First off, how are you and how is your 2021 going?
As with everyone, there are some very big changes happening in life and work. However, these changes have been incredible for my life. We have made Moody a fully remote business and I have moved to Portugal to build our vitamin product line and begin a new life of sunshine and surf.
Can you tell us about your career and how it has evolved?
I started my first business at 23 in 2011. It was a live event and social content business working with brands like Nike, Microsoft and Diageo. I was young but had a specific view of the new era of social and how brands could use live events as a vehicle for acquiring audiences and building brand loyalty. It felt as though that business was born out of me being in London at a unique moment, as social media exploded into the brand world. I sold this business in 2016 to start Moody, a tech company that uses data ethically to help women connect with the science of their bodies and personalise the experience for their daily health and wellness needs.
What’s the story behind Moody Month and how it started?
I burned out whilst building my first company. My periods stopped and I just kept working, until one day I realised my health was more important. At this stage, I made a tough call to sell the company I had built and begin working on how we solve the problem of stress impacting women’s hormones, health and happiness.
Why do you think tracking your hormones is so important?
Understanding how your hormones affect your daily mental and physical health helps you make informed choices about life, work and even relationships. Our hormones have a huge part to play in how we optimise our productivity, reduce stress, and improve happiness. They also affect sleep, metabolism and even sex drive. All key functions for our bodies ability to be happy and healthy. They are the why behind wellness.
What do you want people to get from downloading the Moody Month app?
Moody is a game-changer for optimising happiness and reducing stress, connecting you with yourself and your body.
Moody provides each user with a daily understanding of how their hormones are fluctuating across their cycle. Logging and journaling alongside that allows women to connect with patterns of moods and symptoms, along with customised daily diet, exercise and nutrition tips and wellness solutions.
What are some of the best benefits of being more in tune with your body?
Less guilt about how these changes affect our emotional and physical self. When we have this knowledge, it helps us understand that we don’t wake up the same every day, we have flows and cycles that mean when we know how this works, we can work with these patterns and cycles. You become more productive as you reduce guilt and stress.
Can you tell us about your book, Moody: A 21st Century Hormone Guide?
The book is all the science and research behind the app that shows how we can use hormonal science to optimise our everyday lives, not just focus on fertility or contraception. This is science we should be learning in school and yet in 2021 we are having to re-learn how our bodies work, so we can better inform ourselves on the health and wellness choices we are making that work for us. Not following trends, but listening and learning from how your hormonal body works.
What are you currently working on?
I’m looking at how we can build more products and services that support women’s long term hormonal health, as well as working on hormone health research and education, to ensure we build a future world where every person who menstruates has access to the science they need to understand how their hormonal body works.
Who are some of your favourite body empowerment accounts online?
@eatlovemove – inspiring nutritionist who is breaking down wellness norms, science and body positivity
@christinamay (aka holistic baddie) – bringing all the vibes to wellness
@dose – wellness for hedonists – focuses on dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins, our happy hormones and neurotransmitters
@ferly – sexual health and wellness – best app and social account for how sex and pleasure can help your health
@jadasezer – all-round badass and I am in love with her approach to neuroscience, health, body image and life
What does your perfect weekend look like?
I always try and start my weekends with a surf. It’s a new passion and I have been learning since moving to Portugal. This is followed by some time to decompress from the week, 15 mins of breathwork or meditation is key in my morning.
I always prioritise some time with friends and will often cook or host friends at my apartment. My friends are more like family to me and in Covid times these friendships and bonds have been a transformative tool for navigating through such challenging social restrictions. It’s also an important hormonal health support, as when we see friends and bond we release DOSE: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins. These are your happy hormones and neurotransmitters.
What do you always carry with you?
I have a ring that I wear every day and I bought it as a gift to marry myself. I remind myself that I must love who I am and be whole, or I can’t be much use to anyone else. I would advise everyone to marry themselves.
What would your last ever meal be?
Ramen (veggie). Noodle soup is my safe, cosy comfort food. It is my favourite meal and my go-to when I feel happy or sad.
What is one positive piece of advice you could give to our audience?
By best advice is to connect with your body and yourself by following this 3-step programme:
- Marry yourself and commit to a life with yourself through sickness and health. You and your body are your biggest asset.
- Understand your body, listen, and learn how to build daily routines that work for you. Use tech tools like Moody to help make your daily routines easy.
- Forgive yourself quickly when you inevitably fail or don’t meet your own standards.