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3 Women on Finding Fulfillment in Unexpected Places

How We Find Fulfillment
in Unexpected Places

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When body, mind, and soul are aligned, everything else has a way of falling into place. The tricky part, of course, is getting the body, mind, and soul aligned in the first place. Balance on such a profound level is deeply personal. Is there some magical potion of turmeric, omega-3, and crystal energy that can help us achieve total existential harmony? If there is, we haven’t found it yet. So in the meantime, we asked three goop staffers what fuels them—what really gets them going, what really inspires them. And we’ll say this: We have a whole new respect for the Reuben.

Stacey Lindsay

STACEY LINDSAY

articles editor

  1. Look Good:

    Just for Kicks

    KENNETH COLE kam leather sneaker
    KENNETH COLE kam
    leather sneaker

    Kenneth Cole, $125

    “For me, so much of having a productive day comes down to a solid pair of shoes. I love how these inky-blue ones go with everything. And man, are they comfortable. Skipping from the train to work to dinner to home is simply better.”

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  2. Feel Good:

    Speak Your Mind

    WE relational mindfulness sessions
    WE relational mindfulness sessions
    WE

    “Mindfulness workshops have totally, unexpectedly become my jam. This is thanks to a few incredible women-focused artistic series, including the WE experiential workshops. They include active-listening sessions and arts activities that really help you to speak straight and open up. It’s scary and a little uncomfortable at first, but by the end, all of us in the group are more open, present, and usually cracking each other up.”

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  3. Do Good:

    Leave Your Mark

    Compass Quest Veterans Advocacy Group
    Compass Quest Veterans Advocacy Group
    Veteran City USA

    “My father used to tell me about his years in the Coast Guard. He talked about the camaraderie and adventures. And he talked about the gut-wrenching days at sea. I was gripped by every story, which explains why I’ve volunteered for (and reported on) veterans throughout my adulthood. For the past five years I’ve served on the board of Compass Quest Veterans Advocacy Group. The nonprofit provides community connections, such as job leads and activities, to serving military members and veterans. It’s my small way to say thanks to my father—and to all those who leave an indelible mark on our country.”

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  4. Feel Good:

    Homeward Bound

    THE LARK BOZEMAN hotel
    THE LARK BOZEMAN hotel
    The Lark Bozeman, rooms $135 and up

    Montana. I’ve been in love with this state for two decades. (My mother and I first went when I was thirteen—we were obsessed with A River Runs through It.) I crave the rivers that look like sparkling crystals, the sharp snow-capped mountains, the absolutely gigantic sky. My mother has since moved there, which gives me an excuse to visit often. I start in the Bitterroot Valley, where she lives, then rent a car and just go…for days. On my most recent trip, I explored Bozeman with my boyfriend. We stayed at a boutique hotel, the Lark; saw a Montana bluegrass band; ate pan-seared river trout; drank local hard cider; and visited the Rocky Mountain Museum. Every time I go, I feel reinvigorated, clear-minded, just like I did on my first trip.”

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  5. Do Good:

    Soul Food

    VERMICULAR Musui-Kamado
    VERMICULAR Musui
    Vermicular, $300

    “If I sense that someone close to me is down, I invite them over for dinner. The same goes for when I sense someone is feeling happy. Or stuck. Or excited. Or anxious. Or just in need of a dinner party. Opening our home and cooking for people is the greatest currency for staying connected. And it doesn’t take much—fresh vegetables, great wine, and a fantastic, does-it-all, miracle pot that slowly renders anything into a gorgeous feast.”

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SAMANTHA SAIYAVONGSA

SAMANTHA
SAIYAVONGSA

ASSISTANT EDITOR

  1. Feel Good:

    Rose Gold

    HERETIC dirty rose 50ml
    HERETIC
    dirty rose

    goop, $165

    “I work at goop, so naturally I own a lot of beauty products. But nothing makes me feel more like a woman than a rose-infused perfume (I think about my mom, who never leaves the house without a light spritz on her wrist). And when someone you love leans in close and says that you smell nice, that makes you feel pretty good, too.”

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  2. Feel Good:

    Wise Words

    ALLEN RUPPERSBERG: Intellectual Property 1968–2018
    ALLEN RUPPERSBERG: Intellectual Property 1968–2018
    Hammer Museum, on view from February 10 to May 12, 2019

    “I really like going to museums alone—I can look at whatever I want for as long as I want, and I feel like it’s the most leisurely thing I do for myself sometimes. Allen Ruppersberg’s retrospective at the Hammer is mind-blowing—it’s rife with ruminations on life in 1970s Los Angeles, and his wry use of language gave me a new appreciation for words as art.”

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  3. Look Good:

    Joansin’

    SELTZER didion tote
    SELTZER didion tote
    Seltzer Goods, $24

    “I laughed out loud when I saw this bag and needed to own it immediately. Joan Didion is my hero, obviously, so every time I look at it, I’m reminded of why I wanted to be a writer in the first place.”

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  4. Do Good:

    Food for Thought

    FREEDMAN'S
    FREEDMAN’S
    Freedman’s Los Angeles

    “There is no problem that can’t be solved over a Reuben and two Negronis. Freedman’s is the kind of place you go for girls’ night, parents’ night, date night, solo night, any kind of night. It’s a hipster take on an old-school Jewish deli and the perfect place for sharing secrets (my favorite activity) because it’s dark and intimate. I take everyone there because the most important—and best—conversations happen over a shared sandy. (Don’t leave before snapping a mirror selfie in the bathroom—that vintage wallpaper is nuts.)”

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  5. Look Good:

    Dog Days

    MAX-BONE talon raincoat yellow
    MAX-BONE talon raincoat in yellow
    Max-Bone, $65

    “The first thing I do every morning is cuddle my dog; it’s the best and only way to start my day. She’s my best friend—so I of course have to add that she is the most beautiful dog I have ever laid eyes on. And on the weekends, we really get to hang and play. Recently, we spent a Sunday driving around LA together and made a pit stop at Max-Bone where I got her the greatest dog raincoat ever to exist.”

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SARAH CARR

SARAH CARR

EMAIL MARKETING MANAGER

  1. Do Good:

    Horsing Around

    The Gentle Barn
    THE GENTLE BARN SPONSORSHIP
    The Gentle Barn

    “I’ve always loved horses. About two years ago, I decided to sponsor a rehabilitated horse named Sir Lancelot from the Gentle Barn because I love the work the sanctuary does: It rescues severely neglected and abused animals. Once rehabilitated, the animals offer comfort and catharsis to at-risk and special-needs children. The sanctuary also opens its doors to the public on Sundays, so visiting the animals for a few hours is another way to help support its mission (and a bonus opportunity for thematic dressing!).”

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  2. Look Good:

    One Step Ahead

    KENNETH COLE raina lite jogger sneaker
    KENNETH COLE raina lite
    jogger sneaker

    Kenneth Cole, $165

    “Every Memorial Day weekend, I plan a girls’ getaway with my group of friends. And this year, we’re heading to Todos Santos for a weekend of both adventuring and relaxing at the Hotel San Cristobal. My packing MO has always been less is more, so reliable sneakers—like this favorite pair from Kenneth Cole—make my dreams of carrying on a reality. They go everywhere: on the plane with my goop x Nili Lotan cozies, cruising around Baja in this denim look, tacos in town with this La DoubleJ dress.”

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  3. Look Good:

    Table Talk

    ALMA ALLEN claro walnut pedestal
    ALMA ALLEN claro walnut pedestal
    Alma Allen, price upon request

    “Last year, my fiancé and I bought a home in Topanga Canyon, and our movers almost bailed on us when we told them that our Alma Allen table was part of the deal. We got this beautiful handmade walnut table from Alma and his wife, Su Wu, at their stunning studio in Mexico City. And yes, the table made it through the move—and every time I look at it, our epic trip to Mexico springs to mind.”

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  4. Feel Good:

    In Good Hands

    THE TEMPLE OF MEDICLAYTION ceramic class
    THE TEMPLE OF MEDICLAYTION ceramics class
    Temple of Mediclaytion

    “I’ve been taking classes at the Temple of Mediclaytion in Venice for a couple of years. At first, learning to make ceramics was my secret mission to replace all the old vessels lying around my house. But after a few throws, I learned that centering slabs of clay is also incredibly grounding—a state that can be hard to achieve for a dreamy Pisces with a Vata dosha. Thanks to Patrick Johnson—the artist behind the ceramics at The Rose Venice—I’ve graduated from making tiny salt-dish-size pieces to big noodle-friendly bowls. Whether or not they’re perfect is beside the point: The process is fun and grounding, and I now have a standing date with my creativity every week.”

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  5. Feel Good:

    Self-Care Sundays

    JULIE CIVIELLO POLIER shamanic facials
    JULIE CIVIELLO POLIER shamanic facials
    Julie Civiello Polier, $250 for a 60-minute facial

    “Facials are great. But shamanic microcurrents with bonus Reiki and intuitive insights are even better. If my pores are going to be cleansed to great depths and my skin is going to be recalibrated to radiance, then the same should go for my spirit. Julie Civiello Polier is the facialist who does it all. Pick up a rose quartz gua sha stone while you’re there—two minutes a day does good things for the face.”

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