Sakara Life Founders: Danielle & Whitney
Sakara. This plant-based meal prepping company is founded on science-based principles and their 9 pillars of nutrition. They use an organic whole-food, plant-rich diet to feed the body and nourish the soul. I am honored to be an ambassador for this amazing company and a sakaralite, having amazing opportunities of connecting with other like-minded individuals in the wellness space as well as connecting with founders Danielle and Whitney! I had the pleasure of getting to pick their brains for some insight into their relationship with mind, body, and soul. Read for more on connection, career development, and personal development!
What is the greatest connection you’ve ever experienced?
- D: My mother always made me feel like the stars and the moon - like I was the most important thing in the world. It gave me so much confidence and such a springboard to jump from. Then when I became a mother, it truly made me realize what’s important in life and I’ve learned so much from both my kids. Every day is a gift, even when it’s hard.
What keeps you centered in soul, body, and mind?
- W: Nature. Eating a plant-rich diet completely changed both of our lives. Plants come from the earth, and when you eat that close to the source, you are connecting with nature and nourishing your mind, body, and soul in the deepest way possible. When you consume plants, microbes, and fungi, they all carry information so it’s like being tapped into the communication ways of the world. Meditation and movement also play a large role in taking care of your mind, body, and soul. I am most at peace in nature so I prioritize taking time outside to walk barefoot to ground myself with the Earth, soak up sunshine (even when it’s cold out), and breathe in the fresh air. Doing these practices consistently helps lift my mood, regulate stress, alleviate anxiety, and more. Lastly, to be my most vibrant self, I listen to my body -- it’s the most important and freeing thing you can do to achieve total mind, body, and spirit wellness.
What has kept you moving on the bad days through the building process of your career and company?
- D: Coming back to the mission and what allows me to be in service to others. Starting and running a business is hard work but finding your ‘why’ that motivates you every step of the way is so important. Throughout your journey you will constantly be learning, problem-solving, and growing. I try to lean into the challenges and let my creative brain lead me to the next evolution of the business and myself.
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve gotten or given?
- D: Things happen for us, not to us.
What tips do you have for personal development as a young adult?
- W: I learned that having a “growth mindset” is one of the most valuable things you can have -- both in business and in life. We got to meet Oprah when we were selected as part of her Super Soul 100 group (and let me tell you, she is just as amazing and grand in real life as you would expect her to be!) She once said “Who you’re meant to be evolves from where you are right now. So learning to appreciate your lessons, mistakes, and setbacks as stepping stones to the future is a clear sign you’re moving in the right direction.” The road is long and filled with bumpy stones, you can let them get you stuck, but use them to hop to the next one.
What 3 phrases would you leave behind as your legacy?
- DW: Thoughts to Things / Eat Clean, Play Dirty / What I Think I Create
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