Wanting to help reduce the ecological impact of yoga, Christina set out to create a yoga mat that was environmentally friendly and durable.
“The journey has been exciting, stressful, emotional and everything in between but definitely worth it and fulfilling.”
“There were (and are!) many challenges.
The first obvious challenge (like many start ups) was funding. I was in Portugal for 2 years and only worked for 6 months during that time. I struggled to find work due to the poor economy and language barrier. I was fortunate enough to have supportive people in my life that was in the position to help me get started.
Then there were the unexpected personal ‘growing pains’. When I started the Cork Leaf journey I never thought I learn more about myself in less than a year than all the years before.
You learn a lot about yourself, neither good nor bad but all very confronting. For many months I was confronted with beliefs that I held about myself which affected the growth of Cork Leaf. It’s still a challenge I face every day but now I embrace it, learn and grow from it and let it go. Well, try to anyway!
Getting caught up in what other people are doing. There are so many talented people out there and I’m inspired by their work every day. However in the beginning I found that I got so inspired that I got carried away with what was working for them that I would lose vision of what makes Cork Leaf unique and authentic.”