Our stories define us, and our personal possibilities grow from the merging of experience with imagination. A good reinvention story is more than just telling it from the same book.
By embracing the creative process of applying imagination to our experience we can create something new. Here are 5 brief reinvention stories I hope you’ll find just as fabulous as I did.
1. Nacionales Nails
From educator to “Latina Nail Polish Lady”—how’s does that happen?! Vivian Nacionales is a Latina of a certain age embarking on her “second act.” She decided to launch this family-owned company featuring professional-quality, vegan, cruelty-free, and made-in-the-USA nail polish colors that are perfect for every season! The kicker? Her colors are named in Español, tying in her roots and flare to every polish she releases. If you attended BELLA’s Gratitude Issue cover party, we know you enjoyed her swag. TheLatinaNailPolishLady.com
2. Wallaroo Hat Company
The Wallaroo Hat Company is a business with a purpose, founded 19 years ago by Stephanie Carter, who was inspired by visits to her husband’s family in Australia, where the threat of skin cancer has long been understood. She wanted to share that awareness far and wide. All of Wallaroo’s hats are tested and rated according to their UV-blocking capabilities. Each year, the company donates 1% of all profits to skin cancer research, education, and prevention in the US.
Meditation has been an integral part of my well-being since I was 13 years old. When I connected with Judy Banks years ago, many of our conversations trailed back to how meditation created more clarity and connectivity to what mattered most in our lives. Judy worked on Wall Street; she worked hard and partied hard. Self-care was not a conversation. As her life got a bit more serious and she realized that artificial food coloring was the root cause of hyperactivity in her oldest son, Judy began to do some research and educate herself. It wasn’t until in her 50s that she visited the Chopra Center with her husband, where they both fell in love with the mind-body model shared. She studied under the guidance of Deepak Chopra and other amazing teachers and guides there, eventually completing all three teacher training programs—Primordial Sound Meditation, Perfect Health, and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. That granted her the title of Chopra Certified Master Educator. Judy is a master at what she does, and it was through her guidance I was able to quit my 25-year smoking stint. BalanceYourLife.com
4. Clara Sunwoo
Mother-daughter team Clara Sunwoo and Roseann Sunwoo have worked together since 1997 to create timeless designs that fuse classic styles with a modern edge. Their collection merges two generations of fashion expertise, making each piece tailored to drape softly with a focus on precision and fit. Clara and Roseann believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort, so they’ve created fabrics that are breathable, lightweight, and extremely soft to the touch. Want to reinvent your wardrobe? Experience Clara Sunwoo. ClaraSunwoo.com
5. Happy Coffee. Say what now? Yes, you read that correctly—this coffee makes you, well, happy! Jodi Sharp-Brullo introduced me to the company she works for, Elevacity, whose mission is to elevate your health and happiness through patented and powerful nutritional products. In fact, each product offered under the Elevacity Brand has been carefully selected in support of that simple goal. In September of 2019, Jodi connected me to Maria Giambrone, an Elevacity founding partner. I was grateful for the connection, and I also know these products work because I’ve used them myself. The question remains: Are you ready to be happier? Elevacity.com