Thrilled to be introducing my sweet, talented, endlessly creative friend today, Jules Aron. Many of you may already be familiar with her books, Zen and Tonic (the ultimate guide in way of healthy cocktail crafting) and (newly-released and my current favorite kitchen companion) Vegan Cheese. Jules is a force. A NYC-bartender turned health coach turned best-selling author, by whom I find myself infinitely inspired. I know you'll too be soon swooning over her divine creations and ample lifestyle wisdom.
True to form, Jules was generous enough to gift me copies of each of her books to giveaway (!) to one of you. Head over to my Instagram here to enter. The winner will be chosen at random Monday evening (6/26).
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Jules Aron, and I’m a holistic wellness coach and the author of Zen and Tonic: Fresh and Savory Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker and the newly released Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious Plant-Based Recipes.
Walk us through your journey that led you in wellness and writing, and ultimately the creation of your brand and business?
For years, I struggled to discover my path. I explored many professional avenues without success. Drawn to ancient healing modalities, I began studying yoga, ayurveda, martial arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and holistic nutrition. As I began transforming my physical and emotional wellbeing, I found more clarity in all aspects of my life. My struggles with depression and hormonal imbalances subsided and evolved into a transformative life journey and career.
What is the intention behind your work and creation?
As a certified holistic health coach, I’m deeply passionate about a wholesome lifestyle that includes delicious, nutritious foods that fuel the body, mind and spirit. My commitment to help others manifest change comes from my own personal awakening to the healing force of natural foods and conscious living.
I strongly believe that we all have the intuitive power to make the diet and lifestyle choices that serve us best. My passion is to inspire others to take small, courageous steps towards their most vibrant lives, one delicious bite at a time.
How do you embrace the elusive concept of 'balance' in your day-to-day?
As a highly sensitive empath, I tend to give much of my own energy away as well as take on others’ energies, which can bring me out of balance quite quickly. To maintain equilibrium, I limit my interactions to meaningful time with good friends and a lot of time alone, in silence. We are simply no good to others if we don’t take valuable time for ourselves.
Can you share a few of your personal favorite rituals and ceremonies for alignment and wellness?
I start and end the day with simple, meaningful rituals. In the morning I get up, stretch and have a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice, which I usually follow up with an herbal tea tonic. I love the ritual of having this nourishing warm beverage each morning while I practice stream of consciousness writing, in the form of morning pages. This writing practice helps me stay clear on how I feel from day to day and helps me make supportive adjustments that facilitate my growth and expansion.
I also make sure to do something physical each day, which can involve a practice of qigong, yoga or a brisk walk in nature.
I enjoy ending the day by unwinding with a pot of herbal tea and a hot, steamy bath soak with mineral salts and essential oils. These simple rituals help me stay grounded in my day-to-day.
Are there specific mindset practices that help you to feel more centered, in-tune, and inspired?
I like to practice Kapalabhati breath any time I need a pick-me-up. This deep diaphragmatic breathing brings increased amounts of oxygen into the body and helps me feel instantly energized. To practice, simply use your abdominal muscles to pull the belly in, and then force the air out through the nose in repeated short exhalations.
Five things you can't live without:
- Tea: I love tea. Every kind of tea. Nothing beats a warm cup of cozy.
- Salt Water: Whether it’s a dip in the ocean or an mineral bath soak, there’s simply no better cure.
- Sunshine: A delicious vitamin D sunbath is everything.
- Raw Cacao: Nourishing on every level.
- Love and Connection: The deep, soulful bond that makes life worth living.
Your food philosophy:
What works for one person might not work for another and what works for you today, might not work for you tomorrow. It’s important to stay flexible in your food and lifestyle choices and develop an intuitive understanding of how foods and practices make you feel.
A simple plant-based, whole foods diet, a mindful and intentional lifestyle, a grateful outlook and 8 hours of beauty sleep work best for me.
What is a standout piece of advice you received that helped shape who you are as a female entrepreneur?
Getting very clear about what you want in life and being mindful of self-sabotaging thoughts and habits that might stand in your way. With the right focus and energy on what you want and love, you’ll be unstoppable.
All photos credited to Francesca Coviello.