1. Welcome to FHGC! Thank you for joining us. Tell me about yourself and what keeps you blooming in your purpose?
Thank you for having me! My name is Chloe Fusselman (or Chloe Warren on the blog, since my last name is a long one!), I’m based in Washington, DC, and I’m currently balancing a few different jobs and side hustles. By day I work in marketing at a consulting firm, run my blog on the side, and am about to finish up my training to become a Pilates Reformer instructor. I’m also engaged and planning a wedding on top of all that, so 2019 has been eventful to say the least! For me, life is all about balance – juggling three jobs while still making time for myself, staying on top of life’s to-dos while keeping my stress and anxiety to a minimum, and enjoying the city’s amazing food & drinks with my friends while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Once I stopped focusing on being perfect and getting everything done, accepting that life was always going to be a little messy, I felt like this balance was finally achievable.
2. What does wellness mean to you in one word and how are you balancing wellness everyday?
Freedom! To me, wellness can’t be tied to any restrictive fitness/diet regimens or stress. As I mentioned previously, I feel that only when you throw away the concept of unrealistic expectations and perfection, you can feel truly free. I try my best with exercising, eating well, and balancing life, and that’s more than enough for me. Once I changed my mindset, everything else followed, and now I’m happier than ever.
3. What’s an exciting accomplishment you have made so far on your wellness journey??
This answer is a little outside the box and probably very TMI, but I feel like I have to share for other women who might be struggling like I was! Back in March, after being on birth control pills for over ten years, I made the decision to switch to an IUD, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. For YEARS I had struggled with bloating, random weight gain that I could not shake, and just feeling uncomfortable in my skin. I had tried literally everything, but never thought it could be tied to my birth control. Immediately after going off the pill, my bloating went down, I lost about 10 pounds, I felt happier, and just all around lighter. I’ve never felt better physically, and wish I had done this years ago! Please note that I’m not a medical professional in any way, and talked through all of this with my gynecologist – if you’re considering making the switch, of course discuss it with your doctor!
4. What do you wish you had known at a younger age, in regards to your health and wellness?
I wish I could tell myself that I looked beautiful, fit, and healthy just the way I was, and there was no need to strive for anything different. I’ve always felt like I could be skinnier and more toned (as women, doesn’t society have that effect on us all?!), and remember experimenting with diets as young as 16. Looking back at that fun-loving girl who had much better things to worry about, like whether to go see She’s the Man or John Tucker Must Die for the third time, I wish she knew that she didn’t need to change a thing. I cannot even IMAGINE what young girls go through today with the pressure of social media and the impossible beauty standards of 2019, so I hope every girl has someone to tell them what I wish I could tell my younger self.
5. The FH lifestyle is about planting your health on higher ground. What is your biggest advice to someone who is on the path to flourishing heights?
Take it one day at a time. I used to beat myself up if I ate a donut at work, thinking I ruined my newfound ~health journey~ all in one fell swoop! That would sort of have a domino effect, and then I would skip a workout, opt for takeout instead of healthy dinners, and think “I’ve already ruined this week, might as well just start again next week.” Now I take things one day at a time, so if I wake up and decide I need more sleep instead of going to a workout or pig out on queso at happy hour with friends, that’s totally fine – because tomorrow is a new day! Making small, achievable changes when you can, like opting for a salad on Postmates when all you want is pizza, are what eventually make up a lifestyle change. Celebrate each mini victory as it comes, be patient, and show yourself some love!
Thank you so much Chloe for joining us at FH GIRL CHAT! <3