When it comes to the FIT Pillar of Redefining Wealth, it’s all about becoming your best self. It’s not about being the skinniest person in the room; instead, it’s about being the healthiest – both physically and mentally.
One of the things we talk about a lot is that many people have a vision for their life, but they aren’t protecting the vessel that’s needed to execute that vision. In today’s episode, I sit down with Brandi Harvey – owner of Beyond Her, a holistic lifestyle brand helping women of color reconnect to their internal power to heal and transform their mind, body and spirit.
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About Brandi Harvey
Brandi believes our personal freedom lies beyond the edges of our limits and so we should eat well, give a damn and move our bodies daily. Committed to teaching women how to care for and preserve their mind, body and spirit, Brandi understands women are pushed to the limit in their careers, family and everyday lives. Therefore, the need for women to restore themselves by creating daily rituals and spiritual practices is vital.
As a former high school educator and executive director to the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, Brandi spent the majority of her career serving children and families within the United States and around the globe.
Answering her life calling as a wellness teacher, Brandi launched Beyond Her – a holistic lifestyle brand helping women of color reconnect to their internal power so they can heal and transform their mind, body and spirit.
Brandi Harvey is a renaissance woman who believes the stakes of life are high., meaning we might as well bet on ourselves and play to win.
Seeing Myself Become My Best Self
Brandi’s journey into health began when she went home for spring break her sophomore year of college. When she was home, her dad loving called her his “fluffy girl.” She remembers thinking, “What does fluffy mean?” And realized that it meant fat, overweight … you know the drill.
When she got back to college, something clicked in her and she started working out. In the beginning though, Brandi worked out like so many of us do – she’d work out for 45 minutes and then reward herself with a treat, like a milkshake.
Eventually, Brandi started to correct this and started removing “unnecessary” things from her diet. Over time, she became vegan, and then became a spin instructor, then a certified trainer, and then a fitness competitor.
To Brandi, her dad calling her “fluffy” wasn’t damaging to her self-esteem. Instead, it awakened the giant within.
“Everybody has a giant inside of them. It just takes a nudge or a word for it to wake up. That’s what the word ‘fluffy’ was for me.” – Brandi Harvey
Brandi says, “At first, I wanted my father’s approval and for him to say I wasn’t fluffy. But then I realized, No, I want to be healthy and I want to live my life to the highest, fullest potential I possibly can.”
That word and her decision have set Brandi on a path that’s taught her how to heal herself. Since then, she’s learned how to heal her body, mind and spirit, and says she’s in better health now at 35 than she was at 15.
You Only Get One Body
For many people, they’re like Brandi was in the beginning – they need a reward for working to earn something.
But here’s the thing, you get one body – that’s it.
God has blessed you with one temple to take care of. For many of us, when we hear the idea of our body as being a temple, and we equate it to sex. You know, “Be careful who you sleep with because your body is a temple.” You’ve probably heard that before or, “Don’t drink or smoke because your body is a temple.”
But what we put into our body and how we maintain and care for our temple is equally as important, and it’s usually something that’s not talked about.
Think about it like this, every Sunday after church, there’s either a bake sale, coffee hour or some type of non-healthy meal, right? Yet in church we’re praying for healing of our bodies, minds and aliments, and then the next thing we do is put crap into our bodies, the same crap that’s killing us.
In other words, we’re praying for God to help us with our hypertension or diabetes or cancer – all preventable things – but then we don’t take the preventable measures because to do that requires us to do something different. It requires us to change something that’s not in our wheelhouse necessarily.
The thing is, we know how to heal ourselves. We’ve just forgotten because we’ve also been taught we need a high protein diet, we need meat and we need calcium from milk and cheese.
“What we are putting into our bodies has the ability to heal us or it has the ability to harm us and cause disease.” – Brandi Harvey
Greatness Never Goes on Sale
“You cannot get a discount on greatness – it never goes on sale.” – Brandi Harvey
Think about this the next time you see one of those insta-quick diets or weight loss solutions. You know the ones – the 8-minute abs or 14-day diet or 21-day challenge. These things are not going to solve your problem. Sure, you may lose weight, but you’ll gain it right back when something triggers you emotionally.
Emotional weight, mental weight, spiritual weight – it’s all connected to your physical weight.
“When I talk about losing weight, I’m not talking about shedding pounds to fit into skinny jeans. No, this is about shedding the weight of life.” – Brandi Harvey
Many of us want those quick-fixes, but until we make the switch in our mind that it’s not about the physical weight – it’s about what caused the weight – then we stay stagnant or we lose weight and then gain it back.
The Beauty of Silence
Brandi started her health journey at 19 and now she’s 37. If anything, those 18 years have taught her that physical shape is only one part of the equation.
As she says, “Until I got my mind and spirit in shape, I had to distance myself and disconnect. I had to get silent. I had to get uncomfortable in order to find out who I really was, and I had to understand that I couldn’t live life for somebody else.”
“Focus on your mental health – that’s when the total shift happens and your life opens up.” – Brandi Harvey
We owe ourselves silence because through silence, our goals become clear. And when we’re clear on our purpose and what we’re here to do, everything shifts. When we surrender, all bets are off, and we do what we’re here to do.
To find out more about Brandi and Beyond Her, visit https://beyondher.co/.
Redefining Wealth Rapid Wisdom Questions
And with that, let’s dig into Brandi’s responses to our Redefining Wealth Rapid Wisdom Questions.
“I define success by the people who I’ve touched, the people who I’ve loved.”
Define Wealth in 3 Words or Less:
“God is infinite.”
One Book that Has Redefined How You See Wealth:
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Alan Singer
Fill-in the Blanks … “My name is ___ and the truth about wealth is ___”:
“My name is Brandi and the truth about wealth is we define it every day for ourselves.”
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