5min readPeople 06 February 2019
As a self-proclaimed “ingredient junkie," Robin Shobin is exactly the woman you'd want to rely on for wellness products that work.
After fourteen years at J.P Morgan, the ambitious Cornell graduate decided to leave finance to carve her own path in the wellness world, founding Charlotte's Book. Charlotte's Book is a website chock-full of not just wellness brands, but also of sage advice. Experts in the field, such as doctors, nutritionists, aestheticians, and celebrity trainers have contributed to the site, either by writing content or by ensuring the efficacy of whichever products are promoted. The idea sprung from her own struggles finding the time to properly research wellness and beauty products prior to purchasing them. Now busy women can efficiently read up on worthwhile products through Shobin's user-friendly site.
“At Charlotte's Book I really try to always maintain our unique voice. Because the internet is so crowded with content, your point of view is all you have."
Beyond informative, expert content, Charlotte's Book has an enriching POV section. Well-known beauty guru, Bobbi Brown wrote one of Shobin's favorite pieces, called “Musings of a Curious Mind," in which she writes notes to her younger self. “This is the content I am most proud of," Shobin says, continuing to mention a second standout article written by April Gargiulo, founder of Vitner's Daughter, known for their famous Active Botanical Serum. These articles touch upon life lessons and aging, the topics that don't fit the wholly-factual bill, but are just as important to readers for their wisdom and relatability.
Shobin began caring about fitness and leading a healthy life when in her late twenties. “I realized that it's not so much about being thin, but more about feeling good," Shobin says. “And I realized that when you are working out and putting good things in your body, you just feel better. It's that simple." While Charlotte's Book does offer a plethora of options for high-quality, effective products, those products are not Shobin's own, which leads to her second great post-baking endeavor: HALO Sport, a groundbreaking energy drink, surpassing several brands in electrolyte density.
“I was always searching for something other than water that would help replenish and refuel the body after an intense workout," Shobin says. “A smoothie in theory sounds healthy. It's filled with antioxidants and is a delicious treat to drink after a workout, yet it's also filled with sugar."
Shobin then got the itch to formulate what she'd been missing.
With a team of advisors ranging from esteemed doctors to dieticians, Shobin co-founded HALO Sport. It is not your average energy drink laden with either artificial flavoring or other adverse additives, it is a 10 calorie super drink with more than 70 minerals naturally sourced from the Great Salt Lake of Utah.
It comes in three USDA certified organic flavors, lemon, lime, and pink grapefruit, each with a base of reverse osmosis water and lemon juice. Skeptics, let it be known that Shobin does not just sell her product, she uses it. As an active person dedicated to exercising at least 4 or 5 times a week, Shobin grabs HALO as her hydrating boost after yoga or strength training.
“Being able to see what is on the forefront of wellness is incredibly exciting. I don't regret my time at J.P. Morgan one bit, but the change of scenery from oil wells to the latest supplements is a welcome one."
What is HALO's secret ingredient? The amla berry, also known as the Indian gooseberry. Amla berries are rich with heart-healthy antioxidants and were utilized in ancient Indian Ayurvedic rituals. t's time for the ever-popular goji berries to step aside, and for HALO's amla berries to take over.
One of the most rewarding parts of entering the wellness space for Shobin was the opportunity to connect with countless determined businesswomen. “In finance I worked primarily with men," Shobin admits. “So I feel very honored to get the chance to meet with so many amazing women doing inspiring things. I know that sounds corny, but to be honest it's true."
"There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before." -Willa Cather
A logical fallacy called bifurcation (yes, it sounds like a disease) is used to make people believe that they can only choose between two extreme choices: love me or leave me, put up or shut up, etc. In relation to my career and my love life, I was once stricken by this crazy malady.
I spent over a decade in and out of love relationships that undermined my career and drained my creative energy along with my finances. The key problem was that I was convinced that I had two options: be a kickass, and powerful professional who scares off any prospective mate or surrender to that deep and profound love such that my ambitions blow away in the wind. For years, my psyche ping-ponged between these two choices like that was the only game in town. But why?
Turns out we women are often programmed into thinking that we can't have love (at least that good, juicy heated kind) and any sort of real career. This is not actually that surprising given the troubled history that America has with women in the workplace. Post WWII, women were supposed to quit their jobs and scurry back home and leave the careers for the returning men. And if you think we've come a long way from making women feel they don't belong in the workplace, consider Alisha Coleman. In 2016, she was fired because her period leaked onto a chair!
But try to keep a good woman down, and well, you can't (Alisha sued her former employer). Given enough information we will always find a way to overcome our situation. As we teach in my practice, Lotus Lantern Healing Arts, we are all our own gurus. The light in the lotus just offers a way to illuminate your path.
So what was I missing so many years ago when I kept struggling between two suboptimal choices? The answer is the understanding that if I wanted to have it all, I had to start living right now as if I could. For me to be with someone who supported me having a fantastic career, I had to believe that that was actually one of my choices and start living that way.
Of course that is easier said than done (like most life lessons). So once I made that realization, here are the three key changes I made (and no they didn't happen all at once):
First, I stopped apologizing. Why the hell do women always feel the need to apologize for everything! (Sorry for swearing! Jk.) In particular, why do we have to feel bad about time away from the homefront? Remember Don Draper stopping off at the bar before heading home? I took a Madman lesson from him and stopped apologizing for my free time and let go of my usual rush to get back. Instead I focused on enjoying the transition, which was often needed to release the stress of work. Whether I was slow-driving listening to my jams and singing at the top of my lungs or stopping off for a pedicure, a little ritual went a long way to making me feel like a real human when I walked through the door.
Second, I let go of perfection in order to be present. I stopped stressing over a work deadline and instead rescheduled it to tend to my love life or postponed a romantic dinner because a juicy work opportunity appeared. In this way, I did not force an unnatural choice or one I did not want but really paid attention to what felt right. Instead of feeling subpar in each realm, I end up getting the most out of my time in both places.
Third (and perhaps most significantly) I began to welcome and expect encouragement from the most significant person in my life. I made it clear to my partner that I wanted insight and not criticism. And since I knew I needed understanding and not saving, I said, "Please help me look at my career woes from a different angle instead of offering me advice." Ultimately, I only accepted partners that truly supported my dreams and didn't let me play small.
Today, some of the most exquisite pleasure I feel comes simply from my partner witnessing me. Having a cohort who really appreciates my struggles, helps me integrate work and life, and enjoys the wins together can be mind-blowing. Likewise, when the shit hits the fan (again, not sorry!), it's really important to have a partner that can hold space for you and help you remember those wins.
It's a constant battle. Our culture still perpetuates the myth by pitting love and career against each other (ever see Fatal Attraction?). Men don't always get this message, but then we don't need to wait for them to get it. All we have to do it start living right now in the way we truly deserve and bring others along with us. When my friends see me and my partner together separately killing it in the career department and fiercely loving each other they say, "Your relationship gives me hope."