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February Goddess of the Month: Sasha Mayer of My Willows

Another month and another amazing Goddess. Sasha is an absolute rock star. She is a single mother who has beat the odds. Her story is inspiring and beautiful. I originally heard about MyWillows through my friend Sophie. She told me she has created these amazing sunglasses that have crystals instead of arms. I, of course, had to buy a pair immediately. I loved them so much and was intrigued by the women who designed them. I reached out to Sasha to see if she would be a Body Bliss Goddess of the Month and she said YES! So grateful you took the time to do this, Sasha! It was lovely to get to know you a little more. 

What inspired you to create your own business?

 I left an unhealthy marriage without any income and a 2 1/2 year old.  I really took a leap of faith and trusted that the universe would take care of me. I quickly got a job but realized the hours were incredibly challenging and inflexible when it came to school hours, sick days, holidays.  I knew I needed to create something of my own so that I could be home for my little boy and have a flexible schedule. 

Why sunglasses and crystals?

The seed of this idea was planted many many years ago but at the time, I honestly had a lot of fear surrounding starting a business on my own.  I love accessories, used to work as a sales rep for accessories brands and so, I had a very strong sense of what building a brand looked like. I think having a son and seeing how strong I was to leave my marriage, gave me the confidence boost I needed to start MyWillows!  

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life?

My mom!  She raised me alone as my father was out of the picture.  She also took care of my sick grandmother so it was us three girls living in one small 1 bedroom apartment in NYC.  She worked SO HARD and put her life aside to ensure that I had a great education and that my grandma was taken care of properly.  She raised me to share, love, be honest and kind and loving.  She is my number one supporter and honestly my hero. 

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

Things or people?  Number 1 would be Gavin (my son) but if we are only doing material things…probably a pocket knife and some sort of lighter or water purifier.  I think for me, making a home/shelter would make me feel safe so anything that would assist me in doing that! 

What is your Morning Ritual?

My morning ritual is usually - wake up, make a cup of coffee, spend 15 minutes trying to get a sleepy boy out of bed, dressed, fed and out the door to school.  It’s always a bit jarring which is why I tend to come back from his school and do yoga if my schedule permits.  

How do you honor your feminine body?

When you are a mom, your feminine body honestly takes the last seat…but I don’t think I could do anything without hot yoga. For my soul and body…I just need it!  I eat a clean diet and most nights I pass out close to my sons bedtime so I get plenty of sleep which I also need!  Occasionally I like to the Korean Spa and pamper myself.

Where do you find bliss in your life?

I find bliss when my son and I spend quality time together, when I travel, when I do yoga, when I have friends over for dinner and we laugh until we cry.  I find bliss in my work, in the product i’ve created and when I receive validation for my creation.  

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

Love yourself.  Hard.  And know that it’s okay to be alone instead of in the wrong relationship.  Whether that’s a friendship or a lover.  It’s never to late to let go of things that aren’t serving you and you will see that amazing things will unfold if you do. Trust it.  When I got divorced, everyone told me “we aren’t worried about you - you’ll be ok” but with no money, no job and a toddler I really was doubting it. But it was okay and it is okay. In fact, it’s better than ok! So, whatever that voice inside your head is telling you, listen and do it.  I promise, it’s worth it. The answers are already inside you :) 
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January Goddess of the Month: Tricia of Your Joyologist

This Month's Goddess has a special place in my heart. Growing up in the Sikh community, mantra is in my blood. There is a technology behind repeating something over and over again. It sneaks into your subconscious and you start to believe it. This also goes for negative mantras. This is the exact reason I chose Tricia as the January Goddess. She makes beautiful mantras for you to carry with you, drink from and hang on your wall. Not only are they positive and uplifting, but empowering. She remind people to LIVE their lives, to find their passion and to take each breath with intention and meaning. 

What inspired you to create your own business?

The sudden loss of my father was a big wake up call to me as to how many people are just existing and not truly living and how short life really is.  I knew that I wanted to do more to make a difference but didn’t know how, so I started in the world I knew, which was the touring concert world.

Why affirmations and mantras?

I have personally seen a huge transformation in my life from using affirmations.  When you choose to truly use them powerfully by actually working to believe what you are saying you will start to be woken up to all that truly lies within you.  Also, they are quick to the point turn around to get out of any negative thought patterns that surface!

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

Oh that is a tough one! If we are talking in my direct personal life, I have to say my mom and this is something I am recognizing more and more now that I am a mom.  She has always always always been there for me, even when she questioned my choices. She has been so hard working my entire life, something that growing up I didn’t appreciate because I wanted her around more, but she was working so hard for us as a family to support us. 

For as long as I can remember, even back as a trouble making teen I could tell her anything, and call her at anytime and she would be there for me.

Also honorable mentions to Sophie Jaffe, Robyn Youkilis, and Tristan Prettyman all badass heart conscious ladies who are doing their best to raise babies AND have a meaningful career serving others and themselves. 

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

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I’m not going to lie…this question drives me crazy!  I need more details! What exists on the island?  Are these food items, personal items, any item period?!?!  ha!  So I will just go with the first two things I think of. My vitamix to make creative meals from what I find (but is there power there?).  Any device that could play pandora music stations as I like music to change up my days and shift my moods but I need variety. 

What is your morning ritual?

HA! feed my infant (breastfeeding a four month old) then feed my toddler.  Life with a new baby hasn’t afforded me much space for a ritual….but we are just this week working on getting her on the 7-7 sleep schedule and once I have a week or so to try to catch up on the last almost 5 months of little sleep, my goal is to wake up at 6am before the kids and have a little time to handwrite out an intention for the day, perhaps do some morning pages in and get a little 20-30 minute workout in!

How do you honor your feminine body?

By loving it wholly no matter what state it is.  Yes, my intention is to get exercise in the am but that is because I feel more alive that way, not because I need to lose weight or be a certain size.  I will no longer stand for shaming my own body!

Where do you find Bliss in your life?

Where don’t I find it?! Honesty I find it in making a home cooked meal, in singing out loud with the radio while driving, while going to be before 10pm, in watching my daughter learn something new.  So often it is in the little moments. 

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

Cut the word Should out of your life!  It is so ingrained in us and we don’t even realize how much that word controls our choices.  Try taking it out and most of the time you will find the word that replaces it is WANT which is such a more powerful word that puts you in control of your life. 

Bio:

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My name is Tricia.  I am 32 years old.  I am 5’10”.  I love green juice and yoga, and wine, and gluten free pizza, and laughing a lot.  I am a rock and roll roadie at heart, and by first career.  I speak wise words, deep thoughts, and cuss like a sailor.   I believe food is medicine.   I have lived/am living a freaking amazing life full of breakdowns and holy shits of the good and bad kind (well really they are all good as breakdowns lead to breakthroughs).  I create my life moment to moment.  I believe it is all possible.  I savor life.  I love being alive.  I love you.  I believe in you.

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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