Interview With Claudia Olivié, Founder of Heart Rhythms Living & Board Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant

“I believe in creating a life you love, that fills you up, so you can wake up every day excited! In the end, that’s the only way to truly live.”

Claudia Olivié

Photo credit: Alexandre Stolbstov

Though no two of us are walking the exact same path, few would argue that nurturing a good, healthy balance in our lives is critical to reaching our maximum potential. Really, who doesn’t want to be their sparkling best?  It’s your destiny, by jeepers, to reach for the stars and grab fistfulls!

So why don’t we?

Making all the working parts of our lives “fit” together, knowing which pieces to toss, to keep, pick up or look more closely at can be overwhelming to say the least.

Whether you’re a “domestic engineer” (aka stay-at-home-parent) or a doctor, a teacher, foot model, tarot card reader, world class artist, professional button collector or the President, what everyone, everywhere really needs is balance. Physical, emotional and spiritual.  It’s what allows us to love our lives and chase our dreams – while juggling all of the balls, gracefully, in the process.

Claudia Olivié, Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant and Founder of Hearth Rhythms Living, LLC

Claudia Olivié, founder of  Heart Rhythms Living, LLC, is a board certified Holistic Health and Wellness Consultant. She offers pragmatic suggestions and effective insights into how anyone can take the reigns of their life and steer it into a more fulfilling and balanced place. One where personal health, happiness and professional goals needn’t be at odds with one another.

I had the privilege of interviewing Claudia recently, and learned more about her work at Heart Rhythms Living, approaches to wellness, her personal victory of quelling the symptoms of an autoimmune condition and more. Claudia offers up inspiration, honesty and best of all: some practical advice for anyone ready to take their life to the next level.

What is Heart Rhythms Living about?
It’s really about helping people to nourish and love their lives. I take a holistic approach to health, meaning I look at how all areas of your life are connected, including food, exercise, lifestyle, stress management, relationships and more.

What did you do before this, and how did you know this was the right path for you?

I studied animal behavior and cognition, and was actually getting ready to start a PhD in elephant cognition when I realized that what I really wanted to do was help people live fuller, healthier lives. I also spent a couple years as a veterinary technician, and considered going into holistic veterinary medicine. While that was very intellectually stimulating, it didn’t feed my soul in the same way.

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“I ended up reversing all of my symptoms, and am healthier and happier now than I ever was before. That’s what I want to share with others.”

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What really brought me to this path though, was my own struggle with my health. In my early 20s I became very ill and was eventually diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. Once I realized this wasn’t something my doctors could fix, I started to look at how I could best support my body to heal itself. Through my own journey, I realized the huge impact food and lifestyle had on my well-being. I ended up reversing all of my symptoms, and am healthier and happier now than I ever was before. That’s what I want to share with others.

What is the most satisfying part of being your own boss in this particular line of work?

Getting to work with people who have made the decision to improve their lives, and experiencing that transformation with them. I also love that I can set my own schedule. It’s very liberating!

What is the biggest issue facing your clients?

I find so many people are just confused and overwhelmed by all the conflicting information out there. The truth of the matter is, we are all different, so no one thing is going to work for everyone. That’s why there is so much conflicting information. I work with my clients to find what works best for them, for their body, their environment, their lifestyle, their needs.

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“…people are…confused and overwhelmed by all of the conflicting information… The truth…is, we are all different, so no one thing is going to work for everyone.”

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You talk about “Surviving to Thriving”- can you elaborate?

So many people are just going through life, trying to survive through this day, and just dreaming of a time in the future when they can really enjoy themselves. I don’t believe in that. I believe in creating a life you love, that fills you up, so you can wake up every day excited! In the end, that’s the only way to truly live. By thriving in our own lives, we also inspire those around us to see another possibility. Just imagine the ripple effect of that throughout society!

What three pieces of advice you would give to someone looking to improve their emotional or physical well being, long term?

Eat real food. Focusing on real food (and avoiding processed foods) is one of the biggest changes people can make for their health.

Find a mindfulness practice that works for you. It could be as simple as focusing on your breath or taking regular silent walks in nature, or it could be a structured meditation practice.

Experiment, play and try things on. If something appeals to you, try it out. If it works, keep it. If it doesn’t, don’t. Make it fun and allow yourself not to do things you don’t enjoy.

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“Whenever possible, notice and examine your thoughts. Question them. Keep those that serve you and dump the rest.”

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In your experience, what most often holds people back from living their fullest life?

Our minds. We are so powerful, and yet we let our thoughts rule our lives. We allow the negative chatter to keep us from living our lives to the fullest.  Whenever possible, notice and examine your thoughts. Question them. Keep those that serve you and dump the rest.

What advice would you give people who are looking to find a healthier, richer balance, day to day?

Set aside some time each day for yourself. Do something you enjoy, something that feeds you. It could be as simple as a bath or sitting with a cup of tea and reading a book. Ideally, schedule this first thing in the morning. You’ll notice when you start your day feeding yourself, you have more to give.

What has been your most life changing decision to date? What impact has it had on your current work at Heart Rhythms Living?
The decision to take my health into my own hands. I am healthier and happier now than I ever was before, and I know that’s because of the decision I made to take my life and my health into my own hands. Every day I imagine what the world will be like when everyone takes charge of their lives and their health. It’s a beautiful vision, and I cherish my role in that.

A few personal questions now. What three things couldn’t you do without?

My juicer: or at least some way to juice (blenders and nut milk bags do well in a pinch too!)

The internet: While I’m a huge advocate of unplugging regularly, I also love the wealth of information and inspiration available online!

Sunshine: being outside, feeling the warmth of the sun, and just experiencing the gorgeousness of nature – nothing can beat that!

You’re throwing a dinner party and can invite anyone, living or dead – who gets an invitation?

My maternal grandfather. He died several years before I was born, and from what I’ve heard about him, I think we would have a wonderful time together. Among many of his interesting adventures in life, he also healed himself from tuberculosis through food.

Who is your hero(ine)?
Anyone following their dreams and making it happen.

Something that not many people know about you?

I’m a science geek at heart. I love understanding the biology, chemistry, physics and psychology behind anything and everything! In elementary school I asked my parents for a microscope, a chemistry set and a telescope, all in the space of a year or two.

Favourite food?
This varies with the seasons… right now probably Spirulina Salads loaded with every vegetable I can find!

What makes you the most zen and genki*? 

Zen: mornings, mindfulness practices, being outside, yoga, candles, a warm bath with all the trimmings, soft clothes, spreading smiles, taking time for myself, lakes, beaches, mountains, rivers, clean countertops, white space

Genki: my work, learning, sharing with others, laughing, muay thai, rebounding, exercise in any form really(!), TED talks, making something with my hands, dirt, skirts and dresses, bright colors

Thank you, so much, Claudia, for taking the time to share with us!

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It’s worth noting that Claudia is available to her clients at a distance so you can get a dose of her unique brand of Holistic Health Coaching wherever you are.  As well, through Heart Rhythms Living, she offers a free initial “Get Clear Strategy Session”. For more information on this or to schedule an appointment with Claudia, please contact her through the form on her Heart Rhythms Living site.

I hope you enjoyed the interview! I’d love to know what aspects you liked best, or would have liked to hear more about. Do you have experience with a health or holistic coach? What have you gained from your time with them?

CLAUDIA’S CARD:

Claudia Olivié

Board Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant Heart Rhythms Living, LLC

Facebook:  Heart Rhythms Living

Twitter: @ClaudiaOlivie

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*For more about what zen and genki mean, check out the What is Zen and Genki page or my Things that Make Me Zen and Genki post.

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46 comments on “Interview With Claudia Olivié, Founder of Heart Rhythms Living & Board Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant

  1. Pingback: Succulent Sweet Potato Coconut Vegan Bisque (with meat and other variations) (Recipe & Review) | Zen and Genki

  2. Oh this was such a cool post for me to read because I eventually want to become a holistic life coach and open a wellness center. I’m glad, Claudia that you were able to reverse your symptoms and thank you for sharing your story! Thanks for the great post, Anne!

  3. Love this! Between my crazy busy job and being middle aged and hormonal, balance can be hard to come by, but I do find that simple things like the list Claudia mentioned are key. She’s a wonderful resource. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Balance! Indeed! I love eating well. I was just on a road trip with my brother and at every opportunity I prepared a variety of veggies in salads, stir fries or raw. He contributed fish or chicken plus his inevitable potato. We both like a good walk after which he enjoyed eating well. He’s 75 and very vital. I’m 9 years younger and want to keep him around for a long time.

    I meditate for an hour each morning, but knew I was pushing it to encourage him to give up his coffee and ablutions. :)

    Thanks, Anne, for visiting my site.

    • Hello there, Ms. Souldipper! How nice to see you. It sounds as though you are the perfect road trip companion! So does your brother, actually – wow! 75 and so full of vitality! That is inspirational in and of itself, and speaks volumes to those close member(s) of his family (like you!) How wonderful that the two of you still have adventures together!
      Always a pleasure to visit your site, my dear (perhaps I should look forward to a post about a wild road trip! ;P)

  5. Truly inspirational and great advice all round! Most of us tend to forget – especially once the kids leave home – that we are what we eat. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Zen: mornings, mindfulness practices, being outside, yoga, candles, a warm bath with all the trimmings, soft clothes, spreading smiles, taking time for myself, lakes, beaches, mountains, rivers, clean countertops, white space
    I like that. At 66, I need all of that and more.
    I take that more of salad is better, no? Thank you for the encouragement please.

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