Another day, another Active Living advocate for you to meet. Essena is a beautiful, young sporty sister who is wise beyond her years. Having discovered healthy living at a young age, Essena is on a mission to inspire girls around the world to love their bodies, and see it as an unique gift that should be treated with care. Essena takes the MNB approach when it comes to being her best, healthy self. She makes it a lifestyle and always chooses to take the stairs instead of the elevator, and opts for eating wholesome foods that make her body thrive. We love what Essena stands for, it’s not about punishing your body, but learning to love it unconditionally. We hear you sister.
You are such an inspiration to the LJ Sisterhood, tell me a bit about yourself?
I am a 16-year-old girl, who once struggled with self-esteem issues, and was lost in the whirl of fad diets and vigorous exercises in hopes to be “thin” but more importantly valued. However once I started looking into who I am and what I personally want out of life, I learnt to open up to myself. Accept my body for the gift it is, and love it through health and exercise. I believe self-love is the most powerful tool in creating a life of bliss. Embrace what it is to be YOU!
5 words to describe yourself…
What’s your story, how did you get to where you are today?
I started just posting little quotes and workouts onto my instagram, and then created my blog on tumblr, where I personally answer questions about everything from fitness, to confidence, beauty even study tips! I honestly just decided to just be me and show others how freeing it feels to do so. I guess more and more people started to follow! Now I have over 42,000 followers on instagram, 20,000 on tumblr! Started both blogs January 2013, so it’s been such a crazy but magical journey!
What is your favourite way to move?
What foods are you loving right now?
What would be your message to those women who haven’t started on their active journey yet?
Choose foods and exercises that YOU love! Not sure? Try a few and find what it is you would love to do! Make this fun. Make it your lifestyle!
What nourishing recipe are you famous for making?
Continue to be inspired by Essena & follow her on tumblr her Instagram @EssenaOneill