Wade is a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index Practitioner, as well as a Meditation and Pilates instructor.
At the age of 21, Wade survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while simultaneously losing her mother to Leukemia. This life interruption inspired Wade to embody the rule: self-‐care isn’t selfish, it’s smart.
Wade is extremely passionate about supporting others and bringing her expertise with holistic wellness practices to modern professionals to help them realize that they have one mind, one body and one life. She works with individual clients, small virtual group coaching and facilitates corporate workshops.
Wade was born and raised in New York and currently resides in Seattle. She attended University of Michigan, co-founded Centered in the City, and is a contributor to mindbodygreen, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Survivorship blog, Coping with Cancer Magazine, and Let’s Mend. She is currently writing a book coming out soon!
I’m so excited and honored to share my interview with Wade. I got so much out of it, and I know you will too!
Okay, so many parts of your life have brought you to where you are today. I don’t know if I want to have you start at one specific spot. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about your path that led up to where you are today.
A lot of life occurrences brought me to where I am today. I have always been very health conscious, ate my veggies and loved working out, but it wasn’t until I experienced what I call my “shit storm” until I truly had a wake up call that made we not only want to take care of my physical wellness, but it made me want to focus on my mental, emotional and spiritual wellness as well.
Back in 2010, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma while studying abroad. I came back to NYC to start 6 months of chemo and about two months into my treatment, I lost my mom to her battle with cancer. This experience made me realize how precious life is and created an opportunity to understand myself, what I want and what my priorities are in life. I took this opportunity to deepen my meditation practice, pay attention to what I fed myself, how I treated myself and who I wanted to spend my time with.
Once, I finished college, I decided to follow my heart and move back to Buenos Aires to teach Pilates and meditation, which was something I was doing in NYC. I ended up meeting the love of my life down in Buenos Aires and we eventually moved to Seattle. Teaching Pilates and meditation, made me realize I wanted to support other people taking care of themselves holistically so I decided to go to coaching school in Seattle and launched my own coaching practice almost 4 years ago.
I am currently a full-time Lifestyle coach who supports busy professionals making themselves a priority. F*ck Yeah!
I already know a lot your story and still every time I hear it, I am in complete awe of you. You have gone through so much and yet are able to take on much without missing a stride. How do you find the time to manage your work, life, and fitness?
I practice what I preach and I make that shit a priority. Working out, eating well and meditating are my lifelines. When I am not practicing any of them, my mood, energy and productivity crash and burn. So I make sure to schedule it into my daily regime first and foremost. Those days that I might not have as much control over my schedule I still make sure to walk as much as I can, do a mat Pilates routine at home or some stretching so I am at least moving my body in some fashion to get my blood flowing. Even if that means waking up a bit earlier!
Yes! I love that advice. Couldn’t have said it better.
Tell me a little bit about your daily routine.
My schedule/timing varies, but I typically wake up about 7am, brush my teeth, wash my face, drink some water with lemon. Then I head to my meditation pillow and meditate for 20-minutes. Some days when rushing out the door I will make sure to at least sit on my pillow and breathe for at least a minute. Sometimes I decide to “pull” while I meditate (swoosh coconut oil in my mouth) and the swooshing becomes my meditative focal point. Then I might do 5-10 minutes of journaling. Then I try to have breakfast with my fiancé before he leaves for work.
It is important for me to have some time to connect before the rush of the day begins.
Some mornings I have clients starting at 9am or I use the morning for writing or working on workshops and projects. I aim to go to the gym around noon each day, come home for lunch and then have afternoon/evening clients or I teach a Pilates mat class.
Working out mid-day is my ideal time because it gives me that afternoon reboot. Most nights my fiancé and I will cook dinner either together or one of us is spearheading the meal. I love cooking and make sure to always keep our fridge stocked with lost of vegetables.
It sounds like you have really figured out what works best for you to keep living a balanced life. A lot of us have days where we just fall off that “wellness wagon.” Whether it’s eating too much, skipping a workout, snapping at someone…Are there any times that you have fallen off the “wellness wagon”? How did you get back on?
LOOVVEE this question. Of course! However, I don’t consider it “falling off the wagon” because to me that infers I did something wrong and there is a shaming element, which is just some extra weight and bull-shit I don’t want to carry with me. So instead, I frame it as a course correction, more knowledge to support me staying in alignment with my values. So for instance, some nights my sweet tooth takes over and I will eat way too many chocolate chips. I know I ate too many not because of the calories or the fact the bag is a lot lighter, but I will know because I will feel my tummy ache, my body tells me and I listen. So I try to lovingly say to myself, “ok too much!” And put the bag away. I then drink a lot of water or tea to help flush out my system and re-balance my taste buds.
Also, when I notice I am emotionally eating instead of consciously snacking, I will ask myself, “what part of myself am I trying to feed right now? Is it boredom, do I want to be creative, am I looking for connection? What part of me is hungry?”
Being curious with myself instead of being accusatory is always super helpful in re-balancing and centering myself. I use the motto, I want to be my best friend versus my worst enemy.
That makes me feel so much better! So many times I am overridden with guilt and negativity after something like that. What advice would you give someone that is having a hard time getting back into their wellness routine after little slip-ups?
Well as a coach, I would be curious what the person or client’s overall goals are when it comes to creating a wellness routine.
Most of the time when people don’t follow through or they feel blocked to get something done it can be a sign that their values aren’t in alignment and instead someone is acting from a place of “I should be going to the gym” instead of “I want to be going to the gym.” Or I “should be cooking for myself” instead of “I love being creative in the kitchen.”
My advice would be to think about your values and how you can discover linking your values to your actions. Also, I would explore with them ways to make their wellness routine fun and dynamic so they don’t get board and add some play into their day!
If people are curious why they aren’t in alignment with their wellness routine, I offer a free 30-minute Discovery session to explore where the dots can connect in your life so that you are prioritizing your well-being.
Did you say free?! Definitely noted. What’s the common topic you work with your clients on? And how do you typically work with them?
My clients range from 24 years old to 60 years old. They are mostly women who are at a cross roads or a transition point in their life (ie. Moved cities, getting married, moving in with their partner, just faced a break up, dealt with a health scare, ready to be in a relationship or wanting to change jobs). They are ready to stop going through the motions and sleep walking through their life and are ready to wake up to the life they want to live. I walk my clients through a process of getting to know, trust and love themselves so that they know, trust and love what they want to do and how they want to show up in their life. We discuss all sorts of topics that range from developing rituals and routines to having hard conversations to feeling confident about the choices they make. The real key is about supporting them getting clear and staying focused on their goals. We know how important and valuable accountable is. I typically work with my clients over the phone for weekly or bi-weekly sessions in order to maintain their momentum.
So in addition to your free Discovery session, what are some online resources that you might recommend to someone that wants to improve upon their wellness whether it is meditation, fitness, or overall life advice?
I have a few at home, do it yourself free Pilates videos and meditation recordings on my website. I also have meal inspiration, Pilates guides (found here) as well as a Basics of Meditation video series you can purchase and practice on your own. Also, I am constantly uploading blog posts with different tips, tricks and recipes about how to mindfully prioritize your well-being.
Also, I love using Down Dog as a great yoga app when traveling or pinched for time.
Let’s mend is a great website if you are going through a break up and want some support or inspiration.
I love Pinterest for all things food related. I love typing in one food item I am craving, and I get excited and inspired by the photos I see.
Awesome, I’m definitely going to check those out.
Okay, so switching gears a little bit. I love Pilates and know that you have been practicing and teaching for quite a while. Tell me what got you into Pilates. Do you have a greater appreciation for it now with your current career path?
I started taking Pilates when I was 14 years old in a high school gym class. It peaked my interest and so I started to explore other classes and teachers. I loved how Pilates made me feel strong from the inside out. My mom actually pushed me to get certified when I was 19 years old so I would have a versatile skill set as well as deepen my own knowledge. I taught mat Pilates on and off for 5 years and then craved to deepen my practice and education so I started to teach people on the reformer combining STOTT principles with classical Pilates.
I think Pilates is the perfect workout to tie into coaching because Pilates helps people find their literal and figurative core. You strengthen your powerhouse as well as standing up taller, leaner, more confident and graceful. These are the same elements people discover with coaching. You become stronger, more confidant, energized, and purposeful in mind and spirit. Each step you take, your body moves as one towards your destination.
That is exactly why I think I fell in love with Pilates. I love the mind-body element. Thank you so much for taking the time to share inspiration and amazing health and wellness tips.
Now, where can we find you?!
A few different places:
Website: WadeBrill.com ***Join my mailing list and receive a 90-second meditation for that perfect mindful moment revitalizing pause during your day as well as monthly wellness tips and tools. ***
Facebook: Wade Brill Coaching
Stay tuned for a guest post by Wade tomorrow!!