“If I can prevent only one person from developing and suffering from an eating disorder then I have not suffered in vain.” – Robyn, Board Member
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Wellness has always brought Jude and I together! We first met at The Victorian, collaborating how to help women with eating disorders commit to lasting recovery. That was three years ago and soooooooooo much has happened since then! For one I left working as Support Staff at The Victorian and dedicated myself solely to writing and Rewrite Beautiful. Jude has pursued her own adventures as the CEO and Founder of Hawk + Lily, but I’ll let her tell you more about that amazing adventure!
Irvina: Jude thank you for speaking with me today! So tell me what is this non-profit, yoga, wellness project you are working on?
Jude: At the moment, I'm creating the Karma Yoga program for the Soul Center organization — our goal is to bring free yoga, meditation, and energy healing services to underserved populations. By pairing yoga teachers and holistic practitioners with a multitude of non-profit organizations, we're already inspiring greater health in body, mind, and spirit for those in addiction recovery, at-risk youth, domestic abuse survivors, hospice clients, homeless populations, veterans, cancer patients, and more.
I believe that volunteering is one of those things in your life that you don't know is missing until you start doing it. It's a wonderful opportunity to remind ourselves of how blessed we are for all that we DO have (two hands that can hug a friend, ten toes that help us stand tall, a bed to sleep in, a roof over our heads, and a heart that beats strong), rather than all the things we *think* we don't have.
Best of all, I've been lucky enough to experience — as both an instructor and as a student — how moving meditations such as yoga can make a genuine difference in improving one's life. That's why I've also created a company called Hawk+Lily to inspire everyone to rediscover the joy we were born with!
Hawk+Lily offers workshops rooted in nature that enhance one's ability to live to our greatest potential by balancing inner and outer strength. The "hawk" represents inner strength and the wisdom within each and every one of us, while the "lily" symbolizes one's natural beauty and grace. By bringing both elements together, we are more readily able to live abundantly wonderful lives and reach our fullest potential. Most importantly, Hawk+Lily encourages every individual to: "Love life. Thrive!"
Irvina: Wow! I’m kind of blown away right now. You know what a fan I am of connecting with non-profits! Hawk + Lily sounds incredible too! Well done my friend! Well done! So can you tell me what fueled your passion to start this?
Jude: Well, I am most passionate about encouraging every individual to BELIEVE that we can all be greater than we ever imagined possible. In every endeavor I choose to pursue, I believe in supporting each person's unique journey to live to our fullest potential, and to remember to HAVE FUN in everything we do!
Whatever happens in life, I believe intention and perspective makes all the difference in the world and sometimes, we just need a helping hand to see it from a different point-of-view that fosters growth and love and healing.
I hope that each and every individual discovers the opportunity, confidence, and strength to BE and LIVE in ways more amazing than ever believed possible. I believe that one of those ways is through the practice of yoga, meditation, and energy work. By going inward, we connect to that higher self within on an all levels — emotional, physical, and spiritual — to become our best selves and to inspire that light within others.
"Namaste" means "the Divine within me honors and salutes the Divine within you." In eastern practices, the belief is that we are born divine. We don't have to seek outside of ourselves for the answer to pure bliss and true wellness. We're already whole! And, we have all the "right answers" within just waiting to unfold.
Irvina: Amen sister! One of my favorite things about yoga is the reminder to go at your own pace. Life is a journey and we get of course when we pay more attention to other peoples journeys instead of enjoying our own.
So Jude, you’re a busy girl, what do you do for fun?
Jude: EVERYTHING can be fun. But, what brings an instant smile to my face is being around the people I love (even those who are sometimes challenging) and being out in nature. That's why I surf, rock climb, hike, yoga, and more recently, golf.
I also like to put on soul-movin' tunes and dance to my heart's delight in my apartment, listen to thought-provoking audiobooks and podcasts, and play with anything that involves creativity and color, like cooking!
Irvina: I like imagining you soul-movin in your kitchen! Ha! So, what is the craziest thing you have done?
Jude: O, there's plenty of crazy things I've done — whether purposefully or purely by accident. Mostly, I think the craziest and best things I've ever done are to listen to — and follow — my heart. Even when hard, it's always been right. And, in the end, I marvel at how wonderfully things turn out, so that I've never been happier!
Irvina: Dang that heart! It’s so hard to listen to, but it’s ALWAYS right! So Jude what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?
Jude: I am proud that my words have brought me around the world www.imalwayswrite.com/ to experience an array of adventures that keep on coming! And, I'm lucky that to share those memories with friends and family every step of the way.
By combining my passion for writing with teaching yoga and offering Reiki energy, I have also been blessed to inspire incredible transformations with people everywhere I go around the world.
Teaching yoga and offering Reiki healing services has been a beautifully kind and richly rewarding experience for both the practitioner and the recipient — it's definitely been one of the greatest gifts I've ever received and shared!
Through my guided meditations and yoga classes, I encourage every individual to discover the strength that comes not only in movement, but also in building inner awareness through genuine vulnerability. And, because every person is unique, the flow of creativity that is generated throughout one's practice is amazing to behold.
Irvina: Huh, I never thought of my yoga practice as creative. I’ll have to remember that tonight! So, who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?
Jude: The most beautiful woman I know is the one who embraces everything she is and loves herself entirely — this could be you! There is no limit to the amount of greatness that you can inspire just by being exactly who you are. You can bring strength to the weak, deepen sweetness for those who've forgotten what it means to be kind, and bring brilliance to a room that did not know it was dark. The most beautiful woman I know is not someone without imperfections or who does not make mistakes; it is someone who transforms those "flaws" into a wonderfully flawless representation of exactly who she is and creates learning opportunities from the "oops" moments. She is, simply, an amazing woman warrior.
Irvina: I looooooooooooove that! If you combined all my “oops” moments you would have to consider me drop dead gooooogeous! Which I consider I am ;) So my dear, what do you wish young women knew about beauty?
Jude: I wish that every person — woman or man — would know that beauty comes from being true to oneself, from being kind to others, from leading the way rather than simply following paths tried and true. I wish that every individual could recognize that the light within will only shine if given permission to be exactly as we are designed to be, brilliant right to the core. And most of all, that the way we are today is not the way we were yesterday, nor will is the way we'll be tomorrow, so that in this moment, we are given an opportunity to make the best of what we've got and that it can be absolutely fun to do just that!
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