When Tori Holmes takes a trip, she goes all out. At the age of 21, she was the youngest woman to row across the Atlantic. Her incredible journey—though Tori shared the rowing equally with a partner and rowed through hurricanes and other treacherous conditions—equipped her with more than just steely determination. It helped her find her true, authentic voice. Ironically, Tori recalls, it was after the media hype had begun to fade that she realized that talking about her experience and telling her story were two different things. “I spoke at an International Woman’s Day conference to more than 500 women, and for the first time I ditched my speech and simply told what I was feeling. The response was incredible, so supportive. I found that the courage to be honest and authentic took as much courage as rowing up a 600-foot wave.” With her transatlantic feat behind her, Tori has her sights set on merging her passion for self-empowerment with her love for health and wellness with the launch of Nectar Juicery, a delicious and innovative pressed-juice company designed with natural ingredients highly customized to meet individual nutrition and energy needs.
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
I am a lucky lady and have a crew of amazing soul sisters in my heart at all times. To highlight one, Lara Kozan, my partner and co-founder of Nectar Juicery, is a woman who seriously rocks. She co-founded and helped build YYoga and is embarking on this juice adventure with me. If I had to describe her in one word it would be “sunshine.” She is literally the definition of love. We all need a little more Lara in our lives.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
I have many so this is hard to answer. I achieve my dreams through setting goals and big ambitions that all have the same underlying themes: sharing my story and the lessons I’ve learned, pushing my own boundaries, empowering others to heal themselves through food, and walking the walk to inspire others to bring more love into business.
What are you most proud of?
Having the courage to follow my wildest dreams.
What piece of advice changed your life?
“The difficult you do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” ~Unknown. This was given to me on a tile by a local stranger in La Gomera before my Atlantic Crossing. I put this in the cabin of my boat and read it every time I entered or exited the cabin. My belief in these words got me through broken ribs, hurricanes, a total of 86 days at sea and all life’s challenges since then.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Building large art installations, nourishing the world through yummy living food and inspiring healthy living on a global level. Co-hosting a TV show where I’m on a panel of positive, influential women, mentoring young women in business from concept to funding.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
I don't believe in having a “bucket list” per se as it seems to put space between us and our dreams, allocating them for the future. Ticking off life goals as you go seems like a recipe to never have the bucket full. My dreams are never allocated to a list for the future. Instead, I have a daily psychological bucket I "fill" with things I love and that make me happy. I take action and make dreams happen everyday. If the bucket is full each day I have hit the number one item on the “bucket list.”
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
After my mother, and best friends, Gabby Bernstein & Danielle LaPorte. I would say Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In also deeply touched me. Her courage to be honest about women in the work place really helped me navigate through my very male-dominated career when I needed it most. Ultimately, her words of wisdom helped me find my "voice" and calling. Nectar!
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
I have taken a few risks over the years, rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with no rowing or ocean experience takes the cake. I learned many grand life lessons, however, the one that stands out is the capacity of the human spirit and knowing what we are really capable of. Surviving hurricanes in a 24 ft boat definitely helped me learn to trust my instincts and know that I am capable of anything I put my mind to regardless of size, gender or any other demographic seclusion. Ultimately, the power is in our minds, mind over matter.
Why are you THAT GIRL?
Because we all are.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor
Featured image courtesy Tori Holmes