Recently I got to chat with Arielle Holden, a fellow personal trainer, business coach and friend from my neighborhood. She's a mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She's known for her hilarious humour, direct communication and creating space for self-awareness. Arielle is a true cheerleader at heart and gets the biggest kick out of helping people succeed. We had such a fun conversation, I'm even sharing some video clips, you're going to love learning about Arielle.
Tell us how you help people:
What does your weekly movement routine look like? Most days, at least 30 minutes of movement. I listen to my body. If I feel jazzercised and ready to go- I will pump it out. But if I need something quieter- I will happily practice pilates and mat work. In this past year, I've really learned to do what I feel like I doing instead of exercising what I think I should be doing. Has made a nice difference. No pressure, just enjoyable.
Do you take any supplements that you swear by? I don't! I am big believer in getting supplements and vitamins from actual food. As I'm getting older, though, certainly seems as though I may need to be a bit more curious in this area.
Let's talk about being 40:
Name some values that are important to you - what do you stand for? There are so many angles to respond to this question. I am going to focus on community this time. Our family value is: Helping others and being kind- my mother would say "that's a mitzvah!" And so, performing mitzvot is a big deal in my family. We like to do this on every level- buying groceries for those in need, giving tzedakah (money) every week and then at the end of year pick a charity to donate to. This happens on several other levels too. Ultimately what's important is that we give back, we support and we teach our kids the value of giving. Feels good.
What is your number one indulgence? Skim Milk, Extra Hot, Lattes (light foam is ordering). It's a bit much, I realize. They make me a nicer person- and are particularly special when my kids surprise me with one in bed (We have a Nespresso- so learning to make lattes was clearly an important childhood lesson they needed to learn at a young age).
If I could wave a magic wand and give you 24 hours to do whatever you want, how would you spend that time? My husband is travelling a lot right now (we are in the process of a cross-continent move), so my wish would be a full day with the four of us (Daniel, Leph & Ellie) to go and play and drink too many lattes together. The ideal day would give a little something for each of us...and finishing with dinner at Mandy's.
How do you wind down at night? My bedtime routine is a beautifully cozy one. After my kids are tucked into bed, and work is finished for the day, I warm up a mug of hot water. Yes hot water- like a Bubbi. It warms me from the inside out. Then I take a shower, apply a collection of serums, oils and creams (of which I'm starting to get the hang of. Certainly did not know this world of skin care even existed a year ago- but thankful to my friends for guiding me). Post skin care treatment, I make myself another mug of hot water and slip into bed to either read or watch Real Housewives- equally as calming before bed.
What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?