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International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we wanted to celebrate (honor) seven women who we admire and look up to and showcase the amazing work and impact they are making in their field and communities through our #GoldfadenMDForHer campaign. Dive in deeper with us as we showcase these incredibly notable and talented women.

Britney started her blog, after creating a fitness instagram page in 2014. “My fitness journey, the real one, started August 2011. I grew up overweight and was aware of my weight issues but they never bothered me. One day I woke up and realized they really did upset me and I was going to change the way I felt. I walked into a Weight Watchers meeting with my mom by my side, weighed in, and haven’t looked back since.”

Fitty Brittty blog talks about her own journey of losing 85 pounds, eating habits, exercise habits as well as some other occasional chats and hopefully some recipes (she loves to cook and bake). A platform dedicated to finding inspiration and motivation, positioned to push each and every person closer to reaching their ultimate goals and dreams. 

Tell us the story of how you started your business? 

My business started completely by accident! I started my Instagram account and blog as a way to keep myself accountable on my health and wellness journey and now 4 years later it’s my full time job and a full fledged business! I’m so lucky to get to do what I love — insipre and motivate women all over the world to live a healthier lifestyle and to truly fall in love with their bodies — and make a living while doing so. 

Which women inspire you the most and why? 

My mom always inspires me, when I was growing up my mom was superwoman she did it all and it always reminds me no matter how hard life gets, you can always get through it with a smile. I’m also constantly inspired by all the amazing women who are part of my community, without them I would not be where I am today! 

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career? 

Be authentic, passionate, and follow your truth. Tell your story. You never know how many people are too scared to talk about what they are going through or what they’ve been through and are craving to know they are not alone in their struggles.

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 

Take my vitamins, drink water, and my morning skincare, then COFFEE!  

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is? 

Ahhh I’m guilty of being on my phone usually before bed! Working on changing this habit in 2019!

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you? 

I think the greatest challenge for women in the generation behind me will be working on maintaining a work-life balance! I hope women really take advantage of what has been accomplished already by all the amazing previous generations of women without having to sacrifice their personal lives as much! 

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far? 

One of the best decisions I made was learning how to negiotiate for myself and also finding a few photographers I can work with that help me bring my visions to life! 

What are the worst? 

I signed an exclusive contract at the beginning of my career as a blogger for $0.00 and I was THRILLED to even get to work with this certain brand at the time until I realized they were paying all the other content creators and bloggers thousands a month for the exact same thing I was doing! It was a huge lesson for me and it also was a big turning point in my business. I realized if I wanted to really blog full time I had to step into my power and know my worth and not be afraid to ask for it. 

What is your self-care routine? 

Lots of skincare, yoga, netflix, hot long showers, tea/coffee, facials, massages, and spending quality time with friends! 

Diving deep into detox requires a holistic effort through the areas of detoxing the mind, body, soul and home to mitigate stress and increase our overall sense of wellbeing. Offering Mindfulness Meditation and Dharma Teachings in Los Angeles, Celeste strongly believes in the power of mindful awareness to heal and reconnect us to our inherent sense of ease and well-being. We had a chance to sit down with her to learn more about meditation and the crucial role it plays in our lives.

Name: Celeste Young

What’s Meditation?

There are many ways to answer this, depending on your form of meditation practice. One way to frame the practice I teach is that mindfulness or Insight meditation is a formal practice of developing the capacity to stay present for our moment to moment experience, with mindfulness, in the service of Insight and awakening.

How do you Detox (tips / rituals)?

I find that I can feel a difference when I let go of caffeine and sugar for awhile. My system and energy tends to stabilize. I also find that detox-ing from technology is important. I have a friend who gifted me with a yellow light bulb recently to down-regulate and counteract all of the blue light we take in each day from our devices. I can feel the impact of using that on my nervous system and circadian rhythms. The other way I detox is spending time in nature, and of course, spending time in silent retreat each year is a huge detox for me, when I practice letting go of unhelpful habits on many levels and surrender to the stillness. I’m also learning to incorporate some Ayurvedic self care rituals into my routine to detox. Julie Bernier and I are teaching a retreat together that I’m really excited about. It marries the practices of Ayurveda, and what I teach- Dharma and mindfulness, for others to learn to bring these tools together for a more balanced life.

What does your typical Beauty Routine look like?

The best beauty tool for me is really getting enough rest so I feel in a balanced state in my body, mind and heart. That’s when I feel most beautiful- when I’m connected to my essence and embodied. I would add also when my sense of humor is intact and I have the right balance between connection and solitude so I feel spacious and available to whatever life brings. That fluidity feels like a beautiful state and keeps us vibrant. Practically, I also love Epsom salt baths and use lip balm every day. I’ve been addicted to lip balm since I was 14 years old! Maybe baths too, actually…

What was the last book you read?

I’m currently reading a number of books! But the most recent book I finished is Happiness by Matthieu Ricard. It’s a wonderful book. I highly recommend it.

Perfect day…is?

I’ll defer to Ghandi- “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” A day where I’ve lived that way is a perfect day for me. It’s not so much about the conditions of my life that day, but how I’m meeting them.

When you need to destress what is your go to?

I have to say it’s definitely meditation. Also, many years ago I trained to be a yin yoga teacher, as this has been a part of my practice. I have recently been finding my way back to it. It’s a very simple, still, and slow practice.

What is your favorite room in your home?

I really like the living room space, when my front door is open and the light pours in in the afternoon, it’s very sweet.

Best advice anyone has given you is…?

You can do it. (Fill in the blank for whatever IT is). I’m grateful to all the people in my life who gave me permission at critical moments to do what I thought I couldn’t- whether that was because I thought it might be too much, I felt afraid, or I didn’t think I could ask for it- whatever it may be. Those moments have changed the course of my life.

First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Check in with my state of being- body, heart, and mind state, and set an intention.

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

I like to write before bed, when I have the space for it. Sitting meditation before bed is also a great way to move consciously into the sleep state.

Any tips/advice for people looking to start their own daily meditation practice?

This topic of establishing a daily practice or sadhana is actually the theme for our Living Wisdom Retreat in Tulum next year, so I’m glad you asked! I talk about this a lot in my work, and so does Julie (Bernier), so we’re looking forward to offering this retreat to support people in establishing a daily practice. What I would say is make the commitment as a gift to yourself, and not as a burden. Give yourself the gift of your own full attention. Practically speaking, it also helps to choose the same time of day, and same place if you can, to begin to incorporate it into your routine as a habit. Find a practice you enjoy and trust that, and trust the ways you begin to benefit and allow that to deepen your commitment to your practice. Let go of self-judgment and open to whatever arises.

Website: Celesteyoung.com

IG account: @celestebyoung

A few Upcoming Retreats:

Living Wisdom Daylong Retreat: Refining the Gateways of Our Innermost Being with Celeste Young and Julie Bernier. September 29th, 2018. 10 – 4pm. This retreat brings together the two traditions of Insight meditation and Ayurveda practice.  

Julie and Celeste are also teaching a Living Wisdom Residential Retreat in Tulum Mexico March 14th – 18th, 2019 at Casa Violeta.

Wise Intention: Living Our Heart’s Aspiration Daylong Meditation Retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center December 1st 10:00am – 4:30pm

Finding Balance: Insight Meditation Retreat in the Andalusian region of Spain July 22nd – 28th, 2019

 

We are committed to exercising the mind, body and spirit in our daily lives and it’s rare that we find someone that truly embodies all facets of wellness. We had the absolute pleasure to sit down with health and wellness expert Tara Sowlaty – Co-Founder How You Glow, Co-Creator The Crystal Manifest, Holistic Nutritionist, Natural Foods Chef. We dive into where she advocates for a more balanced approach to wellness through the incorporation of crystals and their importance into our lives.

Name // Tara Sowlaty

What does it mean to Detox with Crystals?

Crystals have inherent elemental properties from the earth, each with different energetic tendencies and vibrations. To detox with crystals means picking specific crystals with inherent detoxification alchemical properties. But also, it means setting intentions with the crystals to cleanse and detox your mindset, which manifests a release.

Where does your glow come from?

My glow comes from spending time with my family + dogs, exploring the globe, eating delicious food, taking care of my body, being in nature, dancing, and connecting with others.

What does your typical Beauty Routine look like?

My beauty routine is quite simple and non-toxic. I cleanse every single morning and night no matter what. I keep it simple when it comes to makeup as well.

How do you Detox (tips / rituals)?

I incorporate detox on a daily basis. I drink a lot of water, I take apple cider vinegar shots, and try to sweat a couples times of a week. I take walks and mentally detox as well by spending time outside with my husband and dog. It’s my favorite part of the day.

What was the last book you read?

The Untethered Soul.

Perfect day…is?

Waking up to the sunshine, snuggled with my pup and husband. Taking our morning walk to coffee. Taking our time at coffee and enjoying each other. Farmer’s market to explore the seasonal and local produce. Taking a hike to play in nature and get in some more movement. And ending with a warm sunset evening with my family eating the most delicious dinner possible, at my mom’s house of course!

When you need to destress what is your go to?

Music. There is nothing like it for me.

What is your favorite room in your home?

My bedroom!

What advice can you offer people new to Crystals?

Be open and have a playful approach to crystals. Pay attention to what you’re drawn to, what colors and textures feel best for you. The crystal that is right for you might not be for the next. It’s a highly individualized process.

Best advice anyone has given you is…?

There are 3 sides to every story 🙂

First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Snuggle my dog, and then drink water!

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Kiss my husband and dog goodnight.

Any tips/advice for people looking to start their own business that you’ve learned along the way?

Passion + hard work will lead to success. Pay attention to what you daydream about, what makes you tick, and what you want to provide to this world. Dive in, push yourself, stay tenacious, and see how far you can go 🙂