I'm a dream-chasing, dog-loving, music-playing, race-running woman who loves to travel. I love to play my harp (#adultbeginnerplug), be in awe of nature, and share a bottle of wine over laughter and tears with friends. My heart beats, my lungs breathe, and I am so very alive.
I'm also incredibly passionate about the tool that allows us to do all of these things: the body.
But it hasn't always been that way. Let's flash back to middle-school Holly, to the girl who harshly judged herself for the way she looked, and constantly compared herself to other girls. The girl who jumped from one diet to the next in hopes of someday fitting into clothing that the seemingly flawless girls in her class wore. The girl who placed so much importance on her appearance, that actually caring for the one thing that allowed her to move through life never once crossed her mind. It felt like it was decided. I was locked into a vessel that wouldn't listen to me. I resented my own, precious body.
Then a gradual process of change began. And no, it wasn't some amazing growth spurt to stretch me out like I had been promised. It wasn't a miracle drug that sculpted away every imperfection I felt was magnified on myself. It was an internal change, and it took time. I began to value my actual wellness over my appearance. I started shifting my lifestyle to utilize my body in different ways. Rather than insisting my body listen to me, I started listening to it. Then, in its own, perfect timing, my body began to grow in its perfectly imperfect way toward its fullest potential, and I am still loving being within this growth process.
When I started working with my body instead of against it, exercising in a way that felt good to me and fit my lifestyle, I felt less anxious and self-conscious. I became stronger, and I started to feel more joy! I began paying attention to the quality of the foods I was putting into my system and the times at which I was doing so. My quality of life began improving, along with my relationships, focus, attitude, and my body's performance. I began my own personal yoga practice, turning my awareness inward and spending time with my body in a new, quiet way. I learned the benefits of meditation and achieved flexibility and core strength in the process. I fell in love with running, which made me realized how much my body is capable of, and proved to myself time and time again that I can continue to learn and get stronger.
This pivotal time for me continues to shape who I am and how I live today. To this day, I enjoy my running practice, which supports both my body and mind, creating a sacred space in which I can lovingly push my perceived physical limits, release stress, and embody my inner power. My love for fresh food pairs with my love of cooking, and I am constantly finding new, delicious ways to support my energy through proper nutrition! As with anything, resetting one's lifestyle and habits takes time. It doesn't happen overnight, but small steps can close big gaps and bring about a life-changing shift.
At the root of this mindset shift is this realization: Our bodies are meant to be listened to. The connection between our mind, body, soul, and every dimension that composes our being is meant to be fueled with love, not resentment.
My journey with my own body continues to unfold with bumps and twists along the way- and I'm gaining a sense of gratitude for those obstacles. Because of them, my passion for helping others find their loving connection with their own vessel is fueled. It's my desire and joy to support you on your path to embracing and caring for your precious, incredible, complex, powerful body. I'm here for you. Are you ready?
Certifications and Education
With over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry, Holly has worked as an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates and Aerobics instructor, Circle Leader for The Wild Woman Project, Les Mills Body Pump Instructor, run multiple races, and is a proud Wellness Advocate for doTERRA essential oils.
Photo by East 'Note' Photography