We had the good fortune of connecting with Chrissy Ajisafe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chrissy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I decided to believe that I can help people doing, not only what I love to do but in an area I too once struggled. Doesn’t that sound perfect to you too?
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m essentially in the business of helping women feel good again and there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not excited by that.
Much of my day is spent celebrating victories and seeing people remember that they actually don’t need anyone to like them in order to feel good (this desire to be liked by all is more often than not stopping us from living our dream lives).
To be more specific, I help women heal their complicated relationships with food and their bodies.
For example the idea that there are “good” and “bad” foods. Or that they’re more attractive if they’re thin and cellulite free.
This often manifests in overeating, endless daily thoughts about food and the inability to see your body as anything less than mostly flawed.
By the time women meet me they have tried over and over to fix this through dieting, which leads to more of the same behaviours.
I work with women on their confidence by teaching them how to trust themselves.
There is no confidence without self trust and you don’t suddenly develop self trust because you’ve ignored your hunger and now you have abs.
This process is all about you,my client, not my personal rules. You’ll often find in the wellness industry that it can become all about a particular persons system and if you don’t do it exactly the way they do it, it won’t work.
That’s not how I work.
What am I most excited about?
Watching more women realise there’s so much more to life than how their body looks. For them to see how their fear of getting fat is being used to manipulate them.
I can’t wait for every women in the world to realise that there’s NOTHING wrong with her body and their never was.
And ooooh wee! When we get there, we’re going to see mountains move, because the chains will be broken.
This obsession with having the perfect body is, for lack of a better word, distracting.
You’re not here to lose weight, pay rent and die.
Challenges. Yes, let’s talk challenges.
We’ve all had them. The specific challenge doesn’t even matter necessarily but it’s the act of overcoming what we think might overwhelm us, that sharpens our sword.
I wouldn’t be able to teach women if I hadn’t hit rock bottom myself.
I struggled with bulimia for 12 years and I probably promised myself “tomorrow” would be the day I’d turn it all around over 4000 times.
My entire life and identity was rooted in being the “hot” girl. Without it I really believed I had nothing.
That’s why I know how to see women over to the other side.
Because I’ve been there. Convinced that all I needed to have more fun, money and love was more beauty. Less fat.
Turns out I had it all backward but I’m sincerely grateful for those years and the insecurities that drove me there.
Who knew it would be my life’s work?
Knowing that lessons are best learned through experience, I have one thing to share with you.
Don’t make the mistake of writing it off because it’s simple. Often life changes dramatically overnight but usually life changes as a result of the small consistent steps.
Allow life to surprise you!! Your life reflects what you think is possible. So what happens if you change what you think is possible?
Your whole like changes.
It’s like the story of the first person who ran a 5 min mile. We thought it wasn’t possible until they did it. Once he did it and proved it was possible all of a sudden other people started doing it too.
If you changed what you thought was possible, how could your life change?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
By favourite spots in LA are in nature.
On the beach watching the waves, or on a (slow) hike with hardly anyone around and the sound of animals running away in a nearby bush.
Even better, a patio on the beach with some California weed. You’re welcome.
My favourite place to get food from at the moment is Veronica’s Kitchen in Inglewood. I’m originally Nigerian and it’s a Nigerian restaurant.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh goodness! So many names, so many books and so many teachers belong here.
I’ve been blessed by so much love by so many different people. It’s hard to boil it down to even just a couple of names.
It goes without saying that I wouldn’t be who I am without my family.
The direction of my life changed a lot about 3 years ago. For that I am grateful to my friend Jasmine Shea and my mentors James Wedmore and Sue Bryce.
I’m even more thankful for myself. For being willing to do something different than I did the day before. Because without that, nothing would ever have changed.
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