I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you. I met Casey Von Iderstein (formerly Haight) through a mutual friend while we were in college. We immediately clicked and I was fortunate to have her in NYC for several years post-college. We lost touch as she moved back to Boston (and recently acknowledged what the 'falling out' was about - so silly). Earlier this year, Casey started following me on Instagram and I realized she had become a holistic health coach. I immediately reached out to her and we reconnected. It was amazing to share a newfound interest in health, wellness and personal development (especially since so much of our early 20s were spent in party-girl-mode together!) Casey has been an incredible sounding board over the past few months and we have some exciting things to share with you in early 2016. If you're looking for a health coach and/or to learn more about essential oils - Casey is your gal!
JOIN ME ON THIS JOURNEY OF SHARING STORIES AND INSPIRING ONE ANOTHER TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.
READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CASEY VON IDERSTEIN.
How do you spend your days?
In no particular order: laughing, cooking, eating, yoga-ing, essential oil-ing, learning, teaching, coaching, simplifying, being in awe of nature, blogging, loving, and breathing (mindfully).
What are three things you are grateful for?
Loved ones (family/friends), humor, and health.
Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Finding balance while growing/evolving.
If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?
I’m usually an app-or-side-bringer in these types of situations. I always try to jazz it up a bit (and sneak veggies in wherever I can), a couple of my favs in each category: appetizer – stuffed mushrooms, side dish – maple roasted Brussels sprouts.
Oh, and I’ve also started dipping my toes into the raw dessert world – so maybe my “healthy” mounds bars, too.
Now I’m hungry.
If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?
Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s perfect. It’s the first “spiritual” book I ever read, and I still keep it in my bedside table to reread because I love it so much. Just cracking it open makes me feel more calm and joyful. It’s tiny but mighty – he has such an incredible way of simply articulating practices that bring more mindfulness, compassion and happiness to the world.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Most days I walk upstairs and plop down on my cushion to meditate. Then I like to read that day’s passage from “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo.
If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?
Something I’ve been working on for a little while is being more consistent in every area of my life, but I’m a bit of a rule-breaker so this is a tough one for me. It’s going to take an ultra-high level of organization on my part to get into that consistent flow I dream of.
What does being healthy mean to you?
I look at health holistically, so being truly in touch with your body and spirit is crucial. It’s all about being able to give yourself space to step back and see which areas of your life are in need of some TLC, and taking the time to make positive changes and form new habits with those in mind (or hire a coach if it’s tough to do this yourself). I also think it’s important to clear out excess clutter from all areas of your life, it does nothing but weigh you down.
When it comes to eating, food that’s as close to the way nature (originally) created it is key. No funny business. We’ve made “healthy eating” seem so complex and overwhelming when really all we have to do is eat organic, whole foods, listen to what our body’s asking for, and pay attention to how different foods make us feel. It’s that simple if we let it be.
Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle? Explain.
The choice to change my lifestyle was most definitely centered around my health, but I wouldn’t say there was one specific concern that served as the catalyst. I’ve dealt with some strange and sometimes mysterious health issues in the past, and leading a healthy lifestyle has been the number one contributor to keeping my immune system strong, and health problems at bay.
What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?
Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder! I dare you to try not to smile while that song’s playing.
What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?
“Everything is a choice.” It applies to all situations. We experience life the way we choose to. In every moment we decide how we’re going to be in that moment. This mantra helped me take back the power to be in charge of my own happiness that I had been largely giving away to others for most of my life. Personal empowerment at its finest.
What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?
Hmmm…. this isn’t an article of clothing per se, but it is an accessory – I have this necklace that I got from Jess Lively’s website a while back that spells out “be present” in braille on the front (and in cursive on the back). Whenever I’m feeling unsettled or anxious I rub the braille as a reminder to get grounded in the present moment.
Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to….”
Choose to be happy. Keep things simple. Listen intently. Practice self-care. Spread love.
What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?
Aside from health coaching, I’m having a blast running workshops (virtual and in person) teaching how people to boost their wellness and detoxify their lives with essential oils. They’ve positively impacted my life in more ways than I can count, and I’m spreading the love far and wide. Reach out if you’re interested in joining the party (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Casey Von Iderstein is your intuitive, candid, wellness-loving partner in crime – on a mission to help you cut out the clutter and focus on what really matters: becoming the most vibrantly healthy, outrageously happy, unapologetically authentic version of yourself.
As a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and an essential oils educator, Casey helps women uncover their own personal limiting beliefs that are standing in between them and their dream life. She works with her clients to develop action plans to replace self-destructive patterns with abundant self love through creating sustainable, nourishing habits around food, relationships, movement, and spirituality.