What was the inspiration for creating Moon Cycle Bakery?
The idea for Moon Cycle Bakery started the morning after my “west coast bachelorette party”. A group of my friends organized a night out in Oakland, CA where we stopped at several bars, ending at my favorite — the “Kona Club” where pictures of Tom Selleck hung on the walls and caused everyone who walked in to swoon. They had arranged for my now husband to meet us at the last bar and bring a cake for all of us to share — he did not disappoint. In walked Brian with a homemade 3 tiered chocolate cake with cookie dough icing and chocolate ganache. There was total silence for several minutes as we all devoured the cake and replaced our Mai Tai tongues with chocolate covered lips. Eventually, the silence was broken by one of our good friends who came over, tapped Brian on the shoulder and said, “I just needed to tell you, this is the best thing I have ever eaten. And I don’t know if it’s because I’m about to get my period or not, but I almost cried.” Needless to say, we were completely in love with such an honorable and real reaction and with a huge smile I assured her: “Don’t worry, Summer, we’ll bring you a slice every month.”
When I woke up the next morning, I realized there was something here. Thinking back on how much love there was that night, how much sisterhood was present and how gifted I felt, Summer’s comment popped into my head and I realized the power in gifting someone. I realized that so many women were craving something to nourish their souls as much as their bodies — a time of the month where they felt seen, heard, held and gifted. A time where they embraced and even relished in their bodies and the amazing cycle that happens (with all its ups and downs). There were women who were ready to shed the stigma and talk about periods as naturally as they occur in our bodies. There were women who were ready to believe that they could satisfy their cravings and nourish their bodies — that they didn’t have to give up one for the other.
As I moved forward, I knew I wanted to empower women through choice and knowledge. Wellness has been such a huge part of my life and has assisted in helping me through really hard times — a gift that I wanted to make easier for others to attain. I wanted women to fill their bodies with goodness as much as their souls. Because of this, I decided to team up with experts, bloggers + women alike to create Moon Cycle Bakery the way it deserved — with integrity, love and healthy alternatives that satisfied (and soothed) their cravings.
What’s your recipe for self-care?
For me, the first step of self-care (before doing anything) is admitting that I’m in need of self-care. It’s in this moment of giving myself permission to care for myself that I find the ability to really sink into the yumminess of whatever it is I’m about to do. Yoga paired with meditation is a go-to, especially if the self-care and support I need is in the emotional realm. It allows my brain to quiet and my body to flow, which in return soothes and calms me further. I’m also a big believer in solid bath time with all the fixings (candles, salts, essential oils, a book, music) and a cup of ginger tea has become my best friend, helping me feel grounded and warm.
A recent FML moment that you overcame?
Over the holidays, my husband and I visited our friends and family on the East coast. When it came time to leave and head back to WA, I discovered I didn’t have my license or any other form of ID. After searching for a while, I realized then that I must have lost it at a wedding I attended a few days earlier. We ran to the airport where they told me that I could use another form of ID with my name on it (credit card, insurance card, etc) with extra screening, but when it came time to check our bags, we were too close to the flight time and had to go home. I felt terrible and found myself in this rut where I was shaming myself. Once I realized how silly that was, how it was just a flight and that we were all happy, healthy and safe, I shifted my perspective. We ended up getting on a flight the next morning and I got to spend the day with my Mom and cook dinner for everyone. That night our flight was cancelled due to the big snow storm and we actually got to spend 4 more days with my family. It was some of the most relaxing time we had spent back East and I was so grateful to be together. It was a simple reminder that everything happens for a reason and that life is beautiful and worthwhile BECAUSE of its twists and turns. And that mistakes are not something to feel ashamed about, but a talisman that you’re living life to the fullest and experiencing the real human experience while you’re here. Perspective shifts, compassion and gratitude have become big self-care tools.
An empowered boss moment?
We recently just received Moon Cycle Bakery’s first intern and between her and our publicist, I’m beside myself!! Everyday I’m in connection and conversation with our publicist, Charlotte, who is a GINORMOUS help and has a huge heart and our new intern, Jenna, who is as sweet as she is passionate about spreading kindness, love and wellness to others. Just today I called my Mom to tell her how surreal it is to be surrounded by and working with these genuine, badass women who share the same values as I do. I feel like the luckiest girl alive!!
Advice you wish you knew at 12 years old?
You’re enough. Trust your gut. Wear your retainer at night.
What’s your spirit animal and why?
I would have to say my spirit animal is a wolf. I feel like I found myself there mainly when I started reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. That book single handedly saved me when I found myself in a dark and unrecognizable place. It reminded me of who I was at my core and that my phases and polarizing elements (a fierce woman and fighter with a huge heart and desire to love people fully) were more than okay — they were celebrated — and they were experienced by others from all over the world. But it wasn’t until my Grandma died that I realized that they chose me, as well. In the middle of the night, I woke to the howling of a wolf outside our house. It was majestic and strangely soothing. My dog and I stayed up for 10 minutes or so and just listened, then fell back asleep. That morning around 4 a.m. I would wake up to a phone call from my Mom that my Grandma was dying. Over the span of a couple hours, I laid in bed praying and processing and when my Mom called to say she had passed, I felt total peace. And then I heard them — a pack of wolves from the Wolf Haven several miles from us were howling collectively. It was unlike anything I had ever felt and I was so grateful to experience that at that exact moment.
What’s in your bag / purse?
My old and battered brown vintage wallet, a CBD joint (great for cramps and headaches), chapstick or my Cocokind Matcha Stick, enzymes, phone charger that doubles as a flashlight, and tissues.
#WCW – who do you think we should talk to next, and why?
Jelena, the founder of The Confetti Project, is a beautiful soul who’s calling in this world is to make people happy. She’s successfully done so through her business, The Confetti Project, and spends her time reminding others just how brilliant and stellar they truly are. She also encourages small businesses and entrepreneurs alike to continue to create their dream and believe in themselves. She’s a ray of light and I feel lucky to have crossed her path in this lifetime.