Wellness guru Minna Lee knows a few things about taking care of mind, body, and spirit—just check out her site Living Minnaly. It inspires us to take a 360-approach to wellness by prioritizing our mental health as much as our physical health. This wasn’t always the case for Lee, though. A former competitive figure skater, she found self-care felt far more like work than play.
“For a long time, health was performance-oriented and fitness was results-based—in a way that was arguably not healthy. There were a lot of strict rules and regimes,” says Lee. “Now, it’s about treating my body and mind well in a way that comes from a place of respect for myself. It’s most important for me to truly feel well and balanced, not to be checking things off the list of prescribed ‘healthy’ things to do.”
Part of feeling “well and balanced” for Lee is staying on track with money. But taking care of ourselves from the inside out doesn’t always come cheap (we’re looking at you, green juice, organic food, and massages on repeat). Fortunately, the trainer, nutrition coach, and well-being advocate has a wealth of intel on how to do it without depleting your rainy-day stash.