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It’s episode 7th of this segment, “Empower Your Life,” where the aim is to bring positivity, motivation, encouragement, and inspiration towards your goals that you want to achieve for a very long time. The same goes for me with what I’m doing now on this website 😇.

And part of this segment is not only interviewing people who recently joined as entrepreneurs, people who pursue to make a difference by supporting a community or helping others, but also promoting sustainable living or lifestyle. And this is what the episode is all about.

One of the things that pop-out into my mind when I was looking for an idea who will be the next guest that I can interview relating to something that I support – a sustainable lifestyle. This idea pop-out when I started using the reusable pads (by the way, it’s my fourth month using it, and so far, so good – you should try 😀 (yes, you amazing lady reading this 😍).
Check out my blog post > How To Have A Sustainable Period Using Reusable Pads.

I’m so grateful when I asked Rosemary (Pétale Tea) if she knows anyone that I can interview that relates to sustainable living – that’s when I met (virtually) Jasmine – Wellness Within.
Check out my blog post with Rosemary (Pétale Tea) > Let’s Be Inspired with Pétale Tea.

So, let me share with you a little bit about Jasmine, the founder of Wellness Within – a health-focused eco-friendly store that started to encourage a no-nasties and more sustainable lifestyle. From a younger age, she had a health (not skin) condition called eczema and had gone through decades of use of steroidal creams and medications to find that they were only temporary fixes and the root cause has never been addressed. She tried to find natural solutions and remedies, but it has compromised her immune system and health. Jasmine started to embark on a journey searching for free from harsh and toxic chemicals products, to be both healthy and earth-friendly, and this gave birth to a platform named Wellness Within. Wellness Within became a medium for sharing her knowledge and carefully chosen products that are clean, sustainable, and not harmful to our bodies; and her aim is for Wellness Within to become a platform where not only for her but for anyone interested in sharing knowledge and spread awareness to build a health and sustainably conscious community.

Living in a healthier lifestyle is one of my top priorities; I always believe that your health is your wealth – thus, I always try the best I can to have a healthier lifestyle by doing some exercises, healthier choices of food, a good amount of sleep, drinking a lot of water, and using less harmful products to my body. This is why I’m so happy to e-meet Jasmine as we practice the same values. I thought by sharing with you this interview, you’ll be inspired and start to understand the importance of choosing a healthier lifestyle and living in a more sustainable approach, aside from tips on when to keep going with your small business or when you’re about to start your own business.

 So, let’s check out the video, shall we?!?

P.S. Please expect that there some parts of the interview whereby the voice of Jasmine fading in and out due to the signal. And this interview was taken end of March (2021) where the current COVID19 situation in Singapore might not be the same as when you’re reading it now. Thank you for your kind understanding 💖.

Time Stamps:
02:34 – 11:47     How Wellness Within Started?
11:47 – 21: 23     Wellness Within Eco Initiatives
21: 23 – 23:49    The Most Challenging Situation ever experienced in Pandemic Time, and how did you overcome it?
23:49 – 26:41     Tips to Share with other small businesses to keep going during this challenging time.
26:41 – 29:15     Advice to give to others who wanted to start a similar business or start one overall.
29:15 – 32:01     How Do You Keep Yourself Optimistic?
32:01 – 36:29    Where Can We Find Wellness Within (Singapore)? And mention 5 Products that you’re selling.

                       

Key Takeaways from the Interview:

Time is Precious and So Our Health

Perhaps you will agree with me that COVID19 really hit most of us on the importance of time and health. It shook us, and suddenly we asked ourselves where the time goes, how much time can we cope with this pandemic, how much time our body can fight against this virus, and the question goes on and on. Unfortunately, we have this tendency to react only when something serious happens, like in our situation right now.

The good news is, as long as we’re alive, we wake up every day; it’s already a blessing; thus, never take time for granted — do something to make your life worthwhile, follow your purpose in life, share more love, kindness, and hope to everyone. Never take ‘health’ for granted too; consider exercising, eat healthier food, feed your brain with the right information, and most importantly, make a small step on how you can help to make our Mother Earth better every day.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This campaign is not something new; we all know this, and let’s do our part. There are plenty of ways how we can take our part to do all of these, and we don’t have to start to something extreme. For example, bringing your own reusable grocery bag instead of taking more plastics from the grocery store. When you bought food stored in a glass jar, clean and reuse it and use it as your dry food container; when you still have more plastics at home – use these as your grocery bag next time you shop or use them as your trash bag for every part of the house. And the list goes on, but you get the point. It’s always great to start from home then it will be easier to apply these behaviors outside as well.

If you’re in Singapore – check Wellness Within website to participate in their 3Rs Initiative (Reduce, Reuse, and Return). For the rest, check online or on social media for your nearest same project or campaign where you can participate or maybe even start creating a community for this purpose within your neighborhood. With the help of technology, nowadays, we can find ways to start and basically do everything, including reducing, reusing, and recycling at home. Start with a baby step, in the long run, you’ll achieve more than what you can imagine.

Thought below links can also help you how to start doing these 3Rs:
35 Staggering Ways To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Save Our Environment Today
avoiding waste in everyday life: reduce, reuse & recycle

Every small step counts…

Less Is More

I’m a big believer that when you eliminate anything that doesn’t give great value to your life – it will give you more sense of happiness, contentment, peace, and freedom. The same goes with when buying products. We should focus on what is essential in our daily lives and wellness.

In the interview, Jasmine mentioned that if you know that you’re healthy or you’re a more sustainable person -you don’t have to use that many products to keep yourself in good condition. I couldn’t agree more with her on this -honestly, I’m not a fan of putting a lot of stuff – and I don’t use many skincare products. Not that I’m super healthy, I just prefer less...

Jasmine also mentioned that when we use many products, especially high in chemicals, these affect our skin and hormones, which are a significant part of our body, especially for us; women – high chemical products definitely affect our period/menstruation. You can consider switching from disposable pads to reusable pads; check out my last blog post >>> How To Have A Sustainable Period Using Reusable Pads.

“Less is more. I think that if you try to put too many beauty products on, you’re probably gonna get used to it. Your skin is not supposed to be covered with a bunch of stuff, so I think that less is definitely more.” ˜Nina Agdal˜

Educate Yourself To A Healthier Living

Health is Wealth; can’t stress this out once again, we all know this is a fact, yet some of us – we still don’t take it seriously and responsibly on making smart health choices. When I started to practice a healthier lifestyle – I know that this is not a temporary commitment but a lifetime commitment – for my overall well-being and hope to bring awareness to more people out there.

During the interview, Jasmine mentioned that for us women, we thought that when we’re using disposable pads and we got rashes, it’s normal where in fact, that’s a clear sign that our skin reacting towards the high chemicals in the disposable pads. Yes, it’s always easy to choose the most convenient way, but trust me – this is not sustainable at all; the older we get, the more skin or body reactions we will slowly feel or experience, and I’m no exception to those.

Years ago, I wasn’t paying attention to the food I took and thought that eating less without paying attention to what food I eat will help me stay fit and healthy. I was wrong, later on, I slowly have this skin rashes out of nowhere, and it almost affected the entire part of my body. Long story short, I am taking anti-histamine now. Before it gets worst, I became more conscious of the food and other products for my use or consumption. 

Lack of knowledge or understanding about the right products or food nutrition will impact our health – BIG TIME. It’s never too late; start now, and start with yourself. I thought this article might help >>>Educate Yourself to a Healthy Living.

                                       

Tips to Keep Business on Going During COVID19

Believe In Your Product

Whether it’s a service or a product – I think it worked the same way whether it’s your own business or you work for someone else – believing in the value of your product or service is essential.
I may not have business work experience related, one thing I can contribute to this would be, think of yourself as a product; you sell your ideas or yourself to an employer or society in which you live – if you are unsure about yourself, how can you expect others to trust or believe in you… And I believe that should work as well when you have your own business.

Jasmine shared – “if you know you have a good product, believe it, and believe in what you’re doing.”


Do It With A Purpose
Another philosophy in life that I fully follow -I don’t believe in trends not unless it’s something that valuable for the community and me – for wellbeing. It’s same goes for the business, in my opinion, which Jasmine also mentioned; she didn’t start this business with just the idea of earning money but how her own experience with health condition brought her into the idea that perhaps the products she started to use can be something useful and helpful to people in Singapore. Apart from building this platform, her main purpose or goal is to share knowledge about healthier alternatives; she dedicates her time and effort with her team to ensure that she provides very detailed information for every product they have.

“If you don’t have a purpose with your business, you don’t derive joy running your business” – Jasmine.

Things to Consider Before Starting a Business

You Need To Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into

I think Jasmine shared it on point, it’s not going to be easy, and we have to get out of our comfort zone to start doing things that we never do or learn before, especially when you don’t have much capital to start with.
For me, starting this website is totally something new. When I commit to this website, I would need to put a lot of time and effort, not just to create content. Still, something valuable for me and to you – I have to get out of my comfort zone; I need to know that it will not be as smooth in the beginning, there would be plenty of mistakes here, and there but I know that this is part of what I signed up for – and I believe that it’s the same approach when you’re considering to start a business.

It’s not a glamourous job; you work 24/7. You live and breathe your business. You breathe your brand, and you breathe your mission; you are the soul of the business. And set your expectation that it’s going to be a challenging journey.” – Jasmine.



You Got To Know Your “Why” You Want to Start A Business
It goes back to your “Purpose.” In any big decision we have to make, the purpose or asking yourself why you want to take that journey or chapter in life – a definite way to slowly acting onto your goals and keeping that purpose in mind as a motivation to keep you moving forward.

I thought this article would give you more info on how to master your mindset before starting a business>> 3 Mindset Changes to Master Before Starting Your Business.

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” – Simon Sinek.

                                       

How To Keep Yourself Optimistic?

 “You are your reaction; you are your own emotions and feelings. Only you can control your reactions, your emotions, and how you handle the situation. “ – Jasmine.

You Are In Control
There are so many things or circumstances in life that we definitely can’t control, but we definitely have the power to respond to the situation. Yes, easier to say than done – it involves tons of practice to be able to be in the position where when you experience a situation where it can upset or disappoint you – you can pause, breathe, and observe your reaction and emotion. Like you, I can get upset as well easily with tons of things that I watch, heard, or had a conversation with, whatever the situation can be – back then, it will take me days to get over it. But now, believing that power of “You are the ruler of yourself, you are in charge, you have the power,” – I’m glad to say that I am handling it way better than before.

There are just so many things in our lives that we can’t control, a situation that unforeseen to happen – but believe that we have the control in many things; our reactions, our thoughts, words, emotions – we have to feed our brain or thoughts to believe “You are In Control” and return, we will have a calm, back to being focus and ready to get going again.

Don’t Keep Your Problem To Yourself.
Talking or sharing with someone when you’re down or having a bad day isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s, in fact, one of many ways to help you stay in good mental health. And like what Jasmine said when you share your situation with other small business owners or someone you trust – it will help you process the situation, and you might have that light bulb when you hear a different perspective. You might find the solution that you didn’t think of initially, and it’s not a bad day at all.
Or sometimes, we need someone just to listen, which will give our strength and good mood back.

Feeling your emotions is definitely not a sign of weakness – we’re human, after all, and it’s okay to feel what you’re feeling, acknowledge it, and share it with people we trust. We all want to know that we have something to offer to people who share their situation and can make a difference in their lives. When you need someone to talk about how you feel – it’s a strength of well-being.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you find the Zoom Interview I have with Jasmine an inspiring one; I hope you will also start taking part to live a more sustainable lifestyle for your health and to help our Mother Nature. If you found this episode valuable to you, I would appreciate it if you can share with your friends or comment below to share some of your thoughts on this discussion and key takeaways 😊😊😊

If you’re in Singapore and would like to check Wellness Within products, perhaps start embarking healthier lifestyle as well, check their website below and their social media accounts for their more informative content or posts:

Wellness Within
WellnessWithinSG
WellnessWithinSG

You can also find their products at The Green Collective Singapore.The Green Collective SG
Funan Mall #02-18, 107 North Bridge Road Singapore, 179105

 

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You can check their website to make a direct donation as well Amizón – Amigo de Corazón. Please do take note that it’s in Spanish so, you can translate by using Google Translate. Check my blog post and Zoom Interview with the founders >> Amizón – Built With A Lot of Love

If you know any solopreneur/entrepreneur who newly started their business with a great story behind it, share the same values, and will be a great addition to this segment. Let’s connect. 😀

Stay safe, share love, be kind, focus on the positive side, and until next time!💖💖💖


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