District Boss Interview: V of Goûter
V is the owner of Goûter Raw Organic Tonics and Cleanses
Everyone loves a fresh and healthy juice drink, but few people understand the immense benefits fresh ingredients can have. V Orban is the powerhouse behind Goûter's fresh organic tonics and her drinks fuel the lady bosses of DC. She created her recipes to heal her own body, and we are so thankful she chose to share them with the rest of the world! Read on to learn more about how her DC-made drinks came to be!
1. Tell us about your business!
We are a local, DC-based, woman-owned functional beverage company. We use premium all organic ingredients to make the best tasting alkaline water-based beverage for your body’s everyday needs. We keep it raw, as in made fresh daily, with real ingredients and a short shelf life. Whether it’s pre or post workout, as a morning or afternoon snack, there's a tonic for every part of your day. By choosing Goûter, you choose the best, so you can go be your best!
2. What lead you to where you are today?
The story of Goûter began in 2011 when I had emergency surgery from a ruptured ulcer. I became determined to use my diet as an agent for change instead of taking a lifelong prescription of antacids. Living a very on-the-go lifestyle & being a single mom, I wanted a grab & go beverage for fuel to nourish and energize me throughout the day. So was born this functional superfuel, which I swear by to this day. Whether I’m walking to pick up my daughter from school, making deliveries, going for a run, or biking around the city, I always have a Goûter with me.
3. What brings you the most joy when creating and sharing your tonics?
The part of Goûter I've loved the most since starting is talking to people and making them realize they can take their health into their own hands. From my own experience, I don't believe that Western medicine is the best solution to getting better when you're not feeling well. You have to be in touch with your body and listen to what it needs instead of masking these ailments by taking pills. Many of our issues have to do with lack of sleep, excess stress, dehydration and poor nutrition. We simply need to commit to making long term lifestyle changes to get healthy again, as opposed to taking medication. I've learned we're much more in control of our health than we're made to believe. That moment of making people feel empowered and making them realize they can take back their health is what gives me the most joy!
4. What’s the best part of being an entrepreneur? The most difficult part?
The best part is being able to create my own schedule. I'm first and foremost a single mom and that is a huge reason I started Goûter when my daughter was 4. I wanted to see her more and didn't want to be dictated by formal hours of a 'real job'.The hardest part has been organization. I've never been an organized human, but it is 100% a skill you need as an entrepreneur. My solution: hire my super organized mom so she can do it for me!
5. How do you stay motivated and continue to grow, personally and professionally?
Being an entrepreneur is like being on a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and you have to learn to go with the flow and adapt. I go through ups and downs of being motivated. When I'm feeling low, I turn to my tribe - the people that know me best and will remind me why I started this and why I need to keep on moving forward, one foot in front of the other. As an entrepreneur, personal and professional growth are closely tied together because you can't have one without the other. I am challenged everyday to be a better mom, business owner, friend daughter, and sister.
6. What’s your nighttime routine?
I'm embarrassed to answer this. By the time I have dinner made for my daughter and I, eat, do the dishes, play a board game and she goes to bed, I'm beat. I've been trying to get better about a routine but often will fall asleep on the couch reading. I'll wake up in the middle of the night, move myself to the bed and doze off until the alarm rings.
7. What’s one piece of advice you would give to other entrepreneurs?
It's so hard to pick just one. I've made so many mistakes and have learned so much from them in the past 7 years. To me, the most important piece of advice is this. 'Be persistent. Be resilient. Be patient. It sounds simple, but trust me, it's not. These are the characteristics that will get you over the hurdles, will get you through the hard days, and will make you push harder for what really matters most to you.
Thank you so much V! You are incredible.