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Juliette Brindak + Miss O & Friends
aspirations + inspirations
August 08, 2016

"I’m working on letting go of all the structure, and instead, seeing how things play out."

First, the important questions :)

Heels or flats?

Heels! All my friends are tall so I always feel like a shrimp without them.

Sushi or Charcuterie?

Ugh- Both!!

Kids or Cats?

Kids

Flowers or Chocolates?

Ugh- Both!!

Money or Power?

Power

What is your name and what do you do?

My name is Juliette Brindak… actually, now Juliette Blake! I just got married. I’m the co-founder of Miss O & Friends, which is a safe socialization site for tween & young teen girls, which aims to help build self-esteem.

When do you feel the most “in flow”?

When I’m working out, cooking or taking a walk with my headphones in.

What has starting your own company taught you about your own emotions and personality?

A LOT! I’m a very emotional person, which I’ve always known about myself, but I have learned new things that I’m sensitive to or upset me more than I may have thought.  I think over the years I have also become more cynical, and have learned the way not always trust what you hear. The “perfectionist” in me has also come out, and the need to be organized and on top of things.

What is the hardest thing you have ever gone through?

Oof- tough question because there have been a lot of really hard things. But I think the overall theme is: being so close to a huge success and then it doesn’t happen and there is nothing I can do about it.

How do you handle and overcome tough emotions, like anxiety, fear, and frustration in your life? What keeps you going?

I cry.  It really does make me feel better. And I also workout- spinning, running. barre, yoga. A workout always makes me feel a lot better and totally clears my head. It also helps for me to talk it out- with my parents or my husband who usually see the situation differently than me. The new perspective and point of view helps for me to put everything into perspective and takes me back to why I do what I do: to help young girls.

Where is the resistance in your life, and how can you overcome it to say Yes more often?

Sometimes I’m too hard on myself, or I need everything to be perfect and the way I want it. Well… life doesn’t work like that, I’m working on letting go of all the structure, and instead, seeing how things play out.

What does it mean to you when we say that “looking good has nothing to do with how you look”?

So true! You’ll never “look good” unless you “look good” inside- your mind, body and spirit have to be happy and content… and you have to be happy and content with yourself and JUST yourself. And once you are beautiful to yourself, you’ll be beautiful to everyone else.

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

“Just put it out to the universe and it might give you what you’re asking for."

Disclaimer: I literally just got married on Saturday August 6 and I learned there were a lot of things that we totally out of my control… weather being the biggest, amongst many others. So this is a little “wedding colored glasses” tinted, if you know what I mean J I really had to relax and just let it all be… and I’m so happy I did because it was the most incredible day of my life.

5 Mindset Shifts That Can Make Good Nutrition Feel Almost Effortless
do's + don'ts
January 01, 2017

"lifelong healthy eating is actually less about the tools you have access to and more about your mindset."

Figuring out how to eat healthy without making it feel like a gruelling, unsustainable chore is seriously one of the biggest modern struggles of our time.

 Anyone can follow a meal plan or use a fancy app to help them hit their nutrition goals in the short-term, but keeping it up for years — decades even — is a completely different story.

Truth be told, lifelong healthy eating is actually less about the tools you have access to and more about your mindset.

 Health and nutrition tools can be useful for getting started, but do you really want to still be logging all your calories or following somebody else’s meal plan 10 years from now? Probably not.

 It’s time to start getting your mind in the game if you want to make healthy eating feel like the most natural, enjoyable, and totally effortless thing in the world!

Mindset shift #1: Focus on all the healthy foods you get to enjoy rather than all the not so healthy foods you have to give up.

If you want to make this work long-term, you need to stop thinking in terms of scarcity and start thinking in terms of what you’re gaining.

 Can’t get over the fact that you have to give up those cookies you’ve been grabbing from the kitchen cupboard every day after getting home from work?

 Think about a favorite piece of fruit that you could just eat loads of when you’re in need of something sweet — like grapes, berries, pineapple, watermelon, or something else — and make sure you stock up so you can nibble on a generous portion after a long workday.

 Mindset shift #2: Value the subtle messages your body gives you above calorie counting, macro balancing, etc.

Your body is more complex than you might want to believe, and though it’s nice to have all these tools that automatically calculate how much food you need and all these expert resources that tell you how much of Food X and Food Y to eat, your body is more complicated than that, and your body always knows best.

If you legitimately feel hungrier than usual, don’t let a calorie equation tell you not to eat. If you’re full after eating less than you expected, don’t force yourself to eat half a roasted chicken just to get your daily recommended amount of protein.

Mind and body must work together to create balance. Learn to listen to your body, and your body will do the rest.

Mindset shift #3: Know that flexibility is just as important as structured nutrition.

So maybe you already know that avocados are healthier than butter. And maybe you know that you feel the most energized when you eat three square meals a day. Structuring your eating habits like this is great, because it makes it easier to plan ahead and form habits.

Life, however, isn’t always going to be so structured, and you’ll need to be flexible with your eating so that you can skip a meal here, enjoy a donut there, or make your world famous scalloped potatoes at next week’s family reunion.

It really is all about balance. You need both structure and flexibility to make it work as a lifestyle.

Mindset shift #4: Swap your feelings of guilt for feelings of gratitude when you overindulge.

Logically understanding that it’s okay to splurge every so often is one thing, but feeling okay about it on an emotional level is another. If you still feel guilty after overindulging, look for what you’re grateful for about it.

Be grateful for how incredibly creamy that piece of cheesecake was, or how rare an occasion it is to be able to eat at your favourite restaurant in your hometown.

 Over time, gratitude will start to feel more natural during those instances when you overindulge a bit.

Mindset shift #5: Eat for the self that you are right now — not for the one you want to eventually be in the future.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight, tone your butt, melt that squishy part from your belly, rid yourself of digestive issues, feel more energized, or whatever else — make sure you work on accepting yourself, being kind to yourself, and loving yourself in this moment.

Changing your eating habits as punishment for who you are now is no way to create long-term habits that stick.

You can still love yourself now and work on improving yourself at the same time.

Food may be fuel, but how you think about it influences your entire relationship with it.

If you maintain a mindset where food is an enemy, your body is an enemy, and every fast food joint in town calling your name is an enemy, then you sure as heck will have a hard time making anything work over the long run.

To truly make good nutrition and health eating habits flow effortlessly with your lifestyle, you have to work on making peace with how you think about yourself, how you think about food, and how you think about the world around you. Only then will you break free from resistance to good nutrition.

How to Use Your Current Job to Discover Your Life Purpose
looks + feels
February 02, 2017

"Waking up to this realization is just the beginning...you can start using your current job to reveal what it is that you truly want to do with your life."

As a kid, you probably had big dreams for your future grown-up career.

 Whether you wanted to become a musician, a marine biologist, an astronaut,...

5 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself Against Other Women
insights + intimacy
January 01, 2017

"work on being kind to yourself and accepting every aspect of yourself as you are in this moment"

When you notice something that seems particularly desirable about another woman’s appearance, achievements, personality, attitude, or other personal attribute, do you stop and appreciate her for it? If you’re like most women, you probably don’t.

 If...

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