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Kristen Bell (yes, the Veronica Mars eek!) graced the stage at our annual MINDBODY BOLD Conference in Birkenstocks. And to be perfectly honest, her authentic approach to life—and non-existent balance—was a breath of fresh air.
From openly discussing her mental health to acknowledging “everyone struggles with shit,” Kristen’s view on wellness didn’t have to do with just running a business, but running with all the “stuff” that comes your way. She reminded us that it’s not always greener on the other side of the Hollywood sign.
Nothing short of funny and inspiring, here are three things I learned from one of my favorite Hollywood stars!
When Kristen took the stage, she immediately addressed the palpable energy of the audience—and that she was most likely going to cry at some point during the interview. The best part? She did—and made no apologies for it. To Kristen, shedding tears isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s embracing an emotional response. Crying is part of who she is, and it’s part of who we all are. “I’m not out of control, and I’m having an emotion that’s real and authentic to me, so why would you judge me for it?” Well said, Kristen.
Saying “no” is no easy feat—especially for Kristen (and myself). Like this mom, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian (the list goes on) put it, that palm sweat-inducing action is something that takes time to learn and accept. By acknowledging that you need to look after yourself to be there for everything—and everyone—else is something we all need a lesson in. Let those negative connotations go and do what’s good and right for you!
...and shocking, it doesn’t exist. Being present and forgetting this ideology of balance is one point Kristen addressed multiple times, driving home the importance of “accepting where I am in the moment.” Whether it’s through meditation, learning to say no, working or spending time with yourself, throwing balance out the window only helped Kristen connect deeper with herself. I am starting to rethink how I use the “b” word and how I can eliminate this term and the expectations that come with it during my everyday life. Balance and presence is a personal journey, and the path is winding—and can be exhausting. Or maybe I am still out of breath from that morning HIIT class.
Want to learn more about BOLD? From wellness classes to empowering speakers, head to @mindbody to follow this year’s conference and find out how you can be part of next year’s experience!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!