Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle are the co-founders of Sakara Life, a fresh, organic and plant-based nationwide meal delivery service.
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
DD: Lean into what makes you uncomfortable. Seek growth, not comfort.
WT: I’m creating a body I can listen to and love wholly.
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL?
DD: How to accurately sketch a tree in under a minute.
WT: The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST PET PEEVE?
DD: That I can never find a hair tie.
WT: When people think they have to be “vegan” or “plant-based” to eat plants. Plants are for everyone! We all need those phytonutrients and that fiber.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR THAT MAKES YOU FEEL STRONG?
DD: Heels. Always. (except when pregnant!)
WT: I love wearing fake lashes and power pants. It’s the best combination of sexy and strong!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WITH A BROKEN HEART?
DD: There’s something so beautiful about the shattered world that comes with a broken heart. You’re cracked open. It’s like a clean slate. You don’t have to pick up the pieces, you get to start fresh.
WT: Be open and vulnerable when you’re struggling; you’d be surprised how much community and strength you’ll help other people find when you open up about your low points.
WHAT IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
DD: Sakara Detox Concentrate, Sakara Probiotic, Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love, Crystal Rx by Colleen McCann.
WT: Sakara Probiotic Blend, Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution, Vitruvi diffuser and blend, Sakara’s Bliss Chocolates that help me drift off to dreamland.
WHAT GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?
DD: Knowing that the Voyager 2 has left our galaxy and is currently traveling through outer space going to places no other human-made thing has gone. And there’s a slim (but possible!) chance that extraterrestrials might find it. We know nothing and I love it.
WT: We are just beginning to understand the power of the microbiome and the 37 trillion bacteria in our body that dictate everything from our immunity to our moods, to our energy to the way we absorb calories to our sleep, skin and beyond. I love to dive deep into this topic any chance I can. It’s the future of medicine.
WHAT IS YOUR BAD DAY BACKUP PLAN?
DD: A bottle (yep) of organic red wine, FaceTime with a dear friend and maybe a Golden Girls rerun.
WT: Blast my favorite song in the apartment and dance it out!
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
DD: Pursuing something that helps others.
WT: Pushing past your limits, and growing and evolving more than the day before.
BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
DD: Be proactive, not reactive.
WT: Stay curious and be brave; ask your heroes, nothing and no one is out of reach.
WHAT WOMAN HAS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?
DD: I don’t really prescribe to superlatives, but I can tell you about a woman that has inspired me tremendously– Whitney. Every single day. She’s committed to this mission, incredibly supportive of those around her and constantly seeking out opportunities for personal growth.
WT: So many women have expanded my vision of what’s possible and lifted me up. Danielle and I just spoke at the Girl Boss Rally this last month and Sophia Amoruso is certainly an inspiring woman, holding space for women to become empowered, business-savvy and in control of their money and their future.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BARRIER TO FEMALE LEADERSHIP?
DD: Imposter Syndrome
WT: Having any doubts that you have the answer, that your thoughts are worth speaking out — you do!
WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT?
DD: I’m usually so into my work that I regularly forget to eat. Thank goodness there’s always fresh, organic meals waiting for me in the fridge :).
WT: An engaging meeting or getting lost in a great brainstorm at work … luckily we are surrounded by the most delicious food on the planet so I never forget for long…
WHAT DID YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF LOVE DOING?
DD: Playing dress up and putting on shows for my mom.
WT: My sister and I would play cowgirls in the desert of Sedona.
WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU GRAB IN A FIRE?
DD: My husband, my 4mo old baby, and my dog. Nothing else matters.
WT: My husband!
DD: Sakara– it means giving form to that which does not have form, or turning thoughts into things.
WT: My favorite word is celestial— Space is fascinating. I’m a romantic and the word itself is fun to say. I love discovering my inner and external balance of yin and yang, just like the pulling powers that lie within sun and moon.
FAVORITE WORK OF ART?
DD: Betty Kay Kendrick’s work. Look it up and you’ll see why.
WT: These days, I love Hilma af Klint – her exhibit at Guggenheim is dreamy. The colors, the geometry, it makes the heart smile.
DD: Women who Run with the wolves- it’s revolutionary, wild, and eye-opening
WT: The China Study— a great work on the power of a plant-forward diet.
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I wish you all the best,