Carly M. Smith
In 2010 I graduated university with a degree in Exercise Physiology and furthered my studies into the world of nutrition. I completed several certifications to reach a multitude of individuals. Certifications such as, prenatal wellness, adolescent physical activity & childhood obesity, weight-loss specialist, supplementation, holistic nutrition, herbalist and more. I am a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as a Sports Nutrition Specialist and actively coach through online and in person personal training. I love all things nutrition but will spur you on through fitness as far as you will allow me.
I also graduated from the Baltimore School of Reflexology in 2010 and began practicing reflexology with a local massage therapist in Berkeley County.
In 2010, my graduating year at Shepherd University, I opened my first business,"Healing Souls" as a reflexologist that eventually morphed its way into "Refresh Wellness" where I incorporated reflexology and personal training. Manna Wellness was later birthed through a dream and will continue to expand as my family grows as well as my dreams and clientele.
As a born and raised WV girl, I grew up without a choice of being in the great outdoors. Camping, fishing, hiking, gardening and the like. My father instilled my love for Mother Earth without evening realizing what he was doing. *Take a character self check almost on the daily. Stop and ask ourselves whether the conversations we are having, the habits we are living and the passions we pursue will have positive or negative implications on the next generation.
While growing up I spent every single day at my grandmothers house playing "pretend" in the very avenue of life I'm currently living- house, restaurant, mom and teacher were my absolute favorite games to play. She is a patient beautiful soul that taught me many life lessons as well as how to manage all of those areas of my life. From recipes, to setting a fancy dinner table, how to budget for large family meals, manners, patience and of course how to unconditionally love family.Oh, how I wish I still had her guidance on the daily.
I have made so many memories making a mess of my kitchen with the help of my boys. I tweak so many of her southern roots recipes to make them my own. And the boys love to assist me! My husband, myself and my sons also all have a strong desire for asian food. I am blessed to have a grandmother on my mothers side from Kura, Japan. It's within my DNA to constantly crave broth and that umami flavor. My asian inspired recipes all stem from this extreme love for anything asian.
I fell in love with dance around the age of 4. Therefore, my passion for physical activity, art and music has been skilled, practiced and molded into my bones. I now have the privilege of teaching and encouraging aspiring dancers at our church.
As a busy mom I live by "where there's a will there's a way" mentality. I have to make exercise happen on the daily for my mental health. And now that I'm getting older I realize I need it even more to help me sleep. So, with youngsters running around me I have to always figure out a way to make it happen. And yes, sometimes I have to let go of other things in life in order to fit it in. Let's just say I've put many many miles into my jogging stroller, done my share of pull ups on the monkey bars, and gotten a core burn on the trampoline more than once. And my kids LOVE to join me!