The Medicine Cabinet Series was created to give you a unique look at the everyday lives and wellness routines of a diverse group of women from around the country. Dive in for a candid approach to wellness unlike any other.
Meet Virginia, the Founder of Life Edit and a certified end-of-life doula. Her time caring for people nearing the end of life alerted her to the importance of prioritizing what matters most. She started Life Edit because she has a passion for helping others clear their own paths to experiencing deeper joy and fulfillment right where they are.
BINTO: Can you give me a quick description of what you do?
I started Life Edit to help other women learn the art of editing their lives so they can prioritize what matters most. Through my daily Instagram chats, nutrition plans, and home services, I hope I leave people with the understanding that each day is an opportunity for change. My goal is to show women that they always have a choice to make a change in their lives for the better, and I offer an opportunity to help women identify what isn’t working for them and how to do something about it.
BINTO: What is your elevator pitch for Life Edit? What makes it unique?
I really do prioritize maintaining a healthy balance with my clients, making sure my recommendations are neither restrictive nor too indulgent. I also believe my experience as an end-of-life doula has helped me understand what’s most important in life, and how most of the things we stress about truly do not matter in the grand scheme. Life is too short to fixate on restriction or compulsion. Life Edit is about making informed choices with your body and your life that give you the time and the space to focus on what is most important.
BINTO: What motivated you to become a certified end-of-life doula? Does it connect to the work you do with Life Edit?
I’ve been drawn to nursing homes since I was a child. My great aunts and great grandmother all lived in the same home in the small town I grew up in. It was very normal for me to spend time there, and I learned it was a place where people received as much as they gave. I naturally witnessed death in the nursing home, and so as a child it felt like a normal transition. When I graduated college I started volunteering in a hospice and was struck by the sacredness of the cycle of life. My passion is now providing anyone, especially people who do not have family, love and peace at the end of their life.
I feel that I’ve learned a lot from my experiences helping people through this last stage of life and I wanted to share my knowledge. I knew people most likely didn’t want to hear me talk about the end of life on Instagram, so I started talking about life instead. To die a peaceful death starts with living a life with purpose. Everyone feels better when they are eating a balanced diet, their home is in order, and they are letting the small things go.
BINTO: Was there an “aha” moment that made you realize it was time to launch your company? What was it?
It wasn’t really one “aha” moment, but more of a combination of different factors.
First, I became a mother. I was required to travel with my job and really didn’t want to be missing out on school pick-up and nighttime snuggles. I also had a passion for helping others through hospice work which I did not have enough time to do.
In addition, my end of life work made me realize that life truly is so precious, but often we don’t think about it until we’re faced with tragedy. I wanted to figure out how to encourage people to appreciate life more while they can and to change their behaviors to maximize their enjoyment of life.
Starting Life Edit gave me the flexibility to work from home, spend more time volunteering, and help my clients get more out of life all at once.
BINTO: How do you channel your own ideas about wellness into your work?
My main focus is coaching people to live a life they can enjoy but is still healthy. I’m not restrictive, I eat most anything I like but in moderation. Life is too short to be on a restrictive diet or stressing too much about your health.
I bring this attitude with me into my work and focus on streamlining the lives of my clients, starting with their nutrition, home, and closet. I don’t cut out anything from people’s diets but emphasize portioning instead. I don’t characterize food as “bad” or “good”, I just encourage my clients to look at what it really is: is it fuel for your body or not?
I am very no nonsense in this regard, and I think the most important thing we can do to maximize the time that we have on this earth is to pursue balance by making informed decisions about our bodies, without restriction or obsessing over every little thing.
BINTO: Is there anything else you want to share with us about your company?
I love what I do because it is so flexible. I’m open to where it takes me or open to it saying as it is. I do different projects all the time and say yes to whatever interests me. My weeks look different week to week and right now while my daughter is little, I’m good with that.
BINTO: As a female entrepreneur, do you have any advice for future generations of women who might be looking to follow in your footsteps?
I’ve learned that I can stay home with my daughter and still have a part time job and feel successful. This was hard for me because I always equated success to big corporate promotions and bonuses. I feel blessed to not have to provide solely for my family and I can use my time to be a mom first, and also do something I find important and meaningful.
BINTO: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I wake up early around 5 AM, turn on the espresso machine, walk upstairs and have some quiet time with my cappuccino. Then, I start answering Direct Messages -- I try to always respond because I truly do love my followers.
BINTO: What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Kiss my daughter goodnight!
BINTO: How do you define wellness?
Contentment and JOY. A life of enjoyment in moderation. Wellness is feeling good but that’s more than just physical -- you have to take care of your spirit. You can’t feed your spirit with just a healthy diet. To feel my best, I need exercise, a balanced diet, and my spiritual practice (my doula volunteer work). This combination feeds my soul and helps me feel at peace inside and out. I think it is really important not to neglect the mental side of wellness.
BINTO: What is your biggest challenge in terms of health and wellness right now?
I really do not have many. Yes I would love to meditate more, eat more greens. Less wine. Less sugar, but life is short.
BINTO: What is the most important step of your wellness routine?
I definitely need my morning exercise. It really sets me up to have a more productive day. Then, it’s coffee, protein smoothies, and roasted vegetables -- these I get in almost daily to feel my best.
BINTO: What is one product in your medicine cabinet that you can’t live without?
My age quencher electrolytes -- my skin and health feels and looks its best when I’m fully hydrated.
BINTO: How has your wellness routine evolved over the years?
I’m a little stricter now about getting my supplements in. I really notice now when I’m low on Vitamin D. I’m also a big fan of magnesium at night for a restful sleep. Sleep matters more now than it ever did before.
BINTO: Do you take Binto? If so, what kind of changes have you experienced as a result?
Yes and I love it! I really think that when it comes to taking vitamins, it’s really a matter of convenience for most people. Binto takes out all the extra legwork and delivers exactly what you need right to your door. The fact that the packets are already individually portioned just makes it even easier to make sure I’m taking all my vitamins every day because I can just take them with me on the go.
BINTO: What advice would you give to our readers who are considering a life edit? What’s a good first step?
Contemplation. Take time each morning (set your alarm 10 mins earlier) to sit in silence. All the answers on what your life needs right now are there, you just have to listen. We live in such a fast-paced world that if I can encourage people to make time to process their thoughts and emotions they will be well on their way.