IN HER SNEAKERS with ANGE SIMSON (a.k.a @thegratitudeproject)

Welcome to the newest segment on The Wholeness Hub called "IN HER SNEAKERS" Why in her sneakers and not shoes? Well who doesn't love a good pair of sneakers when you are living a healthy lifestyle ... am I right! It's basically just a health based Q and A with likeminded, inspiring people and influencers. 

The first wellness beauty I was lucky enough to interview is Ange Simson! Ange is the creator of The Gratitude Project blog which inspires thousands of women to step into their light and live their best life. Ange has been a huge support to me over the last 5 months, she has been one of my personal cheerleaders and supported me and gave me the courage to finally make this blog! Enjoy getting to know a bit about Ange and go show her some love on Instagram! 

Ange Simson

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1. A little bit about you gorgeous .. who are you, what do you do and what are you passionate about?

I’m Angela Simson, I do mum life, health + happiness coaching, get to be married to my very own Clark Kent and most importantly, spend my life relishing in self care, doing and teaching.  I’m passionate about people nourishing their bodies with wholefoods, putting their happiness first so they can serve and do their best life on this world and my gorgeous little family!

2. What does health mean to you?

Health to me means looking at your physical body, spiritual mind and lifestyle and making sure all aspects are thriving.  Being nourished, doing work that fulfills your heart, loving on your friends and family hard, exercising in a way that feels good to you, finding joy in each day and practicing gratitude.  When you can align your day to day life with those things in mind, amazing health changes occur.

3. What does a typical day in your sneakers look like?

I wake up at about 4:30, go to F45 training or Yoga super early while my family is still sleeping.  When I get home it’s cuddle time / crazy hour of everyone showering, getting ready, making food and getting ready for the day.  After that each day runs differently.  If I’m working it’s just client calls and emails through the day, sometimes I meet up with friends and their babies, my husband and I work together on projects other days and we do lots of self care (remedial massages today!).  Then evenings are about food, rest, gratitude and rituals.  Each of us have our own little routines, from Harpers nightly feed, cuddle and being put in her cot to Bo and Hugh doing their before bed meditation and him doing his stretching while she falls asleep.  I use the evening when everyone is winding down to reflect, tidy and get ready for good sleep!

4. What does a normal day of eating look like for you?

No such thing as normal for me, it’s so varied.  I like to start the day with good healthy fats, I don’t drink coffee but I’ll sometimes make a Bulletproof hot chocolate.  If not that then sautéed veges with turmeric and a scrambled egg.  Lunch is usually leftovers and dinner will be something full of nutrient dense protein and lots of greens.  Snacks are usually a raw slice, ‘get some’ ice cream or a green smoothie.

5. How do you maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and your tips and tricks for others?

I remember my why.  Whenever I want to binge eat chocolate and watch Netflix I think of my why.  I never feel good after a junk food binge, I don’t even feel good while I’m doing it.  However, if I’m out with friends, enjoying decedent food and I can savor an amazing piece of dessert, I feel good!  So balance is about still doing the things I love, but experiencing them and being mindful.  

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6. How do you deal with stress and pressure in this fast paced world we all live in?

I sulk mostly!  When things get to me I definitely go into a bubble and only my husband has the tools and tricks to get me out.  Everyone has to deal with stress and ignoring it doesn’t help.  So I let myself be grumpy, but then I tell Hugh that I need help getting clarity again and he coaches me out of my mood.  But if he’s not around, journaling works just as well! 

7. What has been the hardest part of your wellness journey?

To be honest, none!  I’ve done it all in a really fun way and never used deprivation as a strategy.  Through the last 8 years I’ve focused soley on adding in good things.  Good food, good rituals, good people.  I’ve had hard times in between, but the journey has made them better and easier. 

8. Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and from who?

I read in a book once, I believe it was The Code of The Extraordinary Mind that you can choose your own version of religion and not have to subscribe to the rules of another.  In the book he stated that his one rule was to treat others how you want to be treated and I believe that living in alignment with that is my best belief system. 

9. Favourite treat?

Chocolate Mousse!

10. 3 foods you couldn’t live without

Eggs, Asparagus and Cacao (not all together!)

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11. Favourite way to move your body

Yoga & dancing

12. Any last words of wisdom …

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.  Practice every single freaking day!

You can find Ange on Instagram @gratitude_project

Love Charlie xo