Kristy and Flora founded Strength & Soul Wellness as a way to share their skills, knowledge, and passion for holistic living with stressed out and overwhelmed women everywhere.
Since becoming moms, they have found creative ways to keep self-care, exercise, and personal development in balance with career, marriage and the demands of parenting. Kristy and Flora provide services from the heart – coaching and inspiring women to love their body and nurture their soul.
Hi, I’m Flora!
I’m a self-professed bon vivant. I live life to the fullest, love deeply, laugh out loud, and put my heart and soul into all that I do. I love being creative, travelling, and eating anything covered in pesto.
Born in British Columbia, Canada, I grew up surrounded by nature, music and lots of love. My spiritual journey started young. At age 15 when my friends were reading teen magazines, I was reading Siddhartha, The Prophet, The Power of Myth, and The Spiral Dance.
Throughout my 20’s I continued my deep soul searching to understand myself, human consciousness and the meaning of life.
My spiritual longing and wanderlust took me around the world. I went to Colorado to study sound healing with Jonathan Goldman, and braved the conditions four times to immerse myself in the radical art community of Burning Man in Nevada. I visited volcanic power centres in Guatemala and danced at full moon beach parties in Thailand. I practiced Kundalini yoga and also performed with my band, singing in front of thousands of people.
Despite all this exploration, when I turned 30 I was still unsatisfied with my life. From the outside, I had things pretty good: a nice house and boyfriend, a decent job and even regular music gigs on the side.
I felt guilty for wanting more. I constantly wondered, “What’s wrong with me?”
To open my mind to the possibilities, I first analyzed what were my true desires versus what I thought I should want or have. That was an eye-opening experience. From that point on, I began to steer my life in the direction I wanted to go.
I became someone different. I started making choices for myself, not just to please others. My focus shifted to choosing my dream, in every choice I made. This was a process. Shifting your mindset and transforming your life isn’t something you can do over a weekend.
It took a lot of courage to change.
Now, several years later, I am truly living my dream. My frustration and discontent is gone. Ailments I had for years have disappeared. I am happily married to my soulmate and mama to an incredible son.
As a Mindset Mentor and Empowerment Coach, I inspire women to awaken to their potential, embody their wisdom, and step into their power to create a life they love. I am passionate about helping disconnected women hear their soul’s voice, liberate themselves from feeling held back, and live life by design not default.
I have been participating in women’s circles since 1993. At that early age I learned the art of ceremonies and ritual from Dorianne Kohl, who apprenticed with Hyemeyosts Storm, author of Seven Arrows. In 2004, I received my sound healing certification from Jonathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds Intensive, and have taught Spirit Voice workshops to hundreds of participants since that time.
I continue to fuel my passion for learning and growing in this field. In 2016 I completed the 12 week course Liberating the Goddesses Within You with psychologist and author Dr Jean Shinoda Bolen, and have been in apprentice training with Elayne Kalila’s Priestess Presence Temple.
In addition to moon rituals and deep conversations with my soul sisters, I love hiking, swimming, dancing, singing, and cooking dinner in my Hawaiian apron.
Hi, I’m Kristy!
I’m an energetic, smoothie-loving mom who loves dark chocolate, Blue Rodeo and being outdoors. I’m passionate about helping women (and some men too!) love their body while making health and fitness a priority. I’m a strength trainer AND self-love mentor.
I was born and raised in southern Ontario, where I grew up with my younger sister and handicapped brother. Caring for my brother had a profound effect on my life as it taught me about patience and compassion at a young age, and most importantly, it taught me that life, and our health, is precious.
Growing up, I played every sport, was on every school athletic team, and then got hooked on weight-training at the age of 18.
After high school I went to college with my sights set on getting into law enforcement. Three grueling years later, I graduated from Sheridan College’s Police Foundations program only to be denied employment as a Police Officer due to my vision impairment. Dreams crushed, I worked a number of unsatisfying jobs, trying to figure out what I wanted to do.
I took a leap of faith and moved to BC in 2006 when I was 27. This decision changed my life.
Given my love of fitness, I realized that maybe my true calling was combining my passion for health with my desire to help other people. I then began certifying to become a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach.
I have spent the past decade upgrading my skills and pursuing my passion for health and wellness and have never looked back. I hold BCRPA certifications in: Weight Training, Personal Training, and Older Adult Fitness (55+). I have a Sport Science Diploma from Douglas College, specializing in human anatomy, sports and nutrition. I have also taken courses in basic human nutrition, repetitive strain injuries, and foam rolling/myofascial release therapy.
Since becoming a mom, I now realize that staying fit and feeling good in my body does not require long hours in the gym or fancy equipment.
Perfecting the 20-30 minute in-home or outdoor workout has change my perspective on what can be achieved with limited time and space. I can now balance my exercise and self-care with my other priorities: my family and my career. If I am not happy and healthy, I am not at my best with my loved ones or myself.
In today’s fast-paced world, scheduling “me-time” is so important and hard to come by, especially for a parent. But, that very act is what keeps us sane, happy and better equipped to handle each day, no matter what life throws our way. I want to share my knowledge, my passion and my enthusiasm to help others achieve optimal health and live their best life.
Combine an effective exercise routine with proper nutrition, a few basic supplements and a meaningful spiritual practice and you have the perfect prescription for optimal health.
In my spare time, when I’m not weight training or inspiring others to live healthier lives, I enjoy playing softball, biking around town with Flora and our young son, hiking, swimming, rollerblading, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing or skating – enjoying all the seasons to the fullest.