A woman has opened up about how she went from being an aspiring nun to a sex-positive entrepreneur dedicated to helping people achieve powerful and frequent orgasms.
Katie Enright is the founder and CEO of the cannabis lube company Lavinia, a surprising career choice for a devout Catholic who once contemplated a life of celibacy in the church.
She gave up her plans to become a nun after she fell for a man and prayed to God for guidance, but she still considered herself a Christian to this day.
‘I actually think I’m doing God’s work now more than ever,’ she told DailyMail.com of the community she was fostering through Lavinia.
Katie Enright went from being an aspiring nun to the founder and CEO of the cannabis lube company Lavinia
‘I actually think I’m doing God’s work now more than ever,’ she told DailyMail.com of helping people achieve their best orgasms
Enright grew up in a large Catholic household in the west suburbs of Chicago, the sixth of seven children. Her parents were open and loving, which made her religious upbringing a positive experience filled with ‘a lot of light and a lot of love.’
‘It was kind of the most ideal situation in terms of growing up in a religious household,’ she explained.
Enright planned on staying a virgin until she got married, and her mother would talk to her about the ‘excitement of the wedding night’ during their sex talks.
Her devotion to her faith only increased in college, where she had active roles in the school’s spiritual groups. She also served as the social chair of her sorority, despite not drinking alcohol or having sex.
‘I was really embarrassed to tell people how religious I was… It just was so unheard of that somebody would actually become a nun,’ she said.
Enright wanted privacy as she contemplated joining a convent and made the decision to study abroad in Ireland when she was in her early 20s.
She was assigned to live in a dorm with four girls and four boys, representing six different countries, including a French man she called ‘Francois.’
Enright said she and Francois wouldn’t have been friends ‘under normal circumstances,’ but they ended up falling for each other.
Enright grew up in a Catholic household in the west suburbs of Chicago and was contemplating becoming a nun when she traveled to Ireland to study abroad in her 20s
He would wake her up with breakfast in bed and write her love notes while they were living together, but he respected her boundaries and kept their romance innocent.
‘It was just such a wild experience because it’s like here I go from deciding if I was going to be a nun to the most romantic situation I’ve ever heard of,’ she said.
After she left Ireland, she flew to Rome to make her final decision about becoming a nun.
Enright fell for a French man she called ‘Francois’ before heading to Rome to make her decision about becoming a nun
She was confused and unsure of what to do when she headed to the Sistine Chapel to pray for guidance.
She knew she wanted to be a wife and mother, but she felt obligated to devote her life to her faith until having what she described as a ‘conversation with God.’
‘I was praying, and God said, “Well, what do you want for your life? And I said, “Well, I really want to be a wife and a mother,”‘ she recalled. ‘He said, “You should do that.” And I was like, “But what if no one becomes a priest or a nun?” And he said, “That’s not your burden. That’s not your issue to worry about.”‘
Enright said she finally felt free to move forward with her life knowing that God had helped her make her decision.
Francois drove from Belgium to Rome to get her, and they traveled throughout Italy together before going their separate ways.
She was on a new path, but she was still ‘super intimidated’ by sex and was embarrassed that she had less sexual experience than her younger friends.
‘I literally started taking all of these webinars, all of these classes, and before I knew it, I kind of became a sexpert,’ she said.
After praying to God, she abandoned her plans to live a life of celibacy and shifted her focus to learning everything she could about sex – including making her own cannabis lube
Enright’s homemade lube was so popular with her friends that she hired a Ph.D. chemist to help her find the ‘perfect ratio of THC and CBD’ and launched her company
But even with all of her newfound knowledge, she never imagined she would end up selling cannabis-infused sex products.
Enright was training for her second marathon when she tried a cannabis balm to treat her aches and pains.
Lavinia’s Oh.Hi is a silicone-based cannabis lubricant intended to enhance sexual pleasure
‘Within three minutes after I put it on, my back pain was completely gone, and the same thing with my knee,’ she said. ‘I was like, “Holy cow, this really works.”‘
As she continued to research the health benefits of cannabis, she found a blog post about how to make a weed-infused lubricant that was ‘baby-making good.’
There is research that shows THC — the main psychoactive compound in cannabis — may enhance sexual pleasure and improve the ability to orgasm.
Dr. Kristina Collins, a board-certified dermatologist, explained on the Lavinia website that THC delivered directly to the vagina or anus may increase the dilation of vessels and blood circulation.
This can lead to ‘increased sexual excitement, heightened perception of touch, and improved orgasm.’
Enright was excited to put cannabis lube to the test, but she was unable to find a recipe or product that wasn’t made with coconut oil, which breaks down latex condoms and can cause vaginal infections.
Enright is also working on a sexual education platform to combat the abstinence-only messaging that is associated with a religious upbringing
‘Just having a place people can come and talk to somebody about sex and not feel so alone and not feel uneducated or ill-equipped, I think is really important,’ she said
She started experimenting in her kitchen, infusing cannabis into a silicone lubricant to make her own batch.
‘Then I tried it, and I was like, “Holy f***, this is amazing,”‘ she said. ‘I was bartending at the time at a really trendy bar in West Hollywood, and I would give it to my regulars [and] my coworkers just as an act of love without any thought to it.’
Enright was starting a shift one day when a man walked in and asked, ‘Hey, are you the weed lube girl?’ and offered to buy some.
‘As soon as he said, “I’ll totally buy it,” I was like, “Oh this is a company. This is something that I need to pursue,”‘ she said.
Enright hired a Ph.D. chemist and went through 25 different formulas before finding one that was the ‘perfect ratio of THC and CBD.’
After launching Lavinia, she was surprised to learn ‘how many women have not had orgasms.’ She recalled speaking with a woman who was in her 50s and had never climaxed with herself or a partner.
The company has plans to expand its product line to include before-and-after sex gummies and ‘anal shooters for enhanced pleasure during anal sex.’
She is also working on a sexual education platform to combat the abstinence-only messaging that is associated with a religious upbringing.
‘Just having a place people can come and talk to somebody about sex and not feel so alone and not feel uneducated or ill-equipped, I think is really important,’ she said.
How to Be a Caregiver
Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady who started the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, famously stated that there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will become caregivers and those who will need caregivers.
Sometimes a person becomes a caregiver overnight after a health crisis, like a stroke or cancer diagnosis. But often, caregiving starts slowly with a few errands like picking up groceries. While you may not call yourself a caregiver, at some point it becomes clear that life has changed and you don’t have the freedom to go on vacation or out with friends unless someone else can step into your caregiving role.
“If we acknowledge that we’re caregivers, we’re much more apt to get resources, support and services that can help us in that role and help the loved ones we’re caring for,” said Amy Goyer, author of “Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving,” and a caregiving expert for AARP, the advocacy group for older people. “Personally it’s important to acknowledge it. It’s something to plan for and schedule in your life.”
When I asked readers who had cared for a loved one to tell me what we should know about caregiving, I received hundreds of emails from current and former caregivers who wanted to help. What was most notable is how consistently caregivers talked about the joy and satisfaction of the work they do, despite the enormous hardship it sometimes imposed. A reader named Marnie shared her memories of caring for her mother.
“The early days of taking care of Mom weren’t easy. It’s always difficult having to live with someone else, and I know she felt it too. But we shared our feelings and worked things out. My favorite memory is of Mom and me sitting on our wonderful screened-in porch, listening to the Sinatra station while Mom rocked in her chair, and I worked on my needlepoint. We would spend hours on that porch. Mom has been gone for four years now. If I could spend just a few more hours with her on that screened-in porch, rocking and needlepointing, I’d be in heaven.”Caregiving requires an enormous commitment of time and energy, and most of this guide focuses on practical advice for getting organized and finding resources to ease the burden. But experienced caregivers also offer six personal strategies to guide you through the challenging times.
1. Let the patient lead. Readers consistently talked about the importance of autonomy for the one receiving care. Include the person in care decisions whenever possible. Make sure doctors don’t talk as if the patient isn’t in the room.
2. Focus on comfort. Let comfort, joy and pleasure be your guideposts. Try not to nag. Readers talked about the importance of small moments of shared joy — listening to swing music or a favorite crooner, playing card games and going for ice cream.
3. Listen to the experts. Find experts to advise you, and listen to them. Arm yourself with information from caregiving organizations and support groups. Trust your instincts. Ignore most of the unsolicited advice you are likely to receive.
4. Talk to other caregivers. Support groups will be one of your best resources.
5. Take care of yourself. Even five- and 10-minute breaks during the day can help. Try keeping a gratitude journal, download a meditation app or do a six-minute workout to refresh your mind and body. Use adult day care or in-home caregivers from time to time so you can take a break. Take up friends on their offers to help, even if it’s just to get your hair done. Exercising, sleeping and eating well will make you a better caregiver for your loved one.
6. Shed the guilt. Guilt is a common theme here, but experienced caregivers say it’s important to know your limits, practice self-compassion, ask for help and remind yourself that the work you’re doing is difficult and important.
K-Paul’s was supposed to become a French Quarter breakfast spot, now it’s a question mark
The closure of K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen during the pandemic marked the loss of one of the best-known New Orleans restaurants, the place where the legendary Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme came to fame.
By 2022, new plans emerged to turn its former location into something quite different, a concept called French Quarter Boulangerie. The idea was to field high-volume, quick-service all-day breakfast and lunch in the French Quarter.
Now, though those plans are off, the historic property at 416 Chartres St. is gutted, and its owners are seeking new buyers or partners to step in as operators for a different restaurant here.
Plans for French Quarter Boulangerie were announced last summer as a project by Robert Thompson, whose company Angevin & Co. redeveloped the Frenchmen Hotel in the Marigny.
A rendering shows the interior of the forthcoming French Quarter Boulangerie