Let me start by saying welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my story. I feel such a strong calling to heal wounded spirits and bring confidence and joy out in people.
My name is Tanya Doveton. I’m a South African wife and mom of two little girls. My journey to self-love and acceptance was not an easy one, but I’m humbled to be in a place of healing and can wholeheartedly help others on their journey to finding their purpose.
I believe it all starts by understanding that what it means to be beautiful is a perception. We’re all born with a unique quilt of DNA, so how could we possibly look like the woman on the front cover of Vogue magazine? We can’t, it’s physically impossible. But we can gain her confidence and feel “beauty” in the way that she experiences it.
We all have wellness challenges that we’re constantly faced with. Take me for example, I have rosacea. Rosacea is redness caused by inflammation of the capillaries under the skin. Before understanding that rosacea can flare up from certain triggers, I just thought I had “bad” skin. So, what did I do? I covered it up with foundation. I never left the house without wearing foundation. But later in life, I educated myself on the triggers that worsened the condition, and through avoiding inflammatory foods and drinking lots of water I almost cured my rosacea and experienced what it was like to have beautiful skin.
Tululla was born through my journey to find my confidence. Growing up as a competitive swimmer, I learned first-hand the impact nutrition had on my body’s ability to perform. My love for racing in the water inspired me to want to access every element within my control. Understanding the fundamentals of nutrition and supplementation helped me become a successful athlete.
Being a young female athlete and 6ft at 12 years old had some challenges that I wasn’t emotionally mature enough to filter out. I was bullied for being “so huge”. Sadly, I developed an extreme case of body dysmorphia. I began drastically losing weight, which resulted in a loss of muscle and strength. I was skin and bone. My body was merely surviving. The way I saw myself followed me into adulthood. My obsession to be thin was no longer about my weight, it became more about the concept that “being big” wasn’t accepted. I told myself that I wouldn’t be loved if I wasn’t thin. My relationship with food became toxic and that feeling of not being worthy is something I wish never existed. Through living many years with a malnourished body, my hair and nails were brittle and were so weak, they just wouldn’t grow.
I’ve recently been through a life-altering transformation in the way that my mind speaks to me. Through hundreds of self-help books, therapy, and transformational podcasts, I can finally say I understand what it means to love myself and the difference that makes in the world around me. As Mother Theresa says, “I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” We can empower, inspire, and spread kindness in the world. All it takes is experiencing the powerful effect this energy has on us, and the ripple effect it creates in our lives.
For me, living a life of purpose is about helping you see your worth. It’s so important to feel good about who you are and continue to share that feeling. Have I got it all figured out? Absolutely not. I believe you never stop growing and learning. Through my own experiences, I learned that true beauty is more than just skin deep, it’s about how you feel on the inside that really counts. I set out to create a natural wellness product range that matched this philosophy. The Tululla brand is built upon many of my own personal beliefs. It was important to me to be conscious of the impact my brand would have on the planet. Do I use plastic in my daily life? Sadly yes, is it even possible not to? But as a new business, I challenged myself to find a plastic-free solution and use ingredients and products that proved to match my earth-friendly goals.
Confidence is infectious. Happiness is infectious. When we’re around people who are gleaming with good energy, we feel better, we’re lifted. So, wouldn’t you want to have that effect on yourself and those around you? And, in return, you feel fulfilled and happy. Isn’t that what truly living means?
I’m so excited to embark on this journey with you and I would be honored to hear your story as it’s worth telling. Sharing your pain starts the healing process. Reach out to us and tell us about your journey to self-acceptance and finding your worth. You may still be searching for the answers or haven’t started at all. But remember this, the Tululla community is a safe space to grow and we’re here to listen.