Emma Seibold on Her Superpower, Barre, & Being a Mom

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I’ve known about Barre Body for a long time and just recently stumbled upon its founder, Emma Seibold. Once I learned a little bit about her, I knew I had to interview her for the blog as part of the Happsters Happy Questions series. She is an incredibly inspiring business owner and mom and I’m excited to share her story with you. Enjoy ♥♥♥

1. Why did you decide to start Barre Body?

Barre Body was born not long after I had my first baby, Xavier. I had been a yoga teacher for a long time and then started incorporating barre into my post baby yoga practice and noticed incredible effects with very little effort almost straight away. I loved how the small, controlled movements at the ballet barre made me feel stable and toned and shaped my body in a way that no other exercise ever had. It really is the most effective workout you’ll ever find and the blend of yoga, pilates and ballet barre conditioning means that it’s always creative and varied and you never get bored.

2. What does a typical day look like for you?

I wake up at 5am so I can fit in meditation and yoga/barre practice before my children wake up sometime after 6. Then it’s a rush to get everyone dressed and fed and out the door for school and day care. Then I sit down at my desk and get to work. I do a lot of phone conferences and create a lot of online content now that I live in Byron Bay away from our studios so I have to be really creative about how I manage the team and how I connect with Barre Body clients and social media followers. I work until about 2.30pm and then we pick the little ones up and often go to the playground before coming home and starting on dinner. The afternoon and evening is for family and then I’ll often do a little bit more work and/or connect with my husband (who is also my business partner) after the kids go to bed. Then I get ready to do it all again the next day! I try to fit in a yoga class here and there and some me time when I can. I also travel a lot for work so I’m often in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane visiting our studios.

3. What book have you recommended to friends the most?

A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson is a beautiful guidebook for how to live a life that is guided by love rather than fear. I also really like Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert which is all about nurturing creativity.

4. What gives you energy?

Alone time. I really need quiet time by myself every now and again to fill me up. A walk on the beach or a yoga class usually does the trick.

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5. What depletes your energy?

Too many demands on my time or feeling anxious.

6. What’s your super power?

I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow which means I get to make the most of those precious sleep hours and get up nice and early the next morning.

I would also say my power of positivity!

7. What is your favorite mantra that continues to be relevant in your life and why?

Live in joy. Be present. Do it all with love.

This came to be at the beginning of this year and it was like it was to be my mantra or my guide for the year. I want to live joyfully and be present in everything I do and make all of my decisions and let all of my actions be guided by love.

8. How has being a mom changed how you’ve run your business?

I was a mum before I started my business or rather, the two happened at the same time so I’ve always had to juggle the two demands on my time. I would say that as my business has grown and matured, I’ve been able to step back a little and give more focus to my children, which is a lovely way to be. It’s always a juggle though and so I just try to really BE wherever I am. If I am with my babies, I am 100% present and likewise for Barre Body.

9. If you could tell your past self something 10 years ago, what would it be?

You are in for one hell of a ride. Trust yourself and amazing things are going to happen.

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10. Do you have any self care rituals that you’ve found recharge you?

Absolutely. Daily meditation and movement practices are central to my wellbeing and a peaceful state of mind. I also love baths and cups of tea! And walking is a favourite way for me to both exercise and clear my mind and allow my creative energy to come through.

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You can find Emma and Barre Body online at: www.instagram.com/barrebody (brand) or www.instagram.com/emmabarrebody (personal), www.barrebody.com.au and www.facebook.com/barrebody

This interview is part of Happsters Happy Questions, an ongoing series of interviews that take a peek inside the lives of inspiring women around the world.

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Summertime Happiness

Hi guys! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve checked in. I’ve just been enjoying the long days, warm weather, family and friends. Here’s a look at what I’ve been up to:

Billy was an actor in the Environmental Research Advocates video (will post the link soon!). He got to surf and talk about his love for the waves.

Environmental Research Advocates

If you haven’t heard of the Environmental Research Advocates, their goal is to bring worldwide recognition to noteworthy projects that will sustain the environment. Check ’em out!

Speaking of water…I went paddleboarding for my third time and loved it!


Paddleboarding Adventures
 I got a chance to attend the  Lorna Jane Del Mar Launch Party. I went to an event at their La Jolla location a few months back (read about it here) and had a blast. This time I went with London and Ashleigh with a store credit that was burning a hole in my pocket!

Lorna Jane Launch

It was really fun to see their Active Living Room, where they offer free classes.

Lorna Jane Active Living Room

I ended up getting some crops and a cute sports bra. Success!

Lorna Jane ClothingPhoto via London

This weekend I had fun at a BBQ with lots of family, games, and food. 3 of my favorite things :).

Hats

 

What did you do over the long weekend? What are some of your favorite summertime activities? Let me know in the comments! I’ve missed you guys 🙂

Move Nourish Believe with Lorna Jane

i’ve known about Lorna Jane Active Living for a year or two and love not only their clothes, but also their inspiration. I’ve had this screen saver on my computer from them for awhile now and ♥ it.

“If you haven’t found it yet. Keep looking.”

 "If you haven't found it yet. Keep looking."

When Sweat Pink asked if I’d like to come to the Lorna Jane store event in La Jolla to meet Lorna Jane herself, I was in. As I walked into the store, I was greeted by a smiley Lorna Jane employee who gave me a gift bag with some awesome Lorna Jane swag including some cool sweat bands and a visor.

I also got Natalie Jill’s (of Instagram fame) Rev4: Rev it up DVD. You do short segments of progressively intense exercise with only your body weight. Can’t wait to check it out!

Lorna Jane Swag

I introduced myself to Natalie and she was so sweet. We actually live in the same area of town and chatted for awhile about fitness.

Natalie Jill Fit

I made my way to the gorgeous Active Living Room where they host free classes every day. I’m hoping to go after work sometime! They look like so much fun, are free and offer a fridge full of juices from Juices Served Here. They were giving tasters at the party and are delicious.

Juices Served Here
In the Active Living Room, I got to meet Lorna Jane herself, who was so down to earth and great to chat with. I also got to meet more Lorna Jane employees. All of them were so welcoming. My kinda place!

I met up with my friend, Gina to shop and ended up getting myself a cute tank and some headbands.

Make Your Own Rules Shirt

I’m excited to go back and get some more clothes! I’m also kicking myself for not getting one of their yoga mats. I am in desperate need of a good one. I’ve decided that I just may clean their booth out at the IDEA World Fitness Convention :-).

As most of you know, I’m pretttttty obsessed with inspirational quotes and Lorna Jane is not lacking in that department. Here are a few of my favorites.

“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.”

First we make our habits, then our habits make us.

“What you seek is seeking you.”

What you seek is seeking you

“For nothing is impossible if you put your true heart into it.”For nothing is impossible if you put your true heart into it

P.S. They also served Lorna Jane cupcakes and had a blowout station from Dry Bar. Loved all of the little touches they included to make it an incredible event!

Lorna Jane Cupcakes

Have you ever heard of Lorna Jane? What do you like to do to stay active?

Full disclosure: I was given this opportunity through Fit Approach and received a Lorna Jane gift card.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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How To Create a Wellness Program in The Workplace

The IDEA Tribe took a jumping picture for a crazy birthday wish!

The IDEA Tribe

As Happsters, we know that there is no greater joy than spreading happiness to others.  It is particularly rewarding to spread happiness in places where happiness is usually spread thin.  Where does the majority of the world spend their time and begrudgingly so?  The workplace.

Kelli and I are lucky enough to work for IDEA Health and Fitness Association, a company that truly cares for the health and happiness of its employees.  After all, there are countless studies correlating health and happiness, so as a health and fitness association we want to practice what we preach!  I would like to share simple ways to improve your happiness and the happiness of your coworkers by creating a Wellness Program where you work.

It starts from the top.

First and foremost, enlist the backing of someone in charge.  This person does not have to participate in the Wellness Program, he or she simply needs to make it known that the Program has the support of the management.  This might appear to be a tall order but remember, doubt killed more dreams than failure ever would!  Approach your boss with the idea of forming an internal wellness program and committee or simply creating some onsite health projects. He or she will be impressed by your initiative and willingness to improve company health.  The rise in healthcare costs is so drastic that a company would be foolish not to enlist the help of willing employees to combat this growing issue. If you need help convincing your management team to start a wellness program, this list of Top 10 reasons why your company needs an Employee Wellness Program” should help: http://www.wellnessquotes.com/top10-reasons-why-your-company-needs-an-employee-wellness-program.html.

Here are some suggestions for what you can do at your company to make the environment a healthier and happier place. The hope of having a Wellness Program is to not only improve employee health, but also start a shift in company culture toward a health-conscious population.

Your coworkers (or employees) are your greatest asset!

The wellness committee puts together this fun schedule in the hall each month

The wellness committee puts together this fun schedule in the hall each month at IDEA

Start with square one:  Ask your coworkers what would make them happier at work.  What would be one thing they are willing to do to improve their health? At IDEA, we send out a yearly Happiness Survey to gage company morale and request suggestions for improving the work environment.

We also have a Wellness Committee that hosts biweekly meetings to plan wellness events, brainstorm ideas for improving company happiness and discuss the happenings in the subcommittees which are made up of Events, Celebrations and Recognitions, Tracking and Participation.  All our subcommittees work on specific aspects of wellness that we share with the Committee as a whole.

Find out what skills and expertise you have in house.

Workplace exercise

At IDEA, we offer meditation, CORE, yoga and weight lifting classes, all taught by IDEA employees that share their passion for fitness with their fellow employees. You may not have fitness professionals on staff to teach classes, so another option that would be easy to introduce is what we like to call a “Wellness Walk”. These walks can become a staple of your day and company culture.  Most likely there are groups of staff members that take a lunch break at the same time and it is well worth organizing a walk so that you can all go together.  As little as 10-15 minutes will leave you refreshed, energized and with a good dose of vitamin D.  It is also a great way to bring employees together that do not regularly have the opportunity to socialize and share ideas.

Vending Machines Out, Healthy Snacks In!

Petition to get the normally candy-filled vending machines removed and provide healthy snacks to keep employee brainpower churning out productivity instead!  At IDEA, we offer nuts, granola bars, apples and yogurt to keep our minds sharp.  The snacks are provided by IDEA and partially funded by employee donation.

Lunch n’ Learn

The IDEA Tribe had our first session with Will Marre yesterday, the author of The True Happiness Recipe. Great speaker!

The IDEA Tribe had our first session with Will Marre yesterday, the author of The True Happiness Recipe. Great speaker!

Lunch n’ Learns have been some of the most well attended activities the Wellness Program has provided.  We can’t all be experts at everything, so enlist an expert!  There are so many experts on happiness that can give an inspirational presentation.  It also demonstrates to the employees that the company truly cares for their health and happiness.

Teach Your Passion

Every employee has a passion and most likely they want to share it.  Next month, we will be launching our “Teach your Passion” series where employees share an interest with fellow employees.

We are hosting:

  • Terrarium building
  • Sewing
  • Vision Board Creation
  • Cupcake Making
  • Cooking Demo (Weekday Meal in 30 Minutes)

These are all suggestions from IDEA employees that want to share their passion.  The list could be much longer depending on what your employees want to share.  Each session will take no more than 45 minutes and they will be hosted during lunchtime.

The possibilities are endless!  Teach Your Passion allows employees to be create at work, share something important in their lives and provides another opportunity to socialize with coworkers in a casual environment.

Spread the Word!

IDEA Tribe

The Happsters are committed to spreading happiness everywhere we go because we know that health and happiness go hand in hand.  If you’re interested in improving your company’s health, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We are bursting with ideas and we’d love to hear yours!

Throughout the year, I will be contributing to the Happster blog on wellness in the workplace and all the challenges that go with it.  I will highlight the events and project our Wellness Committee is tackling as well as current wellness trends.  Feel free to contact me if there is a particular topic of interest you would like to read about or you want to share the successes of your own program!

In health and happiness,

Allison Doyle

adoyle@ideafit.com

www.ideafit.com