What makes Sophie Jaffe admirable and inspiring is not only her entrepreneurial spirit and the impressive creation under her belt, Philosophie. What makes her remarkable is her spirit and how she has overcome adversity and challenges turning her life into a beautiful piece of art. I admire women who succeed in their careers, but there is just something about women who don’t have an easy path, who have lived and experienced defeat, pain, loss, fear, illness in their families, or life challenges of the sort. Maybe it is because it resonates, it feels fair for us to get a happy ending. Maybe it is because it gives us hope, it keeps us believing that if we keep on trying, keep on going, keep on believing, this too shall pass. Or maybe -and this is what I try to believe- when life continues to give us challenges, at one point we just get stronger, as Sophie says, we learn our self-worth, we learn to forgive ourselves and others, we learn to accept what life gives us and create beauty with it, regardless of what it is. At some point we learn that it is life, and just because of that fact, there is loss, and pain and sadness and despair, but there is also happiness, joy, success, faith, love and hope. Life presents us different experiences and what we make of them only depends on us. That, my friends, sounds like a pretty amazing Philosophie to me…
Profession or Passion: Founder of Philosophie, Raw Vegan Chef, Yoga Teacher & Mama
Location: Los Angeles
What or who inspired you to pursue the career path of health and wellness?
Studying psychology at UCLA and receiving my B.A. in the field has definitely influenced my desire to forge a path to lifelong wellness, inner strength, and happiness. After graduating, I started working at an organic raw juice bar near my house and began changing my own eating to alleviate some of the discomfort I felt when eating dairy, meat, and other foods that didn’t seem to sit well. I was so encouraged by how great my body felt after making these changes, and felt inspired to help change the eating habits of others. So I went back to the books and became a certified raw vegan chef, and my passions for healthy eating ultimately lead me to create Philosophie!
Philosophie is a brilliant creation. At the time of developing the idea, did you envision this or has it organically become what it is today?
Philosophie began with me simply wishing that I could have an amazing blend of superfoods and proteins together in one, convenient jar. I didn’t want to run out of camu camu or another individual ingredient and then feel like my smoothie wasn’t complete, so I went all over LA searching for high quality, fair-trade, organic superfoods and then began packing them into mason jars and little bags. I started giving the blends to friends and family and making everyone workout and nutrition guides. One day, I was in the sea in Israel with my husband, Adi, and he turned to me and said, “You should really grow what you’re doing and share it with more people, make it a company.” And since that day, Philosophie has blossomed into something much bigger than I had ever imagined. Our products have helped everyone from George Clooney to my own dad and are continuing to help so many more people discover wellness and feel as vibrant + alive as they can.
Besides your yoga practice, do you have any routines, rituals or practices that help you keep focused and motivated (meditation, religion, affirmations, etc.)?
I meditate, sip tea, and journal out my thoughts and emotions, a practice that can be just as strengthening as yoga. I also keep a lavender-filled pouch, bring it to my face, inhale deeply, and in that moment, I find my calm, my strength, and myself.
What has been one of your biggest challenges in life and what tools, practices of beliefs helped you get through them? What advice would you give to someone going through a similar situation?
I’ve had multiple gritty, challenging moments in my life, from my best friend unexpectedly passing away to being in an abusive relationship to having to watch my mother struggle with stage four breast cancer. All of these painful experiences have helped me really come to understand and recognize my own personal strength, self-worth, and purpose. It comes down to self-respect and self-love, which help you overcome death and negative energy from others and move forward in your life, while also giving love and support to those who need it most.
How would you title your autobiography?
Philosophie Mama: My Perfectly Imperfect Journey To Finding + Sharing Bliss
Are you living your dream life?
Absolutely! There are so many moments when I have to pinch myself to see if I’m really awake. Hearing how our products have helped so many people makes me so proud and so fulfilled. I have so much gratitude for my Philosophie Tribe, my community of friends and family, my hubby, and my beautiful boys!
Your choice of a song:
Naughty Boy’s “La La La” off the Hotel Cabana album is super fun + upbeat and all about tuning out toxic energy and saying enough is enough.
Your choice of a place:
I love the gorgeous tranquility of the ocean and have always felt such a strong connection to the magical ebbs and flows of the tides.
Your choice of an inspiring woman in history:
Eleanor Roosevelt—my grandmother deeply admired Eleanor Roosevelt and spoke of her often.