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Each week in LYMA Lives we speak to thought leaders, wellness warriors, business pioneers and entrepreneurs from around the world to find out what motivates them, how they got to where they are, and what they would have done differently given the chance.
This week we chatted to entrepreneur, yoga instructor, blogger and writer Julie Montagu about consciously creating and committing to happiness, cultivating compassion, and how moving from the USA to the UK helped her develop a penchant for evening baths.
Okay, so to be completely honest, since the pandemic started, I've made a choice to create some form of happiness every day. Whether that’s practicing yoga, making rose hip syrup, going on a long walk or plunging into our ice cold, frogs and all, au natural pool. I made a commitment to find and feel happiness every day.
I’m a real believer in New Year. So at the end of every year, I take stock of what worked and what didn’t and what I can change for the year ahead. I’m a New Year resolution believer.
Over lockdown I took an online Cultivating Compassion Training through Stanford University, and those meditations really challenged me. The course as a whole challenged me, but it changed me for the better too. And that right there illustrates why we, humans, enjoy challenges; challenges shift and spark something within us, for the better.
I don’t regret my life experiences that were hard, because I’ve not only learned from them but I’m able to pass on what I learned to my children. But of course I do sometimes regret small, insignificant things like not taking an umbrella because I thought I knew better than the weather forecast!
My four children of course.
Time heals. This is just a moment. This moment will eventually pass and you will learn from it.
Oh my gosh. Where do I start? I’m obsessed. I take it everywhere I go. For starters, energy and mood - just wow. It’s like I’m high on life every second of every day. My hair also is significantly prettier than it was before!
I might be an American who grew up with showers, but I’m English at heart and love a good evening bath.
I remind myself that I have a choice. I can stay like this or I can do something about it. And that something might be something as simple as a walk outside, but boy does it help.
Beer and chips, definitely.