My morning routine is what stuck and fuels my entire day. I start at sunrise for optimal energy. Before my feet hit the ground I take a deep breath and thank the universe and my higher power. I get out of bed, drink a tall glass of water and then breathe/stretch for another 10–20 minutes. I write down my to do list the night before so that as soon as I arrive at the gym I could start knocking those things out. I’m finished before office hours begin and I feel unstoppable.
At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s well being, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing. As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Temima.
Sarah Temima is an entrepreneur currently living in Los Angeles. Her story had humble beginnings in Israel with her mother and three siblings. Unfortunately, as she aged, influences from the outside world began to plant seeds of insecurity and negativity into her life. Looking in the mirror wasn’t always easy, which led her through a rocky journey battling anxiety, depression and eating disorders. However, she soon realized that she couldn’t sustain that storm cloud for too long, and began to forge her own way out. One major life change Sarah decided to implement was trying a plant based diet. Temptations all around made it difficult, but she soon realized the boost in energy and positivity that ensues from filling her body with the fruits of the Earth. Besides a change in diet though, Sarah began to introduce other healthy habits into her lifestyle. Her day generally starts with morning yoga, as well as weight lifting — a good way to rejuvenate and push herself through an amazing day. This newfound optimism towards life sparked the launch of her business — Lavan Collections, a brand dedicated to empowering and supporting all women everywhere.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?
Thank you! For me, this began when I was really young. Coming from a difficult childhood and walking into my adolescence with those scars- I struggled immensely to find my worth and self love. I never knew the root of the problem. Why was I sad when I looked in the mirror? That question ran circles in my mind from the ages of 13–22. Eating disorders, toxic relationships, and never being able to hold a job were all part of the vicious cycle. At 22 I said it was enough. I got consistent in the gym and went full vegan. While I conquered that part of my journey I also started on instagram with a few hundred followers and some amateur modeling pictures. I stayed as authentic as possible but I knew that just pictures on the internet wasn’t my purpose. I started getting real. I shared parts of me that could potentially lead to negativity and backlash but ended up being what grew my following immensely. I stopped any modeling and did the “selfie” thing for the most part. My captions and videos are what lead to my solid relationships with my followers and though it took me longer than usual, I now sit at 226,000 solely from being myself. I hardly ever took paid promotional work and I only share products and advice that I truly stand for. Though sharing my truth and connecting with people was beautiful — I knew I needed to pay rent. I prayed and meditated on what my true purpose was and what was going to help me reach and heal more people.
From my painful adolescence and disconnect with my body came a brand that was built around women feeling their absolute best. I created a clothing line from scratch with a mission to make us feel comfortable no matter where we are on our self-love journey. It became my passion and reason to wake up and work even harder to love myself. Women around the world claim to feel “emotionally supported” in these clothes and even though it’s funny- it’s true! It’s a breath of fresh air to put something on that makes you feel amazing. Attention to detail was my specialty. I know the struggle of hating everything you put on simply because you’re unhappy with your body.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I know this answer is so cliche- but MY EMA! (“Mom” In Hebrew.)
God bless that woman. She was so eager to give us a healthy life that she left a toxic marriage in Israel with 4 kids and 200 dollars in her pocket. Our life was not easy, but somehow we were raised organically and received an abundance of love. My mother grew her own fruits and vegetables and our taste buds loved it — even into our adulthood. She taught me grace, how to forgive myself, and most importantly how to slow down. How she survived, we still don’t know. But she didn’t just survive, she thrived. As did my siblings and I. We owe everything to her.
As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?
The most important thing here is knowing it’s really what you want and what you’re calling in. I also believe using your platform for a cause is paramount. If you’re just trying to get free products and a large following that’s totally fine- Just know it won’t last. I believe people are waking up and are desperate for something real. Superficiality is being exposed and our youth is looking for authenticity. If this is your DREAM and you have something to contribute to hundreds of thousands or millions- then be absolutely 110% sure. And it may take years – that’s okay. But patience is key, and staying on course is of the essence.
Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?
For me, the most important thing was not sugar coating things. My community appreciated when I was honest, or when I said things that some might find uncomfortable. When my images weren’t edited that built trust as well. But since aesthetic is enormous as far as what captures attention- the quality of your photos plays a major role in who and how many people see it. You don’t need to tweak a photo much if it’s bright and taken with a good camera. When something is blurry or low quality it very easily gets overlooked, even if its purpose is genuine. That tip alone can grow your page’s reach extensively.
Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart.
You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)
Since my body was my first battle, I had to commit to many things in order to get it right. My morning routine is what stuck and fuels my entire day. I start at sunrise for optimal energy. Before my feet hit the ground I take a deep breath and thank the universe and my Higher Power. I get out of bed, drink a tall glass of water and then breathe/stretch for another 10–20 minutes. I write down my to do list the night before so that as soon as I arrive at the gym I could start knocking those things out. I’m finished before office hours begin and I feel unstoppable.
Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)
One of my favorite newfound routines is headstands. I learned the benefits and right away started practicing. I fell down every 5 seconds when I first started but now can go forever! It relieves stress and increases focus/blood flow to the head and scalp — really beneficial for efficient thinking and creativity! I totally fell in love with it. Another helpful routine for me has been taking epsom salt baths in candlelight. Nothing calms me more. Self-love and relaxation of the mind-which are two extremely important practices to keep you thriving.
As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.
I think about this often and at heart I’m still a little girl who just wants everyone to be happy and healthy. If I know one thing for sure it’s that the only way to achieve that is to realize the answer to happiness IS health. I would start a non profit that fed anyone who needed it- and not just turkey sandwiches and soups. It would be the healthiest, most nutritious meals! I’d bring it around the world and hold events where we teach and inspire and create a world of happiness and cleanliness from the inside out. Healing starts with you and your self-care.
We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂
Kehlani. I fell in love with her and her journey years ago when I was really, really low. Her music got me through incredibly hard times and her vulnerability and truth Inspired me to move in a similar way. She played a major role in my rituals, diet, ways of being, and compassion. She never hid the fact that she battled depression and self doubt even as one of the most inspirational women of our time. If I could have lunch with her…ah. A girl can dream.
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
@Sarahtemima is my personal instagram page where I connect with people on so many different topics and @Lavancollections is my brand and passion! Looking forward to connecting with more of you!
Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!
It was an absolute pleasure. Thank you!