I believe that by simplifying things in our lives we can create space for the things we really want in life.
Sometimes it not about doing more - it's about doing less with more intention.
I believe that by making small changes in our lives we can create big shifts in how we feel and approach each day.
I believe we ALL deserve and are capable of feeling great ~ body, mind and spirit.
I am not one to waste time; I pack a lot into my days (I worked full time, ran a business part-time and manage a young family for years). I know your days are busy --- so each and every moment with me, each and everything I share with you has a reason, purpose and power.
I value your energy and I value my energy, therefore everything I put my energy into must be important. You are important. Our energy each day sets the pace, and I have seen clients telling me again and again the first thing they notice in my programs: they have more energy to take on the day.
I’m a no B.S. kind-of gal - ask anyone close to me. Don’t get me wrong, I am compassionate and understanding (life happens!), but I strongly believe that one of the first steps in creating positive change is about being honest with ourselves and with those on this journey with us.
Over the past 15 years in the health and fitness industry I’ve seen a lot of crazy people do crazy things to get ‘results’. The problem is - those results don’t last, are often harmful to our mind and body, and in the end leaving them defeated and unhappy.
It’s taken me years of working with clients, as well as personal health struggles, to weed-out the common threads that lead to real success.
A little bit more about Jackie
Let me first tell you, it was a long road and I’m still travelling along it. Parts of the journey were absolutely amazing and other parts truly broke my heart ... but all of it has made me who I am today, so I am now (years later) thankful for each moment.
Those who don’t know me often have this ‘idealistic’ view of me. And to be honest, on a daily basis, we all try to portray that we have it all together. But I want you to understand that we ALL struggle, we ALL have a history and NO ONE is perfect.
However - I also know, after years of struggling with my own personal stuff, that we can overcome, and we can be our best self - which is why I do what I do.
So here is the real deal story.
In college, I was a fast-food eating/cigarette smoking/bar hopping machine.
Exercise and vegetables were the furthest thing from my mind.
Now you are probably waiting for this life or death, ah-ha moment that made me change my life, but it didn’t happen that way.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had smack in the face, eye-opening moments, but it was the small consistent changes that lead me to where I am today.
I finished college in 2002, got a job and broke up with my boyfriend – I was on my own for the first time, and it gave me a chance to look at my life (which I wasn’t happy with) and make some changes. I began by going to the gym with a friend a few times a week, which lead to me eating (somewhat) better, quitting smoking and even becoming a Personal Trainer myself.
For an entire year, I felt nauseous or had severe digestive upsets every time I ate. This created anxiety about eating and feeling panicky in public areas. I planned my life around the nearest washroom and I survived on peppermint tea and Pepto-Bismol. Numerous doctors ran numerous tests and scopes, yet in the end they found nothing and declared it was simply IBS.
It was the devastation of having no answers and no solution that I really began searching for a better way – living holistically and with intention.
I first set out do de-stress because instinctually I knew the stress in my life wasn't helping. I signed up for one yoga class – and I was hooked – so much so that I dove into the practice and soon afterwards took the year-long training to become a certified yoga teacher.
In 2010 I had my daughter, which as any mother will attest, changes and challenges you to your limits! But again my knowledge of my body grew. I then hired a Registered Holistic Nutritionist which allowed me to dive into nutrition and its affects on the body – making HUGE improvements to my digestive system and overall gave me a happy gut.
Later, my love of pregnancy and birth lead me to became a certified Prenatal Yoga teacher as well as a Hypnobirthing® Practitioner.
I took children’s yoga classes and began the frustrating quest of eliminating toxins from our food and household products, which lead me too the power of essential oils. Now I spend much of my time teaching others about the power of essential oils and their health.
My love of health and fitness, just keeps going and going ... and so the rest is history.
Please understand that I did not work full-time while taking courses and running my holistic business part-time because its was fun (don’t get me wrong - a lot of it was fun), but I've been on this journey because its my PASSION. I’m still far from perfect. I still struggle. But in the end, all I know is that I am the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been and that feels down-right fabulous.