December 30, 2018 0 Comment
The end of the current year always brings a little bit of natural reflection and I always find myself saying that this year has been quicker than the last. I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people in 2018 and hear about their stories of success, hardship, love, illness, as well as happiness and gratitude. This reflection has prompted me to expand on a little bit of my story and the history of the business foundations, along with an insight into what’s to come in the future.
Happy new year to everyone and thank you for your support and encouragement throughout 2018. – Christie
It’s amazing when you start something new or are working towards goals, how you know you’re excited about where it will lead you, but you’re a little unsure about how it’s going to happen, what the end result will be, who you will meet, or what’s going to happen on your journey along the way. This was how I felt when I started my health and wellness businesses in 2017. However, for me there was some sort of unexplainable internal belief in what I was beginning and a want to help others thrown in that gave me the drive to follow my passions and turn something I love into something that never feels like hard work. I now enjoy the fact that I have a huge vision for the future, work/life balance and can offer people solutions, quality products, mentoring, education, safer and healthier options as well as a life changing opportunity in more ways than one.
I am Christie Anne Nelson and I am using my name in its’ entirety because I am proud of my family, it honours my late Grandmother’s middle name and my initials have lead to being a big part of my philosophy and one of my business names. My initials spell CAN and I have a B positive blood type so I’m sure that it’s built in and part of my drive to enjoy life and be as happy and healthy as I can be. I am a working Mum, early childhood educator, and dual business owner with a combined family of six children and I therefore need all the help I can get to gain the most from every day. Those who know me well will attest to the fact that I like to keep busy, as active as possible and always challenge myself to live life to the full.
Throughout my journey so far, I have heard lots of stories of life-changing experiences that have given people a new perspective on life, health and relationships. I am personally grateful that I have had varied experiences in my world, some tough at the times, that have shaped my outlook and I can only look forward now, not backwards in my world. I believe there is something to be learned from every experience, job, error and interaction we have be they positive or negative experiences. It took a physical hurdle to slow me down for a long time and I am extremely lucky to be active again after some major spinal surgery gave me a second chance at finding fitness, mental and emotional health again. I’m also extremely lucky/crazy to have such a big beautiful family after two households became one (and yes… I am Carol Brady, I know you’re thinking it), so I believe everyone can have a second chance in life in different ways.
I have always made a choice throughout my life to tell myself, YOU CAN, not YOU CAN’T and my parents were forever encouraging of my ventures throughout my life. In present years it meant I aimed to kept fit and well in the time leading up to my operation, which meant I could recover faster and get back to being an active Mum again and able to kick a football with my kids or even tie my shoelaces without agony. I am forever grateful for that life-changing moment and will never take health for granted again. I enjoy hiking, cycling, swimming and a work-out because they’re great for my mind, body and morale and because… I CAN! I am a big believer in exercise as a healthy therapy and feeling great, starting from the inside-out.
Following this experience, I was introduced to a health and wellness business opportunity that has subsequently allowed me to be the best version of myself, offered me the most amazing personal growth and development, time flexibility, extra income, lifestyle choices, opportunities for travel, wonderful new friendships and the tools to offer healthy living education and support, including cleaner eating and healthier choices for my family (shopping lists and meal plans provided too, handy for busy people). I have huge goals for the future and can help other like-minded people into the same opportunity for themselves and would like to share in this big vision. I can also assist those who are simply looking for award winning botanically based, Vegan certified, dairy and gluten free health and wellness products which are manufactured to the highest of European standards, meaning without all of the hidden nasties yet to be banned in Australia. The whole family is catered for and includes a range of nearly 500 items such as nutrition, sports range, make-up, skin care, baby care, personal care items, to name a few.
Through my own experience with an embarrassing gym episode and my new found love for hiking (ie: walking and talking) I became attuned to the needs of many of my peers. It was discussed on a walk one day, the need for good quality active wear at an affordable price locally, particularly for those Mums who prioritise their family’s needs over brand name purchases. Therefore, I listened to feedback and You Can Active Wear was established in conjunction with my health and wellness business in order to help others make some positive changes to their daily lives in a holistic way in the same way as I did.
I am passionate about the ethics of both businesses and how they can provide solutions for people that they may have been looking for but didn’t know where to start. My businesses have grown to a point where I am now mentoring and inspiring others towards their goals, whether that is to be safer consumers, achieve better gut health, have more energy and achieve weight loss goals, to own leggings that are squat proof at the gym (get someone your trust to squat check your current old faves before going public ….trust me) or become their own business owner in small pockets of time and achieve financial and personal growth, buy back time freedom and some lifestyle with your family.
I’d love everyone to allow themselves a little time to start thinking YOU CAN not YOU CAN’T to make little changes every day to improve your lifestyle, find and follow your passion and live the life you imagined. Don’t think ‘what if it doesn’t work out’ but WHAT IF IT DOES?