Author and Life Designer Julie Reisler, is the founder and CEO of Empowered Living, a Life Design and personal development company. Julie is a TEDx speaker, host of The You-est You podcast (Randi was recently interviewed!) and a Lululemon Ambassador. While Julie has a Master’s Degree in Coaching and more than 12 certifications in health and wellbeing, her masters could have been in people pleasing and crappy self esteem. Author of, Get a PhD in YOU: A Course in Miraculous Self-Discovery, Julie authentically shares the extensive personal-growth wisdom that came from her own struggles with body image, relationships, and feeling “not enough.” Julie is enamored with helping you to master your inner world so you can master your outer world. Julie’s purpose and passion is to guide you to become your you-est you! She is a mama of two, step-mama of one, happily remarried, and in love with her very imperfect life.
What makes you a Beyond Mom?
I’m obsessed with personal development, being my best self and teaching that to my children – more by ‘being’ than ‘talking’ since the former is a lot more powerful. The success of my career, is directly related to my being in tune with my purpose and passion, which means that everything; my time, sweat, dollars, conversations and energy spent in and on my business, is about showing up as an uplifter, leader and someone who is inspiring, empowering and living & breathing a positive mindset. Doing this and raising children is not always the easiest thing to balance. I try and be ultra present in either, and have learned that you can’t fake presence with your children.
What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?
The capacity to love unconditionally, my ability to be patient (big one) and hold my tongue, honing and using my emotional intelligence, consistency (still a major work in progress) and leadership.
Can you share a collaboration/success story with another woman; what helped the collaboration become successful?
I’m a huge fan of collaboration, especially with other women who are looking to do amazing things in the world. About 3 years ago I co-led a retreat called ‘Joy Camp’ in AZ at a beautiful spot in Scottsdale with Connie Bowman. We are both entrepreneurs with a background in health and wellbeing, acting and a love for spirituality. We decided on a whim to create this retreat and without prior experience, we designed and hosted an incredible 3-day transformative and super joyful retreat for women with incredible speakers, activities, meals, a psychic and even a personalized exclusive mala bead making workshop. We had a blast and even though came up against a few bumps – day before campers arrived we had to get food and it was 120 degrees out. We had to get everything to the fridge asap. It was a bit of a hot mess but it ended up working beautifully.
What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?
First and foremost, my relationship with myself. I practice meditation every morning (I aim for 10, but sometimes it’s 1 minute). I have a few very close girl friends whom I connect with daily or almost daily. They are about supporting one another, being honest and loving and are incredibly dear to me. My husband is also one…he is the exemplar of unconditional love, acceptance and humility.
Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing?
I can’t help but dream to be a guest on Super Soul Sunday talking about being the you-est you. There are many others, but that has been one for a while for many reasons.
What wellness activity can you not live without? What is one thing you do daily that balances you?
For starters, meditation. I used to resist it (part of the reason I started meditating). It has changed my brain and my ability to be patient with myself and others, to respond vs. react and be a lot kinder to moi. I also love to do daily journaling (intentions, gratitude, prosperity) as well as at least a short yoga flow.
How does style influence the way you stay feeling ‘Beyond’? Who is currently your favorite designer?
I feel quite blessed to be a Lululemon ambassador and must say, I was already wearing a lot of their clothing (on and off the mat). I do love my Lululemon clothes, but would say Anthropologie is a close second and Kendra Scott is definitely my fave for accessories. I have a gold cuff with cut out and I’m wearing it in almost all my photos. I love her story and find her to be exceptionally empowering.
Favorite Local Spots that Embody The Beyond Mom:
Whole Foods – shopping, coffee dates, quick lunches, longer meals, healthy snacks, people watching, and about to do a book signing. I travel often for business and always first find the nearest Whole Foods. True story.
Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:
Cocktail: Titos vodka with fresh lime, ginger and club soda – I don’t drink a lot because I have Hashimoto’s (thyroid condition/autoimmune).
Food: I love avocados and anything with it. Salad, eggs, meat, fish, just with lemon and salt.
These days, it’s yoga. My body is needing a lot of stretching and flow. I have a certification in pilates, barre and personal training…all of which I love and try and use (could be doing more) but yoga is my first love these days.
I love India Hicks (high end beautiful luxurious goods and gifts), Lululemon, Lucky, Free People, Anthropologie, Target and just found my new favorite Lucky jeans at Marshalls. Still a huge fan of Wholefoods and Trader Joes.