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HOW DID GOOP BE­GIN?

I have had this very crazy, for­tu­nate life where I got to do so many things at such a young age. At 21, I was do­ing a movie in France where I got to stay in Bordeaux at an in­cred­i­ble win­ery, tour the re­gion, learn about Bordeaux wines, taste them all and find my favourites. So peo­ple started ask­ing me for ad­vice: “What did you like? What should I get?”

At 25, I bought a house and re­did it. Peo­ple wanted to know all about that. My friends would ask: “I’m look­ing for this kind of tile and you just did your house...” so I started ac­cu­mu­lat­ing all this in­for­ma­tion.

It then oc­curred to me that it was so cool that I had ac­cess to th­ese amaz­ing peo­ple. I would be at a con­fer­ence and meet a nu­tri­tion­ist at the fore­front of cut­ting-edge sci­ence and learn all about this cool stuff and I thought, surely there is a mother in Ohio who would love to have this in­for­ma­tion but does not have ac­cess to it.

Or, if I get to ask Kate Moss what the best vin­tage cloth­ing store in Lon­don is, then why shouldn’t you know that too? So, I just thought it would be fun to share it with peo­ple.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM CRE­AT­ING THIS BUSI­NESS?

One thing I have learnt through the harder things in life is that you must not fear suf­fer­ing. Suf­fer­ing gets rid of neg­a­tiv­ity and brings you closer to spir­i­tu­al­ity.

In my early 20s, some­body asked me what my ab­so­lute big­gest fear was. I said it would be my fa­ther dy­ing. When it did even­tu­ally hap­pen, it was very tough. It is still very hard for me, even years later.

But it has taught me that to fear suf­fer­ing, to fear bad things hap­pen­ing to you, is a real waste of en­ergy. I be­lieve that ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son. Noth­ing is ran­dom or oc­curs by chance. I try not to be in fear of the fear.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

As corny as it sounds, it is the sim­plest things in life that have made me so happy, like slow­ing down, cook­ing for my fam­ily, hav­ing kids that are healthy. It is the re­la­tion­ships you have that makes you happy. I am very lucky to have two healthy chil­dren be­cause they keep me so grounded. It is great to have money, but if it was taken away and all I had was my fam­ily, I would be OK.

GOOP IS DE­SCRIBED AS A “MOD­ERN LIFE­STYLE BRAND”, BUT YOU DRAW ON AN­CIENT TECH­NIQUES SUCH AS MEDITATION TO COPE WITH THE STRESSES OF 21ST CEN­TURY LIV­ING...

I am in­ter­ested in any spir­i­tual prac­tice, whether it is Bud­dhism or Kab­balah etc. I read ev­ery­thing. I en­joy read­ing about Eastern philoso­phies. The in­ter­est­ing thing is, they all say ex­actly the same thing. It boils down to the same idea.

I was read­ing th­ese ar­ti­cles about how meditation af­fects your brain, and how it con­nects your dif­fer­ent cor­texes, in­te­grates your left and right side, and low­ers your blood pres­sure. So I started do­ing it. I am not as con­sis­tent as I want to be, but it is very cool and in­ter­est­ing to see what comes up. You re­ally can tell where you are emo­tion­ally.

HOW HAVE YOUR EX­PE­RI­ENCES AS A VE­GAN IN­FLU­ENCED WHAT YOU SHARE THROUGH GOOP?

The big things are pro­cessed food and foods that have tons of chem­i­cals and pes­ti­cides. I try to stay away from that.

“We are a pret bal­anced house. I mean, kids eat sugar... that’s how it goes. But we have or­ganic snacks and Oreos too ”

I love French fries, cheese, mar­ti­nis and all that kind of thing. We are a pretty bal­anced house. I mean, kids eat sugar... that’s how it goes. But we have or­ganic snacks and Oreos too.

When my dad got sick, I was 26 years old. It was the first time I con­tem­plated that some­body could have au­ton­omy over their health. While he was hav­ing ra­di­a­tion, surgery and eat­ing through a feed­ing tube, I thought, “Well, I am push­ing this can of pro­cessed pro­tein di­rectly into his stom­ach!”.

I re­mem­ber think­ing, “There is a bunch of chem­i­cals in this shit!”

That was when I started do­ing a lot of re­search on can­cer and the ef­fects of sugar, en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins, pes­ti­cides and ev­ery­thing else.

As soon as you test some­thing and it works, and you start feel­ing bet­ter, you re­ally catch that well­ness bug.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THAT YOUR LEGACY AS A BUSI­NESS­WOMAN AND “LIFE­STYLE GURU” WILL BE?

It is im­por­tant to live as au­then­ti­cally as you can. You should try to do your best, do the things that are mean­ing­ful to you, and not worry about what other peo­ple think. I have learnt to be more fear­less and just let all my anx­i­eties go. It is very lib­er­at­ing and em­pow­er­ing.

I like to think of my­self as a good per­son who is sim­ply try­ing to share some of my ex­pe­ri­ences. I try to look at the big pic­ture and share about the things that I am in­ter­ested in.

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