March 7th, 2017. Today marks five years since I published my first blog on Bfellicious.com. It has been an exciting journey so far, I’ve learned a lot about myself and I discovered my passion(s). My blogging adventure started with a blog about someone whose impact and that of his company is undeniable, not only on my life but also on the lives of thousands of families/babies,… To celebrate my blog 5th birthday I’ve decided to take this moment to give a ‘shout-out’ to the person with whom it all started…
Christopher Thomas Gavigan
Take time to find your passion. Really know what it is your good at and go for it.
Both feet. Just jump in! And never give up!!
Solid advice from Christopher Gavigan, one we should all remember. It really is never too late to start.
Proud papa of 4, husband, a Men’s Fitness Game Changer, EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, Environmental scientist by training, former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, best-selling author, strategic advisor of Baby2Baby,… some examples of how to introduce Christopher. But for me personally, being European and all that, I know Christopher as co-founder of The Honest Company. Devoting his life to helping families nurture the healthiest, happiest babies and children by inspiring and empowering them, is how I would describe Christopher. In 2012, he launched the honest company with Jessica Alba. The company focuses on mission and purpose and really driving and amplifying the core pillars of education, product excellence, responsibility and impact. Empowering and educating the next generation. What a stunning journey it has been so far. A company that started out with only 17 products, now has over 100 products; it’s impressive to see where they are right now and a joy to be a part of their journey.
What I love most about the company, besides the non-toxic, safe, delightful products, is actually the Social Goodness factor. Giving back is in the brand’s DNA and it is passionately demonstrated in all that they do. They really do set an example; over 11 000 employee volunteer hours to help more than 125000 families, 4th year that they are participating in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in support of CHLA,… and I truly hope that many companies will follow in their footsteps by giving back.
The past year, Christopher, Chief Purpose Officer of the Honest company, has been sharing personal stories on Facebook live, he has also been extremely busy with giving talks. And in my opinion it’s actually truly inspiring to see this. Because Christopher has so much intellect, knowledge, passion,… to share. It gives us all the opportunity to know more about the person behind Honest. There are a few talks that I think you should totally see to truly understand what Honest is about.
Christopher Gavigan’s feeding story
How do you create products people love? Give them a social mission. – Christopher Gavigan – IVY LA
50 questions with Christopher Gavigan
As I mentioned Christopher has had an impact on my life. I’ve learned quite a lot of life lessons just by reading his work, listening to / watching his talks. Sometimes a few words is all you need to get started. I learned to do more research about the products I use in my daily life, to be more conscious,… And maybe the most important lesson, Christopher taught me that finding your passion is key to a happy life. This place where you are right now, BFellicious.com, is a big part of my passion. It’s that little extra in my life, an extra challenge; because I need challenges to feel ‘complete’. The combination of blogging and organizing fundraisers feels really good. If you are looking for some inspiration, here are 10 things Christopher said that I find motivating:
“The harder you work, the better the results.”
“Ultimately you have to create a platform of education & inspiration. And that is how you gonna create behaviour change.”
“I truly love leading a culture of innovation & change-makers on creating healthier, non – toxic products for today’s families. It’s a revolution of awareness, transparency & integrity.”
“No one can do everything. Everyone can do something.”
“With energy, passion and persistence, you will do all things.”
“If you surround yourself with good, smart people, that rubs off.”
“Have more fun! Take a moment to enjoy life and stop judging yourself.”
“Although it often seems impossible to squeeze more out of the day, carve out personal time. It’s very important to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. By making health a priority, you can be present and available whether you are at work, or home with your family.”
“Be the voice of change for your family & friends.”
“Soft skills are the most important:
- Show up
- Be persistent
- Have passion in your life
- Bring energy & thoughtfulness
- Lead with your heart first, that will get you a long way.”
If you want to read more about the work of Christopher, check out his book, his Huffington post articles, give him a follow on social media (Twitter, Instagram), and of course Honest.com… I’m sure you’ll learn something.
What I really want you to know about Honest is that your journey is specific to you and know that we’ve got your back and that from a trust perspective were honored that you give us your trust, but know that we are doing everything possible to continue to earn your trust and really be as thoughtful and as safe as possible.
~ Christopher Thomas Gavigan ~
Thanks Christopher for sharing what you know, for caring about people’s lives and for setting an example!
Credit photos: Christopher Gavigan, unless stated otherwise!
Credit cover photo: TK Photography