Erica Liu Williams, Founder of Gr8nola

Episode 11: an interview with Erica Liu Williams, Founder of Gr8nola.

Learn more about Gr8nola on:

Their website

Instagram (Their feed is gorgeous)

Facebook

 

Lillian Zhao, Founder of Further Food

Interview with Lillian Zhao, the founder of Further Food.

A few months ago, Further Food reached out to me and asked if I’d like to be part of their affiliate program. I’d never tried collagen, and I was definitely intrigued. I did some research and decided to try it out. So I joined the affiliate program and began using the product, but I still wanted to learn more about collagen. And who better to ask than the company’s founder, Lillian Zhao?

Further Food

When I emailed the company to request an interview, I honestly didn’t think I’d get a response, just because they are so popular. To my surprise and delight, I received an affirmative reply. So a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lillian and hearing first hand her passion for her business.

This interview is not sponsored in any way by Further Food (if anything I would pay Lillian to talk to me!), but if you are interested in trying the product, you can use the code primarilyplants10 for 10% off your order.

If you’d like to learn more about Further Food, you can find them:

On their website

On Instagram

On Facebook

If you have feedback about the show and/or suggestions for future guests, you can leave a review on iTunes, email me at primarilyplantsblog@gmail.com, or fill out this contact form.

 

If you enjoyed this episode, you’ll also love:

Episode 3: Sundara Clark, Founder of Vixen Kitchen

Episode 5: Molly Alliman, Founder of Balance by Molly

Episode 7: Elaine Hayes, Founder of MNT Studio

How to Combine Work with Self Care

Like many people, I am a master procrastinator. Overtime, I’ve become much better at checking off the little things- answering emails, doing laundry, etc.- but when I’m faced with a big, stressful project, I often put it off because I’m not ready to deal with the anxiety it causes. Unfortunately, I’ve found that this just creates a snowball effect- as time goes by my nervousness only builds, so when it finally comes time to get to work, I have more anxiety to overcome than I did in the first place. Breaking this habit is definitely a work in progress for me, but I have found many valuable tools that help me combine work with self care.

Combining a stressful project with something that makes me happy mitigates my anxiety and gets me excited to start working. In this post, I share the strategies that I’ve find helpful, but I also encourage you to take this idea and make it your own- find what works best for you!

How to Combine Work with Self Care:

  • Put on a face mask
    • I find that taking 5 minutes to put on a face mask before sitting down to do my math homework brings a sense of peace and mindfulness to the experience. Plus, it’s nice to feel like I’m multitasking and clean out my pores while I clear up my to-do list.
    • This is the face mask I’ve been using recently!

  • Take a bath
    • I’ve found that it’s impossible for me to be stressed while taking a bath. So when I have a project that I get stressed even thinking about, I’ll take a bath and plan out how to tackle it. Once I’m in a more relaxed, creative mindset, it’s easier to plan out a big project. And if you have one on hand, adding in a fun bath bomb can also help get the creativity flowing.
  • Work from a coffee shop
    • This might be a little more self-bribery than self care, but it works well for me. In fact, it’s probably my very favorite tip on this list. Taking myself on coffee dates when I need to work on a challenging project helps me look forwards to hard work instead of dreading it. I find that working in coffee shops is especially effective when I need to really focus on a creative project. And the caffeine from my latte doesn’t hurt either.
    • You can find some of my favorite spots in SF on this list.

  • Brew some tea
    • I love having a variety of teas on hand so I can have one to match every mood. Right now I’m really enjoying lemon ginger tea, but I’d love to hear your recommendations too! Taking a moment to close my eyes and slowly sip my tea in the middle of a work session is so cozy and revitalizing.

  • Light a candle
    • For me, the main benefit of lighting a candle is the intention behind it. While the candle itself certainly makes my workspace cozier, just taking a moment to light a candle puts me in a more positive mindset.
  • Incorporate creativity
    • Often this is as simple as writing with colorful pens or organizing my notes in an artistic way.
    • I’m also a big fan of drawing my ideas instead of writing them when I’m feeling stuck. Putting pen to paper and creating concept maps or illustrations helps process my ideas without worrying about making anything perfect.
  • Listen to a podcast
    • When I’m doing any sort of boring, automatic work (such as organizing a spreadsheet), I make the task much more enjoyable by listening to my favorite podcasts. Sometimes I even look forwards to tedious work because I know I’ll get to listen to a fun podcast episode.
    • If you’re looking for new podcasts, here is a list of my favorites!

This is how I combine work with self care, and I hope you find these strategies as helpful as I do! And if you have your own tips for incorporating self care into your school/work life, I would love to hear them either in the comments or on Instagram.

Jenny Eu, Founder of Three Trees Almondmilk

Conversation with Jenny Eu, the founder of Three Trees Almondmilk:

  • In the episode, Jenny and I talk about:
    • How her grandmother influenced her outlook on health.
    • The top three values she keeps in mind when running her business.
    • And her own day to day wellness philosophy.

You can learn more about Three Trees Almondmilk:

On their website

On Instagram

On Facebook

And maybe in a store near you!

If you enjoyed this episode, I would so appreciate it if you would leave a review on iTunes, let me know on Instagram, or tell a friend! And if you have any feedback as far as what you would like to see more of on the show, please let me know!

Episode 8: Cynthia Samanian of Confetti Kitchen

Episode 8: Cynthia Samanian of Confetti Kitchen

Cynthia is the founder of Confetti Kitchen, a recipe website and event business that encourages people to use simple food as a platform to create meaningful connections.

In the episode, Cynthia and I discuss:

Using positive language to talk about food

The importance of simple, accessible recipes

How small details can make a huge impact

And much more.

 

You can learn more about CK:

On their website: https://www.confettikitchen.com/

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confettikitchen/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confettikitchen

And if you enjoyed this episode, leave a review on iTunes and/or let me know on Instagram!

Episode 6: Heather Hardcastle of Flour Craft Bakery

Episode 6: Heather Hardcastle of Flour Craft Bakery

In the episode, Heather and I talk about:

Going back to school and changing careers

Creating a community around your business

Creating gluten free baked goods that are just as good (if not better) than traditional versions.

Connect with Heather:

On her website: http://flourcraftbakery.com/

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flourcraft/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flourcraft

If you liked the episode, I would so appreciate if you would subscribe and rate it on iTunes or Stitcher, tell a friend, and/or share on social media. If you have any feedback or if there are any companies you think I should feature, feel free to let me know.

Episode 5: Molly Alliman of Balance by Molly

Episode 5: Molly Alliman of Balance by Molly

Episode 5: Molly Alliman of Balance by Molly

First of all, Molly is just the coolest. You might already know this, and I thought she was pretty incredible even before we sat down to have this conversation, but everything I learned about her life and her business during this interview showed me exactly how inspiring she is. I think it’s something you really have to hear for yourself, but here’s a little sneak peek of what we talked about…

How a serious illness inspired Molly to begin her wellness journey.

What it takes to grow a following + community on Instagram (and what it’s like to bring that community offline).

And the importance of trusting yourself, both in business and in life overall.

Connect with Molly…

On the web: https://www.balancebymolly.com

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shakethatmarshmallow/

If you liked the episode, I would so appreciate if you would subscribe and rate it on iTunes or Stitcher, tell a friend, and/or share on social media. If you have any feedback or if there are any companies you think I should feature, feel free to let me know.

Episode 4: Sarah Bacon of Nourish Cafe

Episode 4: Sarah Bacon of Nourish Cafe

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sarah Bacon, the co-founder of one of my favorite cafes in San Francisco, to discuss:

How and why she and her friend Brighton decided to start Nourish Cafe

Making the switch from her corporate job to working at Nourish full-time.

Her personal favorite menu items

And much more!

Learn more about Sarah and Nourish Cafe…

On the web: http://www.nourishcafesf.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nourishcafesf/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nourishcafesanfran/

If you liked the episode, I would so appreciate if you would subscribe and rate it on iTunes or Stitcher, tell a friend, and/or share on social media. If you have any feedback or if there are any companies you think I should feature, feel free to let me know.

Mindful Monday 7/3/17

It’s time to bring some mindfulness to your Monday! These are some Mindful Monday links that are brightening my day, and I hope they do the same for you.

3 recipes I want to make this week:

Mac-n-cheese. I LOVE mac-n-cheese, but I never make it at home because it seems so complicated. This recipe is the perfect balance between healthy and traditional, and I think even my little siblings will love it.

Mint Chip Popsicles.  I’m completely obsessed with mint chocolate everything, so these popsicles look totally perfect. Plus, they’re a great excuse to buy some more Eating Evolved 🙂

Tamales. I’ve always loved tamales, but never considered making them at home. This recipe sounds like a bit more of a project, but it looks delicious.

3 forms of movement I’m enjoying:

Bodyrok Sculpt Classes. I sign up through ClassPass (use this link for 40$ off the first month of your membership!) and I have so much fun in every single class I attend.

Walking + podcasts. Sometimes I get really into listening to podcasts while running, but right now peaceful, slow walks are what my body is craving.

Yoga sounds really good right now. I haven’t taken any classes yet, but I want to check out The Pad, CorePower, and Karma Yoga soon.

3 podcast episodes I’ve loved recently:

This one about dating in 2017 is so chill and funny, it totally feels like you’re just hanging out with Christina and Addie.

Nut Butter Radio, hosted by Hannah and Holly, became an instant favorite for me. All their episodes are great, but I especially liked hearing their thoughts on sugar detoxes.

I’d forgotten how much I adore The Chasing Joy Podcast, but I recently started re-listening to some old episodes and totally loving it. This episode with Rachel Mansfield is such a fun and inspiring conversation.

3 blog posts I relate to:

Getting real about therapy is so important, and I love how honest Jess is in this post.

Give yourself permission to slow down and let go of the need for constant productivity during the summer. You and I both deserve to relax, but sometimes its hard to let go of the pressure to be busy all the time.

I’m definitely not going to run a marathon anytime soon, but I love the idea of taking life “one mile at a time.”

 

I hope you gained some inspiration from this post, and I’d love to hear about what you’re enjoying this week. Comment here or share your thoughts with me on Instagram!

This post contains affiliate links for ClassPass and Eating Evolved. These are both companies that I truly love and that bring so much joy to my life, so I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you.

Episode 3: Sundara Clark of Vixen Kitchen

Episode 3: Sundara Clark of Vixen Kitchen, a paleo, vegan gelato company:

  • In the interview, we talk about:
    • What inspired Sundara to start Vixen Kitchen
    • Bridging the gap between the paleo and vegan communities with gelato
    • Raising children to be healthy, intuitive eaters
    • Growing a wellness-focused business in Northern California/the Bay Area

Learn more about Vixen Kitchen on their:

Website: http://vixenkitchen.co/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vixenkitchen.co/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vixenkitchen

If you liked the episode, I would so appreciate if you would subscribe and rate it on iTunes or Stitcher, tell a friend, and/or share on social media. If you have any feedback or if there are any companies you think I should feature, feel free to let me know.