“Believe that you were made with purpose.” With Ming Zhao & Tiffany Stuart

I also make it a point to try to watch something funny everyday. Whether it’s a couple silly videos on any of the social platforms or a comedy special or show, I absolutely try to get myself to laugh during the day. It’s so easy to get caught up with the stressors of the world, […]

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I also make it a point to try to watch something funny everyday. Whether it’s a couple silly videos on any of the social platforms or a comedy special or show, I absolutely try to get myself to laugh during the day. It’s so easy to get caught up with the stressors of the world, but allowing ourselves that time to be in that joyous state even for a short amount of time does wonders for our mental and physical health.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s wellbeing, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.

As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tiffany Stuart, CHC. the Owner & Editor-in-Chief of , a women’s lifestyle wellness blog dedicated to empowering ALL women to build an educated roadmap towards holistic health. She is a mom of 2, Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute For Integrative Nutrition, an internationally published writer, recipe developer, brand consultant, contributor to the HuffPost, the NON-GMO Project, and other health & wellness brands and organizations. She’s also a YouTuber, public speaker, organizer of several women’s groups in the NYC area, one of 2017–2019 Natural Products Expo East Top Influencers In The Wellness Industry, and Creator and Host of the “What In The Wellness With Tiffany” Podcast. Tiffany also has her own health coaching practice called “Living Healthy With Tiffany” where she offers online wellness courses for women.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

Much like many who venture into the wellness space, I started this journey out of a personal need and subsequent life & health breakdown of sorts.When I first started creating content back in 2013, it wasn’t at all about wellness and health. However, I started sharing about the quirky things that made me happy including my love of the entire Wizarding World of Harry Potter which,(in hindsight), was a form of self-care because of the joy the entire process gave me. The initial premise of the name “It’s Me, Lady G” was based on the occasional taunts I received being called Lady Gryffindor. It was my way of shamelessly turning the negative into a positive and embracing what makes me happy.

A couple years after I created my platforms, I went through a hormonal breakdown which led to my cycle being completely thrown off and left me without a period for the better part of a year.

After routine testing, there was not much found “wrong” with me, but the problem persisted. So, I took the situation into my own hands and completely changed my lifestyle and way of eating based on thousands of hours of research. Once I was able to restore my hormonal health, I knew I had to help other women help themselves through education on the importance of wellness not only for our hormonal well being, but our lives in general.

I decided to pursue my health coaching certification (while pregnant with my 2nd child), and set off creating focused content to help women from then on.

Today, I create authentic wellness focused media that’s made to educate women on different aspects of health, but in a lighthearted way. The “G” in the name has since encompassed so much more including gratitude and green living. This content is available to all on multiple platforms including my newly launched podcast “What In The Wellness With Tiffany”. However, I also create curated courses for those who want more of a personalized coaching, accountability, and strategies to actually implement these changes into real life through my practice “Living Healthy With Tiffany”. .

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

There are honestly so many which I am very grateful to have. Many of which probably aren’t even aware how they’ve helped because support comes in many forms. However, I must say my Mother, my other half, (Bryan), and my best friend Faith have been incredibly supportive throughout the entire journey. Even when they might not have understood what content creation was or the unconventional possibilities of opportunities available on the internet, they’ve always made space for me to pursue what I believed in. This includes last minute arrangements so I’m able to get podcast episodes recorded with guests,coming with me on conference trips and making sure the kids aren’t bored at the hotel, or just getting on the phone to talk over some ideas I have.Faith is also in the wellness space and a Certified Health Coach, so it’s great having that in common. I am truly so grateful for them.

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

Yes, there are so many! As I’ve mentioned, when I started creating content, it was not intentionally focused on health & wellness. When I started feeling like I needed to shift towards it, I hesitated and postponed the pivot in approach simply because I was afraid of what people would think. Admittedly, the change in subject meant I would be going from sharing about beauty products and foods that were made with questionable and highly processed elements, to speaking negatively about them and educating on their potential effects on the body based on all the new information I was discovering. It was pretty much the complete opposite of what I had done up until then.

I waited for almost a year before just taking the leap and announcing my shift. And to my surprise, all went well. Yes, I lost some support and caught a little flack from it, but there was far more positivity around it than I thought.

I learned that no one is perfect, and the people that are supportive will be there for the journey regardless. Especially if they can learn things along the way.

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

First, I must say despite the tendency for the market and brands to refer to me as an influencer, I actually really dislike the term. I think it’s grown to have a weird connotation of slight manipulation that I’m not too comfortable with.

That said, I do understand why it’s used in general. But, there are many in the wellness space who get lumped into that term, who are so much more than that.

If I had to pinpoint what helped me get to this point, it would be being completely myself and not quitting. When I started, I was doing everything I thought was necessary for someone to be successful as a content creator. That included having a full face of makeup, and waiting until I was fully dressed up to record. After a while, I noticed how it would hinder my creation process.

Once I just started sharing and creating as I was in everyday life, everything started to click. Nothing fancy, just with positive intentions and value.

In addition, there were times I just wanted to quit simply because of the numbers. When you create or post something and see your engagement or follower count is not as large as someone else, it can be discouraging. When you work with brands, these are very real factors and it can be tough on the ego. Nonetheless, taking breaks instead of quitting has always been my motto. I’m the master of playing the long game.

Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

Always show up and be authentic. I try to answer as many DMs and comments as I can, even if it takes me a while to get to it. In addition, I try to show appreciation for each person. That’s my way of going about the world in real life, and I try to translate that online as well. I understand that each person that likes a post, comments, shares, or even sends me a direct message really doesn’t have to do that. So, I authentically show up and share my gratitude for them and their time when interacting.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart.

You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

As a working mom of 2, life is pretty hectic at times. I find ways to incorporate my self- care practices in the blocks of time I have to myself. In the morning, I take 5 minutes before I get out of bed to say a prayer in gratitude for the new day, do a one minute breath work exercise, and end it with a slow meditation of me listening to the sounds outside. I’ve learned I function much better and keep my morning cortisol levels from skyrocketing out of control by taking at least those 5 minutes to set the mood for the day.

I also make it a point to try to watch something funny everyday. Whether it’s a couple silly videos on any of the social platforms or a comedy special or show, I absolutely try to get myself to laugh during the day. It’s so easy to get caught up with the stressors of the world, but allowing ourselves that time to be in that joyous state even for a short amount of time does wonders for our mental and physical health.

Don’t get me wrong. These things sound pretty crunch and “woo-woo” and me from over a decade ago would’ve laughed reading this or thought I didn’t live in the real world But, I’m a mom who drops their kids off in a top knot, sweatpants and Uggs (on occasion) like a normal human.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Walking and eating more plants. I truly believe we live in a very extremist society which looks down on those who aren’t hard core with their choices. The simple act of walking for 20 minutes with the intention of improving your health overall can be incredibly impactful and clearing for the mind and heart. While I’ve done for some time, my belief in it was confirmed with I read that Bill Gates takes nature walks to think more clearly.

Eating more plants is another daily ritual of mine which has changed my life for the better. Having a diet rooted in whole foods but allows for others on an occasional basis, has been so healing for me. Not only does this way make room for life to happen, but it dispels any guilt I might’ve had on my heart following a dieting based manner of eating.

Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

The first is to believe that you were made with purpose. Your body is the way it is right now for a reason and that reason is beautiful. It may be the result of so many things or nothing at all, but all of it and you are beautiful in that creation.

The next is understanding that our body is always trying to do what’s best for us despite the narrative of distrust we’ve been marketed or persuaded into to thinking. There was a meme I saw a while back which said something along the lines of the importance of remembering when you’re feeling unloved, that our body has billions of cells, all working to help us all the time. Our bodies are trying to love us every single second, without us doing a thing. It doesn’t care what we have on or the car you drive, it just loves us, period. I find my beauty in that fact at times.

Lastly, despite my denouncing of external influences, I am certainly not opposed to them. There’s incredible power in simply being in spaces, around people, and even wearing things that elevate your own feeling of personal beauty.

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz changed my life for the better. I truly wish I would’ve read it when I was younger, but I know that I probably wouldn’t have been mentally prepared for it. In the book, he shares four principles someone can use when going about life to help them achieve personal freedom and even forgiveness for themselves and others. I use these concepts on a daily basis when interacting with others.

The most influential one to me is “Don’t Take Anything Personally”. Once I understood this, I felt empowered to deal with difficult people and situations .I understood most of what happens or how someone attempts to treat me has very little to do with me in origin. Most of what they do and how they go about the world is based on their own personal experiences and projections. That was mind blowing once I completely understood it.

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

Years ago, I went to my first Breathwork class at a meditation studio in downtown Manhattan. This was way before Breathwork blew up to what it is today. I had always wanted to check the space out because it looked amazing in pictures. When I saw they were doing a 2 hour group Breathwork session, I decided to finally go although I was nervous about the entire thing.

Once I got there, my anxiety increased ten fold when I noticed how many people were there for the same session. PLUS I admittedly did not know what Breathwork really was. Once we all got settled into the room where the session was to commence, there had to be about 40 people in total. I truly contemplated heading for the door before it shut and the lights went down.

About 30 minutes into the class, I realized I was knee deep in the most bizarre wellness related situation I’d ever experienced up until then. The loud emotional music, the deep breathing by everyone in the room on top of the emotional cries and howls were interesting to put it lightly.

Once I finally relaxed, trusted the process, and allowed myself to get involved, I was hooked. I absolutely loved it and have been a convert ever since. I actually hope to pursue a Breathwork certification within the next year or two.

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

In this space and role I’m in, I’m able to create and host events which enable women to truly be vulnerable and open up to education for their own well being on a one-on-one basis. This time is often spent exploring mental and emotional hang ups around making healthier changes, learning about less toxic products for themselves and their family, or partnering with brands and businesses to provide unique deeper experiences.

I would love to create a movement which focuses on making these spaces more accessible to women of all ages including young girls of any socioeconomic standing. With the increase of feminine and hormonal issues, there’s a shortage of trusted resources and spaces crafted to allow the exchange of information about non-toxic and healthy living choices for those who really are in need.

From what I see, those who know the importance of doing these things are already implementing the changes and are seeing improvements from simply making lifestyle shifts and choices. But there are so many who do not understand the importance of education on how to make healthier life choices.In addition,many do not have access to the products, foods, and services once they are informed.

Having a dedicated system or event where this can be addressed in a safe and welcoming setting is something I would love to spearhead.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

It’s hard to pick one, so I will pick two. The first would be Oprah, simply because her journey and intention based vision and drive have always inspired me.

I would also love to meet Busy Philipps. I love her quirky authenticity and refusal to change for anyone. It’s what’s needed in the world and I truly believe we would have so much in common.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

I can be found most readily at my lifestyle wellness blog and on Instagram @itsmeladyg. I can also be listened to on any podcast streaming platform by searching “What In The Wellness With Tiffany”.

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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