Hi everyone, I’m Molly, the Co-Founder of URJA. Welcome to The RAW (Real Authentic Words) Series... I'm up first. We're about to get real, real fast!
Full disclosure: I'm Type A, a Virgo and on the Enneagram Scale, I’m a 2 & 3 (meaning I’m achievement-driven, but also a caretaker of others). I lived on a full tank for 26 years of my life, and truthfully, I thrive in “go mode.” In fairness - I'll always love a little adrenaline! As I'm writing this, I am now 28 and have captured the importance of a low-stress + anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
From being Miss Arizona Teen USA to living abroad twice, while at Pepperdine University, I was also the anchor on the school newscast, a journalist for the newspaper, a member on the Nomination Committee of my sorority and landed 4 prestigious internships. Upon graduation, I began working several jobs. I helped to launch 2 different mobile apps and consulted for several start-ups, while I held a consistent job as a TV Host in the Los Angeles entertainment industry. On a personal note, I got married and 2 years later, divorced — all by 26 years old. Now, I can clearly see that I was burning my candle at both ends.
For every success, there are, of course, failures. All strong people face challenges... scares = strength. I do strongly believe that "learning moments" in life lead us to be more empathetic, wise and focused.
After running in a fight-or-flight mode for many years, my tank was empty. Even as a “planner,” you don’t plan to run out of fuel. (I now realize the more you plan, the more God laughs.) I was overachieving in my own life, pouring into others and never really looking inward. I was underweight, battling panic/anxiety disorder, started taking medications to get through my day, was hiding in work, in unhealthy relationships and ultimately, I crashed. I was not thinking clearly, present or listening to my body. Instead, I was putting my attention everywhere else.
In hitting rock bottom emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally, I knew I needed a major reset. How had I gone so wrong along the way of trying to do so much “right”? How was I so unaware of my own needs? My bloodwork was abnormal with extremely high cortisol levels, white blood count, cholesterol, etc. I felt alone, trapped and confused. I am very thankful for a wonderful family that was there to help me, but I knew the big change had to start from within. I moved out of LA and home to Arizona. In the following several months I completed and then halted most work commitments, started therapy, learned to feel anger, read books, practiced yoga, tried to meditate often, ate good food and did my best to cleanse my life. As I balanced my environment and mental state with some “holistic love” ... my body followed in a positive direction.
Mind and body connection is so real. Of course, stress in natural and some stress is even good. But, chronic stress can cause detrimental inflammation in the body and lead to major health concerns. Listening to your body and mind is so important. If your lifestyle is not balanced, all aspects of life grow out of harmony.
Mindfulness is powerful. Energy is powerful. Self-understanding is powerful. Boundaries are powerful. Relationships are powerful. Health is everything.
During my season of re-centering, the concept of URJA naturally developed into fruition. (The Universe provides when you allow it to “be”.) Not only do I wholeheartedly believe in our products, but I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of a low-stress + anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Choosing to be present, cook clean foods, shop clean beauty, make time for the things you enjoy and being true to who you are makes life SO. MUCH. BETTER.
You can change a lot in 6 months or a year. I’ve lived it first-hand and it's so worth taking a deep breath. Every step counts, big or small, towards a healthier, happier and more authentic you.