Wise Women | Elissa Goodman
I would like to introduce a new F+N series, Wise Women, which is the pursuit of creating a community of influential woman through opening up more meaningful dialogue, support, and sage advice.
Who more inspiring to launch this with than one of L.A.'s original sought after holistic gurus, Elissa Goodman. You're probably most familiar with this incredible cancer beating holistic nutritionist from the infamous cleanse menus she created for Cafe Gratitude and M Cafe. Sit back, read on, and get ready to feel empowered. This pillar of a woman is nothing short of amazing.
What makes you a woman
I have the ability to bare children, but what makes me unique, as an individual, is far more important than my biological makeup.
I can admit when I’m wrong.
I prioritize being “there” for my friends and my family.
I am gracious in the face of defeat.
I let my heart guide me and I look for the lessons in life.
I’m adept at observing and learning from others.
I always give love a chance, despite many broken hearts.
I love deeply, with all my heart and soul.
I can bring my lover to his knees.
I can wear clothes that make me feel like a million bucks.
I fully embrace my sex appeal.
I LOVE and relate to Marianne Williamson’s quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine.”
My biggest fear is losing faith in my belief that we all come into this world knowing what it feels like to live a rich, meaningful, and purposeful life. We just need to pay more attention.
I have to work at blocking out the influences around me. I use my intuition to guide me in what feels right for me. I listen and pay attention to what gives me energy, what feels good, what feels bad, what drains me, and what fascinates me. I give myself the opportunity to explore and experiment, one step at a time.
I continually cleanse my body on a daily basis with the following:
· My Detox Tonic – coconut kefir, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon, ginger juice and turmeric
· Drinking a minimum of half of my body weight in ozs. of water per day (love Mountain Spring water!)
· Having a Liver Aid Juice from LA Juice (to which I add flax and chia seeds) or I make my own green juice at home.
· Getting a minimum of 8-9 hours of sleep, no exceptions!
I dry brush my entire body before I shower most days. It’s a great way to remove dead skin layers and stimulate circulation - but I love it because it tightens and tones the skin, and I think it helps combat signs of aging.
I have always had issues with my body...bigger hips and legs, cellulite on my thighs, and a bony chest.
Alone, in my bathroom, I stripped off all of my clothes. I stood naked before the mirror and looked at myself. I mean, really looked at myself. I wanted to see my body and acknowledge what I didn’t like. I felt that by doing this I could see the real me and accept who I am, flaws and all.
Here’s what I saw: my body is not perfect, but it is certainly not bad, either. My body has withstood many challenges: I survived cancer, I gave birth to two children, and I can do a hot power yoga class with no problem. Even though I am no super model, I actually think I don’t look so bad naked.
When I think about it, I realized my body is actually pretty awesome!
My entrepreneurial advice would be to really follow what you are most passionate about and don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t a good idea. If you truly believe in yourself and what you are doing, you have a great chance of being successful. I finally followed my passion at 50 yrs. old and I have never felt happier and more successful.
My financial advice is not to shop at Barney’s too early in your career! ;)
I’ve always been a jealous and competitive person, but it never got me the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. When I started to motivate and help others achieve success is when I really found true happiness and fulfillment.
When I’m having a pity party for myself, I pick up the phone and call my friends and clients to ask them what I can do for them and I instantly feel better every time.
I’m in the process of forgiving myself for not being the best or perfect mom. I feel that I failed in raising my girls in many ways. I have let most of those feelings go, and now realize that I’m a better mom by accepting that I’m human and I have flaws.
Getting the all clear from my cancer diagnosis was a very big moment for me. I survived by listening to my intuition and what felt right for me. My diet was terrible and my emotional baggage was incredibly heavy, so I did something about it - I changed them both! Through this experience I became a more grateful person. I knew how blessed I was to get the best help and guidance possible and am forever grateful.