The Modern Wonder Woman- Julia Hunt
Posted on 01 December 2016
Tell us a bit about yourself? How did you get to where you are today?
I started out as an actress at a very young age, I remember watching a play when I was thirteen years old that shifted my perspective on life dramatically and inspired me to go on that journey so that I could have a similar impact on others. As the years went by, I realised that there are a bunch of different paths which lead to that same result and that they aren’t all performance based. Recently I’ve moved into the non-profit space, spending part time hours at a youth refuge and full time hours working for Human Kind Project, an organisation that works tirelessly to end world hunger by the year 2030. It’s a big goal, but it’s certainly not an impossible one.
What is one of the most important lessons you have learnt as an entrepreneur?
To support myself and gain some income during my acting days, I used to run my own Filming and Editing business as well as an online Blog / YouTube channel, but the most entrepreneurial-spirited adventure I’ve ever been on is the one happening right now! I’ve just launched a social media campaign to fundraise $15,000 for Human Kind Project and do my part to end world hunger. The biggest lesson for me throughout all three of these very different journeys has been just how important it is to simply get the work done. The easiest thing in the world is to distract yourself and to shrink back thanks to a fear of failure. If you have a dream or a goal and you don’t do anything about it, you might as well not have that dream at all.
What daily habits keep you productive?
For me it’s super important to recognize where I’m at emotionally every day. I’m a very empathetic person and if I don’t put enough care into myself then I tend to get run down quickly! Each morning I make sure I’ve taken time by myself to be myself. This means coffee, a morning HIIT workout and meditation afterwards. Once I’ve filled my own cup up, I’m ready to give my energy out to others.
Why is health and fitness a priority for you?
I was actually born with a Clubfoot, which is the most common birth defect in the world, a disability affecting 1 in 1,000 babies. It means that when I was born, my foot was all twisted in the wrong direction. I’m missing a calf muscle and my Achilles tendon is short, I have a whole bunch of scarring on my foot from operations and my knee regularly dislocates. For so long I tried to hide my leg by wearing long pants and retreating from anything too physically challenging. When I started working out and looking after my body, not only did a whole lot of my pain dissipate because I had strength in my leg muscles, but it also boosted my confidence and made me feel beautiful in my own skin for the first time. Now THAT’S something worth fighting for.
How do you prioritise your workload each day/week?
People always come first in my world and everything else is secondary. My major love of life comes from the energy I get through giving to others. This means that my work priorities get listed in the order of what will be most helpful when it comes to making an impact on another person. Often that’s the hardest task to complete in a day, so once I’ve crossed that off I not only feel good but also as though I can easily tackle the rest. It’s win-win!
What do you do to concentrate?
I play loud, classical music. Works every time.
What do you do to unwind?
I’m a beach girl through and through, so every time I feel anxious or like I’ve got too much going on, I just drop it all and go for a swim down at Bondi. The ocean cures all.
What are your thoughts on mistakes, challenges or failures?
These things are the state between stations; you need them to get to the next level. I think when it comes to mistakes, challenges and failures, the main problems surface when you’re too hard on yourself about them. Other people don’t think of you as harshly as you do about yourself, because they’re all thinking about themselves, and that’s sort of freeing. If you fail or if you come face to face with a massive challenge, I don’t think there’s any choice worth making other than the one to ask for support from others and to rise up stronger. There is absolutely nothing you can’t overcome if you’re looking at it the right way.
What was your biggest achievement/something you’re the most proud of?
I feel like I’ve spent the majority of my life denying who I am in order to chase perfection. I guess my biggest achievement and what I’m most proud of came really recently when I stopped being so hard on myself and truly embraced my inner chill. I’d say that’s the most any of us can hope for – to be settled within ourselves. The mind is so powerful and all it takes is too much questioning and too much judgment before your health declines dramatically and you suddenly find yourself in a hard situation. Everything starts from within, which is a hard thing to explain to someone who is making sense in everything that is outside of themselves. I just think it’s a huge turning point and something we should be proud of when we reach. People don’t give themselves enough emotional credit, but the inside is just as important as the outside.
What was your biggest setback? And was there a life lesson that came out of it?
Along with my disability I’ve had a bunch of health setbacks, one of the biggest so far has been being diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, which is a big scary name for a nerve firing incorrectly and causing incredible pain on one side of your face. But that wasn’t even the real obstacle; the real obstacle was the anxiety that came with it and the overwhelming self-doubt that jumped on board for a ride. Now that I’m on the calmer side of this after a couple of years battling it, I’ve learnt that not being able to control everything is actually a gift, and that taking things one step at a time is easier than trying to oversee it all and discover where it’s going to go. If something is out of your control, just take a deep breath and let it stay there.
Finally, At Vie Active we celebrate the notion of being FLAWSOME, realising that we can’t always be perfect and that our imperfectness is what makes us who we are – what makes you FLAWSOME?
I’m big on being real about all of who you are. I’m not perfect and it’s relaxing to know I have the freedom to make mistakes because of that. My big sister calls me the ‘Sparkle Storm’ and says I only keep the people around who are strong enough to ride out the weather with me. I am strong and fierce and don’t think twice about standing up for what I believe in, but I am also soft and extremely empathetic. I care greatly about those who need caring about, but sometimes I get frustrated with others and I have to remind myself we are all just humans doing our best with what we have. I am not scared of having a difficult conversation, but the whole time I have it I’m genuinely on the other person’s team. I work quickly, but I will always prioritise taking time out to listen to someone instead. I think the differences in my personality are what create success for me. I find it really easy to admit that I am not perfect. None of us are. My most favourite attribute in other people is that of honesty. Doing something that isn’t true to themselves and having the courage to admit it so that they can change it. There is absolutely nothing more beautiful or more human than that.
Sometimes it can seem like we’re all rushing around trying to make our lives look perfect to the outside world, but all that really does is help other people feel like crap who experience the same pain as you… It’s just not worth it. I make mistakes, I could tell you about them all day. I am fire and I am rain. That’s what makes me Flawsome.
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Where can we find you?
- Website http://bit.ly/hungrytogoglobal
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