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Meet Kim-Julie (@brusselskim), our Woman Crush this Wednesday!

Her name is Kim-Julie and she is the face behind Brussels VeganBest of Vegan, The Vegan Reset and The Vegan Challenge. After years of leading an unhealthy lifestyle, she became an ethical vegan in 2011 and soon also discovered the many health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. As scary as it seemed then, it was the best decision she ever made. In 2013, she developed a passion for whole foods, which helped her get rid of allergies, chronic migraines, and many other health issues. She started Brussels Vegan and Best of Vegan to show people how easy it can be to change your lifestyle, no matter how hard it may seem in the beginning. In addition to vegan foods, she enjoys doing Yoga, drawing, reading, writing, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She loves helping others make the transition. That is why she wrote the book The Practical Vegan and regularly organizse vegan challenges.

 

 

How she practices self-love

1. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
We often talk about self-love and how important it is, but I think that sometimes the concept of loving yourself unconditionally can seem so foreign that we don’t even know where to begin. I believe that paying attention to the way in which we speak to ourselves and about ourselves is crucial. Gently catching the thought patterns that don’t serve us and trying to show ourselves more kindness instead is a great starting point. So, instead of saying “Why did I do that? I can’t believe I failed again…”, try saying “It happened and it’s OK, I’ll be OK. Now, how can I use this experience to learn and grow?”
2. PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
At times I feel overwhelmed by the amount of things I have to get done and the pressure I feel to achieve my goals and not disappoint certain people. In those moments, it’s tempting to prioritize impressing other people over making sure you don’t burn out, but at the end of the day, you can’t serve a greater purpose or inspire others if you don’t take care of yourself first. So when I feel like that, I press the pause button and give myself a day or two to recharge in order to prioritize my mental health and overall wellbeing.
3. REFUEL & REGENERATE
I like to refuel my body by staying hydrated and eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I love vegan donuts and other treats, but I make sure that most of my diet consists of whole foods and fresh produce as I know that those foods are what makes me feel best. When it comes to regenerating, I make sure I sleep enough, meditate, practice Yoga and spend time going for walks outdoors.

It’s Wednesday! Get to know our Woman Crush this week…Nikisha Brunson!

Nikisha Brunson is a Toronto, Canada native but spent the majority of her upbringing in Brooklyn, New York. Brunson is the co-founder of one of the most prolific lifestyle blogs – Urban Bush Babes – and for the past decade, she has been immersed in the international beauty, health and wellness scene.

She is the owner and founder of an all-natural skincare line called “Folie” where everything is handcrafted in small batches. With 260k + Instagram followers, you can find Nikisha indulging in a minimalist lifestyle promoting healthy eating, working out and being a beautiful person both inside and out. With countless features in Vogue, Glamour Mag, Cosmopolitan and nearly every chic blog, she has garnered the attention of thousands in having a voice for wellness lifestyles. As a natural born creative, Brunson has been privileged to partner with some of the most profound conscious fashion, beauty and health food brands currently in the market place. Using her platform to drive change, this trend-setter magnifies the importance of cultural ethics and social/environmental sustainability.

Her killer sense of style is evident but her impact and voice as a mother of color, is what really transcends. Having openly discussed battles with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Nikisha Brunson pushes to spread holistic knowledge, especially within the minority communities. Although residing in Austin, Texas, this holistic maven continues to evoke resilience by combining a passion for research, teaching and creating people to live healthier and happier lives.

3 ways she practices self-care:

  1. Putting on music and getting in touch with my body through exercise, yoga, & dancing. I love music and I love dancing, so it boosts my mood a ton.

2. Meditating throughout the day when my mind wants to wander outside of the present moment. I use a mantra to pull me back to the present and help me to relax.

3. I say something beautiful to myself daily. And if I mess up, I’ve learned to make a joke of it and laugh at myself. It’s being kind to myself and not taking myself so seriously. 

Get to know our Woman Crush this week, Mirna Valerio!

Mirna Valerio, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is a Spanish teacher, diversity director, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, OCR enthusiast, and blogger.

Mirna blogs about all things running appear at Fat Girl Running and in Women’s Running Magazine. Mirna’s athletic story was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and on the CW
Network. She is a global ambassador for Merrell, an ambassador for Skirt Sports, and an athlete for Swiftwick. She is married to Cito Nikiema, and together they have a basketball-loving teenage son, Rashid. She loves
being in nature and frequently runs trails in the north Georgia mountains.

Here are three ways in which she practices Self-love:

1. I spend the bulk of my free time outdoors: training for races, running, hiking, backpacking. Whatever I can do to stay outdoors, I do!

2. I take lots of photos of myself doing the things I love. When we see ourselves represented the way we want to see ourselves represented, it becomes more of a reality. Also, looking at and admiring images of yourself is a great exercise in self-acceptance.

3. The third thing, is that I meditate. I do a form of meditation called Yoga Nidra. Being in touch with my body on all levels–physical, emotional, and spiritual is very important to me.

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