Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA’s Favored Skincare Guru

Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA's Favored Skincare Guru | VERITE WOMAN, Spa, skincare, Celebrity Skincare, Green beauty, Clean beauty, Natural Beauty, Affordable spa in LA, Youtube, Wellness, Holistic Living, Hollywood, Health, Female Entrepreneur The first time I ever encountered Adina Diaz, owner & sole esthetician of Natural Feeling Spa a complete stranger told me “she will change your life, she is magic”. As a superstitious, omen-seeking, Los Angeleno I took this as The Universe speaking through said stranger to guide me towards the light — the infrared, pore tightening light of Adina’s spa that is. The wise passerby was not wrong, and Adina has become not only my skin guru, but it seems all of L.A’s. She is bright and warm like the first rays of summer, and she is willing to educate any and all that share her passion for green beauty — check out her addicting Youtube channel where she seeds out her expert tips. She is the ultimate #VERITEWOMAN: a self-made entrepreneur, creative, intellect, and clean product fanatic, and she’s here today to open the doors of her spa and share her story.

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Vérité Woman: You have built your skincare haven on the principles of clean natural ingredients, but it seems you were ahead of the curve — what drove you to clean beauty even before it was trending?

Adina Diaz: I was blessed to be raised in an environment and household that acknowledge the importance of water and plants around us. Without even realizing it my family used natural remedies in our everyday life.

VW: Tell me what drew you to plant-based, clean beauty products as a way of life — when did you find your love for botanicals as a cure?

AD: Looking back at my childhood, aloe, prickly pear, mesquite tree, yucca, blue corn, and sage were regular plants in my everyday life. My family would use these plants for not only medicinal purposes but consumption as well. One of the fondest memories I have is when I was a little girl, playing in my family’s backyard with my sister squishing desert flowers to make blush. I would say my love for botanicals bloomed from there.   

VW: That is such a beautiful visual, I can totally see it now. You are a well-known name here in L.A. — every time I talk about you at least three girls say “I love Adina!” How did you get your start with your spa in L.A. and spread your message of clean, green beauty? 

AD: It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been hard work, passion, and love to get me where I am. I have been in the beauty industry for over 13 years and although I haven’t always worked for myself I have always carried my holistic beliefs and purpose with me. I have been truly blessed that when people to come to see me they want to talk about the experience and naturally spread the word.   

VW: You’re so young and have created such an amazing space — what have been some trials you’ve faced in your progress to get to where you are now?

AD: As a female, I felt many times underestimated and not valued. As a young female business owner, I felt alone and not supported. Finding my voice, my strength and my tribe was a trial but I never gave up.

VW: If you could give any female entrepreneur a golden nugget of wisdom what would it be?

AD: Get out of your head, you are enough. You are 1 in a million. There is no one on this planet like you. Have passion, love, and hustle but never compare.

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VW: Your spa is so much more than a spa, and you have spoken of your spa as a safe haven and a space of love — what do you mean by this?

AD: When opening my spa, I knew it was going to serve more than one purpose. Without a doubt, it was going offer eco-beauty and eco-friendly products and services but more importantly it was going to be a positive space. A space that all races, all genders, all sexual preferences and all religions could be seen. Absolutely no hate is welcomed.

VW: Living in a city like Los Angeles it’s practically impossible to stay out of the way of chemicals even if we are switching our skincare products, cleaning products etc. How do you deal with balancing these two polarities in your everyday life?

AD: On top of having clean skincare products (Lotus Moon Beauty), it’s a balance of hot yoga ( Modo Yoga LA), mineralized alkaline water (Santevia Gravity Water System), regular detoxing (DetoxRx), dry brushing and a well-balanced diet.  

VW: Is there a no-no product you can’t live without?

AD: There isn’t a no-no product I can’t live without but there definitely is a yes-yes product I can’t live without. Cherry Blossom Healing Soothe Balm from Lotus Moon Skincare. I can’t even imagine ever running out of it. It’s my go-to night balm and my natural alternative to hydrocortisone and petroleum. I can’t live without!

VW: What do hydrocortisone and petroleum do for our skin?

 

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VW: If there could just be three — what are the skin rules every girl should abide by?

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize and girl you gonna make it in this world.  

VW: Lastly, if you could give a facial to any woman on Earth (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

AD: There are two women in this lifetime I would be honored to give a holistic facial too. First would be Frida Kahlo and second Oprah Winfrey. Both women have stayed true to themselves, are extremely resilient through incredibly difficult times and broke stereotypes in every way possible. I look up to these women and the tremendous strength they possess.

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Olesya Rulin on Her Book, Success, & Protecting Your Magic

Something we pride ourselves on in the Vérité Woman community is being able to get deep, quick. When we met Olesya Rulin for the first time, we were charmed by her ability to let you into some of her most innermost concepts of womanhood, littered with personal anecdotes all while preserving her privacy. This is the special gift of the storyteller. Whether it’s on-set — Olesya has a 20+ year career as an actor, or at her typewriter, she knows how to capture a feeling and bottle it up so it’s as impactful and fresh once pried open by the viewer. She’s petite but she fills a room with wisdom beyond her years — significant baby blues that you know have seen some shit, and her souvenirs are her tales. With the release of her new book Hounds of Love, an unbound book of poetry candidly drafted by typewriter, we ask her intimately how the magic of a woman is protected.

Vérité Woman: Olesya, tell us about your writing process, where does the inception of a poem begin?

Olesya Rulin: I write every day regardless if the words become something poetic or not. My mind tends to be hyper-attentive and writing cleans out my thoughts. If the ideas and moments I capture are allowed to live on paper I feel less weight in my mind.

I write on my 1946 Underwood typewriter that was gifted to me by my big brother for my 16th birthday. There’s something about the keys hitting paper. That metal click… the friction it takes to create a word… that I love. It takes time… words and what we say should take time. Everything is instant now and we forget to be careful with our words. I’ll find an image from a blog or site usually of nature and then I start to unravel the details. Instead of trying to explain it allow me to just show you. This is how I wrote Sunday Morning:

I saw the image of this lighthouse. Sat down and time traveled there. What would my day as the lighthouse be? What would I witness? Do I know someone that is a lighthouse? For me? For others. I started writing about a man I love and how he is just like a lighthouse. I blend their similarities usually closing my eyes and playing out the scene. I visualize all of my poems… like a scene in a movie… then it’s easy. I simply describe what I see, smell, feel. I’m sure the visualizing has to do with being an actor. I’m trained to describe a feeling of movement and environment as well as words. Everything has to work together to help the audience time travel with you.


VW: How long have you been writing for?

OR: I’ve been writing since I was 12 years old. I grew up in a home full of love and passion. Unfortunately, that home was also dangerous at times and yes full of abuse. I started writing because it allowed me to share intimate details of what was really happening since I couldn’t tell anyone else. It became a form of therapy. A live stream of consciousness and I do believe writing saved my sanity.

VW: Do poems come when you are in love or when you are in heartbreak?

OR: Love Love Love. I actually can’t write angry… or out of hurt. Isn’t that strange? It’s the same with crying scenes on set. I can’t cry from sad things. The whole “think of loss and dying puppies” trick doesn’t make me shed a tear. Love does though… I bawl feeling love. When I’m on set and my character has to cry, regardless of the scene, to get there I have to feel safe and loved. I usually write on the back of my sides ( the little script of what we are shooting that day) things that I love. It looks like this:

I love my job

I love my planet

I love my mom

I love my heritage

I love my home

I read these out-loud right before the scene starts. Saying those words audibly brings me to a grounded place. One that’s calm. I found I can’t show emotions… I can’t relax into feeling unless I am surrounded by love. Then I can play… with words and emotions. Once I feel grounded I’ll turn to whoever is near. If it’s my director or camera person I ask them to hold my hand and say three things to me ” you are safe, you are loved, everything is going to be ok”. With that, I can burst into tears and be in whatever place I need my character to be. I can dive deep because just like a child playing I am safe and loved. My creativity and my art have room to fly. This applies to poetry. All of my poems are about love… not lacking love… but loving. Regardless if it’s fulfilled or returned. If I’m writing about a specific person I apply the same techniques.

I love the way his shoulders move
I love the way he listens
I love the tone of his voice when he says “thank you ” to the waiter
etc.

I can then write a poem from a place of loving someone without it being about me. I just love them for them. Do they love me back? Maybe but that doesn’t matter in my poetry.

VW: Love and poetry are synonymous at this point — why do you think it is love that makes us write and love that makes us read?

OR: Love is everything. We do everything from a place of love. I think it is the root of the human soul. We start wars because we love our country, our ideology, our race. We hurt each other from lack of self-love; because someone didn’t give us love. We make babies from love; we die for love. It’s something you can’t avoid… and if you try then you’re running from love. She always catches up even if it has to be on your death bed. Love wins always.

VW: When you are in that wild craze of a freshly broken heart, what is your method of revival?

OR: Alone time. It used to be whiskey. Yoga. A new lover. Depending on my bank account balance I would leave, hop on a plane and disappear. Now that I’m older and dare I say calmer it’s books and meditation. I surround myself with the women in my life and inhale. That helps inhale exhale and pour self-love and self-worth all over me. Into all the cracks and shadowy places… like honey… I make sure to get it everywhere.

VW: You have an amazing new project coming to life in which you will teach young women how to find themselves in such a unique, constructive way.  Tell us more about this approach you have created.

OR: I’ve recently started doing speaking engagements. I was given the opportunity to talk to 18-24-year-olds around the country and it dawned on me… what will I talk to them about? What do I know? I’ve played pretend for 20 years. I know how to be other people… how does that help anyone? Is that even interesting?

I gave myself 20 days to think this through and came up with this concept: How being other people taught me how to be myself. My talks engage the audience to find the roots of their behaviors, dreams, desires, through using the same acting techniques I use to break down a character in a script. Instead of a movie, it’s your own life. Instead of a character, it’s your character. We take the time to look at ourselves from an elevated perspective so we can change our attitude. Separate ourselves so we can “study” our characters without passing judgment and thus allow change and better information to freely flow. The whole point is to learn about your own core behaviors… where your ideas come from and why you make the choices you make. Education and information is what changes the world. I hope that by helping young adults better understand themselves without judgment they are more equipped to move forward in making conscious decisions whatever they may be.

VW: That is such a unique and creative way to do the hard self-work that can often get painful. Why do you think it is important that women do this type of self-study?

OR: Women are magic in so many ways. We can reincarnate. Yes, it takes two to tango but women bring life into the world. Imagine if all the women on the planet refused to make babies until the world was a better place. One that could sustain peace. How fast do you think the wars would end? How fast would the pollution stop? If we all stood in our power and united said “No I refuse to create life until…” what would the men do?
Women are given an incredible opportunity by simply being born women to create anything. To love beyond our own bodies… we literally grow another human heart inside of ourselves. Watch it leave our bodies and have a completely different life. That’s just one piece of being a woman. We should all learn to value the miracle that is Woman.
I’ve learned self-worth and self-love later in life. It literally took me 15 or so years of mistakes (mistaking information) and trial and error, therapy, and countless romantic experiences, to learn to love me. Or better put to realize I didn’t know how to love myself. I don’t want another girl/woman to ever have to go through the same stages of discovery. We should raise girl and boys to cherish one another. Girls should know their worth as children. We simply don’t have the time to waste running around trying to fill voids with bad relationships, alcohol, drugs, whatever… the planet needs us to love ourselves enough to save ourselves. #climatechange

VW: What was something you learned about yourself through this process?

OR: That I give little to no credit to myself for my knowledge. I have 20 years of experience in one career and somehow still doubt my ability to succeed. To stand in my power and actually go forth and achieve my goals. I learned I am terrified of my own potential. That if I have gotten this far in my life being scared and self-sabotaging what is possible for me if I just believe in myself? Where would that lead? What amazing things could I do? The possibilities for me. I learned how scared I was of being great… how scared I was of my own power. Now I’m taking the steps to realize I am more than what I have given myself credit for.

Find Olesya on Instagram to follow her journey as a writer, actress and women’s activist.

 

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Actor and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture.

Actor Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks Ending The Love Affair with Selfies.
Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Caitlin Stasey has mastered the art of the eloquent Instagram rant. Between her comfort on camera (she’s an actress by trade) and her deep passion for human and animal rights, she can easily rally a virtual crowd — and often does — combating views often battling it out in her comment section. After a few years of avidly being a leading voice in matters of women’s rights to bare bodies as they please and breaking down the corrupt corners of our culture, Caitlin is almost radio silent about her views on a public front. So much so that she’s wiped her Instagram of all previous posts. Not in what could feel like a dramatic stance, but the effort towards a clean slate.
In the effort to capture some of Caitlin’s candid digestions of modern life that so often make us do a double take on how we’ve been conducting ourselves, we sat down with her to get some words on her views on the newest wave of feminism, finding boundaries in Hollywood, and her very personal work to come.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Vérité Woman:
In a time that is so contextually “woke” it feels like one can’t be apart of the conversation on social media without stating opinions and stance on everything to prove our own mental capacity, awareness, or status as a human in this modern society. As someone who has used her platform to be so vocal for so long, can you share where you are at now with the conversation?

Caitlin Stasey: I’ve sort of reached an impasse, as a white/cis/able-bodied woman I’m realizing it’s my turn to listen — I still feel that women like me are subjugated and dismissed but not with the same violence, vitriol and undermining that is designated to women of color, women with disabilities or trans women.

VW: How do you feel about the feminist movement on social media, do you feel like we are getting somewhere or is it an echo chamber dividing different understandings of the notion?

CS: I think it’s both, I’ve come to really loathe social media and it’s beating drum but at the same time I implore those who use it to shed light on some murkier and difficult truths — without social media and the dissemination of information through it you wouldn’t have these great surging movements like Me Too or Black Lives Matter – of course, civil rights movements are born on the ground but the internet has helped project them into everyone’s field of vision.

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VW: I’ve been thinking a lot about how women unintentionally affect one another via social outlets. It’s that whole “her life looks perfect, I wish mine was like that”. What would you like other women who may think you “have it all” to know about Caitlin Stasey?

CS: I don’t and dissatisfaction is a state anyone can occupy, I’m super duper lucky and by every metric I live a privileged existence but I still feel lonely, scared, helpless and frustrated — I’ve spent a lot of time working to overcome my own negativity and sadness only to discover that they’re as much a part of me as anything else.

VW: Has there been a time when you’ve struggled with your place as a woman in terms of work boundaries, the opposite sex, finding your voice? Explain how you grew out of those or solved them.

CS: I’ve felt undermined a lot, I’ve been asked to do things at work purely because I’m a woman. Because I’m an actor people often don’t take me seriously and expect that I’m just there for show, ornamental — but acting is my job just as being a lawyer or teacher or architect might be yours. It’s work, it’s great to work when you can get it but it still works and I’ve often been treated like a dumb child in my working environments. I’ve learned to be more diplomatic but to also take myself and my time seriously, you don’t get to call me “darling” “sweetie” or “beautiful” just because I’m a young woman, I’m your fucking coworker.

VW: You recently wrote a TV show with your husband, what was that collaborative process like?

CS: It was difficult at first, I’m hypercritical and have super high expectations — I love what I love and hate what I hate which often renders me stagnant if something can’t be perfect then why do it at all? It’s a ridiculous mindset that has cost me years, years lost to inactivity but he’s the opposite — a workaholic — and just commits to finishing things, he’s really smart and talented but also not afraid to fail which is something I lack.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: You and I have talked before about one of my personal favorite quotes by John Berger:
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting vanity thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you depicted”.  In terms of our modern ability to share, selfie and comment, how do you feel this quote pertains to our lives as women?

CS: I think women loving themselves is so important but as our collective love affair with “selfie culture” is ending I’m beginning to question the means by which we love ourselves, by how I have loved myself — I think we are expanding our tastes and expectations of beauty but there is a consistent through line of self-expression that is quite “Instagrammable” our beauty standards haven’t stretched nearly far enough.

 

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Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age!

Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.When I started following Emma Hoareau on Instagram it was eerie how connected I felt to her content despite being halfway across the globe, and never having met. I could tell, through the heightened feminine intuition — that alerts when you find another of your kind — that she was digesting a lot of the world in the same ways and at the same times as I was. Finding the art of self-portraiture and then struggling with where it fits in in our world of over-curated content. Speaking to self-care, not as a means of consumerism but a tactic for protecting one’s magic. Meandering through the lessons of being your own boss, and seeking a community from which to share tips and tricks to surviving freelance life. All of it journaled on her beautiful blog Lolita Says So. It all resonated with me, as it does with all her 32K followers. Finally, we opened up the conversation with this fascinating multi-talented woman, and hashed all these things out — including some of her best skincare tips! Read on to begin your girl crush with Emma Hoareau.

Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.Vérité Woman: How did you get into blogging?

Emma Hoareau: I started my blog when I was at university as a creative outlet for my studies. I used to post inspirational photos (this was pre-Pinterest, guys!) and then when I started practicing my photography it all went from there…

VW: You’ve recently started sharing more about freelancing and on your blog, but tell us about some struggles you’ve found in being your own boss?

EH: Oh gosh, so many! Definitely getting to the point where you can rely on work coming in without being worried about money, and trusting in your own talents. Which sadly there isn’t any special trick to, it’s more about relaxing and knowing that even if you don’t get booked for a job in 3 weeks, you might get booked for 3 in one day.

VW: How do you stay accountable for your freelance work and blog posts?

EH: I try to make sure I spend half my time on each. Working freelance as both a photographer and a blogger means the workload is very varied in terms of paid content, but I try to make sure I spend just as much time on creating the content for my blog which isn’t paid for. After all, I never thought this would be my job so it’s important for me to keep talking about things that I like — paid or not.

VW: Self-care is such a hefty concept these days — what does it mean to you?

EH: Self-care is very important, especially when you’re your own boss. You need to make sure you congratulate yourself when you succeed and also push yourself further when you’re feeling lazy. For me, beauty is a great way of self-love. There’s not much a bath, a face mask and a cup of tea can’t fix.Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.

VW: We can’t talk to our favorite beauty blogger without needing to riddle you for your top favorite skincare tips — what are your secrets to keeping glowing, dewy skin in a city like London?

EH: Definitely double cleansing. I use a balm-to-oil to take my makeup off then go in again with a foaming cleanser. In a polluted city like London, it’s really important to remove all the dirt in your pores. A resurfacing product, like a mask or acid, is great for getting that glow, too. Tata Harper Resurfacing mask is my new go to, and I love the AHA and BHA pads from Zelens. Lastly, a great mist, to use after cleansing (a slightly moist face absorbs serum better) and to freshen up throughout the day is paramount.

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VW: I truly stand by (and have written about) self-portraiture being a key vessel for sustaining a level of self-love, self-understanding, and self-appreciation. You do so much of this and are so empowered with your personal photography, can you share with our readers why you think it’s so important?

EH: For me, it’s about playing with the idea of how others see me and how I see myself. In a world obsessed with the selfie, I love shooting myself on my camera in the different places I visit. I can imagine looking back at them in years to come and remembering how I felt and what my life was so much more than a staged Instagram post. I want people who look at my photographs to feel something and interact with the image rather than just ‘like’ it.

VW: This is something I am constantly going back and forth with, but has there ever been a time you’ve felt shamed or hesitant to share nudity on your social media or blog, or have you always been very comfortable with yourself and your platform?

EH: Most definitely. Before I published my blog post on my self-portraits I had never really shared photos of me nude as I was worried people who see it as ‘slutty’. But I did it anyway as I felt it was something I really wanted to share as it was important to me. And the post had the biggest reaction ever and I received so many messages about how raw the images and the words were, which I’m so glad resonated so much with my audience. From then on I’ve felt empowered rather than uncomfortable posting my images.
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VW: Three books that have changed your life?

EH: Any Human Heart by William Boyd

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Power by Naomi Alderman – I read this just last week and it’s a book all millennials must read!

VW: What would you like to see more of from women on social media in 2018?

EH: Less editing! All these over-edited, made-for-Instagram posts are getting tiresome. Let’s create real, relatable images that make you feel something rather than just make you jealous.

VW: We stand by you on that Emma!

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Money 101 With Cool Girl Accountant Claire Van Holland

Money 101 With Cool Girl Accountant Claire Van Holland, now on VERITE WOMAN, Financial planing, money hacks, financial tricks, accounting, how to save money, how to be smart about money, how to start a business, girl boss, money questions answered, Los Angeles, entrepreneur, business women, intersectional feminismThroughout my twenties, I’ve noticed a repetitive complaint amongst my girlfriends — “why did no one teach us about money in high school?” We bemoan missed financial planning tactics and current credit card standings. Even as I began my own company, and set out to thrive, I came up short on resources and direction when it came to financing your own endeavor. Then I met Claire Van Holland.
Claire’s not your regular accountant, she’s a cool accountant and after one session with her, I was ready to set up a fan club, there would be shirts of course. Instead, we settled on a Q & A, right here, that we all can gain from. Consider this the financial planning course you missed out on in high school!Money 101 With Cool Girl Accountant Claire Van Holland, now on VERITE WOMAN, Financial planing, money hacks, financial tricks, accounting, how to save money, how to be smart about money, how to start a business, girl boss, money questions answered, Los Angeles, entrepreneur, business women, intersectional feminism

Vérité Woman: What are the three basics of being on top of your money your twenties and thirties?

Claire Van Holland: One: If you fear it, don’t let that fear get the best of you. This is the only way to move forward!

Two: Look at your money. As simple as that may sound, some people choose not to look at it, which is 75% part of the problem. If you don’t look at it, you don’t know what you’re dealing with. If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, then you for sure won’t be on top of your money.

Three: Be consistent. Whether you choose to look at it 1x/ week or 1x/ month, set a date and a time where that is what you do. Consistency is key!

Vérité Woman: What would you tell women who have anxiety surrounding their debt or finances?

Claire Van Holland: Money and finances is simply a form of exchange. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to forget that when we live in a society and culture that places more value on it than we should. The best thing to remember is that money will always come and money will always go. Being at peace with your money flow will help the anxiety. Putting better controls over your money flow is what will lessen that anxiety even more.

Vérité Woman: How do you advise your clients on re-working their perspective on money?

Claire Van Holland: I remind my clients that there is nothing to be ashamed of. When folks come to me for help, there is always some degree of shame. I am always very clear that working with me is to be in a non-judgment zone and a safe space. I’m here to help and whatever point it is that they stand with their money, working with me is to help them get to a better place and reach their goals.

Vérité Woman: What does this mean to you: How does one “attract” money?

Claire Van Holland: To not be afraid of making money and to know your worth. As women, it’s easy to undersell ourselves. Everyone I know has done it, including myself. But if we are going to reach our true earning potential we have to believe that we deserve to make what our work is worth. Part of this lies in the mentality of knowing the value of your time and the other part is not being afraid to ask for what your time is worth — and not back down.

Vérité Woman: What are the most common mistakes that you see people making surrounding their finances?

Claire Van Holland: The biggest one is not being consistent when dealing with your money. This should be habitual and become as common as something like brushing your teeth or drinking water. We live off of the money we make so it is just as important as keeping up your hygiene.

Join Claire on the 3rd Thursday of every month (starting this month), Clair will be launching CV Ledger Office Hours, which is an opportunity for ladies and lady business owners to join her for 45-60 minutes each month and ask any money related questions that touch business and finance. It’s free to join, Claire just requests that people sign up with her mailing list and submit a question beforehand.

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