MOST Magazine Fitness APR-MAY'15 ISSUE NO.1 - Page 65

wanted to put my creative energies into something more meaningful for me. FMM: Is your daughter going to grow up being into beauty as much as you are; does she like to help you and learn about what you are doing? What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind for her? SU: She is just 13 and a little rebellious right now, so I am very careful not to push her too hard in the “healthy” department. I am just trusting that she will grow up learning by example. We model to our children what it is to live a great and useful life, and I am confident that when the time is right, she will evolve into a beautiful, kind, and compassionate woman. She is so much more mature than I was at her age. She is a musician and has a beautiful voice (something I never had!!!), so I hope she will use that talent to give people pleasure too. FMM: You have already achieved and accomplished an incredible amount-what keeps you motivated and fresh and excited about the projects you work on? SU: I just love to create. I am never happy sitting still for too long. I am always in my sweet spot when I am creating something - whether it is a new vegan dinner experiment, a book, or a huge event, I lose myself in what I am doing, and it feels fantastic. That’s what motivates me. FMM: Tell us about a time when you saw or heard first-hand from someone that your work was making an impact? SU: It was when my first book, Gorgeously Green, launched on Oprah in 2008. I started to get emails from women across the country - really moving emails that floored me because it gave me a glimpse into how many truly good and thoughtful people there are out there -women who want to make a difference in a small way, no matter their resources. FMM: What is one beauty problem or issue that you desire to create something for in the future? SU: I would love to find a way to straighten hair without toxic chemicals. My daughter has very curly, thick/frizzy hair, and it would be a huge time-saver for her to be able to have it smoothed and straightened. But the only ingredient that will successfully do this right now is formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen. Oh - and I would love there to be a non-toxic alternative to Botox (for cosmetic and medical purposes). FMM: What is one thing you want the readers at MOST to know about you? SU: That I am the same as them! Underneath all our various differences, I think we all have the desire to be wanted, needed, and loved. As I get older, I realize that the key to getting whatever I need is to GIVE it first. I need to make the people around me feel wanted, needed, and loved first. I am so NOT perfect in every area. I just get up in the morning and strive to make some kind of a difference, and to live each day as beautifully as I can. Like most of you, my life hasn’t always been easy, but my biggest spiritual growth has come from the most painful times. www.MOST mag.com || FITNESS M A G A Z I N E || 65