PEOPLE: JESSICA OLSEN

@PRIMARY.ELEMENTS

Name: Jessica Olsen

Occupation/Business/Creative Outlet: Founder + Formulator, Primary Elements

Starsign: Libra

Favourite Number: 11

First thing you did this morning? Cuddled with my cat Medusa, drank lemon water and had a living room yoga session with my husband.

What does 'wellness' mean to you? thriving / growing / flourishing  >> mentally / emotionally / spiritually

Products found in your shower/by your bath? Primary Mineral DeodorantPrimary CBD Face Oil Set (coming Spring '19), a huge bag of magnesium flakes, a small space heater, charcoal washcloths, neti pot, my own essential oil diffuser blend, my own face oil cleansing blend, and a Miwak Jr. Pebble Pipe.

Three things that can always be found in your kitchen cupboard?  Green Vibrance, almond butter, topo chico.

Favourite kitchen utensil? A tiny spatula that was given to me as a gift years ago. I never knew how handy a mini spatula would be in the kitchen!

Favourite Travel destination? Of the places I've been, I would love to visit again: Tokyo, Japan // Banyan Tree - Playa del Carmen, Mexico // Ten Thousand Waves - Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Currently reading? The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and  Radical Self Acceptance by Tara Brach.  

Currently browsing (.com)? brainpickings.org , EWG.org , One 2 ThreeNasa Image and Video Library, OnBeing.org

Favourite breakfast food?  toast with almond butter + green juice. 

Three items in your wallet / bag? Primary Everyday Balance CBD Capsules, a tiny piece of citrine in my coin purse, and a MBS x Winden scrunchie

An album/mix that calms your nervous system?  Weyes Blood, Front Row Seat to Earth

An album/mix that hypes you up? N.E.R.D. No One Ever Really Dies

Most commonly used apps on your phone? Google Maps (I do live in Los Angeles afterall! :) Instagram, Spotify, Thesaurus, Calm

Favourite form of movement/exercise? Yoga + Hiking

One thing you'd like to incorporate into your day/week that you're currently yet to? Scheduling more moments for self reflection. Checking in and asking how I'm doing (physically emotionally mentally) and readjusting from there. I have a tendency to press play and just keep going.

Nighttime rituals? Honestly, I'm more of a morning ritual person. Maybe it's because I'm kind of a night owl.  I like to start my day at a slower pace in order to feel fully prepared for the day ahead. Sometimes that means not starting my work-day until mid-morning. I find I’m much more productive in the latter parts of the day, so taking it easy in the morning helps ensure I'm finding time to just...be. In the evenings I'll take a dinner break with my husband and then work a few hours longer before watching a little something on tv to switch gears before bed.  If I'm having a particularly hard time winding down, I'll listen to a meditation on the Calm app. I was recently gifted a book called "Calm the Chaos" which has am/pm journal prompts and I'm looking forward to using that to help unwind as well. 

I feel most creatively fulfilled when...I can take my time. When I'm in my studio and can research, play, experiment and develop something until it feels perfect.

I'm currently working on...  making the products I wish existed // being more gentle with myself // accepting myself just as I am in each moment, and clearing out an email backlog.

This time last year, I wish I knew... that it would be my last year with my father. Losing him looked nothing like I thought it would. Fortunately, I feel resolved about our relationship, but I do wish I had known to check in with him to sort out some practical matters in relation to his final phase of life. And I've been trying not to fixate on this, but I also wish we'd known to begin hospice care with him well before we did - I think he would have lived longer and his final weeks would have been more peaceful. 

I'm grateful for...my partner, my cat, my studio, my brand, my dearly supportive friends, my safety, my health.