Today, I have the absolute pleasure of interviewing my illustrious, vivacious, and boisterous younger sister, Kori Ashlen Dawkins “Diva.” Unsurprisingly, she is one of the most important people in my life. I'm so excited to talk to her about LILAS and her experience with wellness as a young woman. I've had the privilege of growing up alongside her, and with our respective chaotic lives, I'm grateful for this opportunity to speak with her about things that matter so much to both of us. So, without further ado...
How do you prioritize wellness in your life?
I always make sure that I have a schedule to add structure to my day. I jot it down on my phone and check off the tasks I complete. I literally have to do this. Otherwise, I’d go crazy during the week. It’s also important for me to eat right, you know, no toxic foods, #nontoxic. I try to exercise regularly, too. Lastly, being as social as possible is critical for me. I need interaction. So, as you can imagine, quarantine has been rough. But on the bright side, I get to annoy my siblings as much as I want now that everyone is home.
2. You grew up in a house full of women, including two fantastic older sisters, if I do say so myself. How do you think this shaped your understanding of women’s health?
From a very young age, I’ve always been the type of person to want to do things by myself for myself. Even though I knew I could ask for help if I never needed, I usually tried not to. So, with having two older sisters, I was able to learn from their experiences. It was easier for me to understand wellness routines and navigate puberty because I watched my sisters do it. I absorbed all that I could and occasionally asked some questions too.
3. Why are you such a big fan of the LILAS Wellness pain-relief patches? How do they help you?
Okay, so, the LILAS patches are incredible. They help me survive my worst period days. The patches particularly come in clutch when I’m at work and I have to pretend I don’t feel like something is clawing at my insides and I want to punch someone. The menthol oil is really soothing and really takes my mind off my period pains. And that subtle scent of eucalyptus… 10/10 would recommend as well. It’s definitely the most convenient and calming period pain-relief product I’ve ever used.
4. If you could give your generation, which is Gen Z to the max, one piece of wellness advice, what would it be?
To my ladies out there, carry deodorant and female products with you at all times because you never know when Miss Scarlett is going to show up unannounced. It’s also nice to have the feminine products on hand in the event some of your friends need them. Actually, the deodorant thing goes for everyone. Smelling bad is a no-go for anyone, so fellow Gen Zers, please keep that in mind.
5. Do you have any content recommendations (books, TV shows, podcasts, etc.)?
As you know, Ky, I watch a lot of TV, but if I had to recommend a couple series, I’d say Moesha, Vampire Diaries, and Black Lightning. My music taste is all over the place, so I’m not going to confuse you with a bunch of recommendations on that. I will say that Queen is my favorite band of all time though. And lastly, in terms of books, I love the Frost-Blood Saga series and The Secret series. You can’t go wrong with any of those books.
We at LILAS Wellness support one another like family, so it is also important to us to celebrate our own families who continue to inspire our work every day.