5 minutes with Gracie Balev, Founder Goodness Gracious Wellness

What was the catalyst for starting Goodness Gracious Wellness?  My personal journey from debilitating illness to abundant wellness was absolutely the catalyst for launching my own wellness company! I struggled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Generalised Anxiety, Chronic Stress, PTSD and eating disorders, before finally being diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia in 2015. This dual diagnosis was the culmination of a lifetime of abandoning my own needs. I became so unwell that I suffered a stroke and almost lost my life. But this rock bottom was an immense gift as the catalyst to my healing and discovering how powerfully healing a holistic approach to wellbeing could be. As I continued to heal, it became my passion, and I began to recognize that my formula for Mind/Body/Spirit wellness could be of benefit to so many!

Why is self-love so important?  Self- love is the absolute foundation of all health and happiness. As a Holistic Coach, the development of genuine self-love and self-worth is emphasized to all of my gorgeous clients as a key core belief that will serve how we commit to our wellbeing through our everyday actions. Our capacity to create an abundant and fulfilling life expands exponentially when we know, at our very core, that we truly DESERVE it! When we love ourselves, we stop settling. Along the way, we build a life that looks great and feels even better. We create a life we LOVE!

What inspires you? My clients inspire me every single day! Watching the beautiful people I work with relentlessly commit to their own growth and well-being consistently demonstrates the power of the human spirit in overcoming any obstacle, proving that a little willingness and the right support can move mountains. Every breakthrough I am blessed to facilitate and witness reignites my passion for my own healing and my work. Nothing inspires me more!

What are you reading? Sarah Wilson’s First, We Make the Beast Beautiful. She is a serious girl crush of mine!

Who are you listening to? I’m currently jamming out to All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar and SZA. Friday feels! 

What is your health and fitness philosophy? I believe in a comprehensive and balanced Mind/Body/Spirit approach to health. It’s when we honour the different parts of ourselves and respect all of our needs, in a way that is flexible and adaptable to the ebbs and flows of life, that we feel most whole, vibrant and fulfilled!  

What are you loving at the moment that we wouldn't know about you? I’m currently loving the change of season! Everyone knows me as a Summer baby – which is absolutely spot on – but I secretly really enjoy this time of year when the weather starts to cool down. It’s a lovely reprieve from the sweltering heat and a beautiful reminder from Mother Nature that everything in life has its time, and that it’s important to honour our seasons.

Your favorite LYC juice? I’d have to say Green Zest is my favourite! Give me greens with a little ginger kick and I’m one happy Gracie!

Visit Gracie now at Goodness Gracious Wellness