Keeping things real in the world of health, wellness, being a women and all that stuff that is just plain hard sometimes!
Naturally Well with Jo is a modern day holistic wellness hub supporting women to live a healthy and natural life. The hub is based on the passions, beliefs and tools, which Jo studied and experimented with to gain vibrant health, wellness and happiness for herself. Jo is passionate about sharing her journey with you, to enable you to make the best new choices to feel empowered and inspired towards living an holistic, healthy and natural lifestyle.
Working to create a soulful wellness hub to support women to find balance and naturally transform their health and wellbeing. Achieving this through a simple, mindful and no-guilt holistic approach that enables positive and healthy habits.
To have real and authentic conversations with real women about approaching womanhood from a natural perspective. And to uplift, inspire and connect women around the world to remind them that we are all in this together and not alone on the journey of becoming naturally well.
Hello. You are visiting me and this wellness hub because there is something inside of you that has this deep knowing that a change needs to be made and you’re curious to find out more. Welcome. Thank you for listening to your inner voice. Straight up I would like to say that I am truly grateful that you’re here and wanting to do something different. I believe wellness can be achieved from a no-guilt, mindful, back to basic approach approach and I make it simple, fun and achievable.
I believe health and wellbeing is holistic and not focussed on just one thing. There are many ways we can cultivate wellbeing that suits each one of us. I have found what we eat, how we move, how we sleep, how we think and what we do all cumulatively affect our health; in both negative and positive ways. Through my own personal journey, working with other women and sharing stories with my girlfriends I can honestly say that there isn’t one specific way of wellness that is suitable for everyone. We are all different and have different needs and wants. However I am extremely confident that by being a part of the hub you will be able to source and find inspiration from the hubs toolkit to make the necessary changes for yourself to enable your own health and wellbeing to thrive
I am not here to tell you how to eat and live. Within you, you already know how to do this. It is my job to empower you to adopt a simple, mindful and intuitive approach to wellness whilst avoiding a quick fix mentality which does not address issues at their root cause. My philosophy focuses on cultivating wellness in its simple act for long-term sustainable lifestyle changes to support total health into your daily life.
You may have guessed that I am super passionate for holistic natural healing. What I share here is the culmination of personal experience, reading and learning from other women and my own personal experiences and study. Not for one minute do I think I know all there is to know about living a healthy and natural life. Just like you I am continuously learning and I love being open to the ever evolving ways of living a naturally inspired life.
First and foremost I am a first time mum to twins named Essie and Banjo, who are keeping me extremely busy and provide constant inspiration for my work. They are also opening up my eyes to having a greater appreciation for other mums out there who are trying to balance health, life and happiness. It can be a tough job.
The idea to blog about a natural approach to womanhood certainly isn’t unique. But I wanted to show a very real, honest and raw insight into ways we can embrace health and wellness throughout the various stages of a woman’s life, while creating a platform for other women to share their experiences and tips, without judgement.
Trying to find balance with our health, wellbeing and life can be at times tough. There are highs and lows, funny and humiliating moments, testing and empowering times. We are all different and we will stuff it up from time to time. But we have one thing in common; we all want to feel healthy, happy and loved. And the only way to do this is to keep being inspired, keep learning and evolving.
Secondly, I am trained and certified as an holistic food coach, yoga teacher and personal trainer. I am also a self-proclaimed health, wellbeing and natural living ‘geek’ who lives and breathes this lifestyle.
The Work I Do In Two Parts
My passion and part of the work I do is to provide a space of connection and guidance to help women re-evaluate their health and wellbeing goals; and to help women who wish to return to nature to treat their health related issues through lifestyle changes.
My other work is aimed at helping women to build knowledge, awareness and skills around creating natural, healthy lifestyle habits; loving and reconnecting with themselves and implementing natural & sustainable lifestyle choices. A life in balance is more than diet and exercise. It is the way we think about ourselves and how we can take time out to connect with what makes us truly happy; it is the connection between the mind, body and soul.
You can come and play with me either by joining one of my yoga classes specifically designed for women’s health, women’s wellness workshops, programs, retreats and or working one one one with me.
My Back Story
Today I am healthy, happy and well. I love my body for the remarkable things it does (especially carrying two healthy babies) and I love embracing real nourishing food. I truly feel at ease around food, as I know it nourishes and supports me. However, like all of us here we have a story and living and eating the way I do wasn’t always that way. Rewind 15 years, and I was hitting the gym twice a day for more than one and a half hours and survived on egg whites, apples and coffee. I used to count calories and weigh my food. I use to start a new diet plan every week (hello Monday’s) and I was obsessed with trying to achieve the ‘perfect body’. I remember the days when I lived on protein powders and weight loss supplements and counted out my daily 10 almond rations.
I used to weigh myself every single morning and night and my daily mood was dictated on what the scales read. I felt stressed around food and health and what I ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ eat. It was a (insert swear word) nightmare.
The havoc it created in my body manifested into serious gastritis and full blown panic attacks and anxiety. I had panic attacks where my partner would have to sit in a warm bath tub with me for hours just to calm me down. And there were plenty of times I wouldn’t leave the house from the anxiety. This was caused through stress, dieting, poor gut health, my lifestyle and how I thought about myself.
Something Needed to Change
I knew a change was needed and I am so grateful I found it through real food, holistic wellness and natural living. Inspired by the “Primal Blueprint” my philosophy around food was turned on its head. I have gone against every fad diet that has come my way and through my own research I have gone from a chronic dieter to now living a life of a healthy natural eater, wellness & natural living warrior. I continued on this amazing new found health journey and went on to train as a yoga teacher. This is where I have discovered my love for a deeper connection with mind, body and spirit. I now specialise in yoga for women’s holistic health, Vinyasa style yoga and pre and post natal yoga. Anytime you would like to join me in a yoga class, please get in contact here
Together with my partner we left the city life and have now been living and working towards creating our 10 acre self sustaining organic hobby farm on Bruny Island, Tasmania. We came here not knowing how to do anything. And through the last four years we have taught ourselves how to live off the grid, grow organic food, compost, recycle, re-waste and re-use. We have truly embraced a more natural lifestyle and now we look forward to sharing this with Essie and Banjo.
I am a Mama
As mentioned I am a new mum to twins who we named Essie and Banjo. I have already felt that being a mum can be challenging. I can honestly say that I have felt mum guilt too many times. I have also found that being a mum can be a lonely job. So by writing about my experiences and connecting through the retreats and workshops I run I hope that it will help other mums to feel that they are not alone and have a safe space to feel deeply nourished.
Addition to this, the importance of holistic health, wellbeing & natural living for myself, my babies and for women who are trying for a baby, expecting a baby or already have children has exploded my passion for holistic health, wellness and natural living.
Why I Birthed Naturally Well with Jo
Because there are many times in my life I felt alone. That I felt completely lost around health and wellbeing. And I craved a community around me of other women who I can connect with and have soulful, raw and authentic conversations with around wellness. I truly feel that we can heal our mind, body and soul with more soulful raw connections and conversations. Don’t you?
I am also extremely passionate about helping and seeing women live naturally. I have discovered and I am always learning about better ways to take care of myself in a simple, mindful, practical and guilt free way. I have found a simple and sustainable approach to wellness which anyone can embrace and which I am super passionate to share. And if I can achieve this I know that you can to.
I have found that we don’t need to try and do it all. Especially when we are juggling being a women, wife, partner, mum, sister, friend etc. Little changes we make in our own personal life can and is enough. My motto is “Start small, do the best you can” And this is why Naturally Well with Jo was born. To uplift and inspire women to have strategies in place to create wellness naturally and enjoy a lifestyle of balance, wellness and happiness.
If you’re wanting to live more naturally, with more mind, body and spirit connection and with more awareness around good nutrition and good health you’re defiantly in the right space. Please sign up to my newsletter and be open to this wellness hub which aims to inspire and teach you about the importance of living a natural life.
Connect With Me
One last and final note. I love connecting and building a supportive community. If you would like to collaborate and run a health, well-being and natural living retreat, workshop or event I would love to hear from you. Together we can create a wonderful ‘pop up’ event to help plant positive seeds of change and start a ripple affect in helping women rethink the way they eat, think and live to be more healthy and happy
“We can’t change the world and our lives in one quick hit. We can contribute to where and what we can to create powerful, positive and sustainable changes. You and I can make small frequent changes to create long term impact on our health by making one or more positive changes in the way we eat, think and live”
– Jo Smith