When developing our Leading Light series, Beth Giles was at the top of the list for local influencers. Her approach to Motherhood is refreshing as it carefully balances a healthy dose of research (normal) with "let them be kids, darn it" (amen!). Beth's company is called The Salvage Life, an online curated market showcasing vintage wares and essential oil products. Enjoy our recent interview below.
Let's start with the hard one - how Motherhood has changed you?
Motherhood has been the most challenging experience of my life. It has required more thought and creativity than any other endeavor. I think the true reward of parenthood is the way it refines us. We are forced to see ourselves in our children and also in contrast to them. We have to accept our new place in life and also stand up for who we are so we don’t get lost in it. Life is much harder with kids because I can’t just do what I want all the time, but raising children requires me to take a hard look at myself and why I do what I do. I believe that I will look back and be grateful for this time in a way that I can’t understand now.
Every Mother has their own system or set of guiding principles when it comes to creating "life balance". Would you mind sharing yours?
I am terrible at rules and systems, I tend to be more spontaneous, but I have found that our family thrives when a few things are in place. First of all, we try to eat meals together and I find that it helps us be on the same page as a family. I also find that when I can include my kids in the work I am doing, even if it’s just briefly describing what the email I am writing is about, they are so grateful. I invite them in if they take interest in my work. I let them use my phone to take a picture for instagram or fill an oil bottle for a sample. I can’t always do that, but when I can, it is a blessing for all of us. At the end of the day, I believe relationships are more important than work and I remind myself of that when I start to feel like my family is holding me back.
Your business (Salvage Life) and Social Media messaging really touch on so many pillars of the wellness community by creating awareness for renewable materials, sustainable + healthy eating and the use of essential oils. What drew you to this path?
I have always been resourceful, as a child I used to wake my mom up on Saturdays to go to garage sales. I loved how much I could save and the interesting things I would find. I also like a good challenge so I get excited to try new budgets or diets. One year, before we had kids, my husband and I didn’t buy anything “new” for the entire year. It was amazing what we could buy used or live without. When my girls were having health problems, I started researching diets, supplements and natural remedies. We cut out gluten and dairy and I loved finding new recipes and learning about what foods were best for their little bodies. I’m so passionate about taking care of my family in the best ways possible.
Feeling inspired by Beth's methods and that ultra cozy home? Us too. We'll continue the second part of our interview on the blog next week!