I'm so excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you. How I met Carla basically proves the power of the internet and social media. In March 2014, after publishing my first blog on The Huffington Post about my health, I came across another girls story about her health on there. It felt very familiar. It felt like we were going through different issues but having similar feelings about the corporate world, our health and just overall owning our lives. I immediately reached out to this stranger via Facebook. Shortly thereafter, we spoke on the phone for 90-minutes and when she acknowledged that she lived in San Francisco, she immediately said "but you need to know my friend, Carla." She instantly connected us. We emailed a bit back and forth. We finally met and realized how much our values, and interests were totally aligned.
JOIN ME ON THIS JOURNEY OF SHARING STORIES AND INSPIRING ONE ANOTHER TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.
READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CARLA BLUMENTHAL.
How do you spend your days?
I am a multi-hyphenate with one goal: to bring about more empathy, compassion, and self-awareness in people's lives.
I am involved in projects that activate my soul and truth. Everyday is different!
I started an organization called Tea+Purpose. We are a NYC-based group (with budding chapters across the U.S.) that inspires authenticity and deeper connection with oneself in community with others. I facilitate and plan our monthly groups and adventures.
I consult with a foundation that invests in projects that support girls & women, advising on their communications strategy. I also work for an amazing coach & psychologist, Dr. Tracy Thomas on her programming and strategy.
What are three things you are grateful for?
I am grateful for so much! It's hard to narrow it down to three, but here's my shot:
- I am grateful that I am a woman and that I live in a time when women have the opportunities to shift world dynamics. The divine feminine is a powerful force!
- I am grateful for my health and my sensitive nature. I used to see my sensitivities as weaknesses, however, I am slowly seeing it as a way to connect to others authentically.
- I am incredibly grateful for love: love in my family and friends. Making the paradigm shift from fear to love across every decision in my life has been an ongoing, transformative process.
Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Seeking my truth, daily.
If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?
Oh yum! I LOVE making my sweet potato casserole with a secret ingredient: pineapple!
If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?
There are so many great books out there, but one of my universal favorites is Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. Her advice column turned into book is raw, therapeutic, and honest.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
The first thing I do is a moment of gratitude. It usually takes me a while to gain consciousness, so when I actually recognize that I am waking up, I start with a moment of thanks to be in my bed, in Brooklyn, in my life. I usually stretch in bed and before I leave, find an affirmation, prayer or intention on my phone to read. It’s amazing what that boost of gratitude and affirmation can do if you rest in it.
If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?
It has always been one thing: checking email within the first 15 minutes of waking up. It is a habit that I continue to work on - and it has been hard for me! I am mindful of it and try different activities in the morning so diving into the world of email isn't the first thing. It is going to take continued practice and mindfulness to reprogram the routine.
What does being healthy mean to you?
Health to me is rest, work, activities, and play at the amounts and times when you have energy for each.
Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle? Explain.
I've been lucky enough to never have had a major health concern in my life. However, both my dad and brother have juvenile diabetes and must monitor their food, activity, and blood sugar multiple times a day. I grew up with this being the standard and always on our minds, so I have a lot of empathy for those affected by life-changing illnesses.
What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?
What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?
It’s all a process. For a long time I thought I had to have “everything figured out.” I learned its all a process, and if you make choices out of love instead of fear, you will continually find yourself in situations that bring light and joy in your life and others.
What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?
Anything + red lipstick. Red lipstick FTW.
Complete this sentence: "In order to be happy, I need to..."
Live MY truth.
What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?
Tea+Purpose is always hosting gatherings in NYC and Seattle focused on activating truth. You can sign up for our newsletter here.
We have a tea-infused cooking class coming up on April 12th facilitated by the author of Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea. We're going to be cooking some delicious meals, we would love to have you! Sign up for the cooking class here.
Also, I'm excited to announce that I'll be giving a Tedx talk on April 4th at Lafayette College. Check it out here.
Carla works on projects that cultivates individual self-awareness and a more open world. She is the founder of Tea+Purpose, an organization that hosts tea gatherings for women in NYC & Seattle that allow women to explore their truth in community. With a background in marketing, she currently consults with a foundation & women-run businesses advising on their communications. For Carla, life is a journey of activating parts of ourselves that can contribute to the larger good. And amazing conversation over tea or wine.