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Women In Wellness: Sue Glasscock of ‘The Ranch’ On The Five Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Help Support People’s Journey Towards Better Wellbeing

An Interview With Candice Georgiadis

Write Down 3 Things You are Grateful for Each Day — At The Ranch, we start and end each week expressing gratitude. It helps keep our awareness in the present moment and trains the mind to seek the positive in life, rather than focusing on the negative.

As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sue Glasscock.

Sue Glasscock founded The Ranch in September 2010 with her husband, Alex. The couple’s passion for healthy and balanced living through outdoor activities and appreciation for nature were the guiding principles in creating their first fitness and wellness retreat located in Malibu, California. As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director, Sue oversees all aspects of the guest experience outside of the program itself, including the interior design of all rooms and common areas, curation of amenities and the landscape design throughout the property including the on-site certified organic garden. Sue also manages the development and design of The Ranch branded beauty and apparel lines, including the packaging for all branded products. Sue also oversaw the development of The Ranch’s second, self-published cookbook FOOD FOOD FOOD, released in the Spring of 2020.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?

My husband, Alex, and I founded The Ranch in 2010 as a way to change people’s lives by sharing our combined passion for health, wellness, nature and design. Our shared passions lead to the creation of The Ranch to offer a destination for people to get healthy, reset their minds and bodies and return to nature in an “off the grid” setting.

I have always had a love for the outdoors and physical activity, which is what brought me to Los Angeles. As a frequent marathon runner, I began consulting and mentoring others on health and wellness practices.

Prior to The Ranch, I had my own landscape design business specializing in organic, sustainable vegetable garden designs. Learning about this type of farming was one of my first experiences in wellness and I became interested in the connection between soul and surrounding environment on the nutrient destiny and flavor of the food being grown.

As a I gained experience in interior design, as well, I fell in love with creating spaces that seamlessly blended the design of indoor and outdoor living spaces which is a hallmark of California style. This has also influenced The Ranch’s refined, yet understated interiors. The infusion of nature throughout the property and our certified organic garden that provides the food for our program are a direct reflection of my career and passion before The Ranch.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?

My entire career has been filled with interesting stories! Everyday there are new challenges, insights, highs and lows that all teach and inspired me in my personal life, as well as professional. Through the many years of my career, I learned the value in listening to guests wants and needs — it’s what keeps our guests happy. Listening to our guests lead to the launch of some of our latest programs: The Ranch 9.0 and The Ranch Integrative Health Programs, as well as The Ranch’s two cookbooks, culinary collection, and beauty line. By listening, we are able to deliver programs and products that our customers truly want.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I don’t believe in mistakes! Everything in our lives happens for a reason and teaches us a valuable lesson. We must see everything as learning experience and grown and expand from it.

Let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

The Ranch is committed to creating a safe, secure and sacred place to allow for personal awareness and life transformation: physically and mentally with the belief that health is the ultimate luxury. The Ranch was founded to provide a beautiful, nurturing place for guests to learn about and practice healthy living. With a return rate of more than 50%, guests trust The Ranch to provide a memorable experience with changes to both their physical and mental health in an active, healthy and sustainable way, all while getting back to the basics of nature. The Ranch’s various programs give guests the opportunity to determine where they are on the road to balanced and healthy living along with the knowledge and tools to make small, long-lasting changes to create big shifts. Upon returning home, with many making long-lasting, impactful changes to exercise routines and diets, even breaking habits that have engrained for years.

The Ranch’s various programs spread a message of sustainability of body, mind, and spirit. The Ranch staff members coach, mentor, and support guests on how to live a truly sustainable lifestyle at a personal level that has a lasting impact. Upon leaving, each guest becomes an ambassador, spreading the message and teachings, building awareness of sustainability not as a project but a way of life. The Ranch’s commitment to these practices can be seen through their plant-conscious diet, on-site certified organic garden, and water and land preservation efforts.

The Ranch is dedicated to water and land preservation efforts including an on-site tertiary wastewater treatment plant that allows them to reuse 100% of their grey water, the maintenance of local trails, and education of guests and community on the environmental impact of their choices.

Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.

  1. Spend Time in Nature Each Day — It’s easy to get caught up in the latest “trendy” solution whether it’s an app, diet, pill, or laser! Most people are looking for a quick fix and don’t realize the quickest fix is nature! Nature has incredible abilities to heal and support the mind and body including:
    -Improving performance on creative and problem-solving tasks
    -Lowering mental distress and incidence of death and disease
    -Enhancing educational performance
    -Decreasing blood pressure, heart rate and level of stress hormones
    -Increasing short-term memory and other attention skills
  2. Water, Water, Water! — It’s a motto at The Ranch but is really something you should live with 365 days a year! This is a simple lifestyle tweak to make to help anyone get their journey towards wellbeing started.
  3. Take Time to Shut Out All The Extra Noise — It’s no secret that we are all bombarded with texts, emails, and notifications all day long. Our minds and bodies need time to “shut off” and relax. Through meditation, prayer, or just plain being aware of your breath for ten minutes a day can help alleviate the overstimulation, exhaustion and irritation so many of us feel from all the “noise”. Put your phone down, shut your computer off, and take the time to cam your mind. I personally like to spend these peaceful moments in nature!
  4. Make Movement a Priority — Get a device that monitors your steps and try to increase the number you are taking each day! It’s also fun to get friends and family involved. The best thing to do is find a workout that your will want to do consistent. Don’t be afraid to try different types of workouts and trainings until you find one that you like and will keep you on track.
  5. Write Down 3 Things You are Grateful for Each Day — At The Ranch, we start and end each week expressing gratitude. It helps keep our awareness in the present moment and trains the mind to seek the positive in life, rather than focusing on the negative.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

Practice Small Acts of Kindness –I practice small acts of kindness each day like allowing people to go in front of me in traffic, buying someone a coffee, taking time to call a loved one, or even dropping off some delicious fruits and veggies to a neighbor from our own garden!

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

I’ve always learned best by diving in and learning hands on.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

Sustainability and mental health are the most important to me! It’s important for people to be kind to the plant, if we don’t have sustainability we and the planet won’t survive. As I mentioned earlier, it’s important to take time to focus on your mental health and unplug and reconnect with yourself.

What is the best way our readers can follow you online?

You can follow The Ranch on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Thank you for these fantastic insights!

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Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.