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Game Changer Interview: Sandy Spector

Game Changer Interview: Sandy Spector

Name of Your Business

Martha Washington Visits; Beautycounter.

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

I have so many passions. First person interpretation has always fascinated me and made me very fulfilled to observe (think talking to the Pilgrims at Plimoth Patuxet). And fabric – silk, linen, and wool – have always given me an adrenaline rush. Combine them with bringing Martha’s story to life, and I am able to be fulfilled in a way that is hard to describe. And if you let me loose in one of Washington’s Headquarters (their actual space) without anyone else there? That is the height of fulfillment to me.

I am also passionate about healthy living. It all started when my son reacted violently to food dye at 18 months old. My education began about food ingredients and I told anyone I came in contact with to check their labels, teaching them the things to watch out for. It took 7 more years before I realized that what you put on your skin goes in and impacts your health. So much more information to learn and share! But with personal care products, I had an avenue to earn an income from it with Beautycounter, and for that I am grateful. I joined them for the mission the day they opened without ever trying a product. Happy to report that I am in love with their products and philosophy!

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

For Martha: My visits are ideal for those interested in history, historical costuming, women’s stories, or children who need to be engaged in school in a different way. I visit schools, libraries, historical societies, social clubs, and historic sites, all in person and virtually throughout the United States.

For Beautycounter: Anyone who wants to be have personalized service by me with results driven clean beauty that is sustainably sourced. Beautycounter is available in the US and Canada. We also have a truly rewarding Band of Beauty Member Program for those who like to earn rewards when they shop.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

For Martha: What my visits provide is a unique way to touch history – I do not do performances, but visits. These are conversations between the guests and Martha. Visits generally have a theme, such as Martha as a wife/mother/mother of our country or joining Martha as she gets dressed while catching up on the news of the day. As well, visits may happen with me dressed as Martha, but sharing thoughts as to how to make history relevant to present people, or WHY it is important to make history relevant to present people.

For Beautycounter: I provide a safe place to make the change to clean beauty with complimentary consultations for skin/body/haircare and color cosmetics. I want people to love what they are using and feel good about their choices. And I help people to understand how to choose cleaner products, even if they are not mine! One by one, Beautycounter is leading a movement to a future where all beauty is clean beauty. We are powered by people, and our collective mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Formulate, advocate, & educate— that’s our motto for creating products that truly perform while holding ourselves to unparalleled standards of safety.

 

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

Laura Ingalls was my escape, the books more than the TV show. Since I was 8 years old, she was more of a life goal for me, rather than a role model. I truly wanted to live like her, taking care of the farm, hauling water, walking with a lunch pail to a one room schoolhouse. Until I “discovered” the 18th century, I thought that the 1870’s were the place for me. Little did I know that I was off by 100 years. But, I was introduced to historical costuming, and different times and places, and that there were different ways of thinking that didn’t fit with how I was brought up to think and act. When I started studying the 18th century in 1998, I felt like I had found my true home.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

I will always head for the woods when I need to reset. If there is a stream, a brook, or a river in those woods, then I have hit the  jackpot!

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. A massage.
2. A romance novel.
3. or a hot bath!

Also, unplugging!!!! Yes, I know that is 4…

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I love to write as Martha, using quill and ink on parchment paper, and writing by candlelight. And during the pandemic, I have been learning how to play piano.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The most impactful book ever for me was Outlander. Without it, I would never have started researching the 18th century. It led me down a rabbit hole that changed my entire life.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Dirty Dancing – I am an 80’s girl at heart. It always makes me smile.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

Quote: “Don’t worry until you are told there is something to worry about.”
Mantra: “Peace and Ease.”

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Stepping out in front of a room full of people and NOT passing out.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Listen so you can truly hear. Don’t spend your time while listening thinking of what you want to say next.

Advice to Younger Self?

You have no idea what awaits you in life. Be open to anything and embrace the non cookie cutter path.

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

My hair – because I can do so many things with it, including playing Martha convincingly without a wig! I stopped coloring my hair back in 2014, before it was trendy. Got a lot of flack from my friends about it, but it felt right to me.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

This Collaborative is really so much more than networking. It is a group of like minded women who lift each other up and who learn from one another. When you walk into the room, it’s like a group hug, even if we are socially distanced.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

So looking forward to seeing everyone in person again soon!

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

Makeup bag and bathroom cupboard makeovers are my specialty! I am always available to consult (via Zoom right now) on how to see if your current products are safe for you, and if not, how to get ones that are. Also always available as a free resource for healthy living outside of makeup and skincare.
Martha Washington: www.themrswashington.com
Beautycounter: www.beautycounter.com/sandyspector
For Martha: marthawashington1775@gmail.com; and for Beautycounter: sandy@wolkon.com
Game Changer Interview: Olga Goldberger

Game Changer Interview: Olga Goldberger

Name of Your Business

Arboretum Skincare.

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

My passion is to make women more beautiful, make them feel good about themselves and i do it by formulating clean natural active skincare  products.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

Intelligent women over 40 who like to take care of themselves.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Natural facial products with anti-aginf properties without emulsifiers, parabens, fragrances and amines.

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

My aunt Lelya was my role model growing up.She was beautiful and smart and very kind, and passionate about her work (she taught chemistry), adored by her students.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

Cape Cod, Falmouth and all National Seashore beaches.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Meditation.
2. Yoga.
3. Sauna.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I LOVE formulating skincare products, and always make something new in my lab.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

I read 11 books by Isabelle Allende, especially her books about amazing women (Daughter of Fortune, Island Beneath the sea and Paula).

Favorite Movie and Why?

It’s a wonderful life- because it was the first American movie I saw in 1984, and the first one I could understand.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” Leonard Cohen.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Escaping from Russia in 1984.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Push yourself out of the comfort zone, even a little bit, every day.

Advice to Younger Self?

Don’t stay silent when you disagree, your actions do make a difference.

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

I love babies, kids and all animals (except snakes), and can enjoy life almost anywhere I can find.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

This is a great beautiful meeting space for women who support each other, a refuge, and a place to network and meet new friends.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Let’s listen and learn from each other!

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

10% off on my website on all products with discount code “SHEBREATHES”. Get in touch at www.arboretum-skincare.com

Game Changer Interview: Kyeana Jones

Game Changer Interview: Kyeana Jones

Name of Your Business

Kyeana Jones Photography.

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

I am able to use my natural ability to create a calming and stress-free environment through the business of photography.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is a women who is a service-based business owner. She can confidently call the shots in her business, but when it comes to being in front of the camera, she shrinks. She becomes anxious because she isn’t educated about what it takes to have a successful photoshoot and assumes it is her sole responsibility to know how to BE in front of the camera. Preparation and being educated about the process is a must for her. She does not do well when not in control. She also needs someone who actually listens to her needs. They should be able to possibly anticipate them when she may not be able to articulate what exactly it is that she needs.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

My newest offering is my “Visualize and Plan” virtual sit-down session. It is currently included with all of my photography packages. I have designed a stand alone service for those who want to begin the planning for a future photoshoot, but may not be in the market just yet to book a photography session. Session topics include:

-We discuss where there are gaps in your online presence and how to fill those gaps.

-We discuss the vision for a future shoot

-We will brainstorm 2-3 photo stories (a plan for how you will be photographed)

-Prop ideas

-Wardrobe evaluation (determining if a wardrobe stylist referral is needed)

-Location Scouting(virtual)

-Hair/Makeup

*option to apply payment as a credit toward a full session booked within 60 days of planning session.

I offer headshot & profile sessions for those who are in need of a profile image refresher. I offer both full and half day branding sessions for those who have done a complete business branding revamp or have started a new business and need a large collection of images for a variety of needs other than to update their profile image.

You can view the services offered at my website: www.kyeanajones.com.

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

Growing up, I collected newspaper and magazine articles of random women who became successful and overcame huge obstacles. I read Entrepreneur and Success magazine a lot. These women (my mom included) helped me see the possibility in anything I was determined to do.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

I learned very shortly before the shutdown that I enjoy what they call “work vacations”. Fly anywhere, rent a hotel, bring your laptop, get to work. Make time to try different restaurants and explore the area.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Gelato muffin bowl (take a chocolate chip muffin, warm it in a bowl (45 sec), add 3 scoops of your favorite Talenti gelato. Enjoy!)
2. Journaling (I’ve been doing so since the 4th grade)
3. Unplugging from my cell phone

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I’m still figuring this out.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. It is a book that found me when I most needed it. It’s about letting go things when you do not know HOW to. This book teaches you the HOW.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Crooklyn–It is the story of a black family in Brooklyn living in the 1980s. Bits of it is nostalgic, but it’s a bittersweet movie. Powerful at best.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

A scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

I’m not sure yet.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

When someone shows you who they are, believe them.

Advice to Younger Self?

Everyone put on your path is there to strengthen you.

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

My ability to help people believe in themselves. So many of us do not.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

You get back what you put in. (Taking my own advice here).

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Don’t be afraid to say “hello” and I’ll do the same!

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

Yes, they can have my free download which is the photoshoot checklist that I give my clients 1-2 weeks before their shoot day. http://bit.ly/KJPchecklist

Contact me at kyeanajones.com

A New Dawn

A New Dawn

“This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius”
 
You may be too young to remember this song by The 5th Dimension but I’m a child of the 60’s and running across these lyrics last week was no accident. Every 2000 years or so we enter into a new Astrological Age. 
 
It takes several hundred years to gradually transition from one age to another and we are currently transitioning from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. You may have heard the buzz about the Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn which apparently hasn’t been this profound since the 1600’s. 
 
These astrological events, coupled with the Winter Solstice occurring today, are generating some very powerful energy shifts. I’m not here to make predictions, I’ll leave that up to the Astrologers. But what I do know is that 2020 uncovered some not so pleasant truths that have been bubbling beneath the surface for some time now. We’ve stared the darkness in the face and are being called to make big changes. It as though we’re witnessing a breaking down of systems and ways of being that no longer serve us. And through this deconstruction, we’ve been given time to reflect on who we want to be, what is most important to us, and how we want to move forward. 
 
I am being reminded to stay in the present moment, appreciate the simple things, and connect in more meaningful ways in my personal relationships. I’m setting healthier boundaries for myself to better preserve the flow of energy that’s going OUT…and to embrace everything that is coming IN with an open heart. I feel a renewed sense of purposefulness in my mission to offer safe, sacred space and build a community of people who share a common goal of raising the collective frequency and vibration. 
 
As we approach this much anticipated New Year & New Age, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions. What is being illuminated for you? What are you ready to let go of? And how will you turn your insights into actions in 2021?
 
I wish you peace, love, & ease as we step forward together into the light of a brand new year full of endless possibilities. 
 
High Vibes and Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn