I’ve always loved essential oils, and recently I’ve begun to dive in learning more and more about the benefits of essential oils for self-care. So, I was incredibly blessed to cross paths with Kim Ellis, a natural health practitioner and founder of Living Well Essentials Aromatherapy and Massage, a business she started in 2014 to pursue her passion for women’s health and essential oils.
Kim has loved aromatic plants since childhood, spending time “just being” in her grandmother’s garden. Aromatic plants provided a powerful way for Kim to reconnect with the sweetness of life, to reduce stress and improve wellbeing for generations of women in her family.
As a qualified Aromatherapist, Kim works with busy women, to help them “live well” with gentle natural therapies incorporating essential oils and massage. It’s about opening to your beautiful conscious heart, prioritising self-care as a necessity so that you can stay focussed, maintain energy and vitality to avoid overwhelm and burnout. Kim inspires and educates women to live from the heart with compassion and conscious self-care.
Kim shares a little about her journey into the world of Aromatherapy and living the life of her dreams.
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I’m 51 years young, an optimist at heart and kindness is my biggest value. My family consists of my beautiful kids; Linley married to Nathan, Caitlin, Alyssa, Kristen and my wonderful hubby of 28 years, John.
Our family moved to Brisbane 12 months ago from Lake Cathie in NSW, for John’s work and Alyssa’s study at UQ. Linley, Nathan and Caitlin live in the ACT and on the Central Coast of NSW. We are hoping opportunities in Brisbane and the lifestyle here, may inspire them to move here in the future.
Family and being close, despite geographical distance, is very important to us. We are blessed that our children involve us in their lives and still want to spend time with us. I credit our close relationship to having flexibility with our work over the years. And I feel the kids felt we had time for them.
I believe we all deserve a little bit of peace in our busy lives and freedom from physical, mental and emotional stress and strain. Before I began on my own wellbeing journey, I didn’t allow myself the choice of either. Like most women, I felt very deeply the responsibility to everyone in my circle and put their needs before my own.
From personal experience and results I see in my Aromatherapy practice, I now know the challenges we face in achieving wellbeing, can be overcome with conscious and compassionate self-care.
My mission is to inspire and support busy Brisbane women to experience more conscious and compassionate self-care with Aromatherapy and Massage.
What was the moment that made you decide to stop living life the way you were and start chasing your Aromatherapy dreams?
It was late in 2011. Wendell Berry’s quote “The life we want is not merely the one we have chosen and made. It is the one we must be choosing and making”, resonated with me.
For 22 years, I had supported my family and our way of life and it was no longer serving me. I was unhappy working in our accounting and finance business and the kids were becoming more independent so they didn’t need me in the same way. I knew it was time for me to step into a new and broader story of my life. The big thing for me, was for the first time, I consciously chose to put my needs before the needs of my family.
I began my journey to wellbeing, by reconnecting with my long-held passion for aromatic plants. I enrolled in the Diploma of Aromatherapy, at Nature Care College and over the next two years transitioned out of our accounting and finance business to start my own aromatherapy and massage practice.
The biggest benefit was that others in my family followed my lead to pursue their dreams. John transitioned out of accounting and finance into property development, a long-held passion of his. Linley transitioned to part-time teaching to pursue her passion for health and wellbeing and Caitlin left an administrative job, to pursue outdoor sport and recreation tourism.
How would you describe your typical day? How does it differ from how your life used to be?
A typical day starts early with a dedicated morning self-care routine. I drink water, combine the breath with the aroma of essential oils, listen to music, enjoy gentle yoga and breakfast. John and I share a morning coffee. It’s a lovely ritual where we take turns making it for each other.
I ease into my day scheduling my 1st aromatherapy massage appointment at 10am. I see two or three clients a day. Clients are spread out so I get time in between to regroup and to work on my business. I’ve put healthy boundaries around my work/home life to create balance.
I enjoy walking with John and the girls. We often walk into Southbank or the City or catch a ferry and walk where we get off. We have been able to explore beautiful parts of Brisbane and it still feels like we are on holidays.
Life is now by design, rather than being a busy, stressful, blur and I am more in praise of slow.
What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The power of conscious choice.
Life got a lot happier for me, when I started to make empowering choices. When I aligned to being more balanced in my life, I was able to live well in a heartfelt way. The thing is, to be in the life you want, you must be consciously choosing to align with things you truly value and bring you joy.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far on your journey?
Treat yourself as if you were your own precious and much-loved child. That is, with compassion and a great deal of self-love and care. When you treat yourself in this way, your capacity to be compassionate and supportive of others grows. At the end of the day, you are the example your children follow. Make your legacy, kindness and compassion in the next generations.
Have you always had a tribe?
I’ve always been part of a wonderful tribe. I come from a big extended family. And our extended family is a very tight knit clan. My grandfather was the eldest of five brothers, he died last year at the age of 105. Every year for his Birthday, the extended family and friends get together to celebrate. The pillars of our tribe are now my great Aunts; Lilly 95 and Freda 93 the only two of that amazing generation left. The Haworth women have a deep connection to each other. I have learned so much from three generations of women in my family. I learned about compassion, the art of listening and allowing others to feel seen and heard, connecting over a cuppa or a walk.
What’s important for me in my tribe?
It’s about inspiring connection with your authentic self. Spending more moments “just being.” Opening to your beautiful conscious heart to focus on what you value. My tribe is a supportive and encouraging group of health-conscious women, inspiring a shift towards daily self-care as being an important part of building resilience to stress; a vital healthy life without the overwhelm.