I am a firm believer in the importance of self-care, in the necessity of slowing down and taking time to reenergize. However, self-care has a tendency to fall by the wayside in favor of spending more time on our careers. At Rooted Woman, as their website proclaims, they believe that self-care and professional success are not mutually exclusive.
India Williams, the genius behind the brand, has created a line of nail polishes specifically tailored to professional women who need to take time for themselves. More than that, she’s created a beauty brand that empowers women to love and be enthusiastically themselves, with colors such as “Grateful,” “Unashamed,” and “Unconditionally Loved.”
I was lucky enough to be able to interview India Williams and hear all of her thoughts on love, sex, and dating.
What do you do and why do you do it?
My name is India Williams and my company is Rooted Woman. Rooted Woman is a lifestyle brand that encourages women, professional women in particular, to slow down and experience restoration. One of the ways we do this is through our organic, gluten free, and vegan friendly nail polishes. Our hope is that women will not only be restored, but that they’ll be polished, inside and out.
What’s the best gift you ever got?
The best gift I ever got was a longboard skateboard. This may be just a material object, but to me it was much more. When I would ride my board, it allowed me to break through chains holding me back from the day and feel free in that moment I was riding. It also allowed me to feel God’s presence whenever I rode, by the way he would set me free from all the stress around me through the wind hitting me as I rode.
What’s the worst gift you ever got?
The worst gift I got was oranges in a shoe box one year. It was a joke played on me by my brothers. At the time, it was the worst gift, but it gave the whole family a laugh. Although it wasn’t an ideal gift, it turned out to be so much more. I don’t think a gift can be considered the worse, it just depends how you think about it.
What’s your advice for all things love, sex, and dating?
My advice for love is when you get the chance to experience it, don’t ever let it go. We need love to move through this life. Also, love those that come into your life because it could make a difference in theirs. Love has an everlasting effect.
My advice for sex: Don’t just give it to anyone and cherish it with someone special. Although society makes it seem like it’s just physical and meaningless, it is so much more than that when you experience it with someone you truly love and care for.
My advice for dating is to date someone who makes you happy and a better person. And never settle for what you think is all you can get. There is someone specifically made for us out there–be patient and guard your heart.
What’s your go to pick me up?
My go to pick me up is going on a hike. It allows me to find new places while working out the stress and seeing the amazing view in front of me. I get to see and feel God’s creation and it reminds me, no matter what is happening, God is always around me and will never leave. If I ever need to be reminded, I just look at what He created.
Tell us about your first heartbreak…
My first heartbreak had to be with my recent ex-boyfriend. I fell in love with him and I felt this connection with him that I never had with anyone I have ever met. When we first met, it seemed that we had known each other for months. Things were going good and we had a few rough patches with the distance, but I thought we could make it through. One day he said he couldn’t do it anymore and left. On that day, he left with my heart. I couldn’t function for weeks. I would cry over the littlest things and I didn’t want to do anything–I just stopped functioning. But I knew I had to get up and get ready for the new school year. For months, there were days where it would hit me the hardest and I would cry and wish he would take me back. Over time, the pain lessened due to the comfort of family, friends and God’s word. Without them, I would be still crying over a man that didn’t want me.
Tell us about a time you bounced back better than ever
During my first year of cross country, I struggled a lot with keeping up with the other runners and losing weight. During the summer camp, I was always the last runner to come in and I would always slow my teammates down. This would always make me feel ashamed and embarrassed around the other runners. On the first race, my time was 33 minutes. After that race, I felt like I wasn’t cut out for the team. For a few weeks, I didn’t feel motivated to run. But talking with my sister and my other teammates, they made me feel like I matter to the team. With this new-found confidence, I used it to work harder and put more time in to do better on my next race. Next time, my time was 27 minutes. I shaved down 6 minutes! Although I felt low, my teammates lifted me up and pushed me to do better. Without them and the determination to do better, I wouldn’t have completed two years of cross country.