Who is Cynthia Taylor and what is Flourish Wellness? Cynthia is a gorgeous woman who I have met through Rachel MacDonald's blogging course, Bright-Eyed & Blog-Hearted. Even though we haven't met in person (yet...a trip to Torquay is on the cards for me very soon) we have connected and we support and encourage each other which is super special.
Flourish Wellness is Cynthia's baby where she shares her tips, tricks and motivation on nutrition and self-care...uber important stuff so be sure to head on over to her website to find out more.
Get comfy my dear friends and soak up the wonderfulness that is Cynthia...
+ How did you get to where you are today?
I always answer this with 'No idea, I kinda just landed here', but looking back I realise how intuitively guided I was.
As a young girl I had this grand but vague notion that I wanted to help people. No idea how, but I was sold on it.
I dove headfirst into a double degree of Arts/Education with the ambition to become a teacher. I hated it but made some gorgeous friends who I still have today, so it served me well. A brand new Nutrition course was added to RMIT University, I enrolled and got in. While studying, I landed a job in a prestigious health club, (I originally walked in to join, funny how the universe works). After completing my fitness certifications I began teaching group fitness and coaching women in weight loss but it wasn't enough.
Sure, they were getting the physical results they wanted but what really struck me was how unwilling so many of us are to look at the real reason why we treat our bodies the way we do.
Rather than listening in to what our bodies want, so many of us go to extremes to outwardly resemble what we want to feel on the inside. I had clients who wanted to lose weight because they were getting married, were newly divorced, changed jobs, dumped their boyfriends or wanted to be perceived a certain way. I want to work with women who want to make nourishing, conscious choices not just to make a physical change but to feel good, sexy, strong, alive and empowered.
Self love is the name of the game, and so here I am blazing my own trail and sharing light to steer by. Coaching women toward nourishment on every level, encouraging them to tune in and build generous self-care systems that strengthen their mind-body connection is what lights me up.
+ What motivates you each and every day?
She passed away from a stroke when I was 1. She was 24.
Although I don't know much about her, I feel in my bones that part of her lives on with me.
Each time I hesitate, back down or swallow my words instead of stepping up and being heard, I remind myself that there is a beautiful woman who never got the chance to do any of these things. So I owe it to both of us to live fully in each moment, I let go of who and what doesn't serve me and always come from a place of love.
+ What quote do you live by at the moment?
"Our deepest fear isn't that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually who are you not to be?"
+ What has been your biggest struggle on your journey?
The need for approval outside of myself.
It's really exciting to have big ideas and a fire in your belly but when people don't understand you or your dream it can be really easy to let self-doubt creep in.
You start trying to justify everything you do and soon enough, you're lured back into your comfort zone which has you feeling stuck and uninspired. Not everyone is going to understand you or be on the same page as you, and that's a beautiful thing. It allows you to respect your differences and your unique talents and share them with the world. When you're driven by your authentic desires, you'll attract the right people into your orbit.
I was lucky enough to work for a beautiful boss who gave me a bookmark with a quote that read: 'When you believe in your actions you don't need to justify them'. Bang on.
+ What food can you not live without?
Spread on toasted rye with lemon juice, pink Himalayan salt and pepper OR blended into a smoothie with rice milk, banana, spinach, maca and cacao powder.
+ Do you have a daily routine? If so, what is it?
Kind of. I like to mix it up.
I'm an early riser, and I'll either start the day reading or a mini yoga + meditation. Sometimes I'll pluck an oracle card and choose a crystal to carry through the day. I start each morning with either a fresh juice or a smoothie and jump into the shower.
+ What would you tell your 14 year old self?
That comparison + self-sabotage isn't worth it in the energy.
The time you waste trying to walk, talk and act like someone you're not diminishes your light, and when other people can't see how goddamn brightly you shine in your own right, you stay on that cycle of comparison just to feel worthy. Thing is, you came into this world pre-qualified of your worthiness, just by believing that you are.
I also believe this wholeheartedly: You are exactly where you need to be, always.
Everything plays to your greater good, and the only way out is through.
Those pivotal moments when your voice trembles and your knees shake are game changers. They're the golden catalysts that catapult you from where you are to where you want to be. They shape you, moment by moment, into the capable woman you are, living the life you only ever dared to dream about.
+ How do you want to be remembered?
As someone who did what they said they were going to do & left everything better than they found it.
Thank you so much Cynthia for your amazing answers, you are a story teller and a truly beautiful soul. It was such a pleasure to read your answers and soak them up.