In February 2018, I self-published my first book, Run My World: How I Empowered Myself Through Fitness. It would not have been possible without the support of incredible friends, mentors, and role models, and now I’m highlighting some of the amazing people in my life that run their worlds.
Empowered (wo)men empower (wo)men, so now I’m raising a glass to some of the best people I know. I’m so grateful to share their stories — I promise you’ll be even more inspired to run your world!
Mary’s note: Of course, I first had to feature Elisabeth, my ultimate role model (and former boss, but now friend!). Her energy is contagious, and she’s one of the most beautiful people I know, inside + out. She is the founder of CHAARG, the *fitness sorority* with the mission of Changing Health Attitudes + Actions to Recreate Girls. Without CHAARG, I don’t know how I could have overcame my eating disorder. I certainly wouldn’t have made some of my closest friends in this community. Without her trust, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work for CHAARG, and that’s how I’m now working my current job. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her guidance and inspiration. I’m forever grateful for Elisabeth, and she TRULY runs her world!
Psst… She also wrote a foreword to my book and interviewed me on the CHAARG Podcast!
Name — Elisabeth Tavierne
Hometown — St. Charles, IL
Current City — Chicago, IL
Occupation/Business — CHAARG
In one sentence, what does it mean for you to run your world? Running your world means having the courage to live your authentic truth — whatever that means to you.
Acknowledge Your Past: What’s one lesson from your past that has really influenced your life? Quitting swimming — mid season, mid practice, in college. I was terrified + hated the thought of “quitting” something… especially something I knew + loved for most of my life. But at the same time, I knew in my heart that I had to. Had I not have quit swimming, I wouldn’t have started CHAARG. It’s crazy [+ amazing!] to see how small//big decisions can affect the trajectory of your life.
Find Your Fit: What are your favorite ways to move and exercise? How did you find your fit? I love movement — in any way, shape, + form. My “fit” has evolved, but I always knew I wanted to be in the health + wellness space, so I have been blessed to always have *found my fit* — I can thank my mom for throwing me into swim lessons as a baby ; ). My favorite workout for the past year or so has been yoga — but I also need running//walking + weights in my life, always.
Fuel Your Body: What is your favorite meal to fuel your body? What is your favorite meal to fuel your soul? Have you had any struggles with your relationship with food? How do you try to fight/challenge the cultural standards around dieting and disordered eating? Fuel my body = MY MASSIVE SMOOTHIE BOWL ((you can find the recipe here!))… I also love eggs! Crazy, but true. Fuel my soul = Coffee + Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups : ). I think I’ve struggled with my body more than I’ve struggled with food — I’ve written about it here + here. It can be very hard not to struggle in some capacity due to not only comparing yourself to cultural standards, but also your friends + people that you see in real life! I’ve talked a lot about this in a podcast, “Starting The Conversation On Body Image.” I remind myself often that it’s how I FEEL that matters most. Do I have the energy to do the things that I want to do? Do I have the energy to show up the way I want to show up? If yes, then what I’m doing is working… if not, I need to adjust. + adjusting doesn’t need to be about food! It could be about sleep, relationships, work… + a million other factors. Food shouldn’t be “the bad guy” — don’t fear food… food should be both about function, but also FUN! : )
Practice Mindfulness: Do you meditate? If so, how? How do you try to be mindful on a daily/weekly/monthly basis? Yes! How? Hard question to answer ; ) I’ll sit for 5-20 minutes depending my time, + just be with myself. I don’t have a specific structure. I don’t try to “not think.” If I want to think about something specific, I’ll let myself linger. I try to always be kind to myself. Meditation should always make me feel more grounded + peaceful… if I’m still anxious when the bell rings, I add another 5 minutes + focus on long, deep breaths. In terms of a mindfulness practice, I started a practice last year ((that I have continued!)) in which I review my journal from the previous month of the last day of every month. For 2017, I had concrete goals [read them here!] — every month, I would write down: how I volunteered//donated, what documentary I watched, what books I read, what vacation//weekend getaway I went on, what health appointments I had, + who I had coffee dates with. ++ then, I wrote down anything from my journal entries that I wanted to remember — quotes, self-discoveries, growth lessons, etc. Being mindful to me means being aware — I want to be aware of how far I’ve come!
HIIT vs. LISS: Tell us about your work-life “balance.” How do you manage planning/productivity while being a straight up hustler? I value rest so, so, so much more than I used to… that might be a product of getting older ; ), but also seeing how “hustling” affected my physical + emotional health, as well as my relationships. I was addicted to work, because I loved it so, so much — but I wasn’t able to give the love//energy to my family//friends//significant other (( + MYSELF!)) that they deserved. I view my work//life flow much more holistically, because it’s something I plan to do my entire life!
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: What have you done in 2018 that is most out of your comfort zone? What is something you really want in 2018 that you’re a little scared to do? Tell us a travel experience that pushed you out of your comfort zone. Started The CHAARG Podcast! ++ traveling to Israel by myself ((still, with a group — but it’s the first time I’ve signed up for a travel experience *alone*)). That definitely pushed me outside my comfort zones in so many ways. I wrote about it here!
Shine On: What accomplishment makes you most proud? What’s a big, hairy audacious goal (BHAG) that you’ve been contemplating and want to speak into existence? I am most proud of us for changing the mentality of what it means to live a “healthy life.” As much as I love the physical component — it’s so much more. I still remember at one of our retreats a girl shared her story + said: “I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for CHAARG.” That’s when it hit me that CHAARG is so much greater, + so much more important than I could have ever imagined. CHAARG is an energy that allows women to feel worthy — to feel supported — to feel enough — to feel complete — to feel beautiful — to feel like her best version of herself. I want to bring into existence more “in person” experiences… more details to come on that, because it’s definitely happening ; ).