Wild Leaf Active Tea founder, Susan Parnell, discovered the awesome power of herbal teas during a long and painful battle with Lyme Disease. What amazed her most was the way herbs and teas from around the world helped strengthen and heal her body from the intensive treatment.
To function and try to mitigate the unpredictable and painful symptoms of chronic Lyme Disease, she researched what she could do on her own to complement her conventional care. Susan would scour the back of tea packages to find teas that would help me. It was like trying to find the perfect bottle of wine, which gave her the idea to create a "Benefit-Driven" tea line - benefits like Smart, Happy, and Rehab. And Wild Leaf was born for folks who don't have time to tread down the ancient tradition trail or get all zenny about their tea consumption.
What we'll also discuss in this episode is how Susan manages a chronic illness like Lyme Disease with being a wife, a working mother of 2, and the owner of a small, but growing, business in Sparta, New Jersey. Susan will share how she segments her days and prioritizes what's essential for her to stay healthy.
Learn more about Susan and her work at Wild Leaf Active Teas.
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- Connect with Susan on social media: LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram
- Cloveberry (cozy coffee shop in Sparta, NJ)
- Mountain Rose Herbals
- The Hearty Soul (Facebook page)
- Detox Bath Recipes
- The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D. (book)
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Susan herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:21:00]: Well, it’s day by day, and I call myself the multitasking queen. And, basically, I divide my day up into priorities and segments. So, first and foremost, I have to take care of myself and my health. Because Lyme has taught me if I don’t have my health, I don’t have anything. I won’t have my kids. I won’t have Wild Leaf. I don’t have my family. I don’t have anything.
[00:22:07]: The workouts are instrumental in protecting my health. Not only does it keep the Lyme symptoms down, but it keeps my immune system strong, and it’s also a good mental release and just reconnects me with my mission, my thoughts, and my own life and what I want my life to be. So my workouts are definitely probably the most important thing I do for myself.
[00:27:00]: Sure. Through Lyme, I’ve discovered that you have once chance to live your life and, ultimately, you’re in control of your own happiness. So my own personal mission is to live the life that I love. I’m in control of my happiness. I’m in control of the types of people I surround myself with, and that is my personal mission.
[00:30:57]: For me, success is a feeling. It’s not a number or a certain amount of revenue I need to come in to make myself feel successful. I judge it more on an instinctual feeling.
[00:34:07]: I had to learn that I need to slow down at times. I need to re-engage with myself and take time out for myself. Because if I just keep going and going and going, my body gets overwhelmed, it gets rundown, and guess what? I have a big Lyme flare-up.
[00:39:01]: Yeah. It’s very hard, and it’s something I do struggle with, and I do feel a lot of guilt. But I’ve got to stay strong and healthy, and that’s my number-one priority.
[00:39:58]: My take on the word “hustle” is just exploring different business avenues.
[00:45:35]: What I do is I take all the mundane tasks, everything I’m not looking forward to doing, everything that’s a drag to me, like, “I don’t want to do that.” I get all that done first. I just get it out of the way. Because if it just hangs out there, it drags me down. But if I get it done, then I have the whole rest of the day to look forward to. So I do all the nasty tasks first thing in the morning.
[00:49:56]: I would say the modern woman today, she’s self-grounded, she’s self-assured, driven, probably a professional multitasker, and she loves her family and her friends. I like to say the modern woman is busy, yet balanced. She’s both cake and kale. She’s hot yoga and happy hour.
[00:52:02]: I would tell them that life can be hard. It can throw your curveballs. But with a can-do mindset and a positive outlook and attitude on life, you can overcome just about anything. Life’s a journey and with every little bit of hardship, you become a stronger person. So embrace the pain and just look forward, and you will be a stronger, wiser, better person because of it.
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