00:00:00 Lindsey Hartnett
I will get super vulnerable and raw because I think it’s unrelatable as like, we don’t know that we’re suffering. I think sometimes until we start to take steps away from that suffering and our society, you know, growing up as a teen, a female teen in a society that paints this idyllic picture of who we’re supposed to be is. It’s hard and in humans aren’t perfect. And we’re we’re like measured up to be perfect. And I know that narrative is changing a lot, but it that in the 90s and in when I was in my formative years, if that wasn’t the case, at least, you know, in suburban Chicago area.
00:00:52 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Welcome to the Kooler Lifestyle Podcast. I’m your host, Matt Kuehlhorn, and I’m excited to have you join me as I interview community members and business leaders from the communities in which I live, work, and serve through my business Kooler garage doors. We’re going to bring you highlights on characters in our communities. Why? Because Community matters, and I want to know more about who is behind our business and leadership in order to understand and support the Community fabric that our relationships make up. And collectively, we can build stronger communities that support our lifestyles, our youth, and our health. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Kooler Lifestyle Podcast. I’m your host, Matt Kuehlhorn. Today, I have the privilege of sitting down with my friend Lindsay Hartnett. She is the owner of sex plants rock’n’roll, a vessel for holistic health resources. And as a practitioner, I’d say, Lindsay, thank you so much for joining.
00:01:53 Lindsey Hartnett
Oh, thanks so much for having me. Such an honor.
00:01:55 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, I’m really excited to be able to connect in this way. I know we have. History more or less from like Western and and when you were spending time in Gunnison and it’s just been fun. It’s it’s always fun to track people and be a part of people’s lives at a certain point in time and then just see how we evolve, right? And it’s so fun.
00:02:17 Lindsey Hartnett
It’s so fun.
00:02:18 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Where are you beaming in from?
00:02:20 Lindsey Hartnett
I’m right now I’m in the banana bell over here in Salida, Co awesome.
00:02:25 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Awesome. Salida is one of my favorite towns. I remember doing a research like it was a school project when I was at Western and I picked one of the iconic buildings downtown and I think that’s what I love about Salida. It just has an amazing downtown old school buildings. But I put the this plan together for a breakfast spot and so that could be my retirement venture. But I love Salida. It’s such a cool culture and zone.
00:02:53 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah, it’s we love it here. It’s been a really great spot. Yeah.
00:02:56 Matthew Kuehlhorn
I know we’re going to talk about a lot of things health wise, but to begin, Lindsey, where did you grow up?
00:03:06 Lindsey Hartnett
Well, I am an illnesian. I come from the northwest rivers of Illinois, right?
00:03:14 Matthew Kuehlhorn
On right on.
00:03:15 Lindsey Hartnett
00:03:17 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Tell me more, what was that like? Is it, is it urban? Rural?
00:03:22 Lindsey Hartnett
It’s pretty it was pretty Ticky Tacky was really suburban. I had a pretty you know, honestly the movie Mean Girls that was the kind of high school went to for better and worse. It was you know I grew up in a in a in a great community that was, you know a lot of privilege to be able to do you know basically anything and also pretty close to the city. I was, you know, me, this might not come as a surprise to you, but I was a rebel at that time and really exploring outside of the box of suburbia. And so I spent a lot of time going down to the city and you know, taking the train in and they got to see a lot of live music growing up. So that kind of became the, you know, pre cell phone era. Total freedom or high school experience was heading down and you know, checking out music almost every weekend.
00:04:30 Matthew Kuehlhorn
That’s fun. That’s pretty cool. Which side? Which side of the Mean Girls script were you on?
00:04:37 Lindsey Hartnett
Man, I really tried to stay in the middle. I was, you know, real outcasty. So kind of, I guess, you know, I haven’t seen a movie in a minute, but her friends when she first moves. That just kind of didn’t really fit in anywhere. I tried not to ruffle feathers, you know, I made my own clothes. I was. I was a flamboyant hippie at that time, so really trying to.
00:05:04 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yes got you what’s the short story of Illensian to Coloradon?
00:05:13 Lindsey Hartnett
College, Western state. Yeah, I just. I didn’t really know where. Where I wanted to go, I knew I wanted to be in the Rocky Mountains, and I’d spent some time visiting Colorado on ski vacations and I found out there was a college 30 minutes from Ski Hill, so I jumped on that immediately. Right on.
00:05:32 Matthew Kuehlhorn
What’d you study at Western?
00:05:34 Lindsey Hartnett
I studied art. Ceramics was my emphasis with Al Kanip, who I think is still teaching, I think.
00:05:42 Matthew Kuehlhorn
So are names familiar? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Very cool. And what’d you do after after graduating?
00:05:50 Lindsey Hartnett
Oh my gosh, what didn’t I do? Dirtbag to the extreme. So I, I kind of, you know, moved in to Colorado, not really knowing much about mountain life, really not knowing anything, and just felt like I discovered myself and the the planet for the first time and then I, you know, got really into mountain adventures. All all across the board. So when I figured out that I could live in a place and and play like I was on vacation every day, I did whatever it took to stay. So I worked at the secondhand store. I worked at the health food store. That’s where I met Annie, your wife, and she linked me up with the Reamer family, and I was the nanny. And then I became a sales and marketing person, and there were some other things. Bartender, yoga teacher, really across the port? Yeah.
00:06:49 Matthew Kuehlhorn
No, it’s the it’s the mountain time community. Do whatever it takes, juggle. It needs to be juggled.
00:06:55 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah, I like to joke. I didn’t build a resume until I was 35 years old. Until I moved to Salida.
00:07:02 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, yeah. And how long have you been in Salida now?
00:07:05 Lindsey Hartnett
We moved here right before the pandemic in 2009.
00:07:09 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, right on. And how’s that been treating you?
00:07:14 Lindsey Hartnett
It’s all good, you know, I I love it over here. I don’t shovel more than maybe once or twice season and I still ski six days a week, and the community’s fantastic. I do miss the Ganasin community and the whole Ganasin Valley, but you know, it’s an hour away, so I get a good fix frequently.
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00:08:10 Matthew Kuehlhorn
I’m curious, have you always been an entrepreneur?
00:08:19 Lindsey Hartnett
Yes, and I, but I didn’t know that with that. When I was in junior high, I sat, I ran a summer camp out of my parents house. I really like the babysitter’s club growing up. And so we told I had like a few friends and we just, you know, had all the neighborhood kids over one day a week and like planned crafts and snacks and yeah, so it started. It started, yeah.
00:08:48 Matthew Kuehlhorn
I get that. So tell me about 6 plants rock’n’roll. What is it? What’s the what’s the aim?
00:08:57 Lindsey Hartnett
How there’s there’s the aim is. To help people get a vehicle back to loving themselves and connecting to the planet and really seeing the the value in being close with nature and through the offering of skin care. I didn’t know what self. I heard the term self compassion one day and this is during the pandemic and I didn’t even know what that meant and I realized I had a long ways to go. And I’ve always loved, you know, being a health person by passion on a dirtbag budget. I I kind of discovered how to make my own products. And so I had all that stuff available to me and I really spent the time during, during like the deepest part of the pandemic. When we went, you know, all we had was time and I spent a lot of that time taking care of myself and and so now I’m creating these. Minimal impact supernatural, organic, wildcrafted, homegrown skincare products as my offerings of love from our sweet planet to help people have that same love for themselves.
00:10:18 Matthew Kuehlhorn
This is the vulnerable question that arises, you know, when you’re talking about self-care, self appreciation? Was there a time in your life where you got separate from that in order to see the importance of it?
00:10:33 Lindsey Hartnett
Man, I think that and this could tie back to the Mean Girls thing is I think that really began in my team years and I. I will get super vulnerable and raw because I think it’s unrelatable as like, we don’t know that we’re suffering. I think sometimes until we start to take steps away from that suffering and our society, you know, growing up as a teen, a female teen in a society that paints this idyllic picture of who we’re supposed to be is. It’s hard and in humans aren’t perfect. And we’re we’re like measured up to be perfect. And I know that narrative is changing a lot, but it that in the 90s and in when I was in my formative years, if that wasn’t the case, at least, you know, in suburban Chicago area. So I think it began there. And then as you know, as time moves on, you just kind of like hold these truths that you’ve been taught and learned and in that kind of snowballs. And it’s this process of unlocking that I think, where you start to rediscover really what’s it.
00:11:54 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, I totally get that. And I would agree. I think there’s a part of the human journey where I mean in the formative years. You have, you have a child. I’ve I have a a kid, a couple of them. And it’s wild to watch how they learn and how society teaches and then what I can inject. And then also my own evolution. Like, I’m a different version of Matt today than when my kids were really tiny and it may be even really spongy. And I feel like there’s a theory where, you know, as a human, we come into this world completely open. And then you know, society and experiences and emotions and all the stuff and we start putting layers on and then there’s a time and maybe it’s a mean girl type of experience or maybe it’s a crash into the rock kind of experience rock bottom and and we start delayering. Where do you think you’re at in in the part of the journey right now?
00:12:59 Lindsey Hartnett
Man, I so I also, I still teach yoga and I was just saying this yesterday. And it is, it’s like an onion, right. We’re we’re just and and the Onion’s always growing so I think that in in from the court, right. So I think there’s infinite layers and I feel like I peeled off one that still had dirt on it yesterday you know. So in some it’s like you go through an experience and realize OK at in some point I’m that onion that’s ready to be cut and and cooked and in some areas I’m still you know. I’m still way in the dirt. So yeah, I think it’s all I see this whole life experiences, the spectrum and we’re every, every experience we go through, you know, we’re equipped to some level and then also some of them are brand new.
00:13:52 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, the journeys are incredibly beautiful when you have that perspective on it in the moment. Sometimes they could be really painful and suffering and you’re. Your efforts these days, you know through skin care, and I know you’re you’re into other components that have an alignment with this. It’s to me really grounded. Like there’s a lot of love of self, there’s a lot of love of Earth. Why is this important and why now?
00:14:23 Lindsey Hartnett
Sometimes not. I do things and I don’t even know why. It just feels like it has to happen and I I often. You know, get challenged by the challenges of business and wonder why am I doing it? But also I can’t stop and it feels like I’m riding this creative vehicle that was that was built for me. So I don’t totally remember what your question was, but it all seems there seems to be the sense of urgency to connect. Back to our planet right now there is like no doubt that the storms that are happening. I mean you could look at the stars that are happening in in record-breaking snowfall and Tahoe right now and and you know after years of record-breaking fire is like things are changing and there is a sense of urgency for humankind to do adapt to that and and I think this is one small way just to realize the potency. Of what this planet has set off.
00:15:35 Matthew Kuehlhorn
So what is the, what is this or you know whether it’s products or or way of thinking, what is it done for you in your life, like what kind of shifts have occurred as you as you delay or the onion and open up to new knowledge?
00:15:52 Lindsey Hartnett
I think the more I learn and I realize I don’t know and there’s so much to learn out there and. I’ve gotten to meet some amazing people that I wouldn’t otherwise be put in a in a the same room as or a similar conversation. And I think being vulnerable and putting myself out there as an entrepreneur has been the most profound self development from any experience that I’ve had. It’s like the ultimate mirror, you know?
00:16:26 Matthew Kuehlhorn
I do know that lands pretty good. That’s good. All right. So let’s talk a little bit about holistic and, you know, I can relate or I’ll, I’ll put it in this context. You know, I’m not the best at taking care of my skin. Like I have my wife that lathers stuff up on me occasionally. You know, I guess there’s a, there’s a twofold question here. So one, why might it matter? So maybe there’s somebody listening that, that relates to what I just said where it’s like. Yeah, maybe I’ll put some hand lotion on my face or you know whenever, but I’m not really paying attention to what that lotion is like. A lot of times I’ll use the Shea butter or something, but it’s also super easy to grab stuff off the shelf of the grocery store and and how might that be different and and what does that you know, potentially do for or against our our skin health and then the second. Of this, I can repeat it afterwards, but it’s like what does it matter as far as what I’m in taking, right. So if I’m eating McDonald’s, but I’ve got this beautiful healthcare solution, maybe it’s not a fit. So that’s like the holistic piece, right? So I guess consolidate all of that, why does it matter to take care of our skin and how do we do it beyond simple topical type of products?
00:17:55 Lindsey Hartnett
OK we’ll try to just steal it in a because it’s a that’s a big question. So in care is skin care and our largest organ is our skin and it’s it’s meth or on purpose is to hold our insides in and protect them from the environmental toxins and and I not only toxins but you know. Anything that happening outside to protect our organs. So we both detox out our skin and also absorb nutrients that’s why like soaking in a absom salt bath can be so helpful for some muscles and and also why we get acne you know that’s all toxins trying to come out and if our. Organic body is not properly functioning due to not only you know environmental toxins, you know accumulation of toxins in our food, but also malnutrition. Because of the state of our soil health on the planet, we’re not getting the nutrients that we need to function properly. So our organs and this shows up differently for everybody, our organs slowly are going to lose their function. And humans are resilient. So we can appear to be thriving really, under some pretty strong circumstances. You know, you can think of the story of the mom that lifts the car off of her child. You know, we are so powerful. But also if these elimination pathways aren’t properly functioning because they’re either overloaded or just not functioning at their strongest ability. Will start to you know detox out our skin. So thinking about what’s going in and and I think a lot of people are really getting keen on this you know and and low chemicals and and lots of you know naturally occurring simple ingredient food intake is going to keep you know keep skin healthy from in here. But also protecting from the outside. So we want to make sure like we’re removing toxins from our body that we’re we’re maintaining the natural oils that we’re not adding other chemicals that our immune system is going to have to figure out what they are to, to remove in order to you know, maintain our health. So you go to the supermarket and read an ingredient you know find that hand lotion and read the ingredients on the bottle and I. I never know what that stuff is. Maybe, you know, water, and it’s even has a funny name. And there’s a couple of things you can recognize. But I think the products I’m offering, I I try to keep it as close to edible as possible. You know, I make a joke like I’m in the back country and I’m stranded out there with my sunscreen stick and I run out of food. I know I’m going to make it home. I can eat that sunscreen and feel myself home. So I try to, you know, thank you if you can’t. Ingest it and it probably shouldn’t go on your skin.
00:21:18 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, I love that. And I love what you say in care is skin care and the fact that the skin is the largest organ, like all that stuff hits me. I think that’s important. What are, what’s something practical listeners can start doing today? They could help with this skin care and when we’re talking skin care like we’re talking all of all of body and healthcare. Right. I mean you can’t not address all the other items because it is holistic. So what are some kind of practical things or even when you started really getting aware of your your journey, what are the first few things that you, you started incorporating in as your practices and habits?
00:22:05 Lindsey Hartnett
I mean, I think the, the, I like to think about it as the first, you know, first part of our day. So you wake up. And ideally you had a good night’s rest and we do all of our cellular regeneration at night so that off and and detoxification. So that means you wake up in the morning and you need to eliminate because you your body’s been working to repair itself. So warm lemon water first thing in the morning, you know a nice 816 ounce, 32 ounce jar is just going to help get your digestive tract moving and get toxins leaving your body. And then fresh air, you know, and I know like a lot of people don’t have access to nature the way that we do. And I’m so grateful for the place that I live. But you can always look up and nature will always be above you. So even if that means stepping outside your busy city life, looking up and, you know, just breathing fresh. Clean air, you know, our lungs are not every in Rath there’s an opportunity to regenerate. Every exhale is an opportunity to let go. So just kind of acknowledging those pathways are are incredibly helpful. And then I think the third thing is just get familiar with the the ingredients. You know I I don’t even look at when I’m buying food. I don’t even look at like. Nutrition facts. I just go straight to the ingredient list. And if I don’t recognize it, I’m either going to look it up and figure out what it is, or it’s not even coming home. And that goes for what goes on our skin. And then also like other cleaning products and such that we bring you to our home. Yeah.
00:23:52 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Now the importance of just what the skin can absorb is really an awareness piece and that alludes to cleaning products or anything that we put in our environment. Like it all matters and and it can all. Play. Awesome lemon water, breathe, get connected with nature, become aware of ingredients. Super practical on that note of extraction. So this is something that I recognized and learned that yeah, our our sleep time at night is is important for so many different reasons. One of which is our body’s time is is to rebuild, repair and and to remove and that also goes to like when we have our intakes, right? Because can’t that can’t that cycle get disrupted like if I have a midnight snack that’s like in the middle of when my body’s like going through its removal process right? Do I have that understanding right?
00:25:03 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah I I just kind of go by yogic philosophy is that it takes about four hours to digest or to get you know from your from your stomach into the large intestine a large meal. So 4 hours before bedtime is when you should be be done eating you know and then giving yourself a break in the morning like is into that you know I my morning is usually. Lemon water and then fresh fruit. Cuz fruit is nature’s best detoxification.
00:25:35 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Right. Yeah. There’s a guy like Jesse. It’s Larry who talks about fruit till noon. And it’s pretty good practice, pretty good practice.
00:25:42 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah, it’s a great.
00:25:43 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Practice. Yeah. Awesome.
00:25:45 Lindsey Hartnett
Freaky. It’s a bad route, man. It’s not fruits fault, it’s the way where it’s the order in which we’re consuming.
00:25:53 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, yeah, copy that. Amazing. What are you excited about?
00:26:01 Lindsey Hartnett
I’m excited about all the seeds that I just organized. I’m thinking about my garden and I always try not to overdo it, but I always overdo it. But I’m very excited about that. I have like some pretty big ideas for what I want to do with my little urban space, and it’s. And it’s remarkable what you can do on such a small piece of land. And you know that you’ve done a beautiful job with your yard as well. But this year, my big goals, I’m going to say it. So you guys, I’ve been thinking about it. I’m going to say it. I’m going to build a front yard fence so I can have herbs in the front. We have a pretty vicious town. Deer the problem here, or, you know, it’s my problem. It’s not their problem. They do their own and I’m gonna learn to keep these this year.
00:26:59 Matthew Kuehlhorn
That’s awesome, right on.
00:27:01 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah. So excited about that.
00:27:02 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Cool. How can folks listening get in touch with you, whether they’re looking for skin care products or just want to tap your knowledge and your network for whatever resource they’re looking for?
00:27:16 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah, so sex plans rock’n’roll. I made that name because I knew it would stick and and I’m a one woman show, so if you reach out on any platform you find me, I’ll be the one to respond.
00:27:29 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Is it sexplantsrockandroll.com all strong together com as far as the website, Yep.
00:27:36 Lindsey Hartnett
Cool. All spelled out.
00:27:38 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Yeah, well, we’ll include all of that stuff and show notes about it. How about final thoughts? Whether it’s a quote or just leave leave off with an insight share.
00:27:54 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah, I think it doesn’t have to make sense to anybody else to have. It makes sense to you. And no matter what other people are going to tell you, it’s not their business, it’s yours. So if you have an aspiring dream or a persistent. Idea that that just feel you feel it in your cells. Follow that.
00:28:20 Matthew Kuehlhorn
I love that. Thank you.
00:28:24 Lindsey Hartnett
00:28:26 Matthew Kuehlhorn
Lindsey, I really appreciated our connection and conversation today. Thank you so much for your time and what you bring into the world.
00:28:33 Lindsey Hartnett
Yeah. Thanks, Matt. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m very grateful. Thanks for providing this platform.
00:28:38 Matthew Kuehlhorn
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