Today I get to introduce you to Aisha Nathanson. She's a personal friend of mine and a client: we work together on accountability on her nutrition habits and strength training, in my Feel Good Your Way Program, although she's a true yogi at heart. Aisha is super creative an is an interior designer by trade. She's also a very fun mom of two pre-teens. She says that she loathes motivating to working out, but always feels amazing when she gets in a good long walk or yoga session.
Tell me about your morning self-care routine: Decaf and a good book over a bowl of granola. Every other day shower. Frequently, a 30-60 minute walk while I chat with my parents on the phone.
What is your favourite nourishing breakfast? Homemade protein rich granola with lots of nuts and seeds.
What's your feel-good beverage of choice? Kombucha. Unsweetened ice tea. Gin & tonic.
Do you have any personal development books that you keep coming back to? I love the Meyers-Briggs based career inspiration in Do What You Are, by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger. It helps you find what you are inherently good at so you can pursue a life that feels easy. Our family has benefitted from reflecting upon The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman.That way we can give love in the ways we each like to receive it. I appreciate my strengths and motivational weaknesses now that I know my Obliger inclination from The Four Tendencies, by Gretchen Rubin.
What does your weekly routine look like? 15 minutes of yoga stretching before bed, and usually a couple more 45-minute sessions per week. Four long walks per week. One strength training session per week.
Do you take any supplements that you swear by? Vitamin B & C. Collagen.
Name your top values and tell us a little about why they're important to you: I don't harbour negativity or grudges. Change your expectations of people and move on. I give what I can of myself, but not too much that I'm spread too thin. Don't get sucked into FOMO, there's joy in allowing yourself to just sit and be.
When it comes to mindset, are there any mantras that you live by? Tomorrow is a new day for a fresh start. You can't change the past, just make better choices going forward. Apologizing is less painful than you think.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger self? Vulnerability doesn't have to be so scary.
What are your most important feel-good routines and rituals? Fresh air, stretching, creativity, reading, time alone.
What is your number one indulgence? Thrift shopping.
What is one feel-good self-care routine you could not live without? Flossing.
Name a regular appointment that supports your overall well-being: Ha! I wish. With unlimited budget, I'd be getting a weekly massage, and monthly couples and family therapy.
What's a feel-good habit that you're loving right now? Evening stretching sessions and laying on my wooden back roller.
Tell us about a feel-good product that you're obsessed with. I love Illume Winter White candles all winter. Riversol dermatology products are lovely. Currently obsessed with Pixi by Petra eyeshadow and concealer crayons. I would grab my wooden back roller first if my house was on fire.
What's the boring self-care that you're committed to? Showering.
If I could wave a magic wand and get you 24 hours to do whatever you want, how would you spend that time? Reading, crafting, thrifting.