Say hello to co-founder, Remi Aliseo & get to know a bit about how she made her dream job a reality.((psssst... special discount included))1.) What was your journey like to get where you are now with JIVA?It has been a complete learning and growing process from the day Nikki showed me our first pattern, to start sewing up until now. I was in a career path of health and wellness when Nikki and I decided to put our all into JIVA. I have learned so much about building a business, independence and even discovering new things about myself throughout this journey. It has been a roller coaster ride, but I am so proud of what JIVA is today and what it is going to continue to grow into - and I am so thankful I can do it all with my sister!2.) What's your favorite part of Florida?The weather is my absolute favorite part of Florida. I grew up in New Jersey where we were only blessed with this weather 3- 4 months out of the year. It makes me a happier soul constantly being surrounded in beautiful weather and dreamy skies.3.) If you didn’t help start JIVA, what would you be doing?I was personal training when we first started JIVA, so I would have probably continued down that path and Nutrition Wellness , possibly a yoga teacher training course. Something I have a passion for.4.) What are your dreams for JIVA?I want to see JIVA be an extremely successful brand that is an inspiration for others around the world. JIVA being a lifestyle brand that is not only activewear, but filled with several different products.5.) Where do you see yourself in 5 years (personally)?In 5 years I will be 30 years old. I don’t like to look too far ahead, but I hope to have done some epic traveling and feeling really content of where I am in life.6.) What gets you out of bed in the morning?Sunlight! But honestly, getting out of bed in the morning is my biggest weakness- it's always a long process. I have to keep my curtains open so the sun beams in. If it's a rainy morning- I’m doomed. I try to schedule myself to take a yoga class first thing in the morning or go for a run by the beach. It’s always a great day starter!7.) What keeps you up at night?I have a bad habit of being on my phone or computer until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. Researching or browsing around on social media.8.) What is your work out of choice?I love to run by the beach, but lately have been dabbling a lot more into yoga, a slow yin yoga is my absolute favorite. Both are very helpful when I need some mind clearing.9.) What do you feel makes JIVA stand out in the sea of active wear brands?I think that JIVA stands out because of its authenticity. We love to show the skeleton of JIVA; where it’s made, the time and passion put into it, and the faces behind the brand.10.) What’s your favorite product of JIVA?My favorite product by far are our full length flex leggings. They just fit so good and I forget I even have them on half of the time. I get so much use out of them year round. I also really love our bamboo scoop tanks - so comfy! I love the Nuvo Legging from our summer collection!11.) What is your favorite JIVA style?I love mixing our bamboo scoop tank tops with leggings or shorts. Its such a comfortable but sporty look and you could wear it to the gym or out and about!** USE CODE: REMISPICK FOR 15% OFF THE NUVO LEGGING **
JIVA's go-to photographer
Need a photographer in Florida? Book this girl. This lady is so so talented, seriously! Our founder Nikki really wanted to showcase this girlboss on the blog, and for obvious reasons- she's the real deal! She shot out Spring 2016 collection that is due out mid March (soo excited!!), and when I went on her website to check out her work, I was blown away! Simply stunning. Her dream series was a personal favorite along with her nature photos. The way she captures life is so authentic and beautiful, and I am so happy to bring you this interview from our go-to photographer!
1) What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps kick-start your day on the right track?
I get up, have my coffee, and then I hit the gym! Sometimes it’s tough to get myself to go, but I always feel so good after I workout
2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?
I make sure to always say my gratitude. It can change your whole mindset if you just take a few minutes to be quiet and think about what you’re thankful for. I think saying affirmations are great too.
3) Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?
Sometimes I overwork, or put a little too much pressure on myself. When I start feeling like that I go talk to my mom about whatever is on my mind. She always gets me to take a step back and view things a little differently. Thank you mom!
4) What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?
Headphones, chapstick, all of my camera gear, and some healthy snacks!
5) What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration?
I put on some good music and scroll through tons of photography blogs. I also look at the work of photographers who I aspire to be like. That motivates me, and gets me excited about starting a new project!
6) How do you go about setting goals?
I sit down and think about where I want to be in a few months. I always think big, but that pushes me to work really hard. I figure out what my end goal is and then plan out what I need to do to achieve it.
7) What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion?
Don’t worry about what others think, and don’t be intimidated by others who have the same passion as you. There will always be competition in your field of work but you can’t let that scare you. Be different, and be proud of what you do!
In action shooting JIVA's spring line due out mid March!
8) Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?
Child’s pose and Cobra pose are definitely the most comforting to me.
9) What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?
I recently read Ask and it is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks. It’s about the laws of the universe, and how your thoughts manifest into reality. Keeping a positive, happy mindset it crucial to success.
10) Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?
Every night I have tea before I go to sleep. Lately I’ve been making lemon, cayenne, honey tea because I know it’s really detoxifying, it also tastes really good! Before I go to sleep I think about everything I’m thankful for. Doing that makes me feel relaxed, and I almost always wake up in a good mood.
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In case you missed it...
Here's a recap of some of the best motivational mantras or messages given to us from the WE DIG YOUR HUSTLE blog series, which has featured girl bosses from all different entrepreneurial backgrounds this past year!
We truly hope that you have enjoyed this series, and we look forward to doing more in 2016!
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The Best Motivational Messages of 2015
Evole Fitwear, Kyla-“If you build it, they will come” (Stolen from the 90’s movie Field of Dreams). You just have to take a leap of faith and know what you are doing is the right course of action. It’s ok to over-analyze your decisions, but sometimes you just have to jump and believe you’ll land in the right spot. I read a simple quote the other day I like a lot: “Trust your instincts & stand behind your decisions.” Get past the analyzing part, and just start makin’ moves!
Buddhi Box, Maxine-Not a quote or quick mantra, but whenever I start to need some serious motivation, I remind myself that I am privileged to wake up each day and get to do something I choose and that I am passionate about. As a woman in this big, vast world, this freedom is a privilege, and I will not take it for granted.
Rooted Beauty, Kim-“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the decision that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon
Haute Chocolate, Rachel-“I am enough” – as entrepreneurs we are constantly being challenged outside of our comfort zone. There are lots of times when I feel self-doubt creeping in and I need to remind myself that I am enough to keep moving forward.
Rock Your Bliss, Mary Beth Larue-Happiness Equals Reality Minus Expectations
The Yellow Conference, Joanna-I love the quote “Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, because the world needs people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman
The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers, Lauren-First, “Do it with passion or not at all” - Rosa Nochette Carey. I try to apply it with everything I do. What’s the point if I am not going to try to do my very best?
Second, “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for” - Orpah Winfrey. I think to myself that it can never hurt to ask, and the worst thing they can say is no. I’ve gotten a lot of no’s, but I’ve gotten even more yes’s.
Sweet Water Décor, Melissa-Everything Happens For A Reason. If things go the way we don't want them to or something spectactular happens, I always believe everything happens for a reason. I always tell my friends and family this no matter the situation - there's a reason for it all!
Meet Melissa, owner and designer of Sweet Water Decor, an online boutique for all the pretty things! On her shop you can find everything from coffee mugs, apparel, stationary, + more! Melissa is not only a sweetheart, but she is also from Pittsburgh like me, and I just love seeing women kicking ass doing what they love! Here's our interview with this #girlboss babe.
- What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps kick-start your day on the right track? The first thing I do is get connected with my business and followers. I check all of my email accounts, social media, and the business to see what happened overnight and start responding to emails and more! I always look forward to having to have my morning decaf coffee to start the day!
Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra? Everything Happens For A Reason. If things go the way we don't want them to or something spectactular happens, I always believe everything happens for a reason. I always tell my friends and family this no matter the situation - there's a reason for it all!
Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days? I try not to let things bother me - in the beginning it was tough and I took everything to heart but you have to remain positive and focus on how much you have accomplished and how many beautiful lives you are touching each day and focus on that instead.
What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane? I love brining my Glamour Magazine and KIND bar with me on plane rides and long car rides. My new Eat Well Travel Often tote is also a huge must! It is perfect for plane rides and car rides to carry the necessities without being too big and bulky!
What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration? I live in a beautiful small town that is filled with small businesses and the cutest houses. When I need inspiration I love going into the local shops and getting inspiration from everything and walking around town - I get ideas out of the blue, which is so great!
What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion? You know in your heart who you are and what you love. I always loved design and knew in the 4th grade that I wanted to be a designer someday. It took me until my late twenties to actually get back on that path after working in the corporate world after college but your heart knows and you need to follow that! If you have a business spirit follow that! I have no regrets not doing my business sooner as I needed all of my corporate retail experience to run the business like I do now. No matter what you are passionate about explore it - shadow someone who works in that field, and always, follow your dreams!
Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out? I love down dog. I know it sounds crazy but when I need to just stretch from sitting so long or need to re-energize, down dog is my pose go-to! Working at my standing desk, you'll find me in tree pose a lot while working.
What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read? I just read Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso - it is fantastic! I challenge every #GIRLBOSS to read this book!
Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow? My husband and I love falling asleep watching The Office before we go to bed. It helps us unwind from a crazy day at work and gives us a few laughs before we go to sleep!
Meet Kate Connell + Laura Dos Santos
1) What is the Sticky Mat Society story?
From the moment we met, we knew we were destined to work together. It was quite literally love at first conversation (believe it or not, we have yet to meet in person!) The Sticky Mat Society is the manifestation of our desire to work together and our shared passion for spreading yoga as a viable career option and really elevating the industry to a level of professionalism that still isn't widely spread. Plus it's WAY more fun to be doing all of this together!
2) Where does Sticky Mat Society find inspiration?
We're constantly playing virtual pinball back and forth throughout the day with ideas, texts, and "hey, this just happened" with each other. Our inspiration comes from our experiences in teaching, our musings as students, and from taking the pulse of our community -- whether that's listening in on conversations we're a part of, observing what people are saying out-loud, or underneath the surface. The Sticky Mat Society is both for our current selves and as a post-facto answer to all of the questions we wondered and wallowed in for years as new teachers and business owners.
3) Top 3 values of Sticky Mat Society?Elevating the Community — Because we all need more positive light in our lives.Candid Conversation — Holding back doesn't serve us.Persistence — It's going to be a bumpy ride, but we must persist.
4) As entrepreneurs, do you have go-to Motivational Mantras?
Our work through the podcast and Facebook group for Sticky Mat Society is about two things: sisterhood and elevating the yoga industry. We believe that with support and cheerleaders (plus hard, consistent work) we can have a huge imprint on the world as yoga teachers -- we already do.
This quote by Robin Benway on sisterhood, which she shares in The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June, sums it up for us: “Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.”
5) If there is a message you could send out to the world, what would it be?
The saying that nothing worth fighting for is easy, is a cliché, but it's so true. One of our values is persistence, because following your dharma is right, but it's not always easy. Sometimes you're going to be up and sometimes you're going to be down, but when you persist, it all evens itself out into something really beautiful.
6) What is the future of Sticky Mat Society?
We're planning on talking the sisterhood gig far and wide -- we regularly have a new idea on the horizon and are currently entertaining ideas for in-person pow-wows, immersion experiences, and more. Right now our eyes are on growing our podcast reach and supporting the sisters that join us in our Facebook community. As the podcast gains traction and as we see the momentum of SMS build, the future looks bright for all of us!
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