We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoe Luglan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zoe, what do you attribute your success to?
Self care. Hands down! Outside of the box of face masks and bubble baths, self care looks like showing up for myself every day with kindness and compassion. Through becoming an entrepreneur and being 100% percent reliant on my work to provide for me, I realized I have to take care of myself. If I go down, there goes my life. Without having self care as a container for me to check in with myself, I would not be where I am today.
A major factor of that self care has been redefining success and healing my relationship with productivity. Being in the creative field, burnout is a very real thing. If I just work, and work, and work, my creative energies will fizzle out – and there goes my livelihood. There’s a misconception that success is linked to overworking and a big bank account. Through the process of unlearning, I have redefined what success means.
Success to me is waking up in peace and gratitude for the life I live. It’s being surrounded by caring and uplifting humans, feeling calm as I pay my bills, and being able to take care of my loved ones and my community. At the end of the day, success is a life of balance, peace, and connection.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Coming out as queer is what really propelled me forward as a creative entrepreneur. Unlearning the conditionings I grew up with and releasing internalized homophobia made me want to show up online as my true quirky and queer self. My goal has always been if I can make one person feel less alone, then I’ve done my job.
It was not easy to get where I am today. Truth be told, I still am learning to accept myself fully in a still very heterosexual and misogynistic society. I’ve learned that the most important thing I can do is take care of myself so that I can then show up for the world every day with compassion and love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m in Ocean Beach now, but Encinitas holds such a special place in my heart. If I had a friend visit, I would be drawn to take them there first! For breakfast, we could go to Lotus Cafe for vegan pancakes and sit out on the patio. After that, I love thrift shopping so I would take them to my favorite place – Uptown Cheapskate in Carlsbad. For lunch, we could grab fresh food at the farmer’s market and have a picnic at Moonlight beach! It’s one of my favorite beaches because the cliffs make it feel so cozy and secluded you forget about real life for a little while. Later in the day I would take them to see the sunset! My favorite places to go are in sunset cliffs and overlooks in Carlsbad. There’s so many amazing places to see the sunset here it’s hard to choose!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first person who came to mind is definitely my mom. Every day I feel so, so grateful to live in the same timeline as her. It may sound cliche, but she has genuinely believed in my dreams since day one. Her role as a parent has always been to support me in whatever path I choose. She granted me the freedom to figure out who I am outside of the narrow societal boxes. I have always felt truly seen by her and for that, I am immeasurably grateful.
My best friend, Meghan, also deserves recognition for who I am today. We have been friends for over 10 years. She always lovingly listens to my rants about how we’re on a floating rock in space and how everything and nothing matters all at once. I could go on, but what I’m saying is she’s always been such a steady source of love in my life and I’m so incredibly grateful we crossed paths so many years ago.
It’s hard to narrow down all the love in my life. I’m also immensely grateful for all the powerful women in my family, the dogs I’ve loved, my brothers, and my closest friends who have helped me evolve into the resilient and caring human I am today.