Tru-Skin Dermatology’s Corina Corbeille talks about Botox and other nonsurgical treatments.
By Corina Corbeille, RN, cosmetic nurse specialist
Botox is the only FDA-approved treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, and is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment available.
How does it work?
Botox prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which normally makes muscles contract, thereby preventing the formation of wrinkles. For one to really experience the anti-aging benefits of Botox, Tru-Skin recommends coming in for a Botox treatment every four to six months. Once injected, it takes two to three days to activate and approximately two weeks to be in full effect. For those looking for a refresh, Botox requires no downtime.
How else is Botox used?
In addition to aesthetics, there are several medical conditions Botox is used to treat, including migraines, excessive sweating and bladder spasms.
When should I start using Botox?
As we age, collagen production slows and our skin loses its youthful appearance. Botox helps soften wrinkles, making you look rested and rejuvenated. So, the next time you look in a mirror, pay attention to any static lines that appear. This is a great time to start thinking about Botox as a preventative measure. The amount of Botox needed is dependent upon the intensity of the muscle movement, and each individual requires a different amount. It’s never too early or too late to start your anti-aging regimen.
What does a consultation at Tru-Skin Dermatology entail?
During a consultation appointment, a care plan is created based on the patient’s specific needs. Botox, dermal fillers, lasers, microdermabrasion, Kybella, MicroPen and chemical peels are all nonsurgical treatments that can be used for optimal results.
Complimentary cosmetic consultations are available at Tru-Skin Dermatology. Book an appointment by calling 512.451.0139, and tune in to the Dr. Dan Show on KLBJ 590 AM and 99.7 FM each Sunday at 11 a.m. to learn more about cosmetic dermatology.
AW Creative Director Niki Jones heads to Round Top, Texas.
Story and photos by Niki Jones
Design: It’s everywhere and in virtually everything we touch. From the moment we wake in the morning, we are faced with someone’s design choices: the sheets on which we sleep, the showerheads we stand beneath and, of course, the vehicles in which we travel to work daily.
When it comes to our own design choices, for example, our homes’ interiors, some people love to make design choices, others hate it and many likely feel overwhelmed with how and where to find inspiration.
There’s one particular designer who utilizes her favorite hobby, antiquing, as the inspiration for design. As global senior design manager for Chevrolet, Kathy Sirvio has the very cool job of deciding how Chevy interiors look and feel.
Using one’s favorite hobby as inspiration for design sounds feasible and promising, so during Sirvio’s recent antiquing trip to Round Top, Texas, Austin Woman sat down with her to find out exactly how it all works.
Kathy Sirvio shows off some of the treasures she picked up at the Round Top Antiques Fair.
Austin Woman: How can someone who isn’t a professional designer draw inspiration from his or her hobbies?
Kathy Sirvio: First, I think you need to understand what the hobby is and what you love about it. Travel would require different thinking than, say, photography. For me, antiquing is a strong personal passion and hobby where I draw inspiration from, whether it’s refurbishing unique pieces myself or collecting treasures from antique fairs.
No matter what you draw the inspiration from, anyone can dissect the things they love to find inspiration. The best way to do this is to focus on a few key areas:
If you break something down into these four categories and decide what makes it special to you, it will lead to inspiration. For example, when our team designed the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, denim was an inspiration icon. Everyone has his or her favorite pair of go-to jeans. We love our jeans. They are comfortable, durable and can be dressed up or down. Denim is a common language in fashion that everyone understands. I think you see that translated in the Chevy Equinox with our black, denim-like interior option. Denim gave us a feeling of freedom, possibilities and comfort. The black color is timeless. The texture of the embossed pattern dressed the seat up. The denim-like material is familiar and yet new and stylish with these treatments. Like your favorite pair of jeans, the seat is durable and practical too.
AW: You talked about surrounding yourself and filling your living spaces with things you love and/or using those items to inspire design. What are some things you love that have translated to design elements in the interiors of Chevy vehicles or in your work and living spaces?
Kathy Sirvio combined three distinctive textures and designed some interesting curved lines for the Chevrolet Equinox interior.
KS: I like to collect things during my travels. They remind me of my experiences on the road. For me, traveling is a way to push me completely out of my comfort zone. I don’t stay on the beaten path. I can’t say there is a literal translation from my travel to a particular product, but it helps me revitalize my creativity and ensures my designs and ideas will be globally relevant. I am a firm believer that your surroundings are what [make]you who you are. … Water seeks its own level. If you surround yourself with diverse people and ways of thinking, your design solutions will show it.
AW: How can a mood board help in designing a space? What is your advice to a beginner making his or her first mood board?
KS: Creating mood boards is one of my absolute favorite activities when beginning a new design for Chevrolet. Here are a few tips:
Look for images that you love and create a collage. Don’t think too much about it; just go with your gut.
Look for common threads between the images, maybe certain colors or patterns.
Group images based on their common threads.
Break them down as instructed in question No. 1.
AW: How do you find inspiration after so many years in your position at Chevrolet? How do you stay inspired and continue to have fresh ideas?
KS: It’s best to find inspiration from things you love. Personally, I love traveling, photography and textures. I love jewelry and design my own pieces. It’s important to keep my mind and my hands busy. Needless to say, I have some options. It’s a job just to feed the habit and keep myself sharp. You always need to be connecting with people and places on their terms, not yours, to really open yourself up. When I feel stale, I force myself to get out of my comfort zone and shake things up. I might take a unique vacation or challenge myself with a new art project. It can be intimidating, but new experiences seek their way into your creative process and eventually elevate your standards.
AW: Please talk about what texture (mixing textures, choosing textures, etc.) can do, both to the aesthetics of a space and to the feel of a space.
KS: Textures are my love affair, if you can’t already tell. From tree bark to rock formations on mountains and from motorcycle grips to yoga mats, textures fortify the appearance. Texture can change a mood, the ambiance, tonality of a space. They can define casual, luxury, active, expressive—anything you want. It’s important to identify what energy you want in your space and then find an appropriate texture complemented by the right color and material to express that feeling.
It’s also important to keep in mind that with texture comes haptics, the physical touch we feel that texture creates. From your pets’ soft fur to a prickly cactus, texture plays an important role to appearance and our emotional takeaway. Magnifying and viewing from a distance are tricks to change the way a texture touches us emotionally. Have you ever gazed off into a pasture or meadow and watched the wind blow across the wheat grass and it looks like velvet? But when we approach the grass, it is not velvety at all; it has barbs and is sharp. That is the power of texture.
Dr. Kellie Reed of Sanova Dermatology shares her summer skin-care tips.
By Rachel Nguyen, Photos by Lauren Halpern
Temperatures are rising as the summer sunshine returns to Central Texas. But before school lets out and your child trades a backpack for a beach bag, it’s time for a refresher on the importance of sunscreen for you and your family.
Sun exposure can increase the risk for developing skin damage and skin cancer, thus, properly using sunscreen and protective clothing makes it much easier to enjoy lounging by the pool without the worry of detrimental long-term effects. Austin Woman recently sat down with dermatologist Dr. Kellie Reed to hear her thoughts about summer skin care.
Summer skin-care basics
Start the season with new sunscreen, as products can lose potency as time passes.
Choose sun protection of SPF 30 or higher for everyday use. (Reed recommends jumping straight to SPF 50-plus, particularly if you will be active.)
Look for the words “broad-spectrum UVA/UVB” on the label when purchasing sunscreen.
Reapply sunscreen every two hours (more often if you’re sweating or swimming).
Sunscreens containing a mineral block such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide provide the best sun protection.
Chemical sunscreens (those with ingredients ending in -salate or -benzone) must be applied 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure to be effective.
Newborns and babies
Newborns and children younger than 6 months of age should avoid sun exposure altogether. If outside, seek the shade and use sunglasses and a wide-brimmed sun hat, and make sure your child doesn’t overheat. You can begin adding sunscreen with physical blockers to your baby’s outdoor bag once she reaches the six-month mark. Reed’s favorite sunscreen brands for young children include Neutrogena, Blue Lizard and Kiss My Face.
As your child ages, make sunscreen part of a summertime routine. Allow older kids to apply their own sunscreen prior to heading out. In addition to giving the sunscreen time to be absorbed by the skin, applying early avoids the inevitable struggle that comes when a child’s urge to dash to the pool outweighs the chore of applying sunscreen. For younger kids, application time might include a silly song or dance, or the opportunity to pick from their favorite sun-protection gear. Reed’s picks include Super Sparkle Screen sunscreen and any that contain physical blockers, such as Goddess Garden.
Just like other safety measures, such as wearing a seatbelt in the car, the use of sunscreen is important daily. Teenagers can better understand the damaging effects of the sun, so start the conversation about wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer before the summer fun begins. Reed’s top picks for teenagers include EltaMD and Cerave, which are also good for those with acne-prone skin.
Like children, moms need to make skin care a part of their routine. Sunscreen should be worn every day, with extra applications during extended periods of sun exposure. Additionally, adults can take a few extra steps during the summer to maintain healthy skin, such as starting the day with vitamin-infused serum, carrying a sunscreen stick or powder (Reed loves this mineral powder when you’re on the go.), and maintaining adequate hydration.
Christy Strub shares her thoughts about building company culture and the future of real estate.
By Courtney Runn, Photos courtesy of Christy Strub
Christy Strub first visited Austin 10 years ago and remembers thinking it could be home. Now she helps make Austin home for others through Strub Residential, the real-estate agency she owns with her husband that’s been ranked among the best real-estate agencies in Austin by the Austin Business Journal for five years running. Now a mother of two, Strub helps her husband and their team as the chief operating officer and assists in all departments to make sure the office runs smoothly.
Austin Woman recently sat down with Strub to discuss the importance of company culture, how she balances work and motherhood, and which Austin neighborhood she thinks will be the new hot spot.
On winning awards
Strub Residential has been ranked as one of the top real-estate agencies in the city and Strub thinks the recognition confirms she and her team are “on the right track.” Currently, she estimates the company’s rate of return customers is 90 percent. She attributes this success to the upbeat company culture and her husband’s character. Clients know they can trust Strub Residential to give them a fair deal and an enjoyable experience, she says. This year, local nonprofit RecognizeGood nominated the company for an ethics-and-business-community award, an achievement that deeply touched Strub.
“Awards like this that [don’t] have anything to do with money or production or anything like that, it’s more about your presence in the community and how you’re regarded, stuff like that is just amazing,” Strub says.
On company culture
For Strub, company culture is everything, and it’s what she believes sets her business apart from the competition. She sums up the company philosophy in one line: Do unto others what you would have done unto you.
To foster this culture of giving, Strub looks for employees with the shared values of kindness, honesty and integrity. While the real-estate world can get feisty, she wants her office to be a safe place and “150 percent drama-free.”
“We don’t have any room for toxic energy,” she says.
She also wants the office to feel like a home. Without family nearby, the Strubs look for family in their team, and Strub muses that with the influx of newcomers to Austin, other people may be looking for a new kind of family away from home too.
“This is our family that we’ve made in Austin,” she says. “It’s a culture of people wanting the best for each other, supporting each other and understanding when one person does good, we all do good.”
And like most families, they also have fun together. When the company met its goals for the year, the Strubs took the whole team on a trip to Mexico in January.
On work/life balance
Learning to manage a full work schedule with parenthood has taken time, Strub says.
“I don’t know if we’ve found a balance or that’s all we know now,” she says.
After her first child was born, Strub and her husband realized there could only be one on-call real-estate agent in the house, so she let her license expire. With a teenage stepson and two kids younger than 4, Strub has to constantly adjust her expectations and schedule to be able to drop everything on a whim if she’s needed at home.
She works in the office four days a week, taking time off throughout the day to take the kids to day care and drop them off with a babysitter.
“I understand this struggle for women in the workplace who have kids,” she says. “It’s hard to elevate yourself to a certain level.”
One method that’s working is staying fully present in any given moment. Whether it’s work or parenting, she has found giving 100 percent to one task is better in the long run than trying to multitask.
On giving back
For Strub Residential, giving back to the community is key to company culture. Every year, the company hosts Flashback, a charity dance party geared toward Austin’s young professionals. Strub says her husband started it in hopes of teaching younger generations the value of giving back and making it more accessible to them.
“Fundraising doesn’t have to be daunting,” she says.
March marked the ninth annual Flashback, which raised money for Explore Austin, an organization that mentors middle-school and high-school students.
On the future of Austin
Strub has seen the city change throughout the years as more people have become Austinites.
“It’s almost like we have these little boroughs now,” she says. “Each neighborhood has its own little quirks. It’s pretty easy to determine when people move here what they’re going to like the most.”
Strub and her husband currently live near Camp Mabry, and while they’re already debating their next move, she loves the area and is happy to stay for now.
Strub thinks the city will keep expanding as the population boom continues and that more boroughs will pop up. Her picks for the next big real-estate hot spots: the Riverside and Crestview neighborhoods.
At times, life can feel like a boxing match. Sometimes we walk into the ring dodging every punch that’s thrown, countering with our own strikes and blows, leaving the ring champions with our heads held high and the crowd going wild. Other times, we aren’t so lucky when life decides to test our strength. We’re incessantly pounded upon, punch after punch, and when we’re curled up in the fetal position thinking that it’s finally done, life jolts us with one more kick.
Whether it is the ending of a cherished relationship, career-related struggles or some other difficult circumstance you may be facing, it’s important to remember the event will pass and you will find yourself the victor once again. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Here are some tips for how to brighten your day.
When we are so consumed with sadness, the thought of even cracking a smile seems impossible. But laughing is extremely beneficial because it cheers us up while also allowing us to forget about the situation, even if it is just temporarily. Sometimes we simply need a break from whatever it is that has us feeling down. So, pop in a funny movie, watch a comedic stand-up or spend some time with a good-humored friend and have yourself a hearty belly laugh.
When going through a trying time, it can be quite difficult to find things to be thankful for. Accept this challenge: Try to find three things in your life every day that you are grateful for. Spending all your time feeling sorry for yourself is counterproductive and will only leave you feeling helpless. A gratitude journal or list is a subtle reminder that not everything in life is bad. There are numerous apps available to help with the task, such as Five-Minute Journal.
Engaging in some type of physical activity can boost your mood and act as an outlet for your frustrations. Moving the body through exercise releases endorphins that directly help remove stress and negative emotions. Even if you’re not an exercise enthusiast, simply going for a walk around the neighborhood or riding a bike on a beautiful day will do wonders for your state of mind.
Create a game plan
We might not be able to instantly fix all our problems, but the mere act of putting together a game plan inevitably makes us feel slightly better about any situation. Similar to how a house requires a blueprint before it can be built, making a plan of your next steps will propel you in the right direction.
Many of life’s hardest trials are only weathered by the passage of time. While modern society has conditioned us to demand instant gratification and seek quick fixes for everything, sometimes we have to practice our patience and wait for the storm to pass. For every storm we make it through, tackling the next one will be that much easier.
Be kind to yourself
One of the most important things to remember is to be kind. We can be our own toughest critics, but we need to unlearn old habits of judgment and self-deprecation, and become our own cheerleaders. If you see you’ve fallen down in that boxing ring, lend a hand and encourage yourself to get back up.
The biggest hurdle is daily negative chatter. In order to cheer yourself up and achieve your goals, adopt a positive mindset and outlook. If you were dumped and feel like you’re never going to find love again, list all the reasons you make a great partner and are worthy of love. If you’ve been let go from your job and are feeling inadequate, think about all the skills and qualities that make you irreplaceable, and how you now have the chance to find a job in which you will be appreciated and valued. After doing this enough times, you will start to believe the positive thoughts too.
Check out this savvy woman’s guide to the best sights, meals and more.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Breakfast at 24 Diner ($15 to $20)
Start your day with a classic breakfast at Austin favorite 24 Diner. The popular breakfast spot is bound to have a bit of a wait, so get your place in line and stroll next door to Waterloo Records to pass the time. Once it’s time to choose your breakfast meal, you can’t go wrong with the breakfast platter or fried-egg sandwich. But if you’re craving something a bit sweeter, the French-toast platter is a must. And don’t worry about your caffeine fix. 24 Diner has all the coffee you need, from the standard drip variety to cold-brew coffee and even chai lattes.
600 N. Lamar Blvd.
Rent a bike or scooter ($7.50)
Once you’ve recovered from a post-breakfast food baby, rent a scooter by downloading the Bird app or rent a bike at Barton Springs Bike Rental, and ride around Lady Bird Lake or downtown while soaking up some sun. The least expensive bike at Barton Springs Bike Rental costs $7.50 per hour. Some of the best sights in Austin can be seen for free from the seat of a bike or scooter. Austin’s various bike lanes and trails make this experience easy, fun and worthwhile.
Barton Springs Bike Rental
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1707 Barton Springs Road
Lunch at Dee Dee ($14)
Head to East Austin for a Thai lunch at Dee Dee, a food truck located just off East Sixth Street. The wide-ranging Thai menu is full of delicious and filling (and sometimes very fiery) meals that hit the spot. The pad kaprow, a spicy stir-fried pork dish with a fried egg and fried basil, is a fan favorite. If you’re sensitive to spice, order the dish with “spice down.” Order a Thai iced green tea to cool off. For the amount of food and quality, Dee Dee’s prices are hard to beat.
Available for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday
After lunch, explore East Austin and the various Instagram-worthy murals. Noteworthy murals include the “You’re My Butter Half” mural on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the “’Til Death Do Us Part” mural on East Seventh Street and the “Let’s Band Together” mural on East Sixth Street. This list from do512.com provides a good roadmap.
Dinner at El Tacorrido with a view (about $9)
You can’t spend a day in Austin without some authentic tacos. Located in a variety of spots throughout town, including in South Austin, El Tacorrido has a variety of reasonably priced tacos made fresh to order. Whether you’re craving tacos, tortas, gorditas or quesadillas, this drive-thru and pick-up taco shop will not disappoint. If you need a little pick-me-up, the El Equinox iced horchata, served with a shot of espresso at El Tacorrido, will definitely put some pep in your step. After you’ve picked up your food, drive to the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360 and nosh your tacos while the sun sets over the water. You can’t beat an Austin dinner with a view.
Open every day from 7 a.m. to midnight
2316 S. First St.
See a show at Cap City Comedy Club (Ticket prices vary, but some shows cost as little as $7.)
End your day in Austin on laughing terms. Austin-based Cap City Comedy Club has performers hitting the stage almost every night. After more than 33 years, the comedy club’s raving reviews definitely confirm you’ll be getting your money’s worth.
The life of a freelance writer may sound glamorous. You get to set your own schedule, work from home in your pajamas if you so desire and there’s no need to check in with the boss when you take a midmorning yoga class, meet a friend for lunch or host an afternoon play date for your kids. As a mom of three young children, I appreciate the lifestyle freelance writing has afforded our family in the past decade. But before deciding to take the leap from an office desk to a home office, heed some advice from those who have weathered the ups and downs and found a fulfilling career. Below are four things you must know before going freelance.
1. You must establish a schedule that works for your life. A freelancer’s salary is never guaranteed and a paycheck doesn’t automatically arrive every two weeks. Taking the time to evaluate your work habits and lifestyle to find the hours when you focus best––even if they are unconventional––will pay off immensely when it comes to meeting deadlines. As a busy mom of three and the co-founder of a nonprofit, I get the majority of my writing done in the morning hours before 6:30 a.m., when the house is quiet, my creative juices are flowing and the rest of the world is still sleeping. Typical workday hours are spent editing, conducting interviews for stories, responding to emails and being a mom.
2. Freelance writing is less about pitching and selling and more about relationships. “Don’t underestimate the importance of networking,” says Cynthia J. Drake, an Austin-based travel writer for AAA publications, Texas Highways, Family Vacation Critic and others. “Pick a handful of clients or publications you want to write for and spend some time researching them. Next, how can you best connect with these editors? For some, it means meeting at a conference. For others, it’s checking in occasionally and just proving your reliability and consistent quality of work over time.” Networking also helps to create a network of freelancers who can share in your struggles and successes. “I’ve found that other freelance writers tend to be very generous with their help,” Drake says. “If there’s a writer in your city whose work you admire, ask him or her to coffee. Build that relationship over time.”
3. Realize the power of saying no. “It can be hard to turn down any assignment—and pay—while freelancing, but sometimes an assignment just isn’t a good fit,” says Erin Quinn-Kong, the former editor-in-chief of Austin Monthly who has written for Allure, OpenTable, The Alcalde, Us Weekly, Town & Country and more. “For example, I recently had to turn down the offer to ghostwrite a book. It wasn’t the right time or subject matter for me. After much deliberation, I said no. And within days, I had offers for three other great assignments completely out of the blue. You have to learn to trust your gut and the unknown, which can be really hard.”
4. If you’re going to go freelance, you have to stay focused. That might mean getting out of the house and working from a coffee shop or one of Austin’s hip co-working spaces, or downloading an app that blocks social media from your phone and computer to avoid constant distraction. Do whatever’s needed to avoid procrastination and remain productive. “Keep your head down and work: That’s a lesson I learned from my dad about staying humble and just focusing on the task at hand,” Drake says. When no one is looking over your shoulder, it can be tempting to drift off. But for freelancers who focus, time becomes your friend rather than your enemy. Learn how to manage it and you’ll be sacrificing less while gaining—and hopefully earning—more.
For a twist on traditional summer barbecue fare, fire up the grill and make Boiler Nine Executive Chef Jason Stude’s Berkshire pork ribs with a cucumber, mint and jalapeño salad, a deconstructed spin on the traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich.
Berkshire Pork Ribs
2 racks (24 to 26) St. Louis ribs, whole
3 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons fresh-cracked pepper
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Season the ribs with salt and pepper on both sides.
Grill the ribs over a wood fire until a moderate char is achieved.
After the ribs have cooled slightly, wrap the racks separately in plastic once and then foil twice. (Chef’s note: Wrap the ribs airtight so the juices stay inside to prevent drying.)
Cook the ribs on sheet pans in the oven for two hours.
Let the ribs cool in the refrigerator for four hours.
Unwrap each rib and slice between the bone.
Balsamic and Fish-sauce Glaze
16 ounces soy sauce
24 ounces balsamic vinegar
1 ounce fish sauce
4 ounces sambal
8 ounces sugar
1 ounce garlic, minced
In a 4-quart pot, warm all of the ingredients over medium heat for about one hour, stirring frequently. (Chef’s note: The goal is to have it become a light syrup.)
Adjust seasoning to taste.
Cool the glaze to room temperature.
Cucumber, Jalapeño and Mint Salad
2 English cucumbers
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1⁄2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
1 jalapeño, sliced thinly
30 mint leaves, chopped
Slice the cucumber 1/4 inch thick.
Season the cucumber with kosher salt, mixing well.
Let the cucumber stand at room temperature for two hours.
Rinse the cucumber with cold water and wring them out through a cheesecloth until they are fairly dry.
Mix all of the ingredients together.
Slice the cooked ribs and season them with a small amount of oil, salt and freshly cracked pepper.
In a mixing bowl, toss the ribs with one quart of the balsamic and fish-sauce glaze.
Whole Foods Market’s Whole Planet Foundation powers her potential.
By Lauren Jones, Photos courtesy of Whole Planet Foundation
Imagine a world in which women are able to live to their fullest potential, open their own businesses, support their families and put an end to the vicious cycle of poverty they face on a daily basis. Whole Planet Foundation, a private nonprofit organization, is making that dream a reality for many throughout the world. Through partnering with pro-poor microfinance institutions, Whole Planet Foundation has been able to give $69 million to women in 72 countries in the last decade.
Stories of hope
Ligia with her daughter in Queens, New York.
In the U.S., the foundation partners with Grameen America, a proven microcredit institution, to help those in need. Ligia, a woman who lives in Queens, N.Y., has been able to build a successful business selling Ecuadorian clothing and accessories because of the loan she received. At the end of each day, her daughter helps in the store and learns valuable business lessons.
In Tanzania, the foundation partners with BRAC, the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, to support girls like Halima, who used her microcredit loans to support her vegetable stand while supplementing her income by selling clothing door to door in the community.
In El Salvador, Marisol, a single mother raising two children, ages 17 and 10, has benefited from the Whole Planet Foundation through its microfinance partner ASEI. She received a small commercial business loan and started selling snacks outside a local elementary school. Later, she received an agricultural loan to plant rice, beans and sorghum. Through the money she has raised, she’s invested back into her business, now spending her days at her store and weekends and afternoons tending to the farm.
Women support women
Halima in Tanzania
In June, the Whole Planet Foundation will hold its first Power Her Potential Women’s Expo, a full-day experience for women and by women at the flagship Whole Foods Market on North Lamar Boulevard. The day will consist of speakers, fitness and cooking demonstrations, panels, classes and family activities. Attendees can also meet the founders of favorite brands like Siete Family Foods and The Seaweed Bath Co., and hear keynote conversations with former Austin Woman cover woman Sara Brand, founding general partner of True Wealth Ventures, a venture-capital firm funding woman-run businesses; and Theresa Carrington, founder of The Blessing Basket Project.
This unique event will raise awareness for the work Whole Planet Foundation does in the U.S. and in the countries where Whole Foods Market® sources its products, and proceeds will directly support female entrepreneurs.
For more information about Whole Planet Foundation, ways to get involved or to purchase a ticket for the June 2 Power Her Potential Women’s Expo, visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.
Camille Gaines shares two life-changing tips for reclaiming your finances.
By Elizabeth Ucles, Photo by Korey Howell
Born to Great Depression-era parents in Tupelo, Miss., Camille Gaines expressed an interest in finance from a young age. Her mother’s painstakingly focused budget and father’s propensity for investing showed her the importance of financial responsibility and how to eventually gain financial freedom for herself.
Fast-forward to 2007, and Gaines started her own online business, Financial Woman, a career move that allowed her to utilize her passion for finance and share her knowledge with other women. Financial Woman aims to meet women where they are, taking their income and wealth accumulation into consideration. During the last decade, Gaines says her financial life has evolved as well. When she learns something new, she creates videos for her YouTube channel.
“The mission is still really to create financial independence, though I feel like it comes from having some sort of skill-based income stream that enhances the accumulation of wealth both now and later,” Gaines says. “So, it’s helping people to see that and think bigger and to make things happen instead of having that mentality of ‘If I work really hard at this job and I save a whole bunch of money and I cut back my expenses when I retire, then I’ll be able to pay my bills.’ ”
Gaines says Financial Woman works to shift the mentality of saving and cutting back and instead promotes creating income streams that are skill- and passion-based, especially as interest rates are at an all-time low.
While growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, Gaines was surrounded by a culture that was less than welcoming to women in finance. With Financial Woman, she hopes to make up for what women have historically lacked.
“The bill paying, the spending, the budgeting: I think women have got that; they’re brilliant with that,” Gaines says. “But as far as really having a passion for investing and really embracing that heart of the financial sect of their life, I hold strongly that…I can make a difference by just writing about my experience with it.”
Since buying her first mutual fund at 22 years old, Gaines has used her years of experience to change the narrative. Here are her top tips for reaching financial independence.
Whether it’s an hour a week or an hour a month, Gaines says scheduling creates accountability.
“During that time, plan to track your money. How much are you making? How much are you spending? And also, what’s your net worth? Challenge yourself,” she says. “Look at what’s working around all those numbers and what’s not working and brainstorm how you can do better.”
Gaines say more often than not, women get caught up in what they have to do and miss the brainstorming piece that promotes growth.
Create an additional income stream.
“It’s important for people to do that when they can because it grows over time and then it’s there and it helps you not only while you’re working, but also after you stop working,” Gaines says. “You’ve got that income stream and you’ve got that asset.”