Soulful Sunday is a weekly dose of inspiration from busy Chicago women who still manage to stay balanced no matter what their career—or life—throws their way.
Soul Sister: Lynette Lovelace of Lifetherapy
As an accomplished restaurateur, luxury boutique owner, gifted retail strategist, and product developer, Lynette Lovelace is no stranger to choosing a positive outlook on life. Having survived numerous personal health challenges and guiding her son and daughter through their own health crises, Lovelace has learned to take life as it comes, to pay it forward, and above all to live in the moment with optimism and gratitude.
A passion for living positively led Lovelace to create Lifetherapy. She knew there was a direct correlation between scent and color and an uplifting emotional outcome. Intent on reaching women in a way that inspires them to feel nurtured and mindful, she designed a brand of hand and body washes, moisturizing body lotions and creams, all-natural body scrubs, eau de parfums, and alcohol-free roll-on fragrances that celebrates positivity through fragrance and color. Loveless hopes the Lifetherapy line of goods inspires women to live fully and helps them create a daily ritual of self-care that's free from sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA, or parabens and is not tested on animals.
How you unwind: "Unwinding is actually not very easy for me. I am naturally wired to push myself, and I'm pretty sure I 'think' while I sleep! Creative thinking however is truly a way of unwinding for me. I tend to be more bottled up when I don't have time to be creative and become stuck in the day-to-day 'process' of the role of being an entrepreneur. My most blissful moments are on Saturday mornings—now that I don't have a property that is open on the weekends as I did for two decades. I enjoy a cup or two of coffee while lazily lounging around in my pajamas with my dogs. I love reading magazines and losing myself in someone else's story for a minute. I absolutely love to cook, and it energizes me to cook a family dinner while enjoying music and a glass of Pinot Noir.
Entertaining has to be one of my most natural environments to thrive in. I love nothing more than preparing a meal and my surroundings for the company of loved ones and friends. For a total retreat, my parents have a lake home in Michigan. Although I don't make it there every weekend, it is truly the one place I can go and check out completely. Water has a way of mesmerizing me and has been a lifesaver for me when everything gets out of control."
Balance tip: "I have always loved this question because balance is something we all struggle with in one way or another. Makes for a great discussion. What works for one can be totally different for another. Within each of us there is a place of 'I'm about to lose it' and I think the better we get at identifying this feeling BEFORE it catches us, the better. I make a conscious effort to drive in silence for a portion of my commute. If nothing else, sometimes it's just hearing myself breathing. It sounds silly, but it actually reminds me to be grateful for my health and the beauty of all the moving parts around me. We become desensitized when everything is moving and making noise all the time, the silence repositions my mind."