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.

Get To Know Our Woman Crush This Week – Chelsea Williams!

Name: Chelsea Williams, MPH, CCPH

IG: @ThatsChelsea

Chelsea Williams is the founder of ThatsChelsea.com , an “all things wellness” blog that teaches women how to live a more mindful lifestyle through a plant-based diet and non-toxic cosmetics. Chelsea has dealt with the challenges of both Graves Disease and Hypothyroidism throughout most of her life. After many years of struggling with these endocrine disorders, she began researching ways to heal herself and improve her condition naturally. It was only until then that she discovered just how many endocrine disruptors one can be exposed to on a daily basis through food products, household cleaning products and personal care products.

Chelsea is breaking down barriers in the wellness world by showcasing and serving as an advocate for diversity in non-toxic beauty and plant-based nutrition. She is a contributing writer to W.E.L.L. Insiders and a member of Beauty Heroes Circle of Trust. Chelsea has appeared as a repeat guest on News One Now with Roland Martin and Good Morning Washington to feature her plant-based dishes and expertise in healthy living. She was also recently named by Thoughtfully Magazine as 1 of “26 Women of Color Changing the Face of Wellness.”

Chelsea holds a Master of Public Health in nutrition, and is a Certified Communicator in Public Health through the National Public Health Information Coalition. She is also studying to become a board certified integrative health coach at Duke University School of Medicine. In addition to her blog, be sure to check out her newest digital platform, Black Wellness Bloggers, which serves to change narratives and stereotypes about wellness in the black community.

With all of these wonderful things going on, she still makes time for self-care and self-love.

Find her helpful tips below:

Stop Overthinking.

Overthinking silences your true inner voice, opens the door for comparison and hinders productivity. Simply put, overthinking steals your joy.

Eat Nutritious Meals.

Our lives are busier than ever. Nutrient dense food gives us the energy we need to keep going throughout the day. Omitting processed food

Just Say, “No”. 

We can’t be everywhere or everything to everybody. Say, “No” to anything that’s too much for you to handle and leave the guilt behind.

Get To Know Our Woman Crush This Week – Nicole Derseweh!

Name: Nicole Derseweh
Nicole Derseweh (IG: nicolederseweh) is a world-class vegan chef with a culinary background from Le Cordon Bleu and comes from a long heritage of family chefs
Nicole Derseweh is a world-class vegan chef with a culinary background from Le Cordon Bleu and comes from a long heritage of family chefs. She is building a worldwide, conscious media empire to inspire vegan newbies with her inspiring and entertaining YouTube channel as one of the cornerstones. You can currently experience her creations at high-end events and exclusive pop-up dinners in and around the Los Angeles area. She has recently appeared on the Cooking Channel as well as many publications such as VegNews,Thrive Magazine and Citizine.
Her innovative and delicious plant-based creations consistently impress even the most skeptical critics. She is hardworking, professional and extremely creative. Her passion is to share the love, excitement and compassion of vegan living through decadent dishes that persuade even the most ardent meat lovers to smile in delight.
This vegan socialite is delightfully quirky and refreshingly off beat as she innocently blurts out truths like a little kid saying the most unexpected things. She’s effortlessly funny – a “big sister” type who deeply values close friendships and family. She has a fierce warrior heart to match her skills in the kitchen and is not afraid to throw down and get dirty in the name of fitness. In essence, she’s the vegan love child of Rachel Ray and Louis CK!
We love Nicole because she is a superstar vegan chef in our eyes! In fact, we consider her the vegan love child of Rachel Ray and Louis CK!  Most importantly, she understands the importance of making other’s lives easier by making sure her temple is properly nourished. As such, she shared three ways that she practices self-love.
Read them below!
1. I add a little bit of rosewater to my water bottle daily because drinking rose water makes me feel like a princess!
2.  I take myself on nature dates usually doing sunset hikes with the dogs ,taking in the gorgeous views smiling and giggling out loud because I’m grateful to be alive.
3. OK… this one silly but I’ve been doing it since I’m a kid so I’m just not going to stop ever. Sometimes I sneak kisses to myself…even if I’m in conversation with somebody! 😂  If I’m curled up on the couch I might just quickly smooch the top of my knee, or sometimes I turn my head to the side and give myself a little kiss on the shoulder.. it is funny but it always makes me smile. 

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