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Game Changer Interview: Laurie Mills

Game Changer Interview: Laurie Mills

Name of Your Business

Beautycounter

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I love helping people!! Educating consumers about unsafe ingredients in personal care products allows me to help improve the health of individuals by reducing the toxic load on their bodies. It is very fulfilling for me to know I can impact someone’s life in a positive way by providing tools and information to make more informed purchasing decisions.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

Really everyone is my ideal client; women, men and children. We all use personal care products every single day. Unbeknownst to the majority of consumers, most of these products contain ingredients linked to many health issues, including infertility, cancer and neurological toxicity. So everyone benefits from identifying ingredients that should be avoided.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Education is my passion!! I love talking to people about this issue, as it is not widely known among many people I speak with. I offer one on one counseling as well as group discussions where I provide in-depth information on ingredients. In addition, I provide clean, safe, high performing solutions with a wide variety of skincare, body care and cosmetics.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

My Dad was a wonderful role model. He would do anything for his family, including working 3 jobs and moonlighting so he could provide a nice life for my mom, sister and I. My Dad’s work ethic had a lasting impact on me. I have always been a hard worker and committed to seeing a project through to the end, which I learned from him. He was a very positive person, and had a great sense of humor. Even though he worked a lot and we didn’t see him as often as we would have liked, he always made the most of the times we were together.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

Little Compton, RI. This is one of my favorite places on earth. Spending a day here is so relaxing and the beautiful scenery always fills me up. The beach is never crowded, and I love bringing my chair, book and towel and curling up on the beach for a day.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

Monthly massage, meditation and time with girlfriends.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Through photography! I love taking photos of beautiful scenery. I also enjoy photographing people when they don’t know I’m taking their picture. The candid shot is always a more interesting photo to me.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The Great Alone. This book was epic to many facets to this story. The descriptions of the Alaskan Wilderness are so vivid, you almost feel like you are there. Beauty, love, redemption, PTSD, patience, loyalty and the everlasting bonds of family and friends.

Favorite Movie and Why?

When Harry Met Sally. I could watch this movie all day – there’s nothing deep about it – just uplifting, happy and very funny.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

Be Present in All Things and Be Thankful for All Things.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

My two children! They are the world to me and I am so proud of the people they are in this world.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Your attitude is everything. The attitude you bring to any situation is going to determine the outcome of that situation. Keep it positive and positive things happen.

Advice to Younger Self?

Love yourself above all else, and don’t worry what other people think about you. Follow your heart.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My compassion and kindness. It not only makes me feel happy, I can see the impact it has on the lives of those around me. I truly believe in putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, not judging and showing kindness always.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Join!!! This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with so many like minded women. You’ll have a whole new group of friends!

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I’m thrilled to be part of this community and I look forward to connecting with more of you at upcoming events!

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

You know by now that education is my passion! I would love to offer members a free one on one consultation, where I will share information on ingredients to avoid, go through your own products and determine safety, and provide you with tools to make more informed decisions when purchasing personal care and beauty products.

tWERK That Energy

tWERK That Energy

When we hold the idea that the movement of the energy may NOT create the outcome exactly as desired, or envisioned, it will take the pressure off needing to excel at everything you do and give you the freedom to just keep moving that energy in the direction of your dream.

This is how it works!

Knowing that you are putting something in motion that will eventually get you where you want, gives so much more space to the journey, maybe even allows you to have some fun with it. It’s not the success or failure going towards each goal, it is the fact that you don’t stop the energy flow towards it. The movement of your energy is the way to making things happen in your life. That means if you only move the energy for a little while and then stop (give up), guess what, whatever you want will not happen, the only way to have the outcome you long for, is to keep working that energy towards it.

Often, I have people tell me that they are feeling stuck and don’t know what to do. They know what they want but don’t know how to go about getting it. For example, pick something that you know for sure that you want in your life, start small and START NOW, it doesn’t have to be a huge thing, just pick something and put your effort into. Let’s say you want to shed 5 pounds, I bet you all know theoretically how to do it, I realize,  so much gets in the way of this, mainly, it is thoughts about why you can’t have it, or the reasons why once you mess up, it’s time to quit after all your failed attempts. It’s NOT that you can’t do it, it’s because of the quitting.

Quitting stops the energy dead in its tracks.

Our thoughts can be our own worst enemies. Soooo while you are figuring out how to tame those gremlins running around your head…get up, get going and start moving the energy. Let those notions that “I can’t”, be there for now, the ones that say you are not ready even though you know you want it. And start going after what you want, without letting ANY of the failures stop you. That’s all you need to do. Easy breezy, right? I know it is simple yet not easy, as you do this, you will learn great things about yourself because your mind will do its best to convince to you to stay where you are because even though you may be miserable, you know this miserable place and its safer than going into the unknown. Yeah crazy, that’s how we roll as humans.

If you really need some help to refocus….check out the September Edition of Me, Myself & I Podcast HERE, to help you clear your energy and relax. We all need a little help sometimes. (photo posted below is what atypical in person  hypnotherapy sesh looks like, TY Sweet Reverie Photography for capturing the moment xo).

Keeping it simple, so that you can start to make this dream you have become a reality.

Here’s the breakdown if you are a scroller….

1. Pick one thing you know for sure you want.

(keep it easy for now, think of this as your training wheels, you will soon enough be taking on bigger and more challenging things. Baby steps)

2. Next and final step start moving and continue to take action towards your goal.

(even if you get no’s (and fail alot) along the way, realize that the movement of energy is the main ingredient for turning your life in the desired direction you want)

When you start moving the energy, just keep moving towards the goal, repeating to yourself continually, I am moving the energy and I’m not going to stop until I achieve the goal. You WILL start living a different life. I can promise it will happen.

I’d love to hear how this works for you when using this classic energy in motion theory as you apply it to your life, reach me at lynell@lynellmasterson.com. Be forewarned friends, following these steps may produce miracles.

And if you want more, check out Nell at Night September Edition All About Energy, right HERE

Game Changer Interview: Signe Nelson Ayochok

Game Changer Interview: Signe Nelson Ayochok

Name of Your Business

DeSigner Feng Shui and Clutter Be Gone.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

When employing the principles of Feng Shui, I seek, find or create beauty and harmony within myself, my home, my community and my world. Helping people is my purpose, beauty is my passion.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

Someone with the intention and desire to shift their life, someone open to the blessings that change brings.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

I provide Blessing ceremonies, Chi adjustments, Blueprint reading and Site placement, with a side of Astrology and a dash of Angels.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Buddha- I learned everything in moderation-including moderation and that by questioning my inner authority-the little ego- I am not just running on autopilot.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

The Forest, trees, any wooded green area.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

Getting body work done on a regular basis. Spending time with girlfriends. Prayer and meditation.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Playing the Ukulele, coloring, doing crafts, shaking my bootey!

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The Untethered Soul. It was written in such a way as to remind me again how vast and unlimited I AM.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Mary Poppins-Magic and positivity.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

Thank You God. Om Mani Padme Hum. And when I can’t get back to sleep- Nam Myoho Renge Kyo-always works like a charm!

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Giving birth to my amazing, decent and compassionate son and daughter.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

What ever someone is accusing you of- they are doing it themselves.

Advice to Younger Self?

Start working with your Angels now.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My sense of humor and my laugh-it brings smiles and joy to others.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

You Need Your GirlFriends. Period. Bring your girlfriend and make some more!

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I am so excited to be in community with women who desire to not only grow themselves but also seek to make their worlds richer, fuller, funnier and more sacred with other like minded Goddesses.

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

I would like to offer a free House Foot Print analysis. By drawing the foot print of your space, I can discern any structural issues-missing rooms- that may or can impact the full flow of positive energy in your abode or business.
Game Changer Interview: Devon Grilly

Game Changer Interview: Devon Grilly

Name of Your Business

Devon Grilly, Coach on Fire

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I actually found an old journal entry that said: “1/30/16 – Dawning realization: this is my Great Purpose – to help others to find their greatness. To encourage them, motivate, and inspire them to go for it. Plant those seeds and enable them to grow into reality through others. I do not have to do it all myself!” This is why coaching is not a job or a career for me, but a calling. We as a global community need as many people as possible to make conscious choices, and feel that their life has purpose; to be empowered to actually take part in shaping the world that will become. When we feel stuck, there’s a hopelessness that can take root, and I think globally we have too much of that. I have seen the power of the coaching process to open up possibilities and create powerful, lasting changes. I’m super passionate about helping my clients shift into new ways of being.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

I specialize in working with spiritually minded women, who like myself, have followed a career path and then thought- “Wait. Is this it? There must be more!” Women who know in their heart that they are here for a greater purpose and are seeking more fulfillment from their work. I think when we first start out, our priorities are to pay down college debt, maybe buy a house and a car, so we look at the paycheck first. Later many of us start to question whether the paycheck is enough, and whether the next promotion is really what we want to chase after. All too often, we wind up trading away the things we really enjoyed about our jobs by moving into management and away from the creative aspects and lose that sense of excitement little by little. I love working with women to identify the pieces that really drive them and make them feel like they’re on fire, and find ways to love working again.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

I offer a 3-month jumpstart program to move from burnout to living life on fire. I work 1-on-1 with undivided attention for a total of 9 hours of coaching by phone or video call, with lots of support in between. Clients also gain access to an incredible program for keeping track of goals, graphing metrics, session summaries and tools for continued momentum between sessions.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Growing up I really admired my grandmother (Nana) – she had such a legendary life as a first generation American who was only educated through primary school yet went on to be the top manager of the shoe factory she worked in, commuting long hours from Middleboro to Boston each day. She and my grandfather built their own house, and sent both of their children to college and somehow had time to make her own clothes, cook homemade dinners and go to the kids’ sports events. She instilled in me an understanding of the value of hard work and a love of making things. If she made you some soup or a crochet blanket, you knew that every moment was filled with intention and love, and it really came through in what she created.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

The ocean. I love Moonstone Beach down in RI- there are amazing white stones everywhere which make it a little hard to walk but awesome to sit and take in the beauty.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

Scheduling time with friends who can really hear me and hold space for whatever is coming up, reading a really good book, and daily meditation.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Mainly through writing, whether journaling or for my blog. I love crochet and making things for people, and I’m starting to rediscover drawing and painting.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron: It wasn’t about what I thought it would be about! It helped me to “learn to stay”, as she calls it. To be more present both in and out of meditation, and to let go of judgment.

Favorite Movie and Why?

The Lord of the Rings (altogether, but the final one stands out the most) – I read that trilogy so many times the paperbacks I had actually fell apart. I just loved how alive the whole world was, it really engaged my full imagination.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“Braving the Wilderness doesn’t require you to CHANGE who you are; it requires you to BE who you are.” – Brené Brown

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Making the decision to walk away from my teaching career after 11 years, honoring my needs rather than “toughing it out” to retirement. I think that was the first time I chose myself over comfort, in an absolutely terrifying and satisfying way.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

I am enough.

Advice to Younger Self?

Stop trying so hard to be what others want you to be, or what you *think* others want you to be, and just BE.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love my ability to switch between dorky/silly nerd and super deep soul-searcher.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Show up completely and leave the masks at the door. You’ll be so glad you did.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

I typically require a discovery call or chat first, but for SheBreathes members I’d like to offer a 1-hour complimentary coaching session to dive right in to what we can accomplish together.
Game Changer Interview: Maggie Dion

Game Changer Interview: Maggie Dion

Name of Your Business

RejuvInnate Nutrition

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

In an interview during my corporate days I was asked where do you see yourself in 10 years. I told them I saw myself helping others, despite that not being the appropriate response for the specific role. I’ve always had a passion for learning about different communities and helping others. It’s the only common theme through everything I’ve done my entire life.
I’m so grateful that my personal health struggles introduced me to the functional medicine approach to healing and motivated me to help others avoid years of unnecessary symptoms and suffering. As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, I am able to help clients dig into the root cause of symptoms, reverse diseases they were told required medication for life, and restore the vitality that is essential for doing the things they love in life. There is nothing cooler than helping people abolish symptoms, empowering people to restore their health, and enabling young families to grow.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is someone who is looking for a holistic and natural approach to healing, not a quick fix or magic pill. My programs are centered on a combination of functional lab work and holistic lifestyle changes that are designed to reteach the body to do what it is suppose to do. Uncovering the interconnectedness of imbalances and creating an environment for healing is extremely rewarding, but requires a willingness to make modifications in regards to diet, rest, exercise, and stress reduction.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

My approach to healing is the perfect combination of holistic health coaching and applied functional medicine. In addition to providing individualized guidance on lifestyle modifications, clients can run at home functional lab tests that reveal the root cause of their symptoms and true healing opportunities. Covering up a symptom with a pill doesn’t address the reason the symptom showed up in the first place. This means that the imbalance will persist and most likely will show up in a different part of the body with a different symptom.

This is an important distinction. Symptoms are the results of a problem, they aren’t the problem. Solely focusing on symptoms can be misleading and frustrating. One symptom can have numerous root causes. For example, low energy could be due to adrenal dysfunction, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, thyroid insufficiencies, chronic stress, compromised digestion, a pathogen overgrowth, and other root causes. Without testing, you are left to guess which of these factors may be at play. To further complicate matters, everything in the body is interconnected. Thus, when one system is out of balance others will follow suit. Instead of starting an exhausting cycle of trial and error, I offer clients the ability to test not guess. Once we determine what is at play for you as an individual we can create a unique program that is catered to your healing opportunities and lifestyle.

I specialize in imbalances pertaining to: – Digestion & Food Sensitivities – Hormones – Infertility – Adrenals & Energy – Weight Loss – Cardiovascular – Diabetes – Thyroid – Chronic Pain, Migraines and Headaches – Neurotransmitter

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

It may sound cheesy, but my greatest role model growing up was my mom. Her position as my role model has strengthened exponentially now that I’m older and can appreciate everything she stands for. While we were growing up she didn’t care what other people were doing. She never strayed from her morals or wavered despite social pressures. I can truly attribute my passion for holistic health and natural healing to the seeds she planted in me from the very beginning. My mom always encouraged us to eat high quality whole foods and get outside to play. There were no Pop Tarts and Lunchables in our household! Instead she was cutting the sugar content in recipes in half. As a kid, I obviously found this frustrating at times, but now I can’t thank her enough for setting my four siblings and me up for success. When we got sick or an annoying symptom she was quick to recommend a natural remedy rather than throw a pill at it. She actually recommended remedies that I now share with clients. Unfortunately, I resisted, had to go through my own health crisis journey, and was inspired to go to the School of Applied Functional Medicine before I became a true believer and practitioner. You could say she was my first introduction to functional medicine, even though I don’t think there was even a name for it back then!

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

My favorite place to escape is anywhere near water! Whether it’s the beach, a lake, or simply a small pond in the center of town, I found water to be extremely calming and grounding. It’s a simple reminder to slow down and focus on enjoying the moment.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

Some of my top forms of self care include escaping for a walk in nature, Epsom salt baths, and a good face mask. But my favorite is practicing meditating or deep breathing exercises while laying on an acupressure mat. What’s better than loading up on multiple self care practices at once?

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

My biggest creative outlet is cooking up something fun or new in the kitchen. I like to consider myself more of a “chef” than a baker. If I have a little extra of an ingredient, I’m in a veggie kind of mood, or I just really like a specific herb you better believe I’m tossing it in the pan. Unfortunately that is a no go for baking. When I’m in the mood for extra chocolate (ie. always!) that can completely throw off the balance of the recipe. Baking has too many rules and is far too precise to get my creative juices flowing. For me, cooking is a time to put on some music, zone out and have some fun. I love experimenting and seeing how it turns out!

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The last memorable book I read was “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” by Dr. Mark Hyman. While this may not be the inspiring book you were expecting me to call out, the entire time I was reading I kept thinking “Finally!” Dr. Hyman does an incredible job of debunking many of the lies and myths about food circulating the internet and health magazines. This book is the perfect balance of research backed facts and easy to read surprising information. I’ve had clients share some pretty crazy nutrition concepts they’ve both read and followed over the years. This book is everything I’ve ever wanted to convey to set the record straight about what you should eat or avoid for optimal health.

Favorite Movie and Why?

My favorite movie is Hook. Yes, the Peter Pan sequel with Robin William and Julia Roberts. It’s just a funny, easy to watch movie that is a great reality check to help us not take ourselves so seriously. It’s a much needed reminder to relax and focus on what’s important in life.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“Everything happens for a reason.” I have found that the things in life that I have stressed about the most were all part of a greater plan that otherwise wouldn’t have played out for the better without the setback or stressful moment. Now that I have internalized this lesson I’m much better at stressing less and enjoying the ride. Because let’s be honest, life is for enjoying not just getting through!

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

I’m most proud of achieving my Information Storage Management certification. My first job out of college with at a big IT company. I had ZERO background in technology. To give you some perspective, on my first day a coworker watched me struggle for 30 minutes trying to set up my computer and monitors before offering to help. In an attempt to advance my corporate career, I decided to take this very detailed test on data storage and protection. And to my surprise, I passed! Numerous peers who went to college for IT failed, but somehow I pulled it off. Despite later abandoning my corporate career in IT, I am proud of this accomplishment because it taught me that I can learn absolutely anything I put my mind to. It gave me the confidence to enroll in three nutrition/ functional medicine programs and launch my business to help others reverse disease and optimize their health.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Are you living your eulogy or your resume? Arianna Huffington was a guest speaker at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and she shared one of the greatest lessons of all. Many of us go through life hyper focused on building our resumes and professional achievements at the expense of what really matters in life. No one stands up at a funeral and says “Her best achievement was being promoted to Vice President.” Instead, they focus on the kind of person you were or the relationships and memories you shared. As someone who is extremely type A, driven, and competitive the message really hit home for me. It is so important to prioritize family, friends, and living in the moment. There will always be work. The relationships and memories will only be there if you show up. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/are-you-living-your-eulogy-or-your-resume_b_3936937.html

Advice to Younger Self?

Listen. Listen to your heart, gut, mind, and body. Ignore the temptations to follow what I “should do” in favor of things that make you thrive. I think I would have gotten to where I’m suppose to be, where I’m here today, a lot faster if I listened to my instincts earlier on in life.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My favorite personality traits are my empathy and realism. I wouldn’t be effective in my work as a functional nutritionist if I couldn’t relate to my clients on a human and compassionate level. I suffered for the better half of a decade from a long list of debilitating symptoms. I saw numerous practitioners and specialists who were quick to cover up symptoms with a pill and ignored my quest to resolve the root cause of my imbalances. While my illness and symptoms may have prevented me from having the typical experience of someone in their 20’s, I’m not upset or bitter. Instead, I’m grateful that it helped my to find my passion and enables me to be more effective in my work. My experience allows me to better relate to my clients through our shared experience. I understand their frustrations and have empathy for the tough journey they are on. I’m better able to listen to them and design a program that is unique to their experience.

This empathy and compassion also allows me to approach the healing process with a sense of realism. I get that no one wants to be on a strict program as they head off to vacation. I sure didn’t want to miss out on the cake and festivities at every family gathering and holiday. Life happens and sure doesn’t stop just because you are working to optimize your health. I understand this and work with clients to modify their programs so they don’t miss out on the fun in life. It’s all about balance, not perfection!

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

A vital part of health and wellness is having a strong community and a sense of belonging. You can consume all the kale and green juice in the world, but you may not feel truly alive if you don’t feel a sense of support, camaraderie, and empowerment. Having a strong tribe of like minded women to support you in your health and wellness journey, wherever you may be on that path, is critical. I’m so grateful to have found the SheBreathes community. I’m greeted by an immediate sense of calm and a new friendly face every time I walk in the door. Everyone deserves to experience the magic of SheBreathes!

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

I’m happy to offer the SheBreathes community free 30 minute consultations to give you time and space to discuss your health goals or concerns and dive deeper into how I support my clients. Please feel free to send me an email to set up some time for us to connect.