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Goddess of the Month: Holly Tristan of Holly's Keeping it Real

This month's Goddess is a super inspiring woman who is a mother, entrepreneur and business professor. She has created a simple, yet effective product that we all need in our lives: Natural deodorant. I think that her interview speaks for itself so without further adieu, here is Holly!

What inspired you to create your own business?

"I had tried so many brands of natural deodorant that did not work. So I created my own! I shared my Deodorant with family and friends, and since they loved it so much, I decided to start selling it."

Why deodorant?

There are only 4 ingredients - coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and therapeutic grade essential oil."

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

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"This is a tough one. There are so many women who inspire me, but I don’t look to one in particular. I’m all about supporting each other, lifting each other up, and staying out of the comparison game."

What is your favorite meal?

"Simple simple simple! Ha! I’d have to say that my favorite meal is salmon (crispy outside and tender inside), with lots of veggies and some sweet potato. And always avocado!"

What is your process in manifesting your dreams and your goals? 

"I’m big on lists. Writing out steps, and executing. I am making a conscious effort to spent more time dreaming and manifesting, but I’m also in the thick of raising young boys (which is my priority most of my 24 hours in the day)."

What is your morning ritual? 

"Kids! Haha! I love coffee before they wake. And a workout! I love to workout in the morning - it sets the tone for my day!"

How do you honor your feminine body? 

"By always being true to myself, and prioritizing self care - mentally, physically, and spiritually."

Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

"Usually in the small things. A moment with my family. A hot cup of coffee. On my yoga mat."

What does self-care mean to you? 

"Everything haha. I make it a point on the daily to do something nice for myself. Sometimes it’s just a hot shower and my nighttime skin care routine, others times it’s my favorite chocolate, or time away alone or with a girlfriend."

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

"Learn who you are, what you want, and how to be confident in all that you do." 

About Holly: 

Holly Tristan is a wife, mama, business professor, and owner of an all natural deodorant company - Holly's Keeping it Real. She loves sharing her passion for food as medicine, and tips for a holistic lifestyle.

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Goddess of the Month: Coco Kislinger of Coco Bakes LA

Happy December beauties (yes, I realize it's almost over). First off, I am way behind on my blogging schedule because I slipped on my stairs a week and a half back which resulted in a concussion and whiplash. I was instructed to stay off all screens, but I am officially back!

I couldn't be more excited about this Goddess of the Month. We have actually never met in person, but I feel like we are soul sisters from another life. Coco is kind, down to earth and keeps it real. She is a fellow Scorpio and it was so lovely to get to know her a bit more through this interview. If you have not checked out her website yet, click HERE. She makes the most delicious (and totally healthy) treats you can imagine. I am grateful to officially call this beauty my friend. Welcome to the Body Bliss Tribe, Coco.

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What inspired you to create your own company?

When I quit my jobs at Huckleberry I knew I had to create a few great recipes when gluten free wasn't too mainstream. It just felt like the right move and people picked up on it. The idea that I could give back a delicious, flavorful, not blindingly sweet, properly textured baked good to people who couldn't and maybe hadn't had any in years, had me sold. 

Why baked goods?

After I graduated from College I thought I would just take a year off and go study at the Cordon Bleu and ended up coming back to the states and working in the bakery. Because pastries or baked goods are very very close to my heart. When I was little my mom made sure that when my brother and sister and I all got home from school there was some sort of snack; be it cookies, gingerbread, brownies or any variety of cake. Baked goods and food in general have a way of making people very happy and that makes me happy. 

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

My mom started her jewelry company when I was one year old. That means she had a five-year-old a three-year-old and basically a newborn, yet found a way to make sure she was the most loving and supportive mom she could possibly be. My mama is incredibly inspiring and not just to me. She is a real life super woman. 

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two food items with you, which two would you choose and why?  

I don't love this question because I don't like limiting myself (ha!). I think I'd have to say coconut as long as I had the proper tools to open them all and they didn't already exist on the island. Second runner up, corn. I could eat corn in ALL of it's various states everyday (if it didn't hurt my tummy). 

What is your morning ritual? 

My morning ritual is trying to continue my rituals. If we're being completely transparent, I wake up and whisper to Beau that I'm the luckiest girl in the world.  Without forcing it, I list the things I'm grateful for and manifest the things I want for that day and the immediate future. I also have a habit of checking my phone. I'm working very hard to disconnect more.  It's not working. Still trying. 

How do you honor your feminine body? 

Wow. 3 weeks ago I couldn't have answered this question but today I can say that I listen to myself to my body. I am constantly checking in with myself. If I get outside of my window of tolerance, I check in, if I crave a certain food, I listen and eat that food. The best decision I ever made was to start listening to what I need, don't need and how I feel. 
I also have meaningful, powerful, beautiful love making time with my man. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

I am a person who loves a partnership. It's in my birthdate. 11/2/88. I feel best when I'm in a partnership, when I can love and care for my partner and myself so I'd say that cooking for Beau and myself is my ultimate bliss, next to laying with him in bed listening to music. 

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Take care of you. 

Goddess of the Month: Sophie Jaffe of The Philosophie

I have been so incredibly excited about this Goddess of the Month. Body Bliss Lifers meet Sophie Jaffe of The Philosophie!* I first discovered Philosophie Superfoods while staying with a friend in LA. She showed me her smoothie cupboard and pulled out three brown envelopes with bright labels. She said they were created by a local mom and vegan/raw chef. I used them every day for the remainder of my trip. When I got home, I immediately placed an order and I have not been without since.

Not only does this beauty make amazing superfoods blends, but Sophie is a true inspiration. She teaches to believe in magic, to be the best you, you can be and to work your ass off to live the life YOU want to live. I am beyond grateful to have her as a friend and support system in this life. Without further adieu, let's hear what this Goddess has to share:

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What inspired you to create your own company?

I wanted superfoods to be accessible to anyone and everyone. I also wanted it to be easy to get a nourishing boost of superfoods, all rolled into one bag. I know for myself personally, I was so sick of running out of a certain product, mid way during my smoothie, having to run over all of LA to find the right Maca, hence philosophie was born!

My husband was a big push behind starting philosophie superfoods! We were floating in the sea in Israel, realizing I was starting to really wear myself down with meal planning and cooking for so many different people all through out LA.  I knew creating my own personal blends for people to use on their own, was the natural and organic next step. 

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Why superfoods?

Because I fully believe in them, and the impact and power they have on our bodies!

What is your morning routine?

If the kiddos actually end up sleeping in their own bed (which rarely happens ;) ) I'll try and get a few extra minutes of sleep! If they are with me, its major snuggle time, then brekkie! We love to make superfood smoothies or waffles together, depending on what everyone is craving! In our house, we REALLY listen to our bodies! 

Once we get them out the door to their school (a Waldorf, obsessed with it!) i try to find some beautiful morning light to stretch a bit. Next up, its time for a sweat! Hot8 yoga, Soul Cycle, or the Culver city stairs are my main go to's lately! I'll rush home for a quick shower then its time to check my ever growing email, and get to work!

My favorite Superfood Coffee recipe found here:

So easy, I throw these ingredients into my Vitamix Blender:

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by so many incredible women, from friends to family. My incredible, beautiful, inspiring mother Phyllis, is also a huge impact on my life and philosophie. She also braved a huge battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer, and was one of the most terrifying experiences of our lives. I was so inspired by this that I created the Cacao Magic Mushroom superfood blend which includes 3 medicinal mushrooms: ReishiChaga and Cordyceps. These 3 mushrooms have been used for centuries to heal people and are known as “the ultimate herbal substances”. I began to do more research than ever during the time she had cancer to get to know the magical herbs of the world and using them myself.

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?  

Reishi and Chaga for their incredible healing benefits! Truly foods you can live off of.

How do you honor your feminine body? 

By speaking kindly to it and allowing my self to be authentic and free!

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Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

Through my kids, husband, work, workouts, helping others, laughing, a great meal! A sweaty yoga flow does wonders for the soul and mood. Making time to move your body is key in maintaining Bliss for me!

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Don't listen to the noise, trust in yourself and your authentic being! only YOU know whats best for you, and don't hesitate to say NO to something that doesn't serve you!

 

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