The Most Interesting Thing That’s Happened Since I Started My Company…

The Most Interesting Thing That’s Happened Since I Started My Company…

This month I sat down with Thrive Global, a wellness company founded by Ariana Huffington and owned by The Medium, to discuss female entrepreneurship. We talked about my backstory, my company and what I’m grateful for. I even shared who I’d have lunch with out of everyone in the whole world! Check it out below:

“I think it’s very hard for female entrepreneurs to accept help. We feel like we’re supposed to know it all, do it all — and also keep the house clean while we’re at it! I wish I had accepted help sooner. I wish I had opened myself up to trusting and empowering women earlier on in my business, because it is our main focus now and I cannot picture it any other way.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tara Mackey, the founder and CEO of The Organic Life, a successful holistic and sustainable living platform. She is a widely recognized social media personality with over 500,000 followers and millions of blog hits. She founded the organic beauty company Genetix Skincare and is the #1 best-selling author of Cured by Nature and WILD Habits (May 2018). Mackey, who has a background in psychology and genetics, left a coveted position at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2011 to travel to California to explore natural healing, yoga and meditation. That same year she began utilizing holistic techniques to heal her chronic illnesses, going cold turkey off of fourteen daily medications, and healing herself naturally. She’s an expert on building better habits and is on a conscious quest to move humanity in a more sustainable, healthy, and holistic direction.Recognized with numerous awards and nominations for her entrepreneurship, Mackey was named “a powerful voice in the smart, sexy, sustainable movement” by Coco Eco Magazine.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I was diagnosed with my first medical label and put on my first drug at the age of 13. By 24, I was on 14 different Rx drugs. In 2011, after a series of tragic events lead me to the conclusion that I needed to “start over”, I came off the Rx drugs I had been prescribed for my skin, mood, anxiety and pain and started to treat myself naturally using herbs, supplements, food, exercise, meditation and mind-strengthening techniques.

Once I found that these strategies actually worked to treat the ailments I had been medicating for so long, I started sharing them on my blog, The Organic Life. One engaged blog reader turned into a hundred, which turned into a thousand… and we now have over a million eyes on us. This turned into the inspiration for my first book, Cured by Nature, which became a number one bestseller. My second book, WILD Habits, also touches on the subjects of personal growth, self-improvement and natural healing. My blog became a company in 2015, The Organic Life, LLC.

As a bestselling author and founder of my award-winning little company and blog, The Organic Life, I’ve has been researching, testing and writing about organic living and green skincare for nearly seven years. My own journey started in my mid-twenties, when I began facing painful, cystic acne. I realized that not only did none of my dermatologist recommended products work to treat it, but I also realized that they contained high levels of toxins and fillers that further irritated my skin.

As a biologist, I knew that were better, natural way to treat my skin issues. After experimenting in my kitchen at home, I found incredible natural remedies that worked not just to treat — but they worked to cure my skin problems — completely!

I moved across the country to California and started meditating daily, educating myself on health, eating whole foods, treating myself naturally, composting, taking supplements and herbs, reading empowering books and gardening. Within mere weeks, I was looking at a completely different person and I was living a completely different life.

I am the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been and my work makes me super excited to get up in the morning. I am living in my dream home in my dream city with my dream job, after just a few years — mere months — of listening to my heart and soul. I’m very passionate about sharing what’s truly possible for others, no matter what they’re going through!

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

My Dad passed away in 2014 and I decided to take a break from my blog to focus on healing. About six months later I went back home to New York for the very first time since the funeral. Because of the break I had taken from my blog to heal, I wasn’t blogging daily at the time, like I used to be.

It was a scary situation for me to be there without him for the first time, and I was a ball of emotions.

The day after I landed back in New York, I opened up my laptop in my hotel room in the morning to check my emails. There, I saw one with a subject line that I couldn’t ignore: Tara, Have You Ever Thought About Writing a Book?

I opened it. It turned out to be an inquiry email from my first publisher Skyhorse, truly asking if we could get on the phone so that I could share my story. I did, of course! That conversation turned into my first book deal, and my first bestselling book, Cured by Nature.

It turns out they had found me through my blog! So, even though I had taken a “break” at the time, all of the hard work and years I had put in blogging before then actually paid off in that one triumphant moment. I feel like it was the reward I received for honoring myself and what I needed personally at the time, as well as a confirmation that hard work eventually truly does pay off!


4 Ways To Break Bad Habits

4 Ways To Break Bad Habits

You can take control of your health and win the war against your own mind—if only you know how!

Many people who read my bestselling first book, Cured by Nature, had the same follow-up question. That’s inspiring that you overcame all of your odds, they said. That’s incredible that you recognized what was hurting you. That’s amazing that you took your health into your own hands and got your life back. But, they wanted to know: How?

How, exactly, did I stop the addictions that were killing me? How have I resisted turning back to harmful habits for seven years? How did I build the willpower? How did I replace my bad habits with good ones? How have I built successful businesses, and how do I live a healthy, vibrant life, making an income doing what I love?

By practicing the simple new rituals that you’ll learn about here and in my new book, you can rapidly transform your life.


WHAT WE DO: Our bias towards negativity encourages us to see our failures, instead of our successes. This, in essence, trains our brain to look for the worst in the situation, instead of the better.

HOW TO BREAK THE HABIT: Our successes and our failures are equally valuable. Often if you look back on difficult times, you’ll find that your life was being orchestrated for you in the very best way. What seems like the some of the most devastating things that can happen to us at the time are often revealed to be amongst our greatest blessings. Even events that seem like major setbacks can really just be a setup for something more wonderful to happen. For example, a layoff at a toxic company may have led you to a much more rewarding job. Or a medical struggle might have opened the door to a meaningful new relationship and inspired healthier habits. When you learn how to take things in stride and use them to grow from your setbacks and your conditions, you start to rapidly change your life.


WHAT WE DO: Stress out. Freak out. Yell. Get angry and frustrated. Distract. Drink. Binge watch TV. Do drugs. Eat. Rely on Rx drugs.HOW TO BREAK THE BAD HABIT: Zen out. Pray. Mediate. Spend quiet time. Whatever you want to call it – do it. Taking time to sit quietly and listen to yourself, connect with yourself and your environment, your wants and your true, core needs will propel your life forward at lightning speed in the direction of your dreams. My meditation is taking a walk in nature every day, taking my dogs on a walk, letting my mind rest for an hour, letting creative thoughts free-flow and start writing… it takes on so many different forms. When you’re connecting to yourself like this, it allows your dreams and the thoughts you’re putting out there in the world to actually manifest for your. Once we begin to picture our desires on a daily basis, we start to rapidly create our reality.


WHAT WE DO: Compare our lives together. Suffer from FOMO. Wish things were different. Worry about what other people are doing. Gossip. Compete

HOW TO BREAK THIS BAD HABIT: Stop the comparison. Be your own competition. The only person you should ever be competing against in yourself. Don’t’ ever compare your daily grind to people’s highlight reels. Accomplish things for you; not for likes or followers or popularity in your space. If it’s not inspiring you, it’s wasting your time.


WHAT WE DO: We overwork and stay busy for the sake of “busy-ness”.

HOW TO BREAK THE BAD HABITS: Always remember what you’re working for. Often people work so hard for the feeling of safety due to amassing a certain amount of money, but in the process, they give up so much. They give up time with their family and friends, personal time and the opportunity to build life-long relationships. So really, the security that they’re after is never met. Always remind yourself what you’re working for. Keep your core needs in mind every day and make sure you’re fulfilling that. That’s the path to true success.

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