The Founders of Hilma Talk Favorite Books, Recipes for Balance, and the Ideal Saturday

Founding and building a brand takes an incredible amount of stamina and hard work. We took some time to talk to the founders of Hilma about their recipes for daily balance.

Meet the Founders

Lily Galef, Co-Founder
+ Chief Brand Officer

Lily built her career as a creative brand marketer and strategist managing content and partnerships at Vogue, Vox and Refinery29. At Hilma, she leads all brand, community, and content strategy initiatives.

What does wellness mean to you? 
For me, wellness is about finding ways to feel good in my body.

What does an ideal Saturday look like for you?
Spending time outside being active and seeing friends (really missing this right now!), and finding time to read a book for a few hours.

Three things you always keep at your work-from-home station?
A bottle of water, a notebook, and a snack.

Any non-negotiable daily rituals? 
My morning walk has become so important to me these days. Since I am working remotely and spending all of my time in the same space, going on a walk around the block while I’m having my coffee helps me distinguish between personal time and work time. It’s a nice way to punctuate the day.

Last book you read? 
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner. I highly recommend it! 

What’s always in your fridge?
All types of berries, my favorite are blueberries. And Rao’s pasta sauce.

Morning or night person?
Definitely morning--though I need coffee before I can focus on anything.

Go-to techniques for managing stress?
Exercise really helps me--I’ve been trying to fit in some yoga every day. Moving and breathing really helps me calm down. But to be honest it can be hard to find the time. Another tactic I have is putting my phone out of reach and reading a few pages of fiction before bed. Forcing myself not to look at my phone and mentally unwind in a story really does the trick. 

"For me, wellness is about finding ways to feel good in my body." –Lily

Nina Mullen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Nina has an MBA from Harvard Business School and built her career in the consumer startup space. At Hilma, she collaborates with the scientific advisory board, leading Hilma’s unique research and development process, as well as managing Hilma’s offline retail strategy. 

What does wellness mean to you? 
Wellness for me is about finding moments throughout the day to feel calm and grateful for all I have, even if it is just five minutes.

What does an ideal Saturday look like for you?
Running with my husband, catching up on work from the prior week while making bread or soup, and hosting a dinner party.

Three things you always keep at your work-from-home station? 
Green or black tea, my to do list, and a plant of some sort!

Any non-negotiable daily rituals? 
Walking without looking at my phone at all to and from the subway (when that was still a thing). Nowadays it's doing some type of workout everyday, got to keep moving!

Last book you read?
The Overstory by Richard Powers

What’s always in your fridge?
Berries, arugula, and really good parmesan.

Morning or night person?
Morning.

Go-to techniques for managing stress?
The age old question. Let me know when you find the key! For me I try to walk at some point in the evening when I am finishing up work and then try for the life of me to not look at my emails in the few moments before sleep but am always failing…! 

 

Hilary Quartner, Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Hilary built her career in the retail and consumer products industry and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Hilma, she is focused on building the direct-to-consumer and ecommerce channels, as well as growth strategy, and finance.

What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness for me is about balance. As good as I feel when I exercise, sometimes it’s just as important to do nothing and recharge. As good as I feel when I eat veggies, sometimes it’s just as important to eat ice cream. Could go on and on.

What does an ideal Saturday look like for you?
Working out with friends, going on walks through the neighborhood with my husband, and trying new restaurants (or recipes).

Three things you always keep at your work-from-home station? 
A cup of Hilma Immune Support, photos of people I love, and scratch paper.

Any non-negotiable daily rituals? 
I wake up, have coffee immediately, and meditate every morning. If I don’t have time to go on a walk or work out, I always try to at least stretch for a bit as I wait for my toast to finish!

Last book you read?
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

What’s always in your fridge?
Fresh spinach, navel oranges, and Yellow Bird Hot Sauce.

Morning or night person?
Morning--I love the air in the morning.

Go-to techniques for managing stress?
A good laugh and a hug generally help me put things into perspective!