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Woman of the Week: Lisa Lent
Written by: Jessica Vargas
Lisa Lent is a global thinker, a world traveler, and a thriving entrepreneur. To say that she is “passionate” about helping people achieve optimum health is an understatement: it is an essential part of her Being. Through developing Oxylent, a line of industry leading nutritional supplement drinks, Lisa has taken her vision of dramatically improving the well-being of others on a global mission, successfully tackling one of the current challenges of our world with innovation and heart, and that is why weʼve chosen to honor her as Woman of the Week!
Lisa is a vital resource in the arena of nutritional wellness, achieving widespread success in catalyzing healthy lifestyle choices through her vessel: Oxylent. “The desire to help others improve their well-being with essential nutrients is at the heart of Oxylent. Many people do not eat or understand the importance of non GMO and organic food. Therefore it is critical they supplement with a high quality daily multivitamin and mineral drink like Oxylent offers. Even with a well-balanced, organic lifestyle, it can be difficult to get everything you need through your food.”
Lisaʼs drive to bring Oxylent to fruition comes from her own experience with lifestyle transformation. In 2000, while based in London and flying internationally for work, she developed multiple clots, known as pulmonary embolus, in her lungs. She immediately sought medical treatment for her condition and began to explore what factors may have contributed to her deteriorating health and well-being. Because she was only in her 20ʼs, she suspected that her lifestyle was a contributing factor. She learned that low oxygen, cabin pressure, dehydration, and radiation can lead to many different types of health issues. It was then that she began the search for the ultimate supplement that could support her nutritional needs. In harnessing her drive, her experience in travel, and her desire for optimum health— Oxylent was born. What was initially created for those who love to travel, has become the ultimate nutritional supplement for everyday life.
Because the desire to give back to those in need is what truly lies at the heart of Lisaʼs mission, Oxylent has designated Vitamin Angels as their charity of choice. They help millions of children worldwide by donating critical nutrients like Vitamin A, in the USA and around the world–and more than 90% of every dollar donated goes directly to the children and mothers in need. It is this mission, the why behind Oxylent, along with perseverance and good decision-making, to which Lisa has attributed her success.
Santa Cruz has played a significant role in what continues to inspire Lisa on her path. “Santa Cruz gives me the peace and tranquility to stay focused on my mission” she says. “Spending time walking on the beach or hiking in the hills restores my energy, so I can be fully present at work.” But it goes deeper than that, “Santa Cruz has taught me what community truly is,” she continues. “With flourishing local farmers markets, many independent restaurants and small businesses, we see our residents thinking locally first and shopping here. It has reminded me how essential it is to support one another in order to have a thriving community.”
Lisa also feels blessed to live among many wonderful naturopathic resources, such as Dr. Tonya Fleck and Dr. Audra Foster. As well as holistic MDʼs like Dr. Randy Baker and Dr. Jay Pennock, Navigator Medical Consultancy. She reminds us that getting a simple blood test from a naturopath or doctor can ensure you are not deficient in any nutrients. According to Lisa, daily detoxing is critical, as is taking a high quality multivitamin, a high quality fish oil, and a probiotic in addition to leading a Non GMO, organic lifestyle. Detoxing with a naturopath can include things like Vitamin IVʼs, and Glutathione IVʼs, which detoxes the liver. Her latest favorite in detoxing therapies is medicupping, which Vicki Krupanski offers locally. It removes toxins trapped in the cells of our bodies. She feels amazing after the treatments!! You can find Vicki at Sei Bella, A Wellness Retreat on Facebook.
When it comes to her personal mantra, Lisa naturally falls back on the organic: “never give up…it takes time to grow a business organically and through grass roots.” It is this time-honored advice and her countless positive testimonials that keep her and her amazing team inspired day after day. Despite her on-the-go lifestyle, Lisa still manages to honor her own personal roots, and is looking forward to returning to Norway (her motherʼs beloved birthplace) to visit her soon to be 99 year old grandmother this Spring. She is proud to report that her grandmother is one of Oxylentʼs biggest fans!
Thank you, Lisa, for your contribution to global health and wellness, and for truly inspiring us to live full, optimal lives!
If you would like to try Oxylent Multivitamin Drink, Childrenʼs Oxylent, Prenatal Oxylent or our New Sport Oxylent, please go to your favorite health food store. New Leaf, Staff of Life, Way of Life, Whole Foods, Aptos Naturals all carry Oxylent. 877 OXYLENT or visit www.oxylent.com with any questions.
Thank you to this week’s W.O.W sponsor:
Jocelyn Dubin, MS, RD, Nutritionist at Nourish
and to our Blogger: Jessica Vargas
Woman of the Week: Jodi Eve Marcich
Okay here’s the thing: She’s married to the love of her life, she’s turned her passion for interior design into a thriving (and expanding) business, she’s the mother of three daughters who is brimming with spontaneous-dance-party enthusiasm for life, AND she is fabulous inside and out. Jodi Eve Marcich has officially nailed just about every major “Life Goal” marker on my list! As if that wasn’t enough to qualify her for Woman of the Week, Jodi is contagiously upbeat. Maybe it has something to do with her perspective: “Life,” she says, “is about remembering on a daily basis to share your personal gifts, to find and give joy, to dance, to touch…and smell and taste, to get a lotta bit dirty, to LOVE…verbally & physically as much and as often as you possibly can.” WOW. Congratulations Jodi, for this and so much more, you are our Woman of the Week!
Jodi and her husband own an interior and architectural design firm, JAM design group (www.jamdesigngroup.com), and are currently expanding to include a retail shop, Hive & Hum (Instagram:@hiveandhum and www.hiveandhum.com), featuring home and apiary goods. Her passion for life is infused in her work, which is clearly a fundamental part of who she is. Jodi says she was born designing interiors. “We moved a LOT in my childhood and I was fully in charge of directing the movers by age 7. My parents never knew what furniture and art arrangements they would come home to if they left me alone for a few hours.” After pursuing a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, she found herself being pulled by a deeper calling and jumped in with both feet, earning a Masters Degree in Feng Shui. Her therapy background has come in handy too, as she seems to have a heart for capturing the true essence of home and family, and is able to use her gift for interior design to thread them together. “I believe your home should tell your story! Every person and family is unique and I love collaborating with clients to design spaces that reflect their dreams and needs.” In regards to her design style, Jodi encourages whimsy and creativity without losing sight of function. “I guess this makes my design style more eclectic,” she says, “as I’m completely comfortable designing modern or traditional (and I love mixing them together!).”
Jodi is fueled by fearless creativity and faith in her design sense. Like a true artist, she can “see” and “hear” houses before the project even starts. She believes trust is the key ingredient for a successful project, and feels fortunate that all of her clients are referral based. It’s one of the benefits of living and working in a small town like Santa Cruz, having that built-in “trust factor” is what allows inspiration to flow. Jodi is clearly fueled by a passion that pulses through her life and work, an attribute that can be seen in her expansion of JAM design group to include Hive & Hum, their retail shop.
Because JAM has traditionally worked all over the Bay Area, one of the goals of opening Hive & Hum, is to “bring it home” in terms of offering Santa Cruz a unique retail/design experience. Jodi, whose family is originally from Alabama, is fashioning the shop after a “General Store” with a strong dose of Southern Hospitality–values she holds close to her heart. Products will include home furnishings, gifts, garden and apiary goods, apothecary, and pantry items… “literally something for everyone from your pet to your grandpa.” In addition, they are hoping to offer a community venue for workshops, special events, or, as Jodi says, “just a place to pop in and feel welcome and inspired!”
Jodi is so grateful to be able to work among a community of women, including her three spirited daughters, who continue to delight and inspire her. And about that “Life Goal” thing, the list goes on: Jodi has mined for (and found) gold, flown in fighter jets, climbed an active volcano in Chile, and was a triathlete! But that’s not all: “If someone turns on ACDC I can make a dance party happen in about 2 minutes!” Jodi is truly a living embodiment of what it means to tackle and embrace life, dancing and designing all the while. Thank you, Jodi, you are an amazing woman!
Thank you to this week’s W.O.W. sponsor:
and to our blogger: Jessica Vargas
Woman of the Week: Noelle Weatherwax
Did you ever hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving natureʼs law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, It learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.
-Tupac Shakur, The Rose that Grew from Concrete
Noelle Weatherwax, founder and owner of Concrete Rose Salon, is a visionary cosmetologist with humble roots and a mission that goes far beyond the superficial. “Itʼs not so much about being cool as it is about giving back to the community,” she says. “I think everyone who walks in here is already beautiful. My job is just to cut off the excess and help clients to see themselves the way I see them.” Noelleʼs ability to render the innate beauty of her clients is evidenced by the way their eyes light up when they leave the salon. Having been a friend and client of Noelleʼs for the last several years, I can attest to her passion for using cosmetology as the medium for unlocking a personʼs highest potential. This is her superpower, and itʼs why she is featured as our Woman of the Week.
Noelle, who is stand-alone stunning with her vibrant style and signature pink hair, radiates when she talks about how she turned her passion for cosmetology into an act of love and service. “The first hair cut I ever did on a man was on a homeless person.” she remembers. “I found him on the street and asked if heʼd like a free hair cut. His face lit up and he told me heʼd been looking for a job and needed help getting cleaned up. I cut his hair, trimmed his beard, and when it was done we both cried.” When I asked Noelle to tell me her favorite mantra, she replied, “Beauty is power. It makes people feel human.” Concrete Rose puts this tenet into action by offering a 10% to 20% product discount to anyone who turns in old or unwanted hair products, where they will then be donated to the Rebele Family Shelter.
Concrete Rose is located in the industrial Sash mill complex off of Potrero Street in Santa Cruz. The decor is as retro-modern as any eclectic salon found in San Francisco or Los Angeles, and the vibe is refreshingly fun and welcoming. Named for the Tupac Shakur poem, “The Rose that Grew from Concrete,” Concrete Rose is so much more than a salon, itʼs a reminder of what we can do under seemingly impossible circumstances.
Noelle grew up with a single mom who struggled to raise two kids, and as a result developed a sense of independence early on. She was that rebellious punk rocker that everyone went to for neon-colored hair, a talent that lead her to swap high school for beauty school at the early age of 16. Her tenacity allowed her to grow through the hard places in her life and keep her dreams in sight. Upon reflecting on what it took for her to accomplish her life goal of becoming a salon owner, Noelle is forthright, “Itʼs not enough to be really good at what you do. Becoming an entrepreneur takes an incredible amount of work. You have to be willing to meet your vision.”
Noelle and her team at Concrete Rose have settled beautifully into this fully realized vision, winning “Most Innovative New Business” in the Good Times, Best of Santa Cruz for 2015, and receiving over 2,000 “Likes” on an Instagram repost that featured a multi-layered red “mermaid hair” look on yours truly. Whether youʼre looking for something flashy or casual, Noelle is one of the most seasoned, innovative hair stylists in the business with a heart thatʼs made of glitter and gold. Long live the rose that grew from concrete!
Written by Jessica Vargas