INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN • INTERVIEW SERIES
With this series I am sharing my absolute admiration and honor of beautiful empowering women whom I feel deeply inspired by. Each is unique but they all share one important quality – living what they love with authenticity. I am impressed by their courage, passion and success.
Connecting & supporting each other is a theme close to my heart and through this space I will share their beauty and creativity with all of you.
Get empowered and inspired – Time for girl crushes & intriguing details!
What a babe! Liz Smithers, the next fabulous women of my INSPIRATION-Interview Series, is the mind behind elikeaton. It’s a healthy lifestyle website where you can find all sorts of alchemy, recipes, musings, stunning pictures, products and wisdom. She wants to help you “steep in your journey to high-vibrational living”. I stumbled upon Liz (based on Kauai btw) on instagram and was hooked ever since. Her company creates spirited food rooted in plant chemistry + elevated apothecary staples. Their newest addition are bioactive nut butters.
You can find alot on the internet, but not your own personal wellness recipe
I love the honesty and sensuality of her words and imagery. It has a way of saying: Just enjoy the heck out of your life with every cell and every breath. Be free and feel sexy, share it, own it!
I am deeply inspired and grateful Liz for your sparkly work you share with us.
Read all about her passions, rituals and adaptogenic love affairs in this interview.
YOU ARE…Liz Smithers
PATH OF SERVICE…elevated lifestyling
YOUR MISSION…to provide convenient, eccentric, and mystical products in the form of language + substances to help pave the path to expansion of consciousness.
WHAT LED YOU TO HERE…An extremely debilitating case of negative self talk, substance abuse, and body shaming.
A TYPICAL DAY…MCT coated matcha-moringa lattes + yoga clients all morning. TRX or Ashtanga practice before I create in the kitchen. Photograph my creations and then get lost in my computer fort he rest oft he day until my boyfriend comes home. Researching, emailing, masterminding, blogging, brand building, reading over and over again the benefits of an adaptogenic-based diet.
WHAT DOES BEING A WOMAN MEAN TO YOU? Being flawlessly imperfect and owning it. Not being afraid to shake your shit and stand up for what you really believe in. Knowing how to cook a high vibrational 5 course meal from scratch.
EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & SUSTAINABILITY? It is something that takes practice. You become what you practice. If you practice conscious living, mindfulness and positive thinking, the way you brush your hair and speak to your clients will be just that. Sustainability is a side benefit of conscious living!
WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR? I am grateful that i experienced struggle early on and that it came out of nowhere. I was very protected my entire life and grew up in a home that was very much provided for. I had all of the „things“ that one could want growing up, except for awareness of my body + mind + the actions that followed. When I hit my twenties, life caught up to me fast and the things my parents DIDNT teach me I had to teach myself. I was forced to humble myself as my ego was shut down when I realized that there was more to life, compassion + self love, than having „things“
IDEA OF HAPPINESS? Making raw cheesecakes + drinking strong medicinal mushroom lattes dancing to The Lumineers with sun or beach breaks in between ☺
PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD & WELLNESS? It cant be something that you find on the internet. You can find alot on the internet, but not your own personal wellness recipe. Reaching high vibrational living is in my opinion, rocket science. Its hard man, and can slip away easily if you let it! I flushed animal products from my system years ago and I truly believe, as long as you supplement with substances that offer a whole different prism of potency, you are just fine leaving the piglets + calves in the pasture……I tend to follow Ayurveda most closely when I feel like I have hit a wall and need some guidance so there is a little ghee and eggs in my diet but fort he most part I function best off of lots and lots of fat + fruit, minimal protein, and activated seeds + nuts + grains. I think I love coffee as much as I love my family so probiotic rich drinks + foods are a must as the acid in coffee really can rip up my system. I also keep my coffee consumption to a 3-4 times a week minimum because of my vata body constitution. Coffee will send me off my rocker if I let it!
I exercise pretty much every day. Im addicted to movement and bodies are supposed to be in motion. The stress of not being able to move literally sends me into a swollen state of discomfort. Its MESSED UP. ☺
HOW DO YOU CONNECT NATURALISM & THE MODERN WORLD? Insert natural things, thoughts, and foods into our modern life. Dont hold back any opinions you have, stay raw. And eat LOTS of raw. I am huge on food. Its the most direct way we can flood ourselves with what we want to eventually become. The more you eat foods from the forest, not the factory, the quicker youll move into a synchronistic state of pure harmony. If you have someone over for coffee, blend some pine pollen + raw honey into it. Use kombucha over soda water for mimosas on the weekends. Bring plants inside, especially if you live in a city. Dont be afraid to walk around without shoes on.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
This ones hard, Im easily inspired by people. If you want to feel good about yourself, hang out with me because I will shower your work in compliments! I have noticed a dramatic shift in peoples overall compassion for others within the last few years and I truly think its because millenials have switched up the game and let their creative power FLY. Now everyones experiencing a surge of inspiration and realizing they are capable of innovation too. Its beautiful.
WHO inspires me? The Savana podcast, my childhood best friend Ellery, my dad (he has put so much faith in what im starting!), Nitsa Citrine, Taline Gabriel, the beautiful hippie chicks who cashier at health food stores, Beyonce, Victoria Secret models (no shame!), my mom + sister as a collective unit because they are the same person and set my selfish tendencies straight sometimes!, Frida Kahlo, The Jungalow, Amanda Bacon, Regina Ferguson, Mary silcox.
Personal growth? Cutting out the attachment to material goods.
Lesson learned? You cant take without asking.
Adivce given? Stick to your word. I struggle with this as my schedule fils up quickly.
Advice for women? Dont ever let negative self talk patterns strengthen themselves. Catch them before its swallowed you. You are beautiful in your own way.
Advice for success? Dont stop.
Advice for your younger self? Start looking inward, not outward for answers.
Quality in a woman? Confidence. Its something no one can deny you of.
Relationship Advice? Maintain separate lives.
Thing you always carry in your bag? Citrine + quartz.
Daytime? I binge on adaptogens.
Nighttime? Sesame oil massage.
Beauty? Make a steaming hot pot of water and fill it with whatever herbs you can find from your garden (rosemary, sage, mint). Add cloves, cinnamon, rose petals, literally any plant foods. Cover your head in the pot with a towel and steam open your face until you have sweated everything out. Make a paste of Moringa powder, avocado, sea salt, and honey and apply to face. Let mask sit for 10 minutes and then wash off and follow with coconut oil + rose oil to moisturize.
Medicinal? I make a paste of Chaga, Cordyceps, and Reishi mixed with colostrum, + honey and eat it like pudding. Multiple times a day!
…for your soul? Eat what you crave.
…for your heart? Allow yourself to be sexy, vulnerable, and expressive.
…for the mind? Eat LOTS of fat.
…for your body? Make sure you move every day and massage yourself often. Feel your skin with your hands. Have lots of sex.
…for your spirit? Dont try and follow some sort of spiritual path that someone else is. Let yourself define your own concept of what spirit is. Definitely dont be afraid to express yourself. Oh and take part in shen building exercises and meals……lots of Pearl powder, matcha, reishi, and good conversation will nourish the spirit. The spirit just wants to believe.
Breakfast? Organic apple slathered with ELI KEATON BIOACTIVE BUTTER (coming soon!) + a matcha latte (i dont eat much for breakfast!) Usually have a coffee around 11 am too ☺
Lunch? Some sort of large greens salad with toasted nuts of ANY kind and garlic tahini dressing
Dinner? THAI HOT curry please with pecan crusted tofu wedges.
Snack? Dry roasted sweet potato fries or frozen mango ☺
Recipe? Dumplings by Emily via thisrawsomeveganlife
Treat? Dates stuffed with almond butter + a little coconut oil ☺
Drink? Alcoholic: Mexican mojito (tequila) non alcoholic: raw coconut water
Restaurant? Currently Caffe Coco here on Kauai
Skills? Knowing how to take a good picture or build something!
Kitchen appliance? Oh m gosh. My vitamix.
Book? Any book that has to do with Chinese medicine, self discovery, or Ashtanga yoga
Music? I love anything from Trampled by Turtles to Wu Tang clan to Stevie Nicks
Movie? Prooooobably The Great Gatsby.
Quote? I think that little by little Ill be able to solve my problems and survive –Frida Kahlo
Artist? Mary Silcox. Shes an all around artist of music , paint, and fashion. Based out of Richmond, Va.
Place? My moms kitchen
Way to move? Ashtanga yoga
Herb? Pine pollen
Plant? Spider plant
Beauty Product? A good sea salt scrub for face + body
Clothing? Flowy, tight waisted, cotton, leather clogs
All Pictures via elikeaton.com