to become a personal trainer when my husband and I moved to Singapore in 2008 and its health & fitness have been embedded in my life ever since.

 

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One afternoon I had an epiphany to create the range after realizing I was spending my LIFE in activewear and would often get to the end of the day feeling cold/clammy and really quite daggy! I set out on a mission to create truly technical activewear that would enable me to do an intense workout but would also be chic and stylish enough to wear all day long. Vie Active started with the finest quality Merino wool – an incredibly unique fabric and the ultimate performance fibre as it is naturally temperature regulating, anti-microbial, shape retaining, moisture wicking, odor resistant (I could really go on and on…..!). It’s not only super soft and breathable on your skin but it also allows you to be dry, stink-free, and just as comfortable after the most demanding run, yoga, or boot-camp session. From the beginning, we decided to push the envelope by integrating high definition prints into the Merino fabric to fuse fitness with fashion and function and as a result, our clothes truly do look and feel just as good on the studio as they do on the street.

“Faith is not desire. Faith is will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas will is a force. Will changes the space around us.” Paulo Coelho

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

Honoured and flattered beyond words.

Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Many! Manufacturing is by far our biggest challenge and I think our lack of experience in the fashion industry has been both a positive and a negative for us. On the one hand, its enabled us to think outside the square and push the envelope in terms of product development to envisage something that didn’t exist before (truly technical and fashionable performance wear that can be worn all day long). On the other hand, it’s been a very intense process to create this product and work with our suppliers and manufacturers to get it right and to the highest quality.

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How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

I try to do something active every day. More for my mental sanity than anything else. I do a combination of barre workouts, HIIT classes and walking my two daughters in the pram. I try to nourish my body with food that is as clean as possible simply to provide me with the energy I need to get through the day as with a 10 week old, a 2.5 year old and a new business my life is very hectic and busy!

What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Hard work, putting the customer first (always), doing something you love.

‘To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.’ Steve Prefontaine

What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Listen to your inner voice. Talk to other people you trust and develop your idea to the point that it’s a workable business concept. Don’t get paralysed by analysing, just go and do it!

What can we look forward to next from you?

Lots of new colours, and prints and some new styles plus lots more exciting health & fitness lifestyle content on our blog.

Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

  1. Be Active every day. Even if this means just going for a walk.
  2. Drink at least 2 litres of water each day
  3. Eat healthy fats and minimise sugar in your diet.

Share something no one knows…

I decided to train for and run a marathon after being told by a massage therapist that I didn’t have the “right body” for marathons. It hurt like hell (I couldn’t walk properly for 5 days) but guess what, I ran across the finish line!

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” Oprah Winfrey

I sincerely thank Noa for her time.

Follow:

WEB: www.vieactive.com

IG: vieactivewear

Love & light, Charlie x.

If you have a dream, make a goal and dedicate everything you have to make it come true. This is true success. Support others who are living their dream & share love. Create a community of inspiration, and you to will achieve the success you dream off.

 

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Monday Motivation…Jackie Dunn {Fire and Shine}

Monday!!! Hello. I am ready for you with open arms, an open heart and a ‘lets kick ass’ attitude.

As times change, I have found that business is about you. You are your brand. People will purchase from you, and support you if they like YOU. Your passion, your drive, your beliefs.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Today feature is the beautiful team from Fire and Shine, ethical fitness and yoga wear, who both have a deep burning passion that you can just feel.

Business, its about surrounding yourself with people who inspire you and sharing love.

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You have created a rapidly growing business; Fire and Shine/ethical fitness fashion, what do you attribute this success to? 

Jane and I are very passionate about ethically made activewear and have been fortunate to have partnered with some amazing brands who also have the same values. We want to make it easy for people to do some good and feel like they are making a difference to the world we live in.

When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the health industry?

Jane and I met at Yoga Teacher training 4 years ago and our journey will never end with our practice. We both had active lives before yoga teacher training with Jane being a triathlete and me doing boxing, personal and weight training. We have been grateful for the health and wellness people we have met and to those people we will meet on our journey.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”  Marianne Williamson

When did you decide you wanted to work for yourself? 

We both have always had the thought of having our own businesses, it just so happened that 1 year ago the idea developed to start Fire and Shine.

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

It’s very humbling and we are grateful that we are seen as mentors and are inspiring people to follow their passions and dreams.

Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Oh where do we start! Yes, we like to call them opportunities and Jane and I enjoy being able to make decisions and feel empowered to drive our business. Our biggest challenge is ensuring we have a positive work life balance.

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.” | Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

We both always make time for our yoga practice. Meditation and breath work is also part of finding the balance. Being active is part of our routine and we make time for it every day.

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What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Believe in what you are doing, find something you are passionate about and find other like-minded people to talk to about it, celebrate the wins – no matter how small they are!, be grateful for whoever and whatever crosses your path, the universe has delivered it for a reason.

What is your advice for anyone who has a dream? 

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that it can’t be done, manifest abundance.

‘Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.’ Alan Alda
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Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

– remember to breathe in all situations

– start the day with lemon/lime in warm water
– coconut oil is the best thing in the pantry!

Share something no one knows… 

Jackie: I used to play the violin and considered going to the Conservatorium of Music, I love singing in the shower

Jane:  Played the part of Sandy in my Primary School’s  Musical ‘Grease’…. What’s even funnier is that I went to a country Primary School with only 15 students in total, with 2 girls and 1 boy in year seven, so I was a 50/50 chance of getting the part…. I was REALLY bad!!!
I sincerely thank Jackie for her time.
Be sure to visit the Fire and Shine website for hot fitness trends and healthy inspiration.
Instagram @fireandshine
Because we believe in sharing love…
WIN a $100 Fire and Shine voucher and a $50 gift pack of Clean Treats aka #charliesballs
Simply repost this image on your Instagram page, tag @fireandshine & @charliedehaas to enter.
*Entires close Weds 27/8 12 pm.
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Love & light, Charlie x.
When you begin to believe in the beauty of your dreams, other people will believe in you to.

Monday Motivation…Femme Fatale {Joelle Christie}

Summer. is. coming.

Ugh oh. Time to put down the delicious nutrient dense superfood smoothies and switch to clean green juices.

One of the latest (and growing rapidly) trends…fitness modeling. Some of you may know I used to compete, but not anymore, Im trying to find my own balance (and look after my hormones for, hopefully, one day a family).

So inspired by this, I wanted to feature someone who motivates me, someone who is always in good shape, is always smiling and is genuinely ‘lovely’ (yes, my favourite word of the moment).

Introducing the beautiful Joelle Christie, Inba Bikini Pro Model.

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You have created a rapidly growing business; and your own profile as Joelle Christine Fitness Model, in the fitness & health industry, what do you attribute this success to?
I guess it all comes down to the fact that I’m a very normal and average person and I share all the struggles and challenges that I face and people are able to relate to that. So many people only share their highlights on social media and that can unintentionally cause others to look at their own life in a negative way. By showing the good and the bad that I go through I hope to inspire others and make them realise that health, fitness and happiness is achievable and attainable by everyone.

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When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the health industry?
Well I went through a period where I was extremely unhappy because I wasn’t eating right and wasn’t exercising and all of that caused me to have no confidence or self-esteem. And those things can impact you not only physically but also mentally. One day I stumbled upon some photos of a fitness model and she looked so happy, healthy and confident that I decided then to change my life. I joined a gym, started a program and after a while decided that I wanted to compete in a Bikini Fitness Competition. I started working towards that and was successful at the competition and the rest is history!

‘In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.’ Anonymous 

When did you decide you wanted to work for yourself? 
I’m still at Uni (studying law and business) so at the moment my fitness ‘ventures’ are a side project but someday I wish to combine my degree and love for fitness and create something special. I’m not sure what it is yet but watch this space!

‘Energy and persistence conquer all things.’ Benjamin Franklin

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor? 

I’m honoured that some look to me for inspiration and I hope that I am able to continue to inspire and motivate them as they in return motivate and inspire me. I’m just a normal and average girl who had a big dream and is making it come true so I want to be able to help others to find their passion and be happy.

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Has there been any challenges along your journey?
Of course! One of the biggest challenges I faced was to find a method of dieting which worked for me (I now do flexible dieting and am very happy). I also faced some negativity regarding my decision to compete from some people but sometimes events like these show people’s true colours and can help to make your life a more positive place.
There’s been heaps of business related challenges too, and I guess it all comes down to showing companies that by working together you are able to add value to their business as they add value to yours.

How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?
Just keep the big picture in mind. Allowing stress to impact on your health isn’t worth it in the long run so just take a breath, surround yourself with supportive people and remember what you’re working towards.

‘Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.’ Norman R. Augustine

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What do you believe are the keys to success in business?
I think the key to success in business is passion. If you find something that you love and are passionate about then this love and passion will lead to success. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, then you will be successful” (Albert Schweitzer).

What is your advice for anyone who has a dream? 
Surround yourself with supportive people, surround yourself with those than are also dreamers and know that there will be challenges but if you persevere then you will make your dream come true.

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

Top 3 healthy tips/advice?
1. Health and fitness is not a number on the scale – focus on how you feel rather than what you weigh.
2. Live a balanced life; treat yourself well and treat yourself. Eat healthy food and enjoy the occasional indulgence.
3. Hit your macronutrients and your micronutrients. Eat your vegetables!

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Share something no one knows… 
I would love to travel around to schools and talk to students about self-confidence, beauty and happiness to try and prevent them from going through some of the struggles that I went through.

I sincerely thank Joelle for her time.

Follow her:

IG: Femmefatale

FB: Inba Pnba Bikini Pro Joelle Christine

Monday…

What will you do differently today? Remember your life is only a collection of moments, of habits, of choices…so make the right ones.

Love & light, Charlie x.

P.s dont forget you can now order Clean Treats online… ORDER HERE.

Planning to fail is the best key to health success. Why not order your healthy treats so everyday you can enjoy a guilt free treat that wont hurt your fitness/body goals? Or even better, instead of buying chocolate or alcohol as harmful gifts for your loved ones.. give them a healthy {delicious} treat!

 

Monday Motivation…Alison Morgan {Relauncher}

Are you waking up feeling a little ‘ugh, its Monday’? Monday, a word most people dislike, but why? Are you dreading a week of ‘work’? Perhaps this is something you may need delve into within yourself, are you doing what you love? Personally, Monday excites me as its a fresh start, the beginning of a new week…bringing new opportunities.

‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart’. Helen Keller

Last week I was lucky enough to meet this gorgeous woman; Alison Morgan from Relauncher; a source for health and wellbeing solutions.

Alison is an expert Business Coach, creator of the Australian Health and Wellness Networking Events and Industry Blogger.

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Charlie: You have created a successful career as a health & wellness expert/blogger, what do you attribute this success to?

My passion for health and wellness combined with specializing in Business and Marketing in the Corporate world has been key to creating the success of Relauncher.

It’s really important to do what you love and you’ll thrive!

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Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the wellness industry?

I had 2 children close together.  I didn’t want to go back to the Corporate lifestyle, so started focusing on what I could do with my skills and interests to create my own business.

I spent a year planning Relauncher – it’s a long time, but I wasn’t in any rush.  The boys were my primary focus while they were still young and at home.  When they started school, I then launched the business. It’s now been over 4 years since the site went live!

‘Try to be a rainbow in someones cloud’ Maya Angelou

Charlie: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

I truly love what I do.  Although the hours are long – I enjoy every moment.

I’m a Health & Wellbeing Business & Marketing Coach and the creator of the Australian Health & Wellness Networking Events.

I specialise in taking businesses to their next level, and thrive on connecting like-minded people via the networking events.

It’s an honour to be in the position I’m in and one I’ve worked very hard to achieve.

Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Many!  As most Small Business owners will agree – the first couple of years in business can be tough.

Although I have degrees in Business and Marketing and over 15 years experience in large organisations – my learnings through running a Small Business and taking it from hardship to success is immeasurable.

What Relauncher is today, is very different from what it was when the company first launched.  I had 2 other business partners; the branding, offering and business model were completely different!  It’s this journey, which has made me an expert at what I am today.

‘Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.’ Buddha

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Charlie: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

I get up super early each morning to fit everything in.

I’ve also been streamlining the business over the past few months, so I’m working more effectively & efficiently.  It’s a continual work in progress as the business grows, however it’s going in the right direction.

It’s really important to have a balance between work and lifestyle, so I’m strict with myself about the times that I work to ensure I have time for my family.

Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Follow your passions, have a plan and be unique.

Below are my 5 tips for business success.

  • Create a solid foundation.  This involves:
    • Vision Statement, Target Audience, Key Messaging, Services / Products, Clear Marketing Tools
  • Know your target audience
    • An age bracket of approx. 15 years, demographic, lifestyle, interests, location, types of jobs, marital status, male / female…..
  • Create strong key messaging
    • This must be a series of succinct sentences – approximately 3-5 messages depending on your business.  The messages should feed into your Vision Statement.
  • Revisit and refresh your business 6 monthly
    • This may seem quite frequent, however if you revisit and refresh more often, it’s a smaller job and keeps you on track with communication.
  • Don’t be a copycat – be unique!

 

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‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ William Shakespeare

Follow it and don’t hold back.

Take educated risks and climb out of your comfort zone.  If you would like guidance – hire a coach to help you get started / take you to the next level in your business.

Charlie: What can we look forward to next from you?

So so much!  Never a dull moment

I have a lot of Business Coaching clients which keeps me busy, plus I have upcoming business development workshops in Melbourne and Sydney.

I’m also working on some other exciting new projects, which I’m really enjoying!

Follow Alison on her journey:

http://relauncher.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/relauncher

http://instagram.com/relauncher_alison

https://twitter.com/Relauncher

I sincerely thank Alison for her time.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Surround yourself with people who inspire you to be MORE. Find mentors so you can imagine your life as you would love it to be, so you can aspire to be like them. Positive creates positive. I only accept this in my world.

‘Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.’ Swami Sivananda

 

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Monday Motivation… Kate Russell {Lululemon}

Its important we surround ourselves with people who inspire us. But to also remember that these people are real…chasing their dreams, following their passions {beating their own trials & tribulations}.

‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ Dalai Lama

This is why I believe its important to share love & support, lets celebrate the good things in life, the simple things like kindness.

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Introducing Kate Russell, Regional community manager, Eastern Australia and New Zealand lululemon athletica, and one of the kindest people you will meet. 

Charlie: You have created a successful career within a leading fitness wear brand, Lululemon, what do you attribute this success to?

For me, passion drives success. I believe in creating the life you want to lead, regularly stepping out of your comfort zone to open up new opportunities.

On a daily basis, I’m lucky enough to coach teams to develop and execute events, build and connect relationships, discover the coolest events, places and people around, all in between a yoga or fitness class.

‘Be kind, dont judge and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.’ Jasmine Guinness.


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Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the wellness industry?

I worked in technology and corporate PR (public relations) for six years and loved it. The adrenaline and ever changing nature of the PR world drove me, along with being surrounded by smart team members every day. However whilst I was immersed daily in a world of technology and business, it didn’t come naturally and I realised I was beginning to resent it.

In my spare time, I would read wellness blogs and constantly update my bucket list of things I wanted to achieve (most of which were fitness related!). It was no shock I loved leading a life full of fitness and health. I had a eureka moment one day and thought, imagine if I could combine my love of fitness with building relationships, connecting people and working with like-minded people? And from that moment, the job with lululemon was born.

It is crazy how when you put something out there, channel your positive energy to it, you can reach that goal (or in my case, my dream job).

Charlie: What inspired you to follow your passion?

There were two defining moments for me. The first one was after I was asked to write a blog for a close friend about my journey on training for a half marathon. My manager at the time read it and told me that I inspired her to focus on a goal and then go after it….hard! The second eureka moment was during a brainstorm in my old agency when we had to come up with three words to describe the person sitting next to you. My colleague described me as “enthusiastic, motivational and inspiring”. Those moments made me really think hard about finding a career where I could blend my strengths with my passion.

Charlie: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

I actually don’t see myself as being inspirational but if I’m to put a label on it, I guess I hope to see myself as more of an enabler – full of energy and a drive to create a life (work and personal) that I look forward to living. I try and pass that onto those around me. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with someone to work out what they want out of life and giving them the passion and enthusiasm to then go and get it.

Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Absolutely. You can’t grow without falling down along the way. However it is how you pick yourself up and keep going that either makes or breaks you.

Charlie: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

I love this question because I always wanted to have a “job” that was doing what I loved every day, so therefore wasn’t really a job!  And this role at lululemon is absolutely that. I get to work out every day, trying new personal training and yoga studios around Sydney and connecting with driven people who love what they do.

I do also have a great friends around me that remind me when to ‘switch off’ because when you blend what you love with your job, it can be hard. Whether it’s going for a walk with a girlfriend to having lunch and a few glasses of wines, this balance is what keeps me grounded and successful at what I do.

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Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Identify your strengths and work out how you can use them every day; Network and create relationships with people who will grow and inspire you and then write a game plan of how you will reach that goal.

Also focus on attracting motivated people to create a culture that breeds success. Provide foundations for employees to build their skills, shape their career and essentially move from being good to being amazing.

‘A dream doesnt become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work’ Collin Powell.

Charlie: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Write that dream/goal/ career down. And then write down three steps on how you can achieve that (i.e. whether it’s saving $X per week or attend one new working event per month). Once it is down on paper, your mind will unconsciously start creating the path to reach that dream.

‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Harriet Tubman

Charlie: What can we look forward to next from you?

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2014 is about taking myself on. Backing myself and taking risks. Getting even more out of my comfort zone.

It is an exciting year for lululemon and I’m ecstatic to be part of driving the company’s vision and brand in Australia and NZ. You will continue to see great technical athletic pieces for both women and men and innovative pieces that will help take you to and from your yoga and gym class.

Charlie: Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

  1. Be kind to your body; you only have one!
  2. Avoid classifying foods as “good” and bad”. Because the rebellion in us will always make us want the “bad” foods at some point
  3. Sweat every day; whether it is yoga or a HIIT session, get your body moving. Everyone loves that sweaty glow

I sincerly thank Kate for her time.

Follow Kate on Insta @katearussell

Ive been asked a lot lately about my story, how I found my own happiness.

Just a reminder…everything that I have learnt, what I have been through & how I changed my life is available in my book ‘Live a life you Love’.

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Love & light, Charlie x.bookig

Monday Motivation…Kim Peirce (BabeScrub)

Did you wake up this morning with the opportunity to chase your dreams? Or excited thoughts of ‘what change will I create today?’ Gratefully, I did.

‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

I can honestly say that I am doing the work, every day…choosing my thoughts, actively changing automatic negative thoughts (ANT’s) to beautiful positive seeds. I am working on the garden of my mind…everyday. You can to. It just takes small steps, thoughts & actions every day. But you have to do the work.

One of those actions is to surround yourself with people who inspire you (otherwise they will drain you). I’m happy to introduce you to one of own personal sources of inspiration…Kim Peirce, entrepreneur & creator of Babe Scrub. As much as you can control your own thoughts and actions, you are still a product of your environment, so make sure its a good one! (I create my environment with the dream chasers, the believers, the opportunity makers).

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Charlie: You are the creator of Babe Scrub, an in demand, ‘must have’ product. What do you attribute this success to?

I’ve always been entrepreneurial and for a long time used this skill set to benefit the organisations I worked for! Two years ago I gave up my career in the corporate world to pursue my own entrepreneurial ventures and in this light, my success as an entrepreneur is founded on an inherent belief in myself. As Beyonce famously said “I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself”.

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This belief, served with a shitload of tenacity, and sprinkled with an openness to try anything is definitely the formula for my success!

Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the wellness industry?

My last job in the oil & gas and mining industry required travelling every month to all corners of the earth, leaving my children behind, and passing my husband like ships in the night. It was grueling. A weekend visit to Gwinganna Health Retreat in QLD was the catalyst for taking the step out of corporate and into the wellness and lifestyle industry.

Charlie: What inspired you to follow your passion?

Reading Tim Ferris’s 4Hr Work Week!

Charlie: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

On some level, we all inspire others in different ways. Encouragement is sometimes all that is needed to inspire others to take action, and this is a beautiful gift to give from ourselves to those around us.

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Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

I was a single mum when I took my first major career pivot deciding to go to university full time to get my undergraduate degree. Bringing two little babies under the age of 3 to university with me to my lectures and trying to keep them occupied under the desk while writing my essays was a challenge for sure, but it just made me more determined to succeed and I would not be where I am today without making that happen all those years ago.

Charlie: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

I begin every day with a walk early in the morning before I have to engage with anyone – including family! It helps me get my mind right and clear my thoughts for each day! It also helps me open my eyes!

‘Hope is the dream of the waking man.’ French Proverb

Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Determination. Manners. Determination. Educating yourself. Determination. Manners!

Charlie: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Start NOW!

‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Harriet Tubman

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Charlie: What can we look forward to next from you?

We have a new line coming out in the next couple of months as well as an extension to the Babescrub range. Yey!

Charlie: Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

#1 Move your body.

#2 Drink buckets of water but not just before, during or just after meals.

#3 Meditate.

“When the mind goes beyond the thought of ‘the me,’ the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible.”  Jiddu Krishnamurti

I sincerly thank Kim for her time.

Sharing is caring, if you would like to enjoy a little self love action or perhaps give a beautiful gift with some Babe Scrub, enter the code Charliesbabes at checkout to receive a discount.

Be sure to follow:

IG: Babe Scrub

FB: Babe Scrub

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Love & light, Charlie x.

You are the only one who can create your dream reality; choose good thoughts over bad, love over hate, and be a good human for the hope of all humanity (kind, honest & caring).

 

Monday Motivation…Kristie Marsh {Confessions of a fitness model}

Good Monday morning my beautiful readers!

Now, if you read my blog or follow any of my social media sites or even know me personally, you will know that I am all about sharing love, about being kind to other people & my business motto is in fact ‘help other people get what they want’ {Zig Ziglar quote}. Sometimes I am surprised when people are kind to me, before I have in fact met them or had a chance to wave my magic wand and make them fall in love with the person I have decided to be (and somehow convince them to support my beliefs & brands 😉

Kristie Marsh is one of those people. She has shown me kindness, love and support without even knowing me, without me asking for it. Wow. Isnt that the definition of true beauty? What if more people showed kindness without asking anything in return, but just to be a good human?

In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
-Anonymous 

So I thought Id share her with you today (plus she is my new-found body inspo)…

 

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Krisite Marsh is a Mother of 2, a Mass Nutrition Fitness Model & Personal Trainer {yes she is indeed a super woman}

Charlie: You have created a rapidly growing personal training business; and your own profile as Kristie Marsh Fitness Model, in the fitness & health industry, what do you attribute this success to?

I have always been involved with the fitness industry I used to be a long distance runner. I used to do aerobic classes and have always had people asking me about my training diet and eventually how I got my body back after two children. So I attribute my success to being passionate about helping others but at the same time being open to other people’s opinions advice etc…

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‘Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.’ John F. Kennedy

Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the health industry?

I decided that years ago but it was a matter at what capacity . Once Garry & I met and discovered he was a passionate as me it really enabled me to come into my own.

Charlie: When did you decide you wanted to work for yourself?

I always knew if I was going to train others it would be for my own business however I am loving the idea of working in a gym too as I’m starting to prep for my fitness competition and the gym is turning into a new love for me and has been for the last 6-7 months

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor? I am very happy to be an inspiration as long as people realise it always a hard long road to get the body you desire. And being consistent. I’ve always been very competitive within myself to myself so I won’t ever give up.

‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.’
-Mahatma Gandhi

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Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Of course. I went through a divorce years of being a single mum which is full of challenges. Ups and downs emotionally . But I kept on training.

Charlie: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

Hmmm good question . I only practice what I preach. All diet exercises etc I have trialled on myself do I know the outcomes for clients. Personally I tend to be all or nothing. And I’m all health fitness training. I don’t go out or drink. I’m pretty boring actually but I love my choice .

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Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

I believe this industry is saturated by PTs , bloggers anything fitness … So you need to have credentials behind you. Why would you take advice off someone who isn’t qualified? So key to success is education. Also I’m doing my first IFBB fitness comp to build respect amongst my peers & to show my clients how did discipline, goals and consistency can result In a body you can be proud of .

Charlie: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

If you have a dream be practical . And get yourself the appropriate education. Hard work will make the dream a reality.

Kristie Marsh

 

{Kristie is also a #baller = she loves #charliesballs/Clean Treats}

 

 

Charlie: What can we look forward to next from you?

Next from me will be stepping on stage in October at the IFBB Nationals in the bikini division.

‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

#1 Drink water

#2 take vitamins/supplements

#3 consistency in training

Charlie: Share something no one knows…

That after my competition my next goal is to have a baby then get back up on the stage again! With a better body than I had previously !!!

Follow Kristie on her journey:

Facebook: Kristie Marsh 

Instagram: thespecial_k & confessionsofafitnessmodel

Sending my very special love & gratitude to this gorgeous woman.

Love & light, Charlie x.

 

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

 

 

Monday Motivation…Lynsey Willenberg {Waters Edge Yoga}

This woman is the reason I have continued my yoga practice. She is my absolute favourite yogi and somehow always seems to know what I am needing in each class. The words she speaks and quotes she chooses always reflect my life, it honestly amazes me. Sometimes I feel like she sees right through me and into my soul, I cant help but smile.

“Wellness is a connection of paths: knowledge and action.”  Joshua Welch.   

Im lucky to introduce you to Lynsey Willenberg, director of Waters Edge Yoga {Rushcutters Bay, Balmoral & the Domain}

 

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Charlie: You are the owner of Waters Edge Yoga, a rapidly growing yoga practice, what do you attribute this success to?

A cup of passion for health and fitness, a tablespoon of seeing individuals transform their health and a pitch of a desire for constructive feedback is my recipe for success. I get such a kick out of receiving feedback from customers and really listening to their wants and needs.

Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be a yogi?

A Yogi to me is someone who can love, care, listen and treat themselves as well as others with respect. I was taught these fundamental qualities by my family since day dot and continue to live by them. Although I have practiced and taught the physical elements of Yoga for many years, I feel like I have always been a Yogi. It is wasn’t a decision, it is a lifestyle.

Charlie: When did you decide you wanted to work for yourself?

I have worked and continue to work for other companies. I do really enjoy the collaboration and working in a team, it is a great space to  learn and grow from others. However, building my own empire has been one of my goals for a long time. I am a free spirit who is very driven so I decided that giving it a go couldn’t hurt right?  In 2013, I began the journey and I love every bit of it with my whole being.

“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.“ Bhagavad Gita.

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Charlie: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

I don’t really see myself as an inspirational figure/mentor. I just live the life the way I believe is true to my core values. I try to be the best person I can be for my friends, family and students and hope that they also strive for their dreams. I just like being me and if that happens to inspire others, then that is one awesome by-product.

Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

HECK YES!!! There are daily challenges if not hourly! Haha.. and you have to embrace them. I have struggled a lot with my limiting core beliefs, which can hold me back from achieving my goals. How have I dealt with this challenge? I have acknowledged these thoughts and accept it is a part of me instead of fighting them. I use tools such as positive affirmations, Yoga, meditation and surrounding myself with beautiful, uplifting and supportive friends and family.

“He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.“ Arabian Proverb.

Charlie: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

I break down my goals into categories; career, relationships, well-being & financial. I read them every day and make sure that daily I work towards each and everyone of them. It really helps me to not put the emphasis on one more than the other because in order to obtain my balance life, every single goal needs my attention.

”We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” -Eat, Pray Love

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Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Love what you do!

Back yourself; you ARE awesome and unique

When a problem arises, look at it as an opportunity to  grow and learn

Believe that every day you are presented with thousands of opportunities. Keep an open mind and you never know where the next great thing will present itself

Embrace constructive criticism

Charlie: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Go get’em Tiger!!! Haha…

Be specific and clear what that dream is. Visualise it, hear it, smell it, taste it! Ignite all your senses so that you feel your whole being already there.

Write your dreams on a piece of paper or print out pictures of what they are. Stick them in your shower and see it every day!

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Charlie: When can we look forward to next from you?

Ahhh. I have a few great things up my sleeve. Blogging, video content, teacher training

Charlie: Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

  1. Have a plan. Get rid of the “Ummm…I am hungry, what should I eat? syndrome” Invest time into constructing a weekly healthy meal plan and stick it on the fridge. This will remove any ambiguity of deciding what to eat. When you are ready for your breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner, you won’t waste precious mental energy working out what healthy meal should be. Mix it up and change your meal plan weekly or fortnightly
  2. Move your body every day. Whether that is creating shapes with your body in Yoga, going for a run, walking, using the stairs rather than the lift make sure you MOVE it! Move in a way that you feel your cells, muscles and organs are singing with praise.
  3. Consistency is the key. When I was younger, I use to practice my timetables consistently every day until they became so ingrained in my mind that it became easy to reel off any timetable. I find it is similar to health and fitness. If you consistently practice good eating and fitness behaviours, it just becomes a part of you and without thinking, you find yourself naturally living a healthy lifestyle.

Charlie: Share something no one knows…

Haha! That is always a tricky question because there are reasons why you don’t say things that no one knows but I will give it a go…

I think my head is too big for my body..weird!!

‘Want to be happy? Just be yourself.’ Unknown

 

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I sincerely thank Lynsey for her time and for being one of my own personal sources of inspiration.

Lynsey and Waters Edge Yoga are giving away a 3 class pass to any location. To enter, simply share this post on your Facebook page. Tag Charlie de Haas; Wellness coach/fitness Model & Waters Edge Yoga.

Entires close Friday 14th at 12pm.

Follow Lynsey on Facebook: Waters Edge Yoga. 

Love & light, Charlie x.

Monday Motivation

If you are like me and in need of motivation today, here it is! Today I am SO excited to share with you; Emily Skye (28), Oxygen cover model, Fitness model and creator of Emily Skye’s 30 day Shred. More than a mesmerizing beauty (this woman is as stunning in real life as she is in her photos), you will ‘feel’ her passion, she truly believes in everything she promotes and lives a healthy balanced lifestyle.em1

NBB: You are a well-known fitness model, not only in Australia, but worldwide. What do you attribute this success to?

I think that in order to be successful you must do something you suit and love, be genuine and work hard towards the things you want and don’t give up until you achieve them.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

NBB: When did you decide you wanted to be involved in the fitness industry?

In 2009 I started training but I didn’t really know what I was doing. I was the typical cardio machine girl. I had no idea that strength training is what changes your body! I used to look through Oxygen Magazine at all the amazing, fit, strong women and knew that I wanted what they had! I then started changing my training to incorporate weights and started eating more of the right food: protein, good fats and good carbs.

NBB: How does it feel, living your dream, as a motivational figure?

I feel complete! I feel like I have found my place in the world. I felt lost before like I didn’t know what I was meant to be doing and didn’t seem to fit in with anything else.

In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself. -Anonymous

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NBB: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

It’s such an amazing feeling being able to help others by sharing everything I have learnt through my own experience and mistakes. I am a really positive person now and I love inspiring others to go for their dreams and to believe in themselves. I have previously been depressed, insecure, unhappy and unmotivated so I know what it feels like and I also know what it takes to pull yourself out of that place. I want nothing more than to help others reach self contentment and to be their best mentally and physically.

NBB: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Yes plenty! When I was growing up I was a very lost little girl. I didn’t know who I was, I didn’t like myself, had no self belief and was very unhappy. It took me until I was 25 to realize that it was my responsibility to make myself happy and that I had to start making some serious changes in my life. When I started implementing these changes that’s when I became interested in health and fitness and decided to compete. I was training hard for my comp and a couple of months before I competed I had heart trouble and I was unable to train for 6 weeks. I rested and healed then went on to compete in 2 competitions and won both. It just shows that as long as you keep going when you are knocked down it is impossible to fail!

If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown

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NBB: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

It is a tough one to be honest and it is proving to get harder the further I go. It’s all about balance, structure and allocating time to yourself to exercise and relax! If you want something you have to sit down and plan things so you can make it work. It’s so easy to get off track with your own health and fitness when life gets hectic but your health is so important and should be your priority. I have learnt that you can’t do anything properly or look after anyone else properly if you don’t look after yourself first!

NBB: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Passion, self belief, honesty, commitment, reputation, service, good people skills, consistency & being able to adapt. Success to me is reaching goals and enjoying what I do.
NBB: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Work out if it’s something you truly think you suit, believe it’s something you can achieve, work out the steps you need to take to reach your dream, commit yourself, keep persevering until you achieve it. When you get knocked down, get back up and don’t lose faith in yourself and your capabilities. Your dreams are yours alone so it’s up to you to do all you can to achieve them!

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NBB: What can we look forward to next from you?

I have just released my own health and fitness system call the “Emily Skye’s 30 Day Shred” www.30dayshred.com.au  . I have been really busy supporting all my beautiful members. I am working on a few more projects too which are a secret for now! 🙂

NBB: Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

Have balance in all areas of your life. Exercise regularly, work hard but also make time for you to relax and rest.
Eat clean nutritious food – minimize sugar, processed food, white carbs, bad fats & high salt food. Do your research on healthy eating & learn as much as you can.
Drink lots of water! Cut out sugary drinks, diets drinks and energy drinks and minimize caffeine.
NBB: Share something no one knows…
I was depressed, insecure and extremely shy when I was a kid and I was picked on at school! The kids used to call me googles and frog because of my big eyes or speedy gonzales because I was a fast runner! I hated it at the time and it affected me terribly but I have realized that things work out just as they’re supposed to! All your experiences and mistakes in life are what builds you as a person. Life can be really tough at times and while it’s hard to see past those tough times it all comes together eventually and makes perfect sense. Life is what you make it so make the most of it, go for your dreams and always believe in yourself!
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Want more motivation? Follow Emily on her inspiring journey here:
www.facebook.com/emilyskyemodel
www.instagram.com/missemilyskye
www.twitter.com/missemilyskye
www.30dayshred.com.au

I sincerely thank Emily for her time. I hope you have found motivation (I have) to start your day the right way, and make something happen.

Have a dream and chase it.

Love & Light, Charlie x.