This month, I’m happy to share my second interview with one of several of my inspirational allies. There are so many inspirational allies that challenge us to understand ourselves, grow our spiritual practices and cultivate our lives. This series is to share with you a few of my own personal mentors, teachers + allies that whether they are aware of it or not, have made a huge imprint on my life, love and world.
al·ly: to join (yourself) with another person, group, etc., in order to get or give support
First, a little bit about Kate. As many of you know, I am often spotted wearing a bun on the top of my head. Although, I used to wear my hair down, it’s been a few years now that the bun has completely taken a stand, which I am grateful for it. It’s easy, quick and does the trick for most styles, gardening to dresses. However, I decided to let it out! Kate Scott was such a support to match my easy and quick needs with a style that fit me. We did the “beach” hair & the “blow-out”, while we allied on healing, wholeness, growth and health.
“Over the past 9 years, I have been a hair stylist. My specialty focuses on curly hair with experience in editorial, film styling, and NYC Fashion Week Runway shows. My love for hair styling started while attempting ‘to manage’ my own curly hair. I worked on the curly hair styling team at the Ouidad Flagship Salon in Los Angeles for four years as a stylist, educator, and platform artist. My other extensive trainings include AVEDA, L’oreal, J Beverly Hills and Arrojo. My signature approach gives my clients confidence to embrace and celebrate their unique hairstyles. My interest in hair styling broadened itself to include health and wellbeing. I strongly believe that each one of us has our own health style. I pursued self-studies of Macrobiotic and Ayurveda, along with other various modalities to heal myself through food.”
What has been your journey into what you do?
I first got into styling hair because I had such a hard time managing my own curls! I used to read all sorts of hair articles in search of the ‘curl cure’, and I finally decided I should just go to cosmetology school to learn how to master it myself. Now I actually specialize in curly hair and the whole process has come full circle for me!
What have you cultivated along the way?
Self love, and a passion for helping others love themselves and embrace who they are too.
What inspires you?
Health and Wellbeing, and living out our gifts, talents, and life’s purpose.
What are the biggest things you’ve learned?
To let go, and that prayer is the answer to creating a life you love.
What are your intentions?
To take care of myself and stay true to my personal values – family and relationships, health and wellbeing, inspiration, and spiritual growth.
How do you feel about your energy?
Energy is everything. Wherever you focus your energy, the energy will flow – it’s all about the law of attraction. I feel that mine is grounded yet light hearted.
What is your relationship with food?
Food is the source of life itself. It mirrors the relationship I have with myself. It has it’s own energy and contributes to my own. It is the seed of everything. Food is a meditation in action. I have finally cultivated a loving, nurturing relationship with food where I’m not scared of it and don’t think about dieting…I appreciate how beautiful food is and am grateful for every meal.
What’s your favorite meal to create for yourself or others or both?
Kitchari is my favorite Ayurvedic healing dish to make for myself – it always makes me feel grounded and centered. My recipe makes 3 servings and is a pitta pacifying blend of 1/2 tsp each – cumin, fennel seed, coriander, turmeric and 1/2″ sliced ginger heated in 2 TB ghee and sautéed with 1 cup seasonal vegetable and cooked with 1/2 cup mung beans and 1 cup basmati rice in 5 cup purified water. Simmered for 25-30min and can be topped with chopped parsley or cilantro.
Who are your favorite teachers?
Dr. Douilliard, Nick Arrojo, Ouidad, Gabrielle Bernstein. why? They are living out their life’s purpose and cultivating a community to inspire others to be their best selves.
What is your vision board for 2016?
I have lots of things I’d like to create – different guides and workshops and maybe a retreat. Also enjoying seasonal fun – bike rides and paddle boarding in summer, snow shoeing in winter and travel!
What’s your favorite book and why?
So many favorite self improvement books – anything by Dr. Dyer or Gabrielle Bernstein because they teach you how to connect with your inner self. I also love a good novel – Lilianne Moriarty or JoJo Moyes are great sources of entertainment and I find it’s important to lose myself in a book through them.
How do you balance your life?
It has taken me a long time to realize how to establish strong boundaries in my life, but aligning with my personal values helps me do just that. I keep a strict schedule with my diet plan, work schedule, my yoga/meditation, and self care using blocks of time throughout the week.
How do you practice mindfulness?
In everything that I do, I always tune into my breath. By practicing yoga daily/weekly it becomes second nature to do so. Also having a daily routine of self care and expressing what I’m grateful for throughout the day and in daily prayer.
What are some thoughts you’d love to share with others?
Trust your path. Follow your inspiration – it’s your inner guide speaking to you. Discovering your life’s purpose is the answer to everything. So is looking for the good in everything and being grateful for what you have. Love always wins! 😉
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Thank you for letting us Spread the Love with this month’s inspirational interview. Look forward to next month’s interview with love from, Betsy Wild, a mentor and passionate green living expert. Let’s learn to love and be ourselves with the help of each other!