We caught up with Maree from Vibrant Bodies, who provided a Coconut & Chia Healtheries bar for our Summer Retreat Yourself Box. Vibrant Bodies is an online store dedicated to helping people with their health. Read on to hear why Maree started the business and how she juggles running the biz whilst making time for her family...
Tell us a bit about the person/people behind Vibrant Bodies…
My name is Maree and I started Vibrant Bodies. After having my son I realised that there needs to be more support on health and wellness for pregnant women, mums and women in general. I have been in the health and fitness industry for over 14 years, running women’s health clubs, training personal trainers and worked for some of Australia’s leading Vitamin and Supplement companies. At Vibrant Bodies we help men and women boost their health, increase their energy and give them better knowledge on well-being! My passion is and always has been to help women feel better about themselves, increase their energy and immunity so that they can go from feeling flat and tired to happy and invigorated!
What would an average day in the life look like for you?
Get up early, exercise and have a delicious healthy breakfast with my toddler and husband. Then it’s in to the office to write articles, speak to our naturopath and any customers who need help with their health and what products are right for them and then working on the business to see how we can help more people!
We can imagine you’re flat out having to run your business and run Vibrant Bodies. How do you maintain your own health and wellness whilst being so busy?
Be as organised as I can! Schedule where you can and be flexible on what you can’t! Running 2 businesses between my husband and I, as well as our little family can be full on! I make sure that I plan my meals that so if I am busy its once less decision I have to make. I exercise in the morning so that it is done and nothing else can really get in the way.
I take my vitality pack everyday which has a probiotic for gut health, magnesium to support my adrenaline system through stress and the challenges of everyday life as well as a Super B complete which boosts my energy levels and feel amazing!
Keeping healthy also includes giving myself healthy rewards such facials, massages and me time rather than with alcohol and food!
What inspired you to want to start Vibrant Bodies?
I am extremely passionate about health! I have struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I know what it’s like to constantly feel tired, burnt out and exhausted. There weren’t any online stores for women that promoted health, didn’t have muscly intimating men and had the right support to help me know what my body needed. Vibrant Bodies was born after 6 years in the process and the amount of women we have had feeling so much better and energized has been mind-blowing!
What have been the biggest trials so far in starting and running Vibrant Bodies?
My biggest trial so far has been getting women to understand that the blah, exhausted and tired feeling doesn’t have to be normal. With a few EASY adjustments to their lifestyle and adding some vitamins and minerals can truly change their life, as cliché as that sounds!
Here at Retreat Yourself, we LOVE dreaming BIG – what is your vision for Vibrant Bodies?
The vision for Vibrant Bodies is for it to be the number one go to online store in Australia for women needing support about their health, quality products at great prices and that it is a personalized experience for everyone we come into contact with! With superior advice, understanding and care, everyone can be a better version of their current self!
For anyone out there wanting to start their own business, what would your biggest piece of advice be?
If you wake up in the morning thinking about doing something different, then do it! Turn the doubter inside you down and play hard! You only get one life, make it count!
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