my personal story
Oh hey LADY. I’M JUSTINE: A STRATEGIST FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, AN ANIMAL LOVER, PASTA ENTHUSIAST AND SELF LOVE TEACHER.
MY AIM IS SIMPLE; BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS STOPPING US LADIS FROM LIVING A LIFE BURSTING WITH SELF LOVE AND JOY.
Originally a Sunshine State native, my two great loves are my shihtzu crossed toy poodle and pasta - of any kind. I approach both life and work with heart and authenticity.
To me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a woman fall head over heels in love with herself.
My life story has seen me go through one hell of a ride emotionally and personally. From toxic controlling relationships, to financial failures, insomnia, ending up in hospital, losing my job (not once but three super fun times), moving interstate, playing the 'comparisonitis' game, having numerous dating disasters (some funny, some not so much!), panic attacks, starting my first business (and losing a business partner), feeling alone, worthless, fat, unmotivated, uninspired, depressed, anxious - it's been a journey to say the very least.
Now don't get me wrong, I am beyond grateful for my experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. And although the above sounds pretty shit, I have also experienced some pretty amazing things and met some beautiful people along the way.
I am exceptionally hard on myself (as most women are), and it wasn't until I read Melissa Ambrosini's book "Mastering Your Mean Girl" that I realised I had completely lost all control of the thoughts going on in my head. And that needed to change. Stat.
And so began my self awareness journey. I changed my diet, practiced meditation, wrote various mantras on my bathroom mirror, had reminders going off on my phone every 20 mins reminding me of all the positive things in my life, practiced gratitude on a daily basis, upped my exercise (the devil!), popped more vitamins and supplements than one should and worshiped the ground Tony Robbins walks on. AKA I went full throttle "all in". And I discovered it was a) very expensive and b) pretty stressful.
So fast forward to now. I am a work in progress, every single day. But I have found what works for me and what makes me feel full. I have learnt what my triggers are and what I need when they start to come to life.
Apart from the massive self learnings, I also discovered how many other women don't make time for themselves, inundate themselves with negative self talk, are anxious, tired and are stuck in shitty relationships or jobs because they don't have the confidence to set themselves free.
If I had a dollar for every time someone said their purpose was to be 'happy', I would be a rolling in it! I think we like the idea that there's ultimate happiness to be attained. I think we like the idea we can be 100% fulfilled and satisfied with our lives and ourselves. Everyone enjoys what feels good. Everyone wants a carefree, happy and blissful life. To fall in love, to be well-respected and admired, to look perfect with little to no effort - isn't that the dream?!
I think a better purpose in life would be joy. And joy doesn't always look like happiness. But joy can be there, even in times of suffering.
We all have really crappy days, so let's not try and pretend we don't. Instead, let's equip ourselves with the tools to be able to tackle those days.
I created The Soul Strategist as a platform to guide women to get back to living a life bursting with joy. I don't pretend to have all the solutions, but through my experiences and training, I aim to equip as many women as possible with the tools and strategies to live their best life. As women, we are up against enough. So, let's not add ourselves to that list.
Wishing you an awesome day filled with joy.