We asked women who inspire us to share their thoughts on life, love and beauty. Here are their responses.
What is success to you?
Success is finding fulfillment in what I have, always striving to be better, and loving well.
What is magic for you?
Watching my children play together.
What is love for you?
There is so much love in my life! I'm so very blessed. Love starts with God, extends to my precious family, and becomes my work. Sharing what I love through my formulations is one of the most wonderful gifts I've been given.
What is your beauty /health practice?
My beauty routine is one of the only ways I have been able to take real time for myself in the last year or so (my youngest is almost one and a half now), and I've had to be really intentional in carving out time for that. It is getting easier now. In the mornings I really enjoy time to wash my face and brush my teeth, breathe deeply, and prepare for the marathon of the day ahead. I usually get ready once my youngest is down for her morning nap, but getting ready doesn't take much since I hardly wear makeup these days. I'm really embracing my natural self; natural hair, grown in brows, clean skin. It's fun, and it's a graceful way to get older, for me. We eat well. We eat local, clean, real food. That is huge for us. I work out with my sister and mom and a trainer and that physical exercise-really pushing myself-is almost hard to
describe, it's that good. Painful, but so good.
What makes your spirit glow?
Prayer. Connection with my husband. Watching he and our children dance. Formulating my products! I really geek on that stuff. I'm slightly obsessive when I'm in the middle of creating something (and the creation process can take months), so I fully recognize how lucky I am that my husband listens to me about it all the time. He is very patient and supportive.
How do you stay centered in the middle of chaos?
Sometimes I don't. Breathing deeply has always helped me. Praying of course helps immensely. Talking to my best friend and partner (my husband, Jae) centers me.
What causes /organizations are you passionate about?
We really love and support Wellspring International because we believe in what they're doing. Every donation helps at risk women and children by providing financial support, basic necessities, scholarships, healthcare etc.
If you could say one thing to the world what would you say?
It's not popular, and it surely is counterintuitive, but put someone else's desires before your own. I believe true joy and fulfillment comes from serving one another.
What has been the greatest lesson as a mother you've learned?
Oh my goodness, so many. Probably patience. I learn it more every day. I am better for it, and so are my children.
What advice would you give to a new mother?
It will get easier. It goes by too fast. Be present. Be patient. Stop cleaning the house, get down on the ground at eye level with them and play - while you can!