Lively: Thanks for sharing your day with us! To kick things off, can you tell us about what you do at Vital Proteins and what you enjoy about your role?
Celeste Johnson: My role is new to Vital Proteins. My primary responsibility is product compliance. That means raw materials that go into our formulations, the overall formulation and the label. Checking claims definitely [are a part of the job.] There are claims we can’t make because of our product type, so my role is to 1.) Make sure that it’s a claim we can make as a dietary supplement, and then 2.) Just do a quick double check to make sure we have the data we need to support that.
What I enjoy is that every day is different. There’s always a new question, which is partly due to Vital moving so quickly. But also, there are new products coming out and sometimes we want to claim things in a different way. So, I get lots of different questions from everywhere, and I think that’s what I enjoy most about it.
L: Walk us through your morning routine – how has it changed (or not) since staying home?
CJ: I definitely think because I’m a single mom, especially before, it was crazy in the morning. We would wake up and there’s breakfast and then I’d make my son’s lunch for school. And then getting my son together and myself together and getting in the car in rush hour traffic. That was what my morning used to look like. Now, we’re more easy breezy. We get up, we might shower, we might not. I’ll have my matcha [Editor’s note: made withVital Proteins Matcha Collagen], he signs into his classes online, I log in at work and we just do our thing. It’s very chill.
L: Where have you been getting inspiration for projects or tasks you might be working on throughout the day?
CJ: That mostly comes from the people I work with. Almost in every regulatory role, what excites me is the excitement that comes from other people about their products. What first got me interested about Vital was the website and how colorful it is, but then, as I interact with people, everyone has that same energy. That’s where I get my energy from. If you’re excited about the product, then I’m excited about it and I’m going to help you get it out to the market as quickly as possible.
L: Lunchtime! What’s your plan?
CJ:It depends. If my son is not here, I usually work out at lunchtime. I go to Orangetheory. When he is here, I make us lunch. I call them small plates. It’s like boiled eggs, carrots, crackers and fruit. We usually fit in a quick binge-watch ofBlack-ish orMixed-ish. So, we sit down, we snack and we chat and we do a quick 1 or 2 episodes of whatever show we’re watching at the time.
L: You’re hitting your mid-afternoon slump. How do you re-energize your afternoon?
CJ: I go back to my matcha latte, but I only do half a serving. That’s what I do in the afternoons to wake myself up a little bit. My son’s school ends at 2 p.m., and that’s supposed to be P.E. So, around 2 p.m., we turn on the music and dance around the house. He’ll go shower after and then I go back to work.
L: How have you been practicing #wellnessfromhome these days
CJ: Initially, I was just moving from room to room. This was before I had my desk set up. I felt like I was too comfortable, so what I did was I made sure I set up a workspace separate from all of my other spaces. I have a desk now that was in my garage that I forgot about. Occasionally, I’ll go out to the deck and work from there. But between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., I turn my computer off and I don’t pick it back up until the next morning. I’m not checking emails. I’m just making it clear that work is over and let’s move onto the evening if that means starting dinner or having a glass of wine or taking off from where we left off at lunchtime with our binge shows. It definitely means having a separate space.
Rapid Fire Questions
Favorite Podcast? While Black
Favorite Workout? A 60-minute Orangetheory Fitness class
Binge-worthy Show? Blackish orCreeped Out
Favorite VP product? Matcha Collagen. I make it with skim milk, vanilla creamer, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg.