This life is full of inspiration and opportunity, each small movement we make or invitation we accept is opening a whole new dimension and layer of possibilities. What wills one person to to pick up a certain book, try a foreign food or strike up a specific conversation with someone unexpecting is a type of cosmic energy that brings together people of all forms. Wolven Threads aims to bring together not just the artists, vegans, and nature lovers that make up our team, but people who have never experienced these beautiful parts of life that are so deeply ingrained in us, in hopes that they may discover something about themselves and take away a bit of what we stand for. This Wednesday we are celebrating the work of a talented lady who took healthy eating to the next level–Carina Wolff aka @kalememaybe. We got to know what keeps her grooving, cooking, laughing, and a few other bits and pieces that make this chick incredibly inspiring. Carina recently authored The Spiralizer Recipe Book, check out her amazing recipes and try something new! The planet and your soul will thank you.
What inspires you to keep cooking and creating?
I love looking at others for inspiration, whether it be on Pinterest, Instagram, food magazines, cookbooks, or even restaurants. We all have to eat multiple times a day, so it keeps life exciting to eat interesting and nourishing foods. My favorite thing to do is to take an unhealthy guilty pleasure and figure out a way to make it just as delicious and satisfying using clean and healthy ingredients.
What book are you currently reading?
I am currently reading A Man Called Ove, which is a little bit charming but also a little bit sad, but I like books that can put things into perspective. I recently read The Alchemist, and it was one of the best books I have ever read. I think everyone should read it, especially people who have clear goals in mind and are in the process of trying to reach them.
Carina at The Los Angeles Arboretum in her Wolven Threads Chakra Yoga Top
Is there a woman in particular that has influenced your life greatly?
I think my grandma has been a particular inspiration to me. She was the one who introduced me to health foods and healthy cooking before most people even know what the word organic meant. She also encouraged me at a young age to express myself creatively, whether it be in my writing or something else like drawing or painting.
What is your spirit animal?
It's hard not to say a wolf because of my last name, so wolves just seem like a part of me. But I don't know if that's accurate! Some people used to say I reminded them of a lemur, but I don't necessarily agree with that either. I also really get along with cats, so maybe my spirit animal is part feline.
What was the last thing you cooked for yourself?
This morning I made breakfast for a bunch of friends, and I threw together all my leftovers to make a build-your own toast. It included whole grain bread, smashed avocado, roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, beet greens sautéed in garlic ghee butter, sprouts, and over-medium eggs.
Where was the last place you travelled to?
Short-distance: San Francisco. Long Distance: Australia and Bali. In the past year, I have also gone to India, Thailand, New York, and Boston. I'm also about to leave for Berlin, Vienna, and Budapest. In case you can't tell, I'm obsessed with traveling. Any chance I can get away, I take it. It's what I save up all my money for.
How do you stay balanced?
A lot of it has to do with good time management, but it's also about prioritizing certain things. I try to always set aside time to work out, but to also see friends and do things for myself that make me happy. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to figure out how much of each thing you need to do, but when you get into the swing of things, everything else seems to fall into place naturally. Also, when I take care of myself physically, I do things that also make sense for me mentally. I don't force myself to go to the gym and run on the treadmill for 2 hours. I take classes that I enjoy such as yoga, pilates, or barre.
What is one thing you that your followers/audience may not know about you?
I collect evil eyes —in all shapes and forms from all over the world. I have them hanging on my wall, and I have collected them since I was 13. I even wrote one of my college essays about this hobby. I'm not sure why I love them so much, but it is one thing that has stuck with me for so many years.