Gabrielle Brick: Food + Freedom
How do you start your day?
I usually begin my day with a few deep breaths and greeting my rescued kitties. I head into the kitchen and prepare to feed my fur babies while I drink some spring water and take a few supplements. Once my fur babies are fed, I make an herbal superfood elixir. I take a few breaths say a prayer of gratitude and go to grab my journal. Sometimes I write my thoughts, however, I always write my gratitude. I’ll do a short meditation, usually no more then 15-20 min. Sometimes I can only get 5-10 min in. Regardless, I find it makes such a huge difference in my day. From here I am ready to enter into my day and take a look at emails and start to plan out my to-do list.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
When I am stressed or overwhelmed I do a few things. I tend to stop immediately and grab some of those preverbal tools from life’s toolbox. I will put some of my favorite Abraham Hicks videos on, I’ll pet my kitties, take a walk to the porch and take several deep breaths. I start talking (to myself) about all the things I’m grateful for in the life. Sometimes I’ll take some of my favorite supplements or make myself a sinfully delicious cacao bevy; completely guilt-free of course!
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Good question! I don’t know that it’s one thing... it’s moments. Those inexplicable moments where source and the divine are so obviously at play in our daily lives. Those whimsical moments where you feel alive simply because the Wind seems to be blowing in that oh so magical way, or the synchronicity factor seems so off the charts, magic must certainly exist. My children laughing. Any moment that reminds me I’m ALIVE.
What are you currently reading?
I typically always 5 books on my night table lol - it usually takes me forever to get through a book these days because I am falling asleep by page 5 when I sit down at the end of my day. I am trying out a new system where I read in the middle of the day! I read one of my books out loud to my kids while they’re doing their own project, or I’ll sit quietly by myself and read. Even if only for 20 min. It’s helping me feel like I am getting somewhere with all the books I want to take in! I LOVE TO READ! On my night stand currently: Renegade Beauty by Nadine Artemis, Bleeding Ink by Brooke Hampton, The Fierce Grace Collective Handbook by our beloved Carr, The Beauty Diet by David Wolfe and This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A Fuck by Janne Robinson.
What are you listening to right now?
While I’m writing this I’m listening to the sounds of the crickets chirping and the cicada bugs as all my windows and porch door are open. I can also hear the sounds of my children sneaking on grapes as they talk about the epic race track their building with legos! If by, “What are you listening to right now?” you meant audio book or music etc, I prefer to read vs listen to a book. Music is my happy place so throughout the day I typically have music playing and or an Abraham Hicks track.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Nourishment to me is a combination of foods that truly support the function of the body and enhance our experience. Nourishment is quality time with the people I love, my children, friends new and old, family and great conversations. Nourishment is nature herself. Put them all together, pure bliss.
How do you make space for play?
Ya know, in all my life I never thought that a schedule or a certain type of structure that schedules provide, would be so radically freeing! In short, I make space for play by scheduling it. If I don’t schedule catch up calls with girlfriends, play time with my kiddos, or even self-care time, it falls by the waist-side. Play is just as important, if not more sometimes, then our very important to-do list. So I put it on my calendar. This ensures it happens.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
My ultimate motto and mantra is the tagline I created for my coaching company, “There are no rules, only choices.” I am devout in my love of and for Freedom. We are only ever chained by the beliefs we cling to and the thoughts we consistently up-hold. Freedom is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Pain is a choice. Suffering is a choice. Yes, we can get into the broad picture of life and discuss starving children and unfortunate events, I am not speaking to those semantics. I am speaking to that of the Self. The Divine Self and the power of our mind and what we choose to accept or not accept. There are no rules, only choices.
Please share some words of wisdom you've learned over the years.
One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned in life is that there is always more to learn, to know, to perceive. There is nothing to ‘arrive to’, it quite truly is all about the journey. Time is what you make it. Laughter heals many wounds. My children are angels sent from above and my only gurus. Life is better lived in collaboration with the world around us instead of isolated in the illusion of riches and power. I’ve witnessed the act of true love heal every time, love of self and the belief that 'I am worthy’ has honored me the witness of miracles. We live many lifetimes in this one life. You can always re-write your story. Choose you. Choose what you love. Choose what lights your soul on fire. Choose life! Always and forever xox
Please share some words of wisdom you've learned over the years.
*Morning rituals are essential and it is important to discover what that looks like for you. It's fine to try on another's practice for size but then keep what feels good, change things up and discard the rest. Find what fills you up and DO THAT. There is no one size fits all. We are all in different phases and seasons of our lives and when necessary, move things around and live into what inspires you. *Practice saying no and learn when yes actually feels good and right. A good place to start is in the body. Begin to pay attention to how your body feels when you say yes out of obligation or guilt and when you say yes because it truly feels authentic. Boundaries are important. YOU are important. On the other side, ask for help. We have been bred out of being vulnerable and stuck into this box of doing ALL the things ALL by ourselves. Reach out when you need it~ whether it's for an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or a meal for your family. You may unwittingly offer another permission to do the same. *Cultivate connection. Find a heart (or many) that truly sees you. Nurture and grow loving relationships with a community of one or a village of many. Discover the sisterhood that you never knew you always needed. It's out there, I promise. And it will nourish and feed you deeply.
Gabrielle Brick is a Nutritionist Specialist, Transformation and Executive Coach. Her ability to help people overcome and transform their lives is derived from her ability to help people re-discover their authentic self by leading them on a journey through holistic nutrition and radical self love. Gabrielle’s highly acclaimed program, Rebel Rise™ has changed the lives of hundreds of people. She is the proud mother of twin boys living in the NY countryside with her sons and rescued kitties. Learn more at www.gabriellebrick.com.