I’m a total nerd when it comes to cooking (and food in general) and have always loved how fancy of a word ‘mirepoix’ is for what it actually is. It’s a mixture of chopped carrots, celery, and onions, and is used as the base for a lot of soups and stews in French cooking. It’s the building blocks and foundation of the dish. When it came time to pick a name for the studio I really wanted to avoid sanskrit or traditional yoga language because I wanted it to be an approachable studio no matter of experience level. My husband doesn’t really geek out with me over culinary terms, but he does ask a lot of questions when it comes to cooking (probably because he knows how excited I get about food) and one day we were in Trader Joe’s where they sell a pre-diced mirepoix and he asked me (for probably the 10th time) what it was. After struggling to name my business for weeks it was kind of this ‘ah-hah’ moment where something just clicked. What I wanted to create and offer to people was a mirepoix in life – three simple concepts that were the building blocks to staying healthy and feeling their best. The experience we offer at Mirepoix is movement, meditation, and nourishment.
What has been the biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
Finding time to have my own self care practice. A lot of times when I get home at night I feel like I’m too tired to even wash my face before falling asleep. I used to make dinner every night and it was the best part of my day, but now I’m having to learn to meal prep and find moments where I can find time to decompress. Also there are little things every day that go wrong that prevent you from doing the fun stuff that helps grow your business. A lot of days instead of planning workshops and community events, my time is spent figuring out why our sound system isn’t working, troubleshooting the thermostat because we had a power outage, or mopping You put out a lot of fires that leave you feeling pretty ‘blah’ and uninspired, so you really do need those self care practices to help you reset your mindset about what you’re doing and the path you’re on.
What’s your morning routine?
4:45am – wake up, brush my teeth
5:00am – I dry brush my body most mornings (super detoxifying for your lymphatic system), shower, towel off and moisturize with Scratch Goods body oil. I spray my face with Cocokind rosewater, and then apply Scratch Goods morning oil. For makeup, I usually only wear a tinted moisturizer and a little mascara (both are the brand 100% Pure). In the winter I dry my hair just enough so that I don’t get sick, but in the warmer months I let it air dry.
5:30am – I’m out the door, Sakara Beauty water in hand and have just taken a B12 supplement (super important for vegans!) and a probiotic
5:45am – I arrive at the studio, fill the diffusers and clean. This is actually my favorite part of the day. There’s a real calmness in the studio first thing in the morning when I have just filled the diffusers with an energizing and uplifting essential oil blend and the space is virtually silent.
6:45am – The first class starts and if I’m feeling up to it, I’ll take it. My body definitely enjoys later classes more, so if I’m not feeling it that day I’ll head to Intelligentsia for a tea and get to work responding to emails and getting organized for my day.
7:45am – I go back to the studio and have another tea, a banana and whatever fruit I’ve prepped that week
9am – I check in the 9am class and grab whatever kombucha we have on tap that week to go.
9:30am – I’m usually back at home by this time and will make “lunch” which is almost always roasted veggies on Siete Foods almond flour tortillas topped with tahini, Sriracha, and greens (all, always organic). I also make a adaptogenic drink that consists of: 1 tsp Moon Juice Spirit Dust, 1 tsp Moon Juice Beauty dust, 1/2 tsp Ashwaganda, 1/2 tsp He Sho Wou, and 1/2 tsp Triphala mixed with 16 oz hot water (I’m not saying this tastes great, but I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my skin since I started using adaptogens). I like to dedicate this time to strictly eating, so the most I’ll be doing is scrolling through instagram stories.
10am: My morning starts to slow down and I get to work on whatever needs my attention for the day with a cup of tea and Soma pitcher of filtered water beside me!
Who // what is your inspo?
My husband who is also an entrepreneur. From our very first date he inspired me to pursue this route and is truly my teammate in every sense of the word. I have seen him go through and sacrifice so much to pursue his dream and it has and always will be my inspiration to push through the tough times.
Fav health // wellness // meditation podcast or book?
Weekly workout routine?
Fav sweat sesh other than yoga?
SoulCycle! I’m not big into anything that involves me jumping around/running on a treadmill. I’ve had knee and back injuries in the past, so those types of workouts usually leave me feeling worse than when I started. Cycling is low impact and you can’t deny the inspiring energy in the SoulCycle community.
Biggest lesson you hope to share through your business?
What is your fav way to indulge [#treatyoself]?
– Relaxing and watching Netflix on the couch (because I literally never get to do this anymore!)
What do you imagine your life to look like 5 years from now?
What FitGoal are you working on right now?
Build a body you can listen to.
If you could give one piece of advice for CHAARG girls…