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Get The Meaningful, Fulfilled (Soulful, Joyful, Healthful) Life You Want. Simplified + Supported.

As women, we tend to be constantly pushing the envelope of exhaustion. We rarely create time and space to recharge outside of working out and perhaps, eating well.

For me, I move often and eat well to FEEL amazing in and connected to my body. These are the foundations of healthy living (and truthfully, non-negotiables if we wish to feel our best); but we are SO much bigger than our bodies and too often, even the source of movement we choose and our relationship to food is another stressor and takes energy versus serving to recharge us.

Photo credit: Kate Porter Photography

In order to bring your best self to the table and create a life and body you are excited about, you must be willing to look deeper than surface level. You must be nourished on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. You must seek inspiration and embrace growth. And yes, this often involves doing hard things. Digging under what’s holding you back so that you can move forward – with self-love and grace. But you and me? We were made for this work, we are strong. And we must take a stand for this so that we can live a FULLfilled life: joyFULL, soulFULL, healthFULL, meaningFULL + grateFULL.

Because when your LIFE is fulfilled, you can stop searching outside yourself for health and happiness. The need to fill the holes with food dissipates. You’ll begin to heal your relationship with food, inviting joy + pleasure back to the table and into your life on the daily. Food can become a way you love yourself up versus tear yourself down, beat yourself up. You’ll no longer seek fullness in belly for what’s missing in life. Most important of all, the love that’s so often sought outside yourself will be found within. So that you begin to create new standards of living for yourself and the emptiness that once invited food in, will be eternally filled with self-love, grace + gratitude (and believe it or not, my sweet sister, no one else can ever do this for you, it’s a solo journey).

This way of being is what I call Living FULLy: living from your gut – your place of intuition and inner wisdom – versus up in your head where the “to do’s”, “should’s” and stories you tell yourself that keep you busy, starved (emotionally + physically for nourishment) and exhausted. Living Fully connects the desires of your mind + heart to manifestation: the actual creation of a life where you are nourished and connected from the inside-out. Which, as it turns out, is how you also create a body and life you are excited about with more ease, joy and simplicity.

I know what you’re thinking – this all sounds nice, but how is it possible? And where do you start?

The truth is, you already have everything you need inside you right now; and you always have. The problem is that you’ve been bossing your body around for so long – telling her when + what to eat, how to exercise, what to feel and what to stuff down, what’s “acceptable” and what’s beautiful (I could keep going forever here…) – that you’ve forgotten where your power comes from: within. Within the quiet whisperings of your soul, the innate wisdom of your body and the fierce desires of your heart. Tuning IN to that power is the key to unlocking your natural vibrancy and creating a life + body you love.

For reals, friends: I’ve been in the health + wellness industry for almost ten years. I’ve whit-nessed all the ways and crazy things people do in the name of “getting healthy” or losing weight. And how all these well-intended women (and men) directly tie their (lack of) “success” and reaching of their goals to their self-worth; beating themselves up and sliding (yet again) into a shame + guilt spiral that never seems to end and keeps them stuck. Can you relate? Have you been there?

Photo credit: Sarah Heitman Photography

Me too. For a long time, I thought being healthy meant working out hard and eating all the “right” foods. It meant meal prepping, only high intensity exercise, post-workout nutrient timing and staying away from “bad” foods. And within that thinking, I also believed that happiness was created and came from that same space. But the hard, no-way-around-it truth is this: having a body and life that you’re excited about won’t be found in going to the gym daily or even in eating all the kale and veggies you can stomach. If you want to make impactFULL shifts in your life, that inspire joy and create meaning, you’ve got to start small, not big. You’ve got to start inside, not out.

I’ve been there and seen it all: frustrated + stuck, feeling like nothing done ever works; that achieving desires isn’t possible (physically yes, but truthfully, in all areas of life), being on and off the wagon, doing everything we “should” to be healthy + happy, but not actually ever feeling healthy + happy. Sound familiar? I personally know how utterly hopeless it can feel and can empathize fully in the desire to throw up your hands and say “screw it”. Except for the fact that you really, really want it – for things to just be simple + to feel good in your own skin, to not feel like you’re constantly chasing vibrant health.

Here’s what I know: contrary to popular belief, it’s not about what you know or what you do. If it were, you’d already have #allthethings figured out, right? Instead, it’s about your why. WHY you desire _________ (to lose weight, make more money, get that promotion, fall in love) and how you want to FEEL on the daily that will actually inspire a beautiful, soulful, joyful and healthful life.

Photo credit: Kate Porter Photography

And that, my lovelies, is my favorite work. Most of my clients seek out my health coaching services because they’ve “tried everything”. And that right there, is both the problem and also where my work begins. Instead of trying so hard, what we all really need is to slow down, stop doing more and start listening; to begin the lifelong journey of tuning in and acting on that wisdom that’s been inside you all along. But if you’ve never done that before or been avoiding it, beginning can be intimidating…and paralyzing. And also so easy to keep putting off, because you’ve been taught that there’s always a quick fix. But if your track record is anything like mine was, in the back of your mind, you know there isn’t. You want to believe there is, because, well, that’d be so much easier, right?

So I’m here to help bridge that gap: the gap between the unknown of how to begin Living Fully and to help you shut out all the noise of what you “should” be doing. To provide you with the space TO feel and listen to your desires, while being supported + heard. This work doesn’t happen in big, audacious ways – no big diet overhauls or eliminating food groups, no working out every day or killing yourself at the gym. It’s done in the quiet, on the daily, in small ways where we become tuned into the whisperings of our soul + intuition.

And beyond that, perhaps even before that, it’s about choosing (self-) love over (self-) loathing. Nourishment over starvation. Grace over exhaustion. The path towards Living Fully involves taking yourself off autopilot and into mindful awareness, learning the standards you’ve set for yourself that are keeping you stuck and being honest about what you’ve been avoiding + stuffing down. Because at the end of the day, there are two approaches: effective ones (where you love yourself forward to be nourished on all levels) and destructive ones (where you self-loathe yourself into change that doesn’t stick).

I believe you are here, (still) reading this, because you want that. You desire to take up a new path that is simplified and supported. Intuitive and doable. One that makes you feel GOOD every. step. of the way.

You desire a life that’s FULL of joy, meaning, success, flavor, impact, soul, zest and ease.

You yearn to FEEL wonderful, healthful, playful, powerful (and empowered), grateful, mindful, restful and beautiful.

You know there’s a better way, a way that involves less stress, but the results you want. And you’re right. There is.

I’m here because I want to support you in that journey. To be, if you will, the guiding light and sounding board to get you started and re-introduce you to your magnificence, your vibrance, your intuition and desires. To help you learn to Live FULLy by empowering your inner knowing so that you can begin trusting yourself and listening to your body’s wisdom. Ultimately, it’s about thriving.

Photo credit: Kate Porter Photography

You were made to thrive. To experience outrageous joy. To feel good in your own skin and be excited about both your body + life. And so my newest program, Living Fully: JoyFULL, SoulFULL and HealthFULL was created for you, to do just that, my love. Created to show you how to love up and nourish your body through amazing, delicious and simple food that makes you feel great without food restrictions or cutting out the things you love {yes, wine, chocolate and buttery popcorn are all invited to this thrive-fest}. Designed to guide you through the step-by-step process of how to manifest an inspired, soulful way of living in just six short weeks.

More details to come {like recipes + weekly game changing topics we’ll cover}, but here’s what you can expect to have created when you’re done: more confidence. more ease. more clarity, freedom and pleasure around food and your relationship to it. more rested. more rejuvenated. more connected (to yourself and others). more self-love and grace. more energy + focus. more power + strength. more empowered to listen to your body’s needs + desires and know what to do with those messages to create a life and body you LOVE.

Photo credit: Kate Porter Photography

This program will change your life. It’s not a quick fix, it’s not a diet and it’s doesn’t deal in extremes. It’s for being able to weather all of life’s seasons + cycles, both the highs and the lows. It’s my final “challenge” – where you get all the amazing things you’ve come to expect from my programs {like grocery lists, meal plans, delicious recipes + countless bonuses on how to simplify your time + work in the kitchen, to name a few}, but with the guidance + support that’s usually exclusive to my one-on-one health coaching clients.

I’m SO excited {like giddy} for sign-ups to open next week. The party starts Wed, June 14th. I can’t wait to do this with you!

Also available, at the same time will be two other options, depending on where you’re currently at in your journey: a digital recipe book or the full spring + summer meal plan (for those seeking inspiration in their kitchen, but not quite ready to dig deeper into their relationship with body, soul and food). 

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Cycles + Seasons

So today, I’m getting super vulnerable. And wondering — do you ever feel “off”, momma? And can’t pinpoint the specific reason? Or do know, the reason but don’t know what to do about it? Me too. Can I talk to you about it?

Last week was super challenging for me. 10 days ago was my final day breastfeeding Will. For 2 years, we’ve shared countless moments, connecting over the nourishment my body was able to provide him. Sometimes, breastfeeding felt like a chain. Most times, it allowed me to do my favorite thing in the world – hold him, sharing love over looks, snuggles and still, soft moments. So being “done” has been both heartbreaking and freeing, definitely hard and emotional. All last week I felt off, like I was sunk down inside my usually enthusiastic body with a heaviness I couldn’t shake. Like there was an untouchable weight on my soul that nothing could soothe.

Although I knew I was inexplicably sad, it wasn’t until two things happened that I was able to offer myself the nourishment + grace I needed. Earlier in the week, I saw the moon, and it reminded me that it was the week before my period {did you know our cycles are connected to the moon’s cycles? 🌕} – it’s a naturally intuitive time built for introspection, rest and self-care. I felt like I’d been fighting my body because I was: it was asking me to slow down, feel and honor this huge change in my life. Instead, I’d been trying to “deal with it” by moving on (seriously ladies, how often and *why* do we always do this?!). But truthfully, I wasn’t ready to move on, my soul yearned to mourn this shift, this “end of a season”. Luckily, I met up with my soul sister Hilary Paris {for a business meeting turned heart-sharing sesh} and she held the space for me to speak, to cry, to allow myself to FEEL and heal. 💖

Photo Credit: Heather Brincko Photography.

Feeling leads to healing, leads to growth and love. Leads to the ability to offer grace and nourishment, which ultimately allows me to harness my feminine power. Having the knowledge of understanding my cycle {and thus the unique needs of my body}, along with honoring and truly *feeling* this changing “season” of my life allowed me to find my flow again. And so, I’m continually learning that it’s listening + honoring, not pushing through that ultimately brings me peace, joy + ease. Provided through an understanding of and connection to my body.

I’ve spent the last four years dedicated to honoring my uniquely feminine qualities, abilities and purpose. The knowledge I’ve gained in this journey has allowed me to not just survive, but thrive during both the hardest and best times of my life – being a #ladyboss before Will, during pregnancy, postpartum and as a #mompreneur. All these “seasons” brought with them new challenges + joys, highs and lots of lows. What allowed me to harness my power in all these seasons was the ability to read my body’s signals and know what she needed. Which just so happens to always be what *I* need in order to move closer to love, fulfillment and purpose. What we all need. More listening, less bossing our body around {cause it’s she that knows best}.

I want that for you too, sister. To give you all my tools, tricks + knowledge about harnessing your own feminine power so that you can better love yourself and feel more at home in and in tune with your body. On the daily, no matter the “season”. It’s why I do the work I do and why it’s my mission to empower busy women and moms to love up their body towards a full {SOULfull} and purpose-driven life through grace + nourishment (versus pushing + self-loathing}. Because it turns out that as your love grows (for your life, for yourself, your spirit), your body intuitively sheds the emotional + physical weight holding you back from a life & body you’re excited about. Which allows you to feel more inspired, more at home, more able to give love and shine your light to the world.

If you desire freedom, joy and ease, an inner vibrancy and energy that weathers all seasons + cycles {both of life and in your feminine body}, I invite you to join me for two very special events – my RISE workshop and NourishYOU Retreat – created to empower and nourish every inch of you – body, mind and spirit {see details below}. If you can’t make these events, then I invite you to join my tribe to get inspiration, delicious recipes, support and love to your inbox weekly along with tools, tips + tricks to macks-imize the life and body you were given {click here to get MO(re)}.. One big thing I’m learning in this life is that there’s no substitute for sisterhood and having a strong tribe of inspiring + empowering women around you with whom you can be real, heard, seen or understood. I have an amazingly supportive husband who also holds space for me and loves me deeply. Personally though, there are just some things no one but a woman (and momma) can understand or empathize with – this particular season of breastfeeding included. And for me, it’s been connecting with other women – in books, online and in-person that’s really helped crack my heart wide-open to fully feeling all the feels again. I want to hold that space for you too, sister. ❤

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RISE: Harness Your Feminine Power by Tuning In To Your Cycle

In this workshop, you’ll learn how tuning in to the natural rhythms of your cycle will help boost your confidence, ease and energy while reducing stress and PMS symptoms (moodiness, cravings, pain, bloating, the general feeling of being “off”)! You’ll leave the workshop feeling empowered with knowledge, tools + tricks to harness your feminine power to maximize your life, efforts and flow! This information changed my life, my periods and my ability to *always* feel good in my body.

The event begins with Whitney’s 30 minute vigorous barre class to awaken + strengthen the body followed by yin yoga with Hilary to nourish + open. Whitney will then lead an active discussion sharing the tools to boost your vibrance, strengthen your intuition and harness your full power + potential as a woman (whether you experience PMS or not!). Most importantly, this knowledge will empower you towards greater acceptance and love of your amazing body.

WHEN: Saturday, March 18th
WHERE: Limber Yoga in West Seattle
COST: $40 pre-registration, $45 day-of drop-in {pay here:https://www.paypal.me/whitneymack}
REGISTER by RSVP’ing to the event HERE.

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NourishYou Retreat with myself + soul sister Hilary Paris
April 21-23rd at Na-Mu Lodge in Leavenworth, WA 

Do you feel nourished? Right now, in this moment? Body, mind, heart and soul? Do you desire to feel nourished, rejuvenated or refreshed from the inside-out?

Nourished in BODY with food that energizes + lightens, combined with movement that supports and makes your body buzz? Nourished in MIND with rich discussion and topics that expand your perspective, your life and creativity? Nourished in 💗 and SOUL through meaningful connection, supportive relationships + belly laughs, by surrounding yourself in natural beauty 🗻 and the space to feel, be heard and seen?

If you’re desiring these sources of nourishment {plus tools to manifest this on the daily}, if you’re craving more freedom, joy and fulfillment in your life, I invite to retreat to Leavenworth, WA with myself and Hilary Paris on April 21-23 at Na-Mu Lodge. The weekend was carefully crafted for the modern woman {YOU} to replenish mind, body and soul. Delicious food {cooked by me!}, energizing and restorative movement, meaningful discussions and endless love + support await you.

Are you in?! Email me: whitney@macksmo.com to snag your spot {there’s only a few left!}. Get all the details on this incredible weekend experience HERE.