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Tonya Lewis Lee has been a committed advocate for women’s health professionally since 2007. She became the national spokesperson for the “A Healthy Baby Begins with You” campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to raise awareness about the infant mortality crisis in the U.S.. Tonya developed lifestyle brand Movita Organics to inspire and provide tools for women to be their best, healthiest and strongest selves.
I created Movita because I was looking for the perfect vitamin to both boost my health and fit my active lifestyle, and I couldn’t find it. I had started taking a supplement and realized that I felt better and had more energy. However, it wasn’t as convenient as I would have liked, and it didn’t check all the quality boxes. Who has time to take four to six pills a day? And who wants an upset stomach afterwards? Plus, when you’re trying to improve your health, you need a supplement that is completely clean. I couldn’t find one product that combined everything I wanted.
I am a lawyer by trade and I practiced for a couple of years. Since then I have had a career as an author of books such as Please Baby Please and Gotham Diaries, I’ve produced films like The Watsons Go to Birmingham, and raised two children. And what really led me to Movita Organics was my work traveling the country talking to women about the challenges of living a healthy lifestyle.
The first step for me was really actively engaging in a positive state of mind, meaning that I read books about positivity and went through the Science of Mind, reading the daily affirmations…I don’t remember if I made it through the entire year, but I do engaging in a daily practice of looking at life through a lens of positivity has helped me access the desire and motivation to take care of myself. I also have to add, that having friends who engage in wellness around me has been critical..their support, their examples keep me going!
Coconut water, spinach, almond butter and in the freezer, blueberries.
I love my morning smoothie of the above ingredients along with unsweetened cocoa powder and protein powder — its like the drink of life for me.
Club soda with fresh lime juice in a martini glass.
Right now it is Avra and I love the beet salad and the grilled branzino with a little olive oil and lemon.
New York City — there is a juice bar on every corner and I can walk everywhere.
Wellness means being physically and mentally able and open to live life to the fullest and having a positive mindset with an eye towards doing some good in the world.
I love routine and my morning routine is coffee, water, Movita, I scan the news then head out for a work out.
It can be hanging at home, a great dinner, a fun movie — as long as we are both present and in a good mood, it’s a perfect date night.
Creme de la Mer and lots of water.
I think eating well and exercising makes everything easier.
Black jeans, black t-shirt, and a black crew-neck sweater.
Partial to pink Mac lip gloss, my headset (I don’t put the phone near my head if possible), my Moleskin notebook, a bottle of water.
TGIN hair products (actually my sister hipped me to them) and organic castor oil (for the hair).
Step one: Finding a hole in the market, Step Two: Being able to fund a proof of concept. Step Three: Having a strong threshold for risk as the concept is proving itself. Step Four: Being flexible enough to pivot when necessary.
The youth. I think our young people are growing up in a world that has lost its way a bit and they are watching. They are vulnerable, but they care about their world and are going to fight for it.
I’m not sure that I have a particular career path, so I would say that if you are a creative, you should carefully follow that inner voice — work on it even when no one believes in you, when no one is paying you until you can get there. Sometimes you have to pivot and your “failures” are a part of your learning experience.
I would say, I have a lifestyle of working that I have grown into starting with trying to start a magazine while I was working as an attorney during the day. I never got the magazine going, but I learned a lot.