One of the first questions I ask of my content marketing clients is how they decided to start their own business. However, it’s interesting that I never really asked myself that question.
I just turned 37 on Dec. 26, and now I truly understand why it’s flattering when clerks and bouncers ask for my ID. You see, just 10 years ago I was washing my face with Dr. Bronner’s and smearing some coconut oil on afterward and calling it a skincare routine. I was eating loads of carbs and dairy and drinking beer and soda and wondering why I was so bloated all the time. My body was basically in constant pain but I was really good at ignoring it because I was practicing yoga regularly and my job as a newspaper editor was demanding.
“I’m doing the best I can,” I would constantly tell myself.
Holding Yourself Accountable
And when I got pregnant, everything got so much worse. Food allergies became so bad that I would start having auto-immune responses like hives and swelling of the joints. My eyes felt like they were either constantly itching or were under so much pressure they would pop. And my visits to the doctor became increasingly close together as I started to manifest respiratory and sinus issues.
“I’m doing the best I can,” was still my mantra, but it started to feel less and less true.
At the same time, my sister Kara started her own business with Arbonne, a network marketing company that focuses on clean body and skincare, as well as nutrition. I would try products here and there, not making any real commitment because who really trusts MLM companies at first? Not this journalist.
A Path To Healing and Health
However, after discovering the root of the issue — an allergy to wheat and several different grains as well as thyroiditis — I realized that it was time to admit that I could do better, not only for my body but for my son. I realized that my health issues had started to affect my mental health, and it was increasingly hard to pull myself out of depression, so I basically gave up on a lot of things.
But little by little, I started to change things. The first thing to change was getting back into physical shape, and for that, I can thank the hula hoop. After having my son in 2011, I lost a taste for regular exercise. But when I discovered hula hooping in early 2014, it motivated me because it was fun and beneficial. When serotonin was almost nowhere to be found, I’d get a good rush of it from picking up my hula hoop and sweating through several songs. It became my first healthy obsession, and one I transformed into a performance art career when I co-founded FemPyre in 2017.
Life With Arbonne Skincare and Nutrition
The next piece of the puzzle was figuring out how to deal with the neverending cycle of breakouts caused by a really minimal skincare routine. That’s when I truly discovered how nutrition and skincare work hand in hand. Thanks to Arbonne’s RE-9 line of anti-aging formulas and their clean-and-green vegan protein powder blends, I was able to cut carbs, calories, and gross additives while giving my skin the nutrition it needs inside and out. The results were enough to make me want to share these incredible products as an independent consultant — a feat for a writer and editor who researches things to death.
Today, I’m 37 and I feel 27 (until I hang out with 27-year-olds and then I realize that my tastes and bedtimes definitely make me 37). I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t made the small, sustainable changes that got me where I am today.