June Farahan is a Wall Street executive turned green beauty entrepreneur.
She is the founder of Love Organic Beauty, an online marketplace for green beauty products, and the creator of the Love Beauty Wellness Festival.
We sit down over green juice and talk about the beautiful, and the ugly parts of being an entrepreneur. We talk about burnout, and the importance of doing a daily detox.
How did you end up working in the wellness space?
I was a Wall Street executive in New York and thought I was achieving my dreams of success, but I was living a really unhealthy lifestyle; long hours, eating out daily and feeling highly stressed. I suffered from constant migraines and chronic fatigue and really was in a state of burnout for some time. I knew I had to start taking care of my health so I started going to acupuncturists, massage therapists and naturopaths and started to practice yoga. Eventually I realized that moving to California was crucial to my well-being so my husband and I took a leap of faith and moved. LA is truly the hub of wellness but it can be daunting for anyone trying to find the right products and brands to trust and searching for healers requires a great deal of research. So that is when I decided to launch Love Organic Beauty to curate the crème de la crème of green beauty and the Love Beauty Wellness Festival to create community in this space.
What is your mission?
To raise awareness about beauty, health, and wellness,
by promoting products that I believe in, and creating events to build community.
Your First Year of Business
You can’t expect to make bank the first year. In any business, the first year is all about investing money, time and energy and riding that high learning curve.
Your advice to 20 year olds
Success requires hard work and working smart. Create short-term goals and reward yourself and envision yourself where you want to be in the long run. Ask yourself if what you are doing is truly your passion. When you pursue something you are passionate about, ideas flow naturally and it does not always feel like ‘work’. Don’t be disheartened if you can’t spend all day pursuing your passion right away. As Oprah says “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”
The hardest thing about being a solopreneur?
You can spend all day by yourself stuck to a computer and your cell phone! That is certainly not how humans are supposed to spend their lives. I make sure to schedule meetings with friends or to network so I have physical interaction with other humans. And go to a yoga class, get out to breathe some fresh air and walk my dog.
“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” – Yogananda
Any seasoned entrepreneur has experienced ‘failure’. But the way I look at it, better to say that I tried than to say ‘what if’ when I am older. I look at negative experiences as lessons so it is important to pay attention to the lesson and then move on.
Your definition of success?
Being able to do what you love, every day.
Your secret to success?
Detoxing and gratitude. I do some kind of detox daily, in every area of my life:
from relationships, to my spaces, and body; I take inventory of the relationships and projects in my life daily and if they don’t serve me, I release them. Being grateful for what we do have is so important. Perspective can change your mood and everything you do will come from a positive place.
On Social Media
Social media has its amazing aspects and its danger zones. It has brought the concept of networking to another level and we can create our own tribes through it. However on the flip side, the dangers of social media are judgment and comparison. Our social media feed should not define who we are in its entirety. I stay authentic to who I am and focus on what I do rather than what others are doing.