inspiring women

Interview: Lindsey Wilson of Owl Venice

Happy Monday! This interview is long overdue. I reached out to Lindsey of Owl Venice several months ago asking if she would be interested in doing an interview for the blog. I feel like what her and her partner are doing in the wellness world is long overdue and so needed. In an industry that prides itself in empowering women in honoring and loving their bodies all the while telling us we constantly need this pill, this cleanse, this powder and this cream, it can be very confusing and intimidating. Lindsey has created a food based cleanse that is all about deeply nourishing your body, listening to what it needs and loading it up with nutrients. Its a bone broth and smoothie based cleanse with adaptogens and superfoods that help to heal your gut, nourish your body and leave you feeling connected to yourself. The best part about it? They have a completely vegan option (no need for the vegs to feel left out on all the nutrients a broth based cleanse can offer). This is a “cleanse” this holistic health coach can get on board with. If you are intrigued by this concept, use code BODYBLISS for a discount HERE.

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Lindsey, thank you for taking the time to so truthfully answer these questions. Welcome to the Body Bliss Family!

What inspired you to create your own business?

I've always wanted to start my own business, and this wasn't my first. My other attempts, I lost interest before it caught on. The broth really came to me, while I was on my own healing journey, and the business really created itself. It helped me so much that my friends and family took notice. I made a big batch for a friend of a friend, and had some left over jars, so I put up a post on Facebook and got 100 orders in a week. I went and bought some big pots and just went with it. It's been a challenge ever since, making sure that I'm dictating the tempo, and not the business.


Why Cleanses?

I created the cleanse to help heal my own digestive issues. I was inspired by the all liquid concept of a cleanse, but wanted to create something that would be nourishing, and not depleting, and also void of sugar and any common allergens. I was inspired to create something colorful and flavorful, despite all the restrictions. I was inspired by Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, as well as chronobiology. It really is a research-based program I designed to reboot the digestive system. 

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

My grandmother! She is the epitome of grace. I always felt like I could share anything with her without judgement, and that's how I hope people feel with me. 

What is your current favorite song to move to?

Matt Simmons, Catch & Release. Andre and I both love dancing to this song! 

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

Having a clear vision, and an action oriented plan to achieve is so important! To get clear on my vision, I do a lot of feeling into the way I want to feel, journaling, and getting in touch with my ultimate desires. I envision my ideal life and put myself in it. Then, I research how to make it happen, how much do these things cost, what will I need to get there, find other people doing it, ask them questions, and put it out into the universe that this is what I desire and I will find a way to make it happen! I write things down over and over again, make to-do lists, and to-contact lists, and remain open to my plans changing, and things looking differently than I envisioned at the same time.

What is your morning ritual?

My fiance, Andre, usually wakes up before I do and prepares hot water with lemon while I meditate. I usually meditate for 11 minutes, then I stretch a little bit, and drink my lemon water while I slowly start moving. Then, prepare food for the dogs and make myself a morning coffee or tonic before I prepare my workspace for the day. I usually dive right into emails, get into the flow, and save my workout for 4pm when we typically wind down the work day. 

How do you honor your feminine body?

I move slowly in the mornings. I get manicures and take baths. I stick to light workouts when I'm on my moon cycle. I try to get my heart rate up every day. I allow myself to feel whatever I'm feeling. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life?

I find bliss in my relationship (we're currently planning our wedding and it is so fun!), also in growing this business (so rewarding growing this community and fostering healing and connection), in cuddling & adventuring with our sweet pups (kismet & karma), the days I'm able to make it to a yoga class, and spending time in nature!

What does self-care mean to you?

Self care means loving yourself! It means taking the time to honor your body and get quiet enough to listen to your intuition. It means putting your needs first, and creating healthy boundaries for yourself and the people you choose to keep in your life.

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

You're stronger than you think! Too often I see women second guess themselves, especially in business and relationships. Just move forward, and you're bound to figure it out. Don't assume anyone knows better than you, and also know that there's opportunity to learn from everyone.

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Bio:

Founder, Lindsey Erin’s journey to health began 6 years ago, when her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Despite the challenge of supporting a sick loved one, the event inspired Lindsey to take control of her own health and began research how to minimize the risk of disease through good dietary choices.

After years of experimenting with organic, vegetable rich regimens that strictly limited meat and processed foods, she found herself still struggling with constant allergy symptoms, digestive issues, and acne. Inspired by her research and peers, Lindsey began a diet geared to treat GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) which largely incorporated bone broth. Lindsey began making her own bone broth at home that was void of common allergens and instead highlighted a vast array of herbs, refining the recipe to one that taste more like a tea than a traditional stock, which would become OWL’s signature flagship product.

One year after launching OWL, Lindsey met fellow health enthusiast and fitness expert, Andre Bolourchi. This dynamic duo joined forces upon meeting, and are now growing OWL together.

OWL currently offers chicken, turkey, beef, and vegan mineral broth elixirs that are sold throughout LA county (see locations here), as well as 4, 6, and 8 day cleanse experiences that work to heal and seal the gut, as well as meal prep, holistic catering, and physical training services. 

As more people discover the benefits of using OWL products, Lindsey & Andre will continue innovating, exploring and sharing new ways to live better with those looking to transform.

Goddess of the Month: Kristen Runvik of Lagom Body Co.

Natural skincare has been a passion of mine since I was in my teens. Last spring I won a giveaway with some items from a local natural skincare company: Lagom Body Co. I fell in love with the simplicity and clean nature of the products and reached out to Kristen to see if she would be willing to do an interview for my blog. I am so grateful she did because her story is super inspiring.

What inspired you to create your own business?

I'm an incessantly curious and creative individual -- so having my own business provides a sense of freedom to explore new ideas. With Lagom, I'm able to bring to life these ideas through physical products that are infused with the healing powers of plants which brings me so much joy and excitement. 

Why natural skincare?

I've always been a skincare junkie and I've always been into plants. I was raised in the prairies of the Midwest and most of my childhood was spent chasing butterflies, running through fields, and smelling flowers. Lilac and Queen Anne's Lace immediately come to mind. I never really considered combining the two interests until I started studying herbalism. It was at that point that I realized how truly effective plants are for bringing the mind, body, and spirit back into balance... and I found that making skincare was my "thing." It was something that I was naturally drawn to and connected with. 

Besides feeling connected to the plants, I also feel that we're at a pivotal point in society where women need more invitations to slow down and appreciate their bodies in a way that is natural, beautiful, and harmonious to our natural state of being. There are incessant demands from the outside world and I feel that natural skincare is a way to invite ritual into one's life in a way that turns what might be a boring daily routine into something precious and necessary.

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

It's hard to choose only one woman because I'm blessed to be surrounded by countless amazing women. If I had to choose one, I would say my aunt Karen. Throughout my life, she's shown me what it means to really walk your talk. She's optimistic and positive even in trying times. She's a master gardener and she's chosen to live life off the grid. Despite how hard that lifestyle is, she still always believes that the best has yet to come.

What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is anything made with love from fresh, local ingredients. 

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

I'm a very visual person so I like to write everything down and hang it up as a reminder within my living space. I also love to lean on the wisdom of oracle cards as well as what's happening in the sky to make sense of life.

What is your morning ritual?

Most mornings, I wake up, make coffee, and read or pull an oracle card. If the weather's nice, I sit outside on the patio and if it's cooler or raining, I at least get my bare feet into the ground and face the sun. Being slow and intentional about my morning sets me up for feeling grounded throughout the rest of my day.

How do you honor your feminine body?

I honor my feminine body by both tending to my inner thoughts and ideas as well as moving my body. Lately I've found a love with running and, over time, seen how much my body's changed. It's stronger yet still soft. I could say the same thing about my mind. 

Where do you find bliss in your life?

Getting out in nature, especially near the mountains or the ocean. Surrounding myself with flowers. Creating art. Eating seasonally and wildly. Sharing sweet moments with my family. Embracing solitude and how much richness it offers my life, my mindset, and my heart.

What does self-care mean to you?

Taking care of my mind, body, and soul in a way that works best for me. Sometimes it looks like soaking my body in a hot bath. Sometimes it looks like setting healthy boundaries in my relationships. Every time, it's about honoring my inner wisdom about what's best for me... right now.

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

Look for small moments every day that bring you joy... and create more opportunities for that to show up in your life. You deserve happiness, health, love, abundance, and so much more... and it all starts with you, right where you are.  

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Bio:

Kristen Runvik is the founder and creator behind Lagom Body Co. She's an herbalist, writer, artist, life enthusiast, and world adventurer... constantly on a quest to uncover the best version of herself.

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: Chelsea of Juniper and The Sea

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A couple months ago I won a photoshoot with a local company called Juniper and the Sea. If you are unfamiliar with them, you should definitely check out their work. They are working to create a safe space for women to strip down (literally and figuratively) and have the most beautiful boudoir photos taken. These are boudoir photos like you have never seen before: They are for you and nobody else! Organic, raw and sensual without being overtly sexual. Chelsea and Simone have a gift of seeing your essence and capturing it in that moment. 

I didn't know exactly what to expect. I was told to show up with a clean face and dry hair. When I walked into the space I was welcomed with herbal tea, warm and inviting lighting, hugs and a team of amazingly talented women who transformed me into a woodland nymph. With Kendrick Lamar as my soundtrack (um, yes please) I worked with Chelsea and Simone to pick from the outfits I brought. I changed and we got started. Now, I teach women how to feel comfortable in their bodies; how to love the skin they are in. Full transparency, this is so challenging for me, at times. With Chelsea and Simone, I felt natural and comfortable to just be me in their presence. They gave suggestion of directions for me to turn my head, but pretty much gave me free range to move as my body loves to move. The last few photos I shot topless. I have never done a nude photo shoot before and have always been curious. I never once felt insecure about my body or felt like I needed to be a different size or a different shape. They made me feel safe and comfortable. Before I knew it, it was over and they sent me on my way feeling lit up and totally empowered!

When I got the photos back, I have to admit that I had a moment of wishing my body looked a little different. Wishing that I hasn't put so much weight on in the last couple of years. When I was showing them to a friend and she was saying how gorgeous they are, I realized that my body is beautiful exactly as it is. It doesn't mean I can't work to make it more fit or to lose weight, but that it is also just as valuable now as it would be if I lost 10 lbs. It took someone else looking at me and telling me I was beautiful to fully accept it. And you know what? That is ok. Sometimes we need the reflection of another to recognize the beauty within ourselves. 

I am counting down the days when I can do another shoot with these Goddesses. If you feel called to do this. DO IT!!! It is honestly one of the most beautiful and lasting gifts you can give to yourself. Without further ado, here is the beautiful interview with Chelsea.

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What inspired you to create your own business?

"We worked together and had previously shot weddings, but we wanted to give a different experience and capture something different. Both dealing with health and body image issues we thought it was important to document and make women feel good in their bodies without it needing to be sexualized."

Why boudoir photos?

"We wanted to tap into something that wasn’t being done in Portland and give women a space to feel liberated about themselves and their bodies and what they’ve gone through or what they are going through rather than just creating sexy photos that weren't for them or doing it for someone else to look a certain way. We wanted a space for women to feel comfortable and tap into that vulnerability or to celebrate whatever was going on. " 

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

"My Grandmother. She was such a tough person. She had 6 siblings all from different fathers and she raised all of them. She dropped out of high school and worked as a cleaning lady and she still does and she is 72."

What is your favorite meal?

"I feel if I say for Simone and I, it’s definitely steak."

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

"I think it’s finding a balance so that we give ourselves time to give everybody else everything we can. A lot of this is a journey for us as well and I feel like if we ever feel burnt out or down on ourselves then we can’t give this business everything we want to. So I think its finding that balance and continuing to feed off the women we photograph. its a mutual back and forth."

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What is your morning ritual?

"For me, I wake up and, recently, I have been making a latte or tea. I usually stretch or hang out for a minutes. Especially now, I enjoy sitting outside. I give myself an hour or so to do that before I go to work. "

How do you honor your feminine body?

"I know I have struggled a lot with body image. For a long time I was tom-boyish and didn’t feel womanly. I played sports and didn’t feel feminine in the way that society feels so. I feel honored in expressing myself in anything that feels good. Whether that is doing typical girly things like going to get a massage or my nails done, but also just going outside if I’m feeling stagnant or wearing things that show off things that I like about myself. Just taking care of myself, staying in-tune and listening to what my body wants rather than just tapping into what you’re “supposed” to do to feel good."

Where do you find bliss in your life?

"I find bliss from just disconnecting from social media. Uncapping from the normal day: Getting outside, in nature and spending time with my partner. Mostly just getting outside and working in the ground."

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What does self-care mean to you?

"Self-care for me is taking a break. Just doing things that can shut my brain off from being inline with everything that is going on on around us. Just to chill and recharge. Walks, a bath, turning phone and computer off, not feeling like I need to reply instantly and giving my brain a rest."

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

"We are all in this together. Things are going to be ok. What you are going through, the person next to you is probably going through. Whatever we are going through is valid and to just be kind to each other."

Meet Chelsea:

She loves embroidery. In fact, she's super talented at it. You can find her crafting and thrifting in almost all of her free time. She also totally understands dietary restrictions, and would prefer to bike everywhere. She dreams of living on a lot of land and growing her own food. She tans really easily, loves folk music, and may or may not have a ton of house plants.