Janet Gunn of Grateful Gardenia is one of a kind. She is a big part if the Vie Active family and we love her like hot yoga and HIIT sessions on the same day! She started Grateful Gardenia, a blog dedicated to living a happy, healthy, stylish life at any age. We sat down to catch up with her, catch a dose of what inspires her day to day and makes her one of the many Modern Day Wonder Women we love and admire. Read on!
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a Texas girl living in Los Angeles and working as a lifestyle and fashion influencer. I’ve had a blast wearing many hats and I contribute that to the happy, healthy, and inspired person I am today. From very early on I’ve enjoyed an active, lifestyle, and I believe the mind and body are our home, our vessels, and it’s so important to respect that. It all starts with Gratitude.
What is one of the most important lessons you have learned as a mother?
I wanted to share my journey as a wife a mother, an entrepreneur and now I’m starring in my own movie called “Life.” As women, it’s vital that we support each other and know that it’s never too late to start believing in yourself and start seeking out new adventures, and to not give up on your dreams. Your life is your movie, it’s your story and the more honest and healthy you become the better it gets!
What daily habits keep you productive?
Daily habits are a must for me: Soon as I wake up I look up and find at least three things to be grateful for each day. I’m an early bird, my wake-up time is 5:30 am. I sit in silence for 15-20 minutes, no phone, no computer. I do a walking gratitude meditation with my dog after I take my son to the bus stop, which has been a lovely time to talk to nature.
Why is health and fitness a priority for you?
Health & fitness are important to me because my desire is to live a long and healthy life. I had my son at 4o, so I would love to walk the planet as long as possible to watch him thrive.
What are your thoughts on that elusive work/life/balance combination?
In today’s world we are constantly connected, balance can be challenging. I am always checking in with myself for the balance, my yoga classes, meditation, and downtime. I just finished a book on Audible (great for when you’re on the go) It’s by Mel Robbins – The 5 Second Rule. She drives home the importance of how precious the morning time is.
What is your favorite way to exercise?
I am and have been for many years a dancer; I love to move. Finding a class with great music and a 5678 count is always exciting! I do believe in changing it up and lifting weights is vital for the bones.
What are your thoughts on mistakes, challenges or failures?
Life is full of challenges, it’s all in the way you react and handle it. Mistakes are usually hard to avoid and are usually precisely what we need to experience. Mistakes and failures are a fundamental part of our learning process.
If you could share one piece of wisdom to our young female readers what would it be?
Note to the youth; What I know to be true- What other people think of you is none of your business, isn’t that freeing! and it’s empowering to know that you are in charge of your life, your attitude is your choice, anything other is giving your power away. Lastly…learn to listen to your intuition, your inner GPS system knows best, you are guided. Lastly, find a mentor, find someone older than you and reach out to them. It’s always wonderful to have someone you admire in your world.
Finally, At Vie Active we celebrate the notion of being FLAWSOME, realizing that we can’t always be perfect and that our imperfectness is what makes us who we are – what makes you FLAWSOME?
I can sometimes frustrate those around me with the attitude of “it will all work out” As I’ve gotten older, I don’t worry about too much, I am not reactive and that can translate to others as if I’m not interested, but I feel there are much bigger things in life that require attention, not the little everyday stuff.
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