woman crush wednesday

Meet Deliciously Ella, our Woman Crush this Wednesday!

Ella Mills is the founder of Deliciously Ella, best-selling author and owner of Deliciously Ella Deli’s in London as well as a line of retail products. Her newest cookbook, Natural Feasts: 100+ Healthy, Plant-Based Recipes to Share and Enjoy with Friends and Family (Deliciously Ella) just launched in the US in October! Ella’s personal journey of how eating well healed a debilitating illness inspired her to begin sharing her healthy and delicious recipes with others. The original recipes in Natural Feasts offer a fresh spin on plant-based meals and make it easy to incorporate it into your daily routine. Ella’s delicious meals and approachable personality have garnered her a engaged social media following with over 1.1 million Instagram followers.

How Ella practices Self-Love

• I try to take a minute for myself every day, no matter how busy things are. During the week I go to a 6.30am yoga class, it sets me up for the day and helps me create a really positive outlook
• I cook, I love cooking. I find it so relaxing and love turning simple ingredients into something special. It’s even better when it’s shared with friends and family
• I do something I’m passionate about. I feel so incredibly lucky to work in an area that I’m so passionate about, and although stressful at times, building a growing company is incredibly exciting.

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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