Oh goodness! I am excited to have this lady as a Balanced Babe! Katie Dalebout is a coach and podcast host of Wellness Wonderland Radio (this episode where she interviews Connie Chapman is one of my favourites). She is so passionate about wellness and every single bit of her work is bursting with love and good energy. I know you'll love her as much as I do - make sure you subscribe to her podcast, I love listening to the episodes when I go for a walk or when I'm cooking. Let's dive in and get to know the lovely Katie...
1. Lets start with a bit of your background – tell us a little about who you are and what you do with your days…
Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a blogger, podcast host, life-coach, yoga teacher, and writer. I love taking and learning about spirituality, holistic wellness, and helping women find a relationship with their bodies that is loving and healthy. I help women embrace pleasure and enjoy their lives with out restriction or deprivation.
2. How did you get to where you are? What made you choose to take the leap to follow your dreams?
My journey to my “Wellness Wonderland” was a long one. It started with my body. I was fascinated by healthy eating and living and loved all that it offered me. It was the new world I felt a part of and loved, but then ever quickly my fascination turned into an obsession. I cared more about kale than my relationships. My diet was massively restrictive and it took my focus away from anything else. It brought me to seeking help and a coach who turned me onto meditation and spirituality. I began journaling and feeling my feelings that were driving me to these obsessive and addictive behaviours around food. Eventually I realized it was my feeling of not feeling good enough that led me into deep self-hate which turned into my eating disorder. It was that experience that led me to want to share my experience to help other people going through similar experiences. I realized many women struggle with the same thing, using their physical bodies to find their self-worth. I decided to make it my work to show them that’s not the only way to feel worthy and that their lives as a whole can be their masterpiece not just their bodies.
Amelia: To help women heal their relationship with food just like she did, Katie has created the Enlightened Eating Tool Kit, and it’s totally free! Get your toolkit here. So great!
3. How do you connect with your intuition and call on your inner wisdom? How does your intuition speak to you?
For me I’ll get hits of inspiration while I’m doing something mindless where I can tune in. It often comes while I’m in the shower, driving, walking, or doing the dishes. The biggest way for me to hear it though is when I’m journaling and writing authentically.
4. What has come from you trusting and following your intuition?
Whenever I get a hit of intuition I try to act on it. Even if it’s just writing it down on a to-do list or telling a friend I try not to let that idea of inspiration go to waste. Through taking inspired action I have manifested a book deal, perfect jobs, amazing friendships, and beautiful opportunities for growth.
5. When are you most inspired? What gets you bursting with excitement, leaping out of bed, and losing track of time? Do you find that inspiration is something you can tap into whenever you need it or do you like to wait for it to come to you?
Helping other people through my experience and what naturally inspires me. I thrive off of bringing people together and curating inspirational things that inspire me. That’s why I love interviewing inspiring people on my podcast and showcasing how they have impacted me and sharing that with my crew.
6. What does your perfect day look like?
It would be 48 hours, 90 degrees, and sunny. I would wake up while it’s still dark drink water and read, write, and listen to music. Then I’d take my adorable little dog (that I’d have on that day) on a walk while listening to something inspiring and maybe hit up a yoga class. Then I’d go home and get dressed like I’m going to give a talk and eat an amazing breakfast. Then I’d watch a Ted talk while I drink my tea. Then I’d head to my favorite coffee shop where I’d drink tea on the patio and work on my computer. Then I’d head to the beach with a picnic and friends and music and my dog. We’d laugh walk on the beach and have a blast. Then I’d get ready and lead a lecture on the beach as well as the sun is setting. Then we’d go to dinner outside and maybe walk some more and talk for hours or go see an outdoor movie. Then I’d take a bath pamper myself, cuddle with the people I love and go to sleep have amazing dreams and do it all again the next day.
7. How do you reinvigorate yourself when you’re feeling a little less sparkly and vibrant than normal? How do you tune out your inner critic?
I will usually write it out of me. I’ll sit down with my journal and figure out exactly what is going on and why I feel so darn triggered and off. Then from that I’ll be able to tell what I need. I might be that I’m overwhelmed so getting something done is what I need, I might need to call a friend, or move my body. I’ll do that and then I’ll watch or listen to something that I know for sure inspires me. This might be a lecture I love, a podcast, music, or a movie that uplifts me.
8. What does self love mean to you and how do you like to practice it?
Self-love is not judging any decision I make. No matter how much I get done, what I eat, or what choices I make I view myself with love and I don’t beat myself up, that is self love.
9. What is a realisation or some advice that has empowered and awakened you?
The realisation came when my mentor Gabby Bernstein told me, “All people want from you is your authentic truth.” This changed everything for me. I realized I didn’t have to try anymore I could just be. When I was real and fully authentic people couldn’t get enough of me and when I wasn’t real people could always tell and it wasn’t attractive. When I was real I was magnetic and this massively empowered me.
10. What advice do you have for women who feel stuck and want more from their lives?
Stop caring what other people think and be yourself. Do things you enjoy and that give you pleasure and that will be so attractive to everyone else. You will feel better the more excitement you have in your life. Just use your pleasure and excitement as a roadmap for where to go and follow that.
Weirdest healthy food or practice you’ve tried? Colonics
Favourite travel destination? Portugal
Quote you love? “We are what we pretend to be so be careful what you pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut
What cracks you up? Improv
Who do you think deserves a big high 5? Anyone getting out of bed before 6:00am.
Which book do you think everyone should read? You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay