Hey – I’m Anita. I’ll make an assumption that since you’re on this page, you want to know a little about me. So, here it goes…
A little about WHO I AM…
I’m 39 going on 20… alright, maybe 24 (according to my body composition scanner). Female. Lived in 6 countries to date. Married – very happily, to a lovely man :o).
We’ve got 2 cats. One thinks she’s a dog (although she’s not tried to bark yet). The other’s a bit of a chicken. A seagull actually (I swear if you closed your eyes while she meowed, you’d think you’re by the seaside)…
Here’s where I don’t know how much more info to put in. How much is too much, right?
I’m a generalist by nature. But it took me a long time, and a lot of self judgement to come to terms with the term.
I, like many other people, grew up surrounded by the status quo – telling me that I had to find ONE thing I’m good at and become excellent at it. And then spend the rest of my life doing that ONE THING.
Every. Single. Day…
I guess that’s where the confusion and claustrophobia set in. And intense internal panic signalled that my gut instinct wasn’t quite agreeing with all of this… status quo malarkey.
You see, I like to learn new things. I like to explore how they work.
I like to put concepts together that no-one considered putting together before. I like to walk in, research the problem, explore the possible solutions, pick one, then BOOM! Just get things done!
I get bored easily. I like change. I like variety. I like to evolve and keep moving (the “Lived in 6 countries to date” part should have given that away)
So you see how the “find one thing and do it for the rest of your life” advice created a lot of conflict in me…
So through a lot of soul searching. Reading, experimenting, occasional tear-filled breakdowns, and listening to some VERY smart and compassionate people, I am now proud of being a GENERALIST! (we’re a rare breed it turns out :o)
It also turns out – being a generalist is my one superhero power! Who’d have thought…
The moment I FELT that it was like I was freed.
And thanks to me being interested in so many aspects of health and wellbeing, I’m also very good at “eating an elephant” (figuratively speaking of course).
When presented with a challenge, I can look at the big picture and instead of getting overwhelmed, I can see the next steps required to make things happen.
And that’s all you need to get going with anything in life – the next step.
Anyhooo. Speaking of the next step, let’s make it.
Here’s how my generalism can be of assistance to you, and or perhaps, a friend or family member you feel might need that assistance.
A little bit about WHAT I DO…
A generalist is a multi-passionate person. A person that knows a lot about everything within a specialist topic.
My topic is everything to do with the individual: health, fitness, wellbeing, and all the complex issues that fall within those three sub-categories.
Fitness and the human body have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I’m amazed by what we can do in terms of physical endurance, strength, flexibility, form…
At the other end of the scale, it’s astonishing to see how much punishment we can take from rubbish food (loads of it), and laziness (let’s not even talk about smoking or drinking…)
The human body is a fantastically complex machine.
But the human mind – THAT to me is the epicenter of transformation. Good and bad. It’s where you can make some pretty amazing stuff happen.
And then there’s the bit that defines EVERYTHING that happens to you inbetween the physical and the intellectual realms – Nutrition.
Yep, it’s astonishing how many people still don’t GET the connection between what you put in and what you get out.
We GET IT when it comes to our cars. If you put the wrong gas in – you know you’d better have your mechanic’s number handy for when things go pear shaped.
Yet for some reason – the nutrition – body – mind connection is a topic well left alone.
I genuinely believe that on a base level we all know we should “look after ourselves”. Survival is a human instinct!
I guess with all the information flying around, people get overwhelmed and after trying a few things to “get healthy”, the discomfort gets too much and they give up or give in to the norm…
But I know getting healthy and living a vibrant and alert life doesn’t have to be hard work. It doesn’t have to be boring. And it certainly doesn’t have to be a serious jobby.
For the past 18 and a bit years, I’ve lived with that conviction in one way or another. You can say I’m doing the experiential learning/living thing. A bit like my own experimental bunny really (apologies for the analogy).
I read, learn, test. Then I keep what works, and discard what doesn’t. Then I move on. Constantly expanding. Constantly making things better. Building and changing habits to enhance my own experience with life.
I’ve learned a lot about healthy living. But the thing that really GOT me by the heartstrings is how pliable we are as human beings.
If we didn’t want to change – no one could make us. My own brother for example, has looked after my dad through 2 strokes and an ulcer, but still hasn’t given up smoking…
And then there are those powerful human beings that against all odds, make astonishing things happen for themselves and for others.
It’s all down to our choices and attitudes.
The bottom line is: we’re not defined! The game isn’t over – until it really IS.
Just ‘cause you’ve never succeeded at making a change for yourself, doesn’t mean you can’t or you won’t. All it takes is desire and leverage. The know-how will find you almost as a consequence of finding the first two.
One of my favorite quotes says:
“Master of Mind NOT Mastered by Mind!”
Anyhoo… I digress a little…
How does this all HELP YOU?
Well, I have two propositions for you.
1. Join our Tribe at ExperiLife.com
If you’re a busy business professional. And you’re looking for a fast and easy way to build a healthy body and mind, we will help you figure out where to start to get the most out of your efforts.
At ExperiLife we’ll coach you on how to go about getting the confidence to decide what health advice to follow. Which bits of the massive health topics you should add to your life to make it better. And most importantly – what to switch off – to make life better and less stressful.
We’ll help you make being healthy good for you (which is a big change from it being a pain in the backside).
This isn’t another diet plan or a workout fad. It’s learning a skill that will help you build that elusive bespoke health one experience at a time.
We call this Experiential Living.
2. Read the book
Just over 5 years ago a feeling started brewing in me. A calling almost… To share everything I’m learning. I started to notice the difference my approach made to the people who were bothering to listen to my advice.
The real action-takers became on fire when they shared a problem with me and I offered them a different way of tackling things. An ease-into-it kind of way of making life better.
So after many iterations, my book came to life. It’s called Eat Well. Move Often. Make Happy.
And as you’d have guessed by now – it talks exactly about those three pillars of making your life better. It’s a short 40-ish page digital book. Followed by a bunch of super useful worksheets to help you take ownership of your health.
But it helps you do that unlike any other health-related book you might have come across.
It shows you how you can fit healthy habits into your existing lifestyle, one small Minimal Viable Effort (MVE) at a time.
It’s also a great way to get a feel for my style of approaching things that need fixing :o)
With all the stuff said, bear in mind I’m not a doctor. I’m in the trenches. I’m well versed on the topics of health and fitness. As far as ownership of long acronyms of degrees go, I have 2: I’m just a certified fitness instructor, and a certified Tiny Habits Coach.
What I’m saying is – read the info I share with you, but also be smart.
Do your due diligence and consult your GP before you take any supplements. Or before you undertake any strenuous exercises I might suggest.
There – disclaimer done!
Finally, I’d like to leave you with this beautiful quote from the Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery… which guides my life and helps me center myself in tough moments:
“It is with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
See you around.
“Be happy. Be you.”