Welcome to Superwomen in Wellness, where we sit down with inspiring female leaders paving the way in the wellness space.
We chatted with Alivia Mckenzie, xyz title. Alivia shares what a true day in her life looks like with taking time for herself and how she manages a busy work day. She opens about her chronic illness journey and how, by being vulnerable with her online community, she hopes more people feel encouraged to seek answers related to their health and wellbeing.
Where do you live and what’s your favorite mode of expression?
I live in Vancouver, BC and my favourite mode of expression is cooking 🙂
Do you have any wellness rituals? What are they?
Ooooh staying hydrated is #1 forever. Other than that, I swear by my Supers so I take those every morning without fail – SuperYou, SuperBeauty, and SuperPower.
How does your day typically begin?
I get up between 5:30-6:00am and start work right away. At around 6:30 my husband and I will put on some music, make an espresso with fresh almond milk and whatever Moon Dust we’re feeling – then we’ll take some time to chat. I touch base with my boss and get aligned for the day, then I like to put on a podcast and make us a biiiig green juice. At that point I feel like all the cells in my body are energized and vibrating, and it’s heads down working for the rest of the morning!
What are your current self-care routines and how do you nourish yourself?
I just moved to a new neighborhood so self care these days is throwing on my sneakers and going for long walks with Zeke and Elio. Zeke and I get to connect, get some fresh air in our lungs, explore new spaces, and step away from screens which is so important for the both of us. I nourish myself as best I can! I listen to my body and it’s needs and act accordingly.
What’s your most sacred time of day?
I love my mornings before anyone else at home or at work is requiring anything from me. I like to put out my positive intentions for the day, burn some incense, get my coffee station prepped, do my morning skincare routine and just revel in the quiet.
What’s your superpower?
My ability to push through my pain and show up for the people that need me.
We are inspired by your candid, honest sharing and documentation of your health journey on Instagram. How does your virtual community support you and vice versa, how do you hope to empower your community?
I appreciate that! When I first started sharing my chronic illness experience online, no one was talking about it. I feel like my community has grown with me into a place where if I lament on stories about a 6 day migraine, my DMs are flooded with people who can relate. We exchange tips, send love, and I share others’ advice to my stories. It feels symbiotic and is something that is very precious to me. I hope that, through our exchanges, people feel empowered to advocate for themselves and their bodies.
Do you have any can’t-live-without products that have helped you while navigating your condition that you’d recommend to someone going through something similar?
I feel like for both Endometriosis/Adenomyosis and chronic migraines, the most profound shifts happen when I am eating to my body’s needs and am incorporating movement into my days. Once that’s in check I will say that Rainbo’s Lions Mane tincture helps me so much with my migraine hangovers, and their Cordyceps help me energize throughout the day. Moon Juice’s Magnesi-Om is the only type of mag that I’ve actually felt a difference when taking, so that’s essential for helping navigate my migraines.
Often a diagnosis can come with both grief and relief (to finally have an answer). Can you tell us about what you found supported your emotional well-being along the way?
Having a compassionate partner who was my cheerleader every step of the way made my experience what it was. Zeke and I approached my endo/adeno diagnosis as a team and we supported one another to the best of our abilities. Don’t get me wrong, there were dark and confusing moments but all in all my optimistic disposition, his ability to care, and our commitment to each other served as real benefits to us.