Hey everyone! Today I am super excited to share a fun interview I did with my friend Erica from Bring Your Own Kombucha
. Erica loves kombucha, wellness, and sharing her journey with her readers through her posts. She has a fun series all about #BOSSBABES and has some seriously inspiring women featured. I know you guys will love Erica’s blog as much as I do, so be sure to check it out & also follow her Instagram
. Without further ado, here’s the interview!
1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from & what do you do?
I’m 29 years old. I’m a jersey girl, born and raised. I went to college in NJ and studied journalism. I then went to law school in PA. After law school, I moved home and worked in NYC for a bit. Most I purchased a home with my husband just outside of Princeton, NJ. I’m an attorney full time and my blog is my side hustle. I love yoga, listening to podcasts, researching anything and everything health and wellness related, and drinking kombucha every dam day 🙂
2. BYOK is all about your journey to wellness. Was there a specific moment that your wellness journey started? If so, when was that and what did it look like? I have never really been comfortable in my own skin. I think everyone has that kind of internal conflict. And at the beginning of 2017, I had had enough and I wanted a change. I knew I was turning 30 this year and I want to have kids in the near future. So I really wanted to be the healthiest I could possibly be. I started with taking prenatal vitamins (honest company, non gmo & plant based!) because i wanted those nutrients to be in my body already when I get pregnant. I started taking care of my skin – using Aragon oil, using an ice roller, etc. The fear of aging and wrinkles is REAL! Most recently, I’m really starting to shift my focus on my fitness routine. I use to just fit in a workout when I have “free time.” But its becoming more of a necessity. I like to run (which is why I love your podcast so much!), get a good flow in at hot yoga, and recently I’ve been using The Skinny Confidential guide to target my legs, butt, and arms. It’s a journey. I certainly haven’t mastered anything yet – but I do think I’ve made some positive changes so far. Health is wealth. I have been blessed thus far in my life to have had good health and I just want to make sure my future is blessed with good health as well.
3. On the topic of kombucha, do you have a favourite brand and flavour?
I can sit and talk about KOMBUCHA ALL DAY. So Kombucha was kind of my first “health and wellness” obsession. I stumbled upon it randomly on someones blog. I read about the health benefits, started drinking it and then forced all my close friends and family to drink it. I would post pictures on snap chat and people would ask, uh what is that stuff you drink? SO I would explain all the amazing benefits of Kombucha. That’s what gave me the idea to start the blog – I loved talking about the health tricks and tips I was learning about on my wellness journey. My favorite is Health Ade Pink Lady Apple or Kevita Lavender Melon. I find those brands are the most effective. However, I don’t discriminate, I’ll try any Kombucha once 🙂 When you are at the store deciding between Kombucha brands, it is important to take note of the sugar content. Sometimes company’s add a ridiculous amount of sugar to it so its always good to check.
4. You feature a lot of interviews with #BossBabes on your blog. What are a few things you have learned about wellness from these gals?
Literally each and EVERY boss babe I interview has said: JUST GO FOR IT. The only thing that is holding yourself back is…yourself.
Organization is key. Find your passion. Consistency. Stay in your own lane. Two of my favorite interviews so far have been Jordan Younger of the Balanced Blonde and Lauryn Evarts of TSC.
Each and every one of these boss babes have made an impact on my blogging. Each one has taught me something new.
5. What’s your favourite part of being a blogger? What are a few things that you have learned throughout your blogging journey?
My favorite part of blogging is the growth. I think the key to success in any facet of life is to always grow and to have that hunger for knowledge. I’m always trying to improve. I’m not an expert, but I do my research and I only put out there what I know works (for me of course).Collaboration is key. Never fence yourself in.Collaboration has been so key in this blogging journey. I kinda went back and forth with the #BOSSBABE features. I was worried it wasn’t “on brand” enough. But at the end of the day, I learn SO MUCH from interviewing these ladies. This growth is a part of MY JOURNEY. So if it fits into my journey, why wouldn’t I include it?
I’ve also learned that I need to proofread like five more times before I submit. I wish y’all saw my first blog post. I went back like 8 million times to correct it. After that, i created a process. I write it a week in advance so I have time to review, revise and perfect it.
I’ve also grown SLIGHTLY more comfortable in my own skin. That first blog post was PAINFUL. Putting yourself out there is….tough. I use to get sick to my stomache every time I posted something. But now it’s a bit easier. It feels good to be comfortable and happy in your own skin.
6. What are your THREE best wellness tips that you can share with us today? Any die-hard tricks of the trade you have?
Here is where I am going to nerd out on you.
- KOMBUCHA EVERY DAY – sooooo good for digestion and gut health. Personally, it helps de-bloat me so I love it. But on the more scientific side, it helps reduce inflammation, high in B12 which supports mental health, acts as an antibacterial agent, and supports a healthy liver and gut. #BOOCHEVERYDAY
- Save your skin and use Vitamin E – slather that ISH everywhere. I use it on my face and body after I shower. It has an immense amount of antioxidants and can reduce/prevent wrinkles.
- Use Nontoxic products. It is important to eat organic, nongmo, blah blah blah. BUT if you’re eating organic and then cleaning your house with conventional cleaning products – you’re still ingesting toxins. These chemicals are linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. I find my nontoxic cleaning products at Thrive Market and Honest Company – I order products every 2-3 months and get all my cleaning products delivered to my doorstep.
7. Finally, where do you see Bring Your Own Kombucha in the next five or ten years?
I hope by then BYOK is a podcast. I am all about podcasting lately. I think I need to get my feet wet and go on some podcasts first but I think that would be a really fun adventure. Once my husband and I start having babies, I want to use that time at home to write a book. I am all about not keeping myself fenced it. I’m open to new opportunities and seeing where BYOK will take me 🙂