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Conversations with the Inspiring Shea Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shea Smith.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Although I studied Political Science and have a background in international relations, I have spent the majority of my career crafting episodic television as a Story Producer. I have always loved highlighting people’s personal stories and sharing relevant issues which came to a head in 2014 when I first learned about the lack of regulations in the personal care industry in the United States. I quickly pivoted and began my work educating others as a clean living specialist and began advocating for more health protective laws. I have since been able to take this issue to the local and state level meeting with lawmakers and their teams to clean up the industry so everyone can have access to safer products.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Working in a space where people can be made to feel excluded or guilty requires I gain their trust which is difficult for a lot of reasons and takes time. Finding my pace and allowing things to unfold has been a tough learning experience but because I stayed the course, I have seen how the right timing can lead to better outcomes when it’s not forced.

My biggest piece of advice would be to keep going by taking the next best step. Just because you can’t see the finish line or you think the woman next to you is going to get there first doesn’t mean you are in the wrong place. Block out the noise and focus on how you can use your unique gifts to serve others and you will succeed.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My commitment is to help women make simple switches so they can easily reduce their toxic load in ways that are sustainable for their lifestyle. My mission is to empower women to make healthier choices in their everyday lives by breaking down overwhelm and overcoming their fears. I really saw a need for someone to come alongside them to walk together through this process that can often provoke feelings of guilt, fear and anxiety. More often than not, clean living is shown to revolve around expensive spa treatments or a big routine of self-care that isn’t feasible for the average person. I believe we all deserve access to information so we can make the best choices for ourselves and our families.

I have found a way to make a natural shift towards “cleaner living” that feels doable, yields noticeable results, empowers my fellow women and catapults other areas in life toward positive change. To best meet people where they are, I offer personal consultations, group coaching and training to arm people with the tools they need to navigate this space in a supportive and safe environment. Seeing women walk through this process and come out on the other side not only more confident in their choices but more importantly in themselves is the ultimate reward.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
It’s funny to look back at what then seemed to be random, disconnected strengths now coming together to uniquely position me for my work. I was involved with student government from age 10-18, entered any public speaking contest that would take me and I often found myself coming alongside my friends to give advice and help them navigate complicated situations. Even though I was not always confident, I was never afraid to put myself out there if it meant helping someone else. I think the servant leadership mentality I developed has really been the key to setting me up for success.

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Image Credit:
Jess Koehler Photography: Swing and family photos.; Erica McNicol Photography: Black shirt sitting on table and Speaker photos.; The rest are personal photos.

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