Posted: by Pallavi Wednesday, 7 March 2018 @ 11:27
Inspired to be my best self: role models and heroes
This year, in our quest to step up and be our
best selves, we wanted to learn from truly remarkable women, to use them as
role models to inspire us.
We are so excited to hear from Julie Montagu,
a woman who inspires us on a daily basis. Julie is a yoga instructor, healthy
food writer and published author, described as ‘one of the top 10 holistic
healers in the world’ by Cosmopolitan; but that doesn’t even tell half her
An American who married into the British
aristocracy, when she met and fell in love with the heir to the Earl of
Sandwich, not knowing who he was; four children to bring up; and a truly
challenging period of several years when her husband could barely get out of
bed, due to an addiction to prescription drugs that he was wrongly prescribed…
Julie had to become a one-woman entrepreneur overnight.
With a new book out dedicated to self-care,
focused on the importance of investing in yourself, if you are to be strong
enough to look after others; and an extremely busy year ahead of yoga teaching,
running retreats and several new projects, it’s amazing that Julie has also
managed to find the time to agree to be a guest presenter for the Royal Wedding
in May! As an American who has integrated easily into British society, Julie
has been in huge demand as a commentator on what Meghan Markle will need to
So – we are very excited to hear from Julie
about what motivates her.
What do you think
gave you the drive and determination to succeed?
Growing up in America, you are
told you can be anything you want to be, do anything you want to do, if you just
work hard. And this was instilled in me
by both my mother and my father at a young age and it’s stayed with me ever
since. I’ve always believed that life is
one big opportunity – it’s up to you take it or leave it.
How important have
role models been to you?
I love the ‘American Dream’ – and so the role models
to me have been those who have done just that: had a dream, worked hard,
believed in themselves, learned from their mistakes and never gave up. When I read about those stories, it makes me
even more determined.
When you were young,
do you remember having role models or people you truly admired?
Oprah Winfrey! As cheesey as that
may sound to some, I grew up with Oprah ever since she started on our local
Chicago channel and before she became BIG! My mom and I once went to one of her
tapings of The Oprah Show and even though I didn’t get to officially meet her,
I could FEEL her energy in the room and the way she just made people light
up. I remember thinking, I want to do
the same – light people up.
And as your entrepreneurial
career has progressed - who inspires you now?
Of course, it’s still Oprah but
Brene Brown has become a huge inspiration. Her TED talks and her books, in
particular ‘Daring Greatly’ and ‘Rising Strong’. Wonderful, inspiring reads for anyone who
wants to start believing in themselves and their unique gifts to the world.
And who, now, would
you say is an inspiring figure on the world stage?
Michelle Obama – still
hoping she will be our first woman President!
The mantra that really sums up Julie's attitude, and that of her role models, is: ‘All things are possible if you believe.’
Come back next month to read an interview with another incredible woman, and find out who truly inspires them.