What is THIS ORGANIC GIRL and how did you get started?
This Organic Girl is a response to a couple of things. About 5 years ago, my baby who was 4 weeks old at the time was prescribed a steroid cream that ended up bleaching his skin and I wanted to find a better way. At the same time my Mom was coming up on her fourth brain surgery to remove a reoccurring tumor. And then one day my friend came over and said something like "Do you know what's actually in chicken!?" And this triad of circumstance pretty much put This Organic Girl on the map.
I started my Instagram before my blog. The funny thing is, I popped on to Instagram for the first time thinking that I was alone in sharing healthy choices and spreading awareness about wellness but come to find out, it's kind of a thing. And that thing is called social influencing and thousands of people were already doing it.
Soon after that, my on-line friend Suzi encouraged me to start a blog and it was just the push I needed. That was 2.5 years ago and I haven't looked back since!
This Organic Girl isn't just about me, it highlights the beauty of mindful living with an emphasis on conscious consumerism. It's about choosing organic skincare and makeup, ethically made goods and eating clean, whole foods. By simply choosing, we can make a positive impact on our health and the health of the planet.
What do you think has been the secret to your blog's success?
Thanks for this. First I think the term success is relative. People can find success in all different ways and with all different measurements. I think being a successful blogger to me means living with balance, enjoying what you do and making an impact. But it hasn't always looked like that for me. Even today, some days are more balanced than others. I love to go all-in on something but that often means I'm giving up something else. This process of building my business has been one that has humbled me again and again and I am still trying to make it all work. I can however offer a few things that have helped me along the way:
1. Be consistent and show up every day.
2. Make friends with other bloggers, your readers and brands.
3. Dare to be different.
What are some of the steps you feel women can take to protect themselves from the chemical assault we are exposed to daily?
Some simple things I like to recommend for personal care products is start by switching over the items that stay on your skin all day like deodorant, lotion, moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen. Use the ThinkDirty App or look for the MADE SAFE Certification or EWG Verified symbols to help vet products.
At home, the most important thing you can do is make sure you have a good water filter. Clean water is key! I like the Berkey. In addition to that, open your window as much as you can. And avoid bringing in household products that use fragrance like candles, dryer sheets, air fresheners, laundry detergent etc.
You've recently embraced going grey, what has the response been and how do you feel about it?
This is such an interesting question because if you asked me this even a year ago I would have had a completely different answer.
I started going gray at 19 and I spent my entire adult life trying to cover it up. After all, gray hair is ugly. It's unsightly and it's viewed as less-than or not taking care of yourself - right!? I say this because for many people, including myself, this is FACT.
It wasn't until I started going gray myself that I was introduced to a whole other societal view that I never knew existed. Guess what, people actually think gray hair is beautiful - and I'm not just blowing hot air - it's true!
More common are the days that I get a, Oh my gosh, I love your hair comment than not. And not only that, I've had a huge number of women come out and up to support my personal transition, this social movement and share their own story.
We as individuals and as a society believe the former because it's a societal construction that continues to be perpetuated by the media, our role models and our moms. And it's successful with a 100% buy-in from each and every one of us that subscribe. But that's all it is. A construction. It's not fact. And I am here to change that. Not just for myself but for all the readers who message me and tell me they found the confidence to do the same through my story.
I was really scared to do this. But I can tell you now that I am almost there, my heart is full, my conviction is strong and I have never felt as beautiful as I do right now. And there are many, many women out there who feel the same way.
What is something you’ve learnt about health and beauty that has stayed with you?
I never knew face oils until I started getting into green beauty and I swear it has been the biggest game changer for me. I use them for everything! Cleansing, shaving, serums and moisturizers....I can't get enough and it totally shows. My skin just continues to get better with age!
What’s your daily routine like?
Girl, please. I need so much help here.
Are there any other cool things you are working on?
I'm currently working on a line of going gray tees - this is an exclusive! I haven't shared this yet but stay tuned, they are going to be KILLER!
Must do beauty secrets?
I am a huge fan of face massage. I try to do it a couple times a week. I love to sneak it in at night if I'm catching up on Netflix with my hubs. I can see the difference the next day. It totally helps to fill in fine lines, depuff and bring on that glow.
Also, I'm not always successful but I try to eat something green at every meal or at least once a day!
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about the wellness industry and lifestyle so far?
I'm a play-by-the-rules type of girl. I'm sure there is a personality test out there that could sum me up with an analogous acronym. But that's really changed throughout this wellness journey for me.
Wellness is not about doing what's right or wrong. It's about doing what's right for you. One girl's no-no list may be another girl's saving grace.
5 words to describe your hair:
beautiful, wild, silver, strong, defining
Where can people find you?