Holisticism is changing the way people access their wellness needs through multidimensional services like sessions with wellness facilitators, virtual workshops, and honest reviews of wellness trends and products.
We sat down with Michelle, Founder & CEO of Holisticism, to get a sneak peek into her daily routine and learn more about her movement to make wellness accessible for everyone.
Q: How do you GEM?
I GEM in the morning right when I wake up! It's part of my regular routine, and I like to start my day with taking care of myself as opposed to immediately hopping into my email or social media. Plus, when the first thing you "eat" is healthy and green, it sort of sets you up for success for the rest of the day!
Q: What gives you energy?
I'm not going to lie to you — starting my own business was one of the most energetically draining things I've ever done. There were certainly moments where I couldn't even get out of bed because I was so overworked ... so I'd work from my laptop in my bed! Not the healthiest, and thankfully those days didn't last too long. At that time, recharging with my friends offline, taking time to be outside, and being more mentally gentle with myself helped me recover from long days.
Now, I'm back into my old groove of meditation, exercise, and copious amounts of coffee to get through tasks that I don't love
. For the things that truly light me up — talking to clients, creating content, writing, and crafting ways to help more people get access to wellness practices — I don't need anything to get energized! It just flows.
Q: How do you relieve stress?
My stress-relief style is pretty dualistic — I like to burrow more deeply into my inner world, and get totally outside of myself for perspective.
To go in, I'll meditate, pull tarot cards, write, or takemyself on a solo date somewhere (a coffee shop to read, a museum, even just walking in DTLA!). And sometimes just really leaning into my OCD tendencies and cleaning the house helps, too.
To get outside of myself and my problems — which are, let's face it, not the biggest problems in the world — I try to do something to help someone else. Nothing gets you out of your own self-centered stress than reaching out and being useful to someone else. I firmly believe that we always have 15 minutes to spare to spend a little time supporting the people we care about. Whether that's sending an email, meeting for coffee, or offering moral support, we're never too busy to offer a hand.
Q: How do you stimulate your mind outside of work?
I am so lucky to be surrounded by brilliant people in all aspects of my life. It's certainly not an accident — my friend group didn't always sparkle like this. But these people in my life work in different sectors as activists, artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs, and they totally blow my mind with their ideas and perspectives.
A few years ago I started scheduling recurring calendar "hang out" dates with my best buddies because we were all so busy, if we didn't have an anchor in our schedules we'd go weeks without seeing each other IRL. I love that. And now, my partner and I host a weekly "Family Dinner" at a local restaurant; our friends just know they can show up any Tuesday night for dinner with whoever they want. It's really special.
Q: What inspired you to create the ever-growing community of Holisticism?
Ah, Holisticism totally came out of my own experiences. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 17, and was told I'd be on an intense prescription drug regimen for the rest of my life. Four years after my diagnosis, I saw a holistic medicine practitioner as a sort of last resort. I never had another seizure after seeing them, and I became obsessed with understanding how Western medicine and alternative medicine could sync.
I also saw a huge disparity in who had access to practitioners like the one I worked with — and it didn't seem fair to me. Fast forward almost ten years later, I was working in tech and saw that there was an opportunity for me to make wellness more accessible to more people through technology.
Q: For you, why is it important to redefine what we call “wellness” and democratize its accessibility to the public?
Wellness has really been commoditized — and you know, that's OK! It's OK that there are people out there charging $500 a session because obviously there's a demand for that. But what's not OK is that there isn't a similar, more affordable service on the more affordable end of that spectrum. The wellness industry as it stands today excludes marginalized people — and those populations deserve access to healing as much as anyone.
And I would like us to think a bit more holistically about how we define "wellness." Really, it's more well-being that we're talking about. How can we help as many people as possible live purposeful, thoughtful, healthy lives? I believe that the best way to empower people to become the best versions of themselves is to allow them to make their own choices around their well-being. At Holisticism, we do that by offering free resources, affordable content, and virtual access to practitioners so anyone with WiFi can work with an incredible healer. We don't prescribe anything to anyone — we simply present as many options as we can, and encourage people to make the best choices for their individual needs.
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