I recently got introduced to Jess and the amazing hub she has created ‘Create Live Grow’ and I couldn’t be more grateful.
This incredible lady has create a beautiful place for you to go to feel inspired, read interviews by other ‘everyday’ woman and find a wealth of knowledge. She has found what creates her bliss and balance in life and is now helping and empowering you to listen to you intuition and you to can do the same.
Enjoy her story.
Tell us a little about your journey and who you are?
First of all thank you so much for having me! I’m Jess, a 27 year old graphic designer/creative on the Gold Coast. I am also the founder of ‘Create Live Grow’ – a site/movement that represents three of the most important areas of my life – Creativity, Health and Personal /Spiritual Growth. For me it is so important to be creating, living a healthy balanced lifestyle and constantly learning and pushing new boundaries.
I grew up in a very spiritual, yet grounded home and am forever grateful for that. I believe it has paved the way for the path I am on now and the passion and purpose I feel. I will never pretend to know it all, but every day I make it a priority to grow and follow my heart. I really strive to create a safe space for others to also discover their own sense of self and what they are capable of.
I try to be as authentic as I can and live and breathe the message I spread. I really believe that by putting yourself out there and gaining any kind of ‘following’ comes a social responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I am forever conscious of the message I am spreading and how it effects others, specifically young girls and women.
I truly feel as though this is just the beginning and can’t wait to see where this journey goes – our growing community of #clgrealbabe ’s – Women supporting Women.
What is your health and wellness philosophy?
I definitely believe in nourishment over deprivation. I do think it’s important that in all areas of our life we create a set of standards for ourselves. Whether that be for our health, fitness, mindset or relationships.
Only we can take responsibility for how we feel on a day to day basis and it takes conscious daily choices to respect and maintain that.
You have created a life of balance, by listening to your intuition and paying attention to what truly makes you happy and fulfilled. What advice can you give to other woman who are wanting to find this balance in their lives?
I have experienced a lot of anxiety in the past, especially around social situations and the need to be ‘perfect’ and not judged. In the end all this does is masks the true you, you fade into the background in order to be accepted and that helps no one, especially not yourself.
Over time I have done a lot of work on myself and begun to truly accept myself for who I am. Only by tapping into this, have I been able to find a passion that really burns strong and brings me a great sense of fulfilment. The more I am true to myself, the more others on a similar path align with me and I feel supported for simply being me.
My advice to anyone would be to go within and work on yourself first, rather than trying to force anything and the rest will follow.
What are your ‘non negotiables’ when it comes to your own health and well-being?
Not sure if this is a non negotiable but I would say to ALWAYS listen to what I need and respect myself in that.
Every time I make a decision when it comes to a meal for example, I will remind myself of how I will feel afterwards. Will it make me bloated, tired, or yuck – if yes then is it really worth it? Nine times out of ten I will go for the healthier option.
I have learnt over time through trial and error what works for me and my body. I choose to eat well and workout to nurture my body and mind, and maintain a figure I am proud of. However I will never beat myself up for eating a treat or not training and I rarely weigh myself.
Listening to what your body needs is so important, it’s not always possible to do it all and we shouldn’t feel as though we have to – If I am feeling rundown and on the verge of getting sick I won’t train that week. I’ll rest and do what I need to do to get myself back to optimum health. Optimum health is a life choice and will come with it’s ups and downs just like everything else , it’s all about finding a balance and your own sweet spot.
This is one of my favourite questions, because I think it shows that we are all different and there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition… what does a typical day look like on your plate?
I’m fairly simple when it comes to my meals, I love all food but I’m pretty lazy when it comes to the kitchen haha, a typical day would be:
Pre Training – Banana
Post Training – oats with almond milk or water, mixed with ‘The Happy Sol Food Company’ Cacao, Maca and Chia Blend sachet (which includes pre and probiotics and protein – love these), with banana or berries and greek yoghurt plus a green smoothie
Lunch – I work from home so can make my meals – some kind of protein, carb and salad, eg. chicken, veggies and quinoa or a tuna salad wrap
Dinner – My fave is Atlantic Salmon, avocado, salad, feta and sweet potato
Dessert – If I’m still hungry later or feel like dessert – greek yoghurt, cacao and berries or some dark chocolate.
I am a big believer that how you spend the first 80 minutes of your day sets up how your day will flow? Tell us about your ideal way to spend the first 80 minutes of your day?
After a scroll through my phone and a text to my long distance partner, I start with a walk on an empty stomach around our neighbourhood which is full of beautiful waterways.If I’m not walking with my housemate then I’ll listen to some Tony Robbins or something similar. Then eat something small and go for a training session with my friends at the Ashy BInes Transformation Centre.
What is your favourite way to move your body?
High Intensity Interval Training or Lower Body Weights. I love getting in and getting it done , especially first thing in the morning so I feel accomplished. It also sets me up to eat well for the day as I don’t want to ruin my hard work.
I’ve found it’s important for me to get my workout done first thing or I will talk myself out of it by the time work is finished. It’s also really helpful to have friends meeting me at a particular time otherwise bed can become way too comfy!
I definitely need to stretch more and need to set a goal to do more yoga.
So you have any parting advice for readers who may be starting their own health and wellness journey?
Stick with it. It can be tough to start with but it will definitely be worth it, surround yourself with others on a similar path and also educate yourself – the more you can learn about what works for you and WHY the better, especially when it comes to nutrition. Learning how to read nutritional labels and how sugar in particular can have an effect has really made a difference. As you learn what works for you,don’t be afraid to forge your own path, we are all so different <3
Where can our FW family find you?
I’d love for you to come join our CLG Real Babe community!! <3 <3
Instagram : @create_live_grow
I hope you have enjoyed another amazing interview with the babe herself Jessica Williams from Create Live Grow. Stay tuned next Sunday for another inspirational interview to help you kick start the week.