This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now…
Photograph and interview women onto something GOOD.
Women who wake up each day with steadfast dedication and commitment to their work, ideals, and dreams.
Women who may not always get the recognition they deserve.
Forward thinking women, women on a mission, women that believe they have something to GIVE.
Women like Rhea Mehta...
Woman on a Mission Interview: with Dr. Rhea Mehta [Toxicologist; Living Foods & Wellness Educator & Coach; Published Author; Recipient of the University of Toronto Gordon Cressy Leadership Award; Featured in the soon to be released book, The Gifted Entrepreneur.]
Tell us about your mission? What was the inspiration for your idea/company/project?
I created RAWjuvenation to empower people to lead healthier lives, through the inclusion of plant-based whole foods, in a way that’s accessible, genuine and comfortable. RAWjuvenation creates awareness, educates and shares recipes, tools, tips and tricks so its users can progress effortlessly and confidently along their respective healing journeys.
RAWjuvenation was born from my intention and deep desire to share all that I’ve researched, tested and learned over the course of my healing journey, which started from a very young age, and like most of us, was prompted by the Western diet. After years of commitment, perseverance and the simultaneous accumulation of knowledge, which resulted in my reversal of symptoms and disease, I felt it was only fair for me to create a platform by which I could download my strategy – my life, for others to use as a guide.
How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?
What is most sacred to you?
…my vitamix (and its healing creations)!
Truthfully, there are many sacred treasures that top this list, like the supportive, caring, considerate people in my life, my mental, emotional, physical, spiritual health, being true to myself, fulfilling my life mission. However, in this present moment, what’s most sacred to me is silence. Silence welcomes time to think, replay, imagine, create, resolve and most importantly, time to clear my mind and just enjoy the sweet sounds of my breath.
Who or what is a current influential force in your life?
My awareness. Awareness of self, breath, body, foods, circumstances, people, ideas, feelings, environment, goals. Now that I’m aware of my awareness, my universe has expanded.
What was the hardest part of growing up for you?
I grew up in the small French Canadian town of Kapuskasing, in the very north of Ontario. Naturally, one may guess the hardest part of growing up as a minority in an isolated town may be associated with feelings of disconnect or separation. Although this was true, it was transient and so quickly masked by the immense love of immediate family, family friends and a few solid friendships.
My personal friendships are at the root of my hardships growing up, but at the same time, are the source of my greatest and wildest childhood memories.. let me explain.
Growing up, I was never really part of a ‘group’ of friends. Naturally, I would connect with one or two key people so deeply, they would fulfil the majority of my social needs, and essentially complete me. It was very special. However all too often, these friendships were forced to an abrupt end, when my best friends were forced into moving away. Over the years, I replaced old connections with new ones, but as my luck would have it, they would keep disappearing from my perceived world. As a pre-teen, it was slightly easier. During my high school years, however, the need to have that ‘person’ grew and I found myself feeling lost at times.
In retrospect, I’m grateful to have experienced the perceived feeling of loss at such a young age. I believe it has contributed to my resilience in adulthood.
What advice can you offer to young women with GOOD ideas today?
Share them! Take advantage of the resources on offer today, like social media, blogging, networking, mentors and coaches. Surround yourself with inspiring, valuable people and bounce your ideas off of them. Welcome constructive feedback and be willing to re-shape your idea accordingly. Keep learning and diversifying your skillset. Read books, including bios. Create a vision board (tangible or virtual, ie pinterest) and map out your vision. Don’t be afraid to replace a good idea with a better one. Breathe.
Where will you be in 5 years? What will your ‘mission’ look like?
In 5 years I’ll have a product-oriented business that enables energetic superfoods to be more readily available in the marketplace, and I’ll have a service-oriented business in which I’ll play a significant role in educating and coaching people on how to live a more vibrant life.
Where can we find out more about your project?
My new website, www.livingrhea.com, will be ready in a couple of months. Please visit the link to sign up to be on the notification list. To catch a glimpse of my life, try my recipes and hear what I have to say about living foods and holistic healing, follow me on Facebook, twitter and/or instagram.
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