One on One: Natalie Aston International Trainer, FarmHouse Fresh

natalie-aston-fhf[Images: Courtesy of Natalie Aston]What’s the most fun part of your job?

I enjoy experiencing new scenery, adventures and cultures. Every week is different and I thrive on that change. I could be driving to a local training in Dallas, teaching a class at a convention, hiring a new team member, traveling through the Vermont mountains, jumping off a cliff in Jamaica or petting a camel in Dubai! I never knew that this job would open up so many doors: I’ve attended baby showers, birthday parties, weddings and even happy hour with fellow spa friends across the world!

To what do you attribute FarmHouse Fresh’s success?

We are a true team, and as we like to say, ‘It takes a Farm!’ There are so many dynamics involved in running a company, but even more when it’s this successful. We all answer the phones, talk with customers and guide people every step of the way. We take huge pride in providing the best customer care possible.

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If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I need to find a better balance between work, spirituality, family, friends, vacation and hobbies. I occasionally fall off balance due to traveling and juggling multiple time zones on a monthly basis. In those moments all I want to do is sit on the couch in fuzzy clothes with my dogs piled on me while watching ‘The Bachelor’ or ‘The Bachelorette.’ Sometimes engaging in mindless reality TV is exactly what’s needed!

What is FarmHouse Fresh’s hero product and why?

Right now our Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic is the obsession on the farm. We extract organic Oregon aronia berries, which have one of the highest antioxidant levels ever recorded for fruits! We combine this freshly harvested extract with rose water, and a natural active that provides an instant photo-filtering effect that nearly completely hides your pores. It’s just about as addictive as it gets.

keely-bowden[Keely Bowden of FarmHouse Fresh holding a baby donkey]Who inspires you?

My mom. My dad passed away when she was only 43, leaving her to raise my three sisters and me. She carried on managing and working at the salon she purchased with my dad, and attended almost all of our softball games and tournaments. She has always told us that we can accomplish anything as long as we work hard for it. She is successful, reliable, intelligent, beautiful—and the most selfless person I’ve ever known!

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What’s your biggest fear?

To feel like I’m not serving my purpose here on Earth. Every time I make a huge decision based on personal, professional or ethical issues, I really weigh the value of the circumstances. I don’t believe that anything in life is just a coincidence.

natalie-aston-animal-adoption[Hugging an adoptable dog]Of all the company’s animal rescue efforts, which ones stand out in your mind?

The first is when our team cleared out three local shelters on a cold January morning. Parading the animals around so we could showcase their loveable personalities was priceless. One by one they hopped into cars on the way to their forever homes—that truly felt like we were making a difference. The second mission was after Hurricane Harvey; it made me sad because many of these dogs actually had loving families but had been abandoned on the streets. To see their grateful looks or to get a random nudge or paw tap after giving them food, water and comfort was beyond heartwarming. They ALL got adopted!

Personal mantra:

The Universe is always listening… what you think about, you bring about!

Would most like to meet:

Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss and Tim Burton. Even though two of them are no longer with us, they all create magic and happiness every day!

Can’t leave the house without:

Kissing my dogs goodbye—oh, and my husband too!

Last good film you saw:

The Holiday

Would play me in a movie:

Goldie Hawn or Pippi Longstocking!

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