My name is Odette Cressler and I am the founder of The Harmony Tribe. I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and I moved to San Diego eight years ago. I live with my little family in Chula Vista. We love going to the beach, trying new restaurants, camping, traveling and enjoying the different neighborhoods in San Diego. During my free time, you’ll find me drinking matcha, listening to podcasts, running and enjoying the moment without looking at the clock whenever I get a chance.
I recovered from an eating disorder six years ago ago. My struggle with self-worth lasted around a decade and after too many years of suffering, I decided to finally seek treatment in 2013. It took a lot courage and it was definitely a tough battle but frankly, I was mentally and physically exhausted from this disease, enough to give recovery a shot. Recovery isn’t perfect, I still have some days where I struggle but all in all, I’m happy to report I love myself and finally truly believe that I am worthy of love, happiness and a purposeful life.
In 2017, I started noticing how I was using alcohol to cope with some of the discomforts and challenges in life, this is when I started also pursuing sobriety.
Connecting and helping people who have struggled with their relationship with food and alcohol is a driver for me. Not everyone gets to the point where they develop an eating disorder or a rock bottom with alcoholism. However, I've come to realize that shame-cycles around food and booze are more than common and part of cultural narratives in our society. My wish is to help heal this dysfunctional relationships with self by providing tools that help establish a healthy mind-body connection.
To me, The Harmony Tribe is an extension of my recovery. It’s a movement that promotes and portrays everything that I have learned along my journey: intuitive eating, self care, self worth, community, consistency, positive habit building, health, confidence, non scale victories, sobriety, authenticity and awareness. I have been working on The Harmony Tribe for almost three years and my life has changed tremendously ever since. I am certain that I am fulfilling my life’s purpose with this project. If you are looking to enhance your life and break old negative patterns, I am here for you!
Harmony looks very different for all of us. Find what works for you and live your best life yet!