The Spotlight Series: Wade Brill
Bathing Beauteas empowers high-impact women to be their best. Our products are inspired by stories of women in history. We can’t meet them over a cup of tea, so we met up with modern-day community leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators whose lives are a story worth making history.
Impact: Lifestyle & Wellness Coach
Cultural Identity: New Yorker with Jewish German roots
This is her story:
We first caught Wade’s passing glance at a networking event for female entrepreneurs in Seattle. Within the first seconds of conversation, we had discovered 3 things in common: moving from NYC to Seattle, using our work to empower women, and having a strong wellness focus. Naturally our serendipitous meeting turned into a coffee meet up and later attending Wade’s meditation class - which I highly recommend, if you’re Seattle-based!
Wade is a life coach, pilates instructor, and meditation maven. She has taught meditation and pilates classes in NYC, Argentina, and now Seattle. She has been a life coach for four years and counting. With plenty of happy and transformed clients, Wade is someone whose success is a result of giving to others. She believes in authentic connections and constant love. You can check out her website HERE and her meditation podcast HERE
You lived in Argentina for many years. How did that shape your perspective on the world?
WB: I grew up in New York City so I luckily was exposed to many different cultures and languages at an early age. I was also fortunate to travel growing up. My first trip to Argentina was on study abroad. It ended abruptly when I was diagnosed with cancer. After I graduated and got better, I bought a one-way plane ticket to Argentina. Traveling allowed my eyes, heart, and whole being to come alive. The Argentine culture taught me a different way of living. They emphasized different values and life was more about enjoying the moment than getting to a destination. I am especially inspired by how Argentines don't let the pressure and anxiety of time dictate their life. Instead they slow down to enjoy and savor every moment, every conversation and every bite. I met my fiance in Argentina, and we were so inspired by the rhythm and dance of an Argentine asado that we built our own in our Seattle house so that we could continue the love with our friends.
Asado? Tell me more about it.
WB: The asado is a barbecue technique and the name for a social gathering in Argentine culture. Asados bring together family and friends to enjoy good food and laughter. As I mentioned, the value of time in Latin America is totally different; it is completely devoid of anxiety. In fact, there’s a "snack time" in the evening called a “merienda”, time devoted to catch up with a friend, typically with no alcohol and people aren't rushed or pressed to "fit each other in." I try to embody some of these qualities and bring them into the rhythm of my life, here, in Seattle.
Your thoughts on time and rest are very in line with ours at Bathing Beauteas. How do you practice rest in your own work life?
WB: I call it renewal. As a life coach and wellness instructor, I would say the biggest way I practice this is how I schedule myself. I make sure my days aren’t back to back. It's important to know what drains my energy and how to not over schedule myself. I also make sure I soak in my daily transitions. I minimize screen time on my commutes and instead use that time to journal, read or people watch. Oh and I love bubble baths!
How do you define wellness?
WB: Everyone gets to define wellness on their own terms! A big misconception in the wellness industry is that you have to do A and B, like a green juice diet or yoga class. Those are all great practices, but wellness is about being able to turn and tune into one's own self, and to understand what your mind, body, and soul needs to feel alive, healthy, balanced, energized. I’m passionate about empowering people to realize one size doesn’t fit all. It’s your journey, you get to be curious and create your own definition.
You’ve helped so many women “re-energize, re-engage, re-awaken”. Have you noticed any common themes among women?
WB: Something really common for my clients and people in general is the way negative self talk gets in the way of their dreams and potential. When we hold onto negative self talk it becomes negative energy in our minds and bodies, which makes us feel powerless and voiceless. However, when we talk more positively to ourselves and grow in awareness of how we engage ourselves, then we can start to shift. That's when we start to pay attention to the world, to what makes us feel good, to know we have a choice as to how we show up in life.