As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.
We are still going strong with my series: A Balanced Life. I am happy to introduce to you my fourth Balanced Babe, Elissa Garza! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Elissa a couple of times at blogger events and each time I’ve spoken with her she was very genuine and kind. She didn’t look at me as “the new kid” on the Boston blogger scene, rather she was more than willing to answer any questions I had when it came to blogging. It is hard to come by people you feel not only talk to you about themselves, but also are interested in what you have to say. It was a no brainer that I wanted to include Elissa in this Balanced Life Series. She is the definition of a go-getter and trend setter. If you don’t believe me, check out her blog, Style Wire; you’ll be hooked in no time. Want more inspiration from Elissa? Continue reading below!
1. What does a Balanced Life mean to you?
I think it’s less about trying to be perfect and more about listening to your mind and body. We hear “Drink 8 glasses a day! Refrain from sugar & salt! Eat clean and organic! Exercise 30 minutes every day! Meal plan and pack snacks!” when in reality, that’s all much easier said than done. On a daily basis I ask a lot from my body so I take it one day at a time and try to give my body what it’s asking from me.
2. Do you have an AM and PM routine that contributes to your balanced life?
It varies. If my alarm blares in the morning and I’m not feeling it I’ll sleep in an extra 20 minutes. If I get home from work and I’m exhausted I’ll choose sleep over an elaborate dinner. I try to stop and think, “what will my body and mind benefit most from right now?” One thing I don’t skip every morning and night are snuggles with my pup. Every morning before I get out of bed and every night when I get into bed I make sure to give her some love. It not only makes her happy, but it guarantees I go to bed and wake up with a smile on my face.
3. What is your definition of self-love and positive body image?
I’m really lucky that I grew up in a very body-positive household. Sure, my mom would call herself fat on occasion, but she never apologized for it or agonized over it. To me, self love is realizing you aren’t perfect and being okay with that.
I have lots of scars on my legs, a weird bump on my nose, and I have bunions on my feet, and I’ll never have a booty like Beyoncé, but if I can be okay with that, I hope others can learn to be okay with their imperfections as well. Life is good and there’s so much more to it than being obsessed with being “Becky with the good hair.”
4. What are some ways you stay active and foods you eat to achieve a balanced mind, body and soul (favorite work out routines, favorite healthy dish/ snack etc.)
I seriously struggle with this! I’m home essentially just to sleep these days so this is my principal issue. For healthy eating I’m obsessed with Sweetgreen and B.Good. I love that I can grab something fresh, flavorful, and local (Custom Harvest Bowls, the Kale Caesar, and their current Strawberry Fields seasonal salads are my go-to at SG. At B.Good I love the El Guapo Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries.)
When it comes to working out I’m all over the place. I love swimming and try to make it to the pool at least once a week on top of my weekly ballet classes at the Boston Ballet School. I like to keep it interesting with spin and barre classes too. I go through phases. In January I was all about running, in February I was all about spin at Cyc Fitness, in March and April I swam more, and now I’m really enjoying ballet. Varying my workouts helps keep it interesting and balanced; for example ballet made me realize I have a weak back, so you can bet I’ll be hitting the weight room this summer!
5. Words to live by/favorite quote that has to do with positivity, good vibes or positive body image
So many! That’s why I started #washiwisdom. One my favorites is:
“I know what I bring to the table, so trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone,” -Unknown.
I’ve learned a lot about myself over the last year and a half. There have been a lot of changes; I ended a six year relationship, I changed jobs twice, I kissed a lot of frogs, I drank way too much tequila, and became a homeowner. And now I’m here. How can I hate on my body or myself when that’s what got me here? I am so thankful and so blessed, and so are you!
If you want to follow Elissa and her amazing style and read more of her favorite quotes, then click here to follow her on Instagram!
Stay tuned next Saturday to see our next Balanced Babe of the week!