In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting an amazing group of strong, incredible women who inspire us daily.
Next in the series is, Eliza Butler, an integrative wellness coach, founder of Eliza Jane Wellness + Eastwood Luminary.
– Describe a typical day
Oh man, that’s actually a hard question–every day is so different! I always start my day with my morning ritual, which is a meditation and journaling sesh for at least 20 minutes, then I’ll have some hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar and read. If I don’t have any appointments in the morning I’ll work from home, almost always in my PJ’s, on content for my next class/workshop/project. If I’m lucky I’ll sneak in some meal prep and maybe a spin or yoga class midday. Then coaching appointments in the afternoon/evenings! My boyfriend and I have also been watching a lot of New Girl recently…
– What made you interested in wellness?
I’ve always been fascinated in human behavior and why we are the way we are, so I got my undergrad in psych thinking that it would provide me with all the answers. After graduating, however, I felt unsatisfied. Like there was a piece missing from the puzzle.
I grew up an athlete and was always very kinesthetically literate (did I just make that up?). So it just felt intuitively weird to me that psychology didn’t pay any attention to the body. That’s when I started looking deeper into the research on the mind-body connection and the integrative health model. It just made SENSE to me that our mind, body, and spirit are all interconnected and can be greatly affected by each other. It was through my own process of healing my WHOLE body that I really became passionate in bringing this work to others.
– When did you decide to launch your own wellness brand + coaching?
It wasn’t really a conscious decision, tbh. I always knew I would be an entrepreneur — I come from a family full of ‘em. I just didn’t know in what capacity.
When I started my graduate program in Integrative Health, I didn’t even really know what integrative health coaching was. But the more I learned, the more I felt called to the work. I’d never felt that passionate about anything in my life. We had to do one on one coaching as part of our schooling, and everything just clicked. Since then it’s just grown organically.
– How do you strive to maintain balance between work, play + loved ones?
Boundaries! I’m a hardcore boundary setter. Setting time aside for self-care, quality time with loved ones, and time in nature are non-negotiables. Plain and simple. There will always be something more that I can do to get ahead, but I’m playing the long-game. I know I need to be a stickler about boundaries in order to be as effective as possible for my clients.
– If you could give your teenage-self one piece of advice what would it be?
Don’t let others define your worth.
– What is your ultimate life goal?
For all beings to live a healthy and meaningful life free from the anxious pursuit of external validation.
– What’s the first thing you read each morning?
Whatever book I’m reading at the time. Currently, Walden by Henry David Thoreau
– Fave Vancouver eatery
Nuba in Gastown
– Fave place to hike
Anywhere and everywhere
– Fave local brands
Natural Beauty Skincare and Woodlot
– Fave Vancouver neighbourhood
– Feminine Hero
– AM or PM workouts
– Dream vacation spot
Camper van across New Zealand please and thank you!
– Can’t live without item
My moccasin slippers
Keep an eye out for Eliza’s upcoming monthly workshops. This month, it’s all about technology and learning how to manage your screen time in a healthy way. Click to book your spot.
To learn more about Eliza’s work, take a look at her website.