It’s always SUCH a blast to have Gia Sinatra, Founder & CEO of Gia IRL, Plus Size Model & Hair Stylist, on the Podcast and we are talking about the art of being an entrepreneur (doesn’t always feel that way!), taking care of ourselves AND our mental health. We also talk about asking for help and ways we can support each other as friends.
Gia Sinatra is a woman of all trades, she is the Founder & CEO of her own plus size clothing line Gia IRL, a top Plus Size. Model and super successful hair styles. OH and she’s a wife, daughter, sister, aunty, bomb ass friend (she’s one of my favs!) and her Italian Scorpio tenacity is one for the books.
Gia started her plus size clothing line, Gia IRL, out of frustration with the fashion industry and wanting cute shit in her size. She knew so many other women who felt this way, too. So she stopped complaining, and created her own clothing line with the stuff she wanted to wear. So inspiring, right? It hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies…and that’s what we talk about even more in this episode.
Watch OR Listen to Ep. 114: Asking for help, mental health & celebrating ourselves with Gia Sinatra on Self Love & Sweat THE PODCAST
Timestamps to help you navigate this episode:
(2:18) Not feeling the “new year” motivation in 2023
(6:02) The “as if” principle
(8:17) The Lucky Girl Syndrome trend on TikTok
(13:17) 2022 accomplishent reflection
(19:16) Opening up, sharing struggles with family & team
(22:29) Feeling overwhelmed by “not good enough”
(25:32) Asking “how can I support you?” genuinely
(28:38) Debby Downer & Negative Nancy
(32:11) How do you launch your own clothing line, plan your wedding & get married all in the same year?
(37:07) Celebrating your accomplishments
(43:43) Nourishing our body & mind with healthy food & exercise
Helpful tools for mindset
Gia really loves the idea of journaling and getting into the mindset of who you want to be and what it’s like when you do reach your goals. “So you write as if you’ve already accomplished it!” Gia says. “Oh my God, we sold over $1 million worth of inventory! It’s so exciting and this is happening. And so you write as if the things have already happened and you’re in that moment of it happening to kind of like manifest.”
See more of what you want to see in the world
It’s really important that if we want to be successful and are running our own business, we make sure we are checking our own personal programming and how it’s influencing what we see in the world. It’s really helpful when we can turn that perspective into your super power. “If you think people are pieces of shit, you’re going to find examples of that all over.” Lunden says. If you think that you’re lucky, you’re going to find examples of that all over. If you think people are great and giving, yes, you’re going to find those examples of what you’re looking for. And so, yeah, hell yeah, lucky, abundant, whatever that might be. Tell yourself you are that!”
Asking for help
Asking for help can be so hard at times…especially when you don’t even know what you’re asking for help for anyway. Sometimes the go-go-go of entrepreneur life can feel like it’s just easier when we do it ourselves. But for how long? Gia talks about how Lunden will ask, “How can I support you?” and because Gia really knows it’s genuine, she’s more likely to take her up on the offer. When someone offers to help and then bails…it can be easy to just decide that people are flakey. Ask your friends for help more often. Ask your friends if they need help more often. See if “How can I support you?” works for you.
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FULL TRANSCRIPT EP 114 SELF LOVE & SWEAT THE PODCAST
Lunden Souza: [00:00:00] Welcome to Self Love and Sweat the podcast, the place where you’ll get inspired to live your life unapologetically, embrace your perfect imperfections, break down barriers, and do what sets your soul on fire. I’m your host Lunden Souza.
Lunden Souza: [00:00:20] Hey, have you grabbed your free self love and sweat monthly calendar yet? This calendar is so amazing. It comes right in your inbox every single month to help you have a little nugget of wisdom, a sweaty workout, a mindset activity, just a little something. Something to help keep you focused and motivated and keep that momentum towards your goals. So every day when you get this calendar, you’ll see a link that you can click that will lead to a podcast episode or a workout or something that will be very powerful and quick to read. And then you’ll also see on the top left corner of every single day there’s a little checkbox in the calendar. And what that is, is that’s for your one thing. You can choose one thing every month, or it can be the same something that you want to implement and make this something that you can easily implement, like daily meditation or getting a certain amount of steps or water, for example, and staying hydrated and even taking your supplements. This can be something, if you want to get more regular, doing a particular habit and routine, you can choose what that checkbox means. So if you want your self love and sweat free monthly calendar delivered right to your inbox every month on the first of the month, go to lifelikelunden.com/calendar. Fill out the form really quickly and you will have your calendar and your inbox within a few short minutes. That’s lifelikelunden.com/calendar Go get yours for free and enjoy this episode. Welcome back to the podcast. Today’s guest is one of my faves ever. She’s been on the show a bunch of times. Gia Sinatra is here with us today. Hi Gia. How are you?
Gia Sinatra: [00:02:16] Good, How are you?
Lunden Souza: [00:02:18] I’m excited to chat with you today. Gia is a the creator CEO head honcho in charge of girl, her plus size clothing line. She’s a plus size model. She’s a hairstylist. She’s my hair stylist. I’m so excited. I have appointment with you this weekend on Saturday. My hair is in desperate need of some Gia love. But yeah, Gia is one of my fellow Scorpio sisters. Her and I have been friends for such a long time and yeah, I’m just excited to have you here. How is this New Year been for you so far? Do you feel like it’s a new year or do you feel like. I don’t know. What do you feel like?
Gia Sinatra: [00:02:55] I do, but I feel like I’m not feeling as like, woohoo. New Year motivation yet. Like, I feel like it hasn’t. Like I’m like, okay, this week, Like, I don’t know. I feel like I. How do I explain that? Yeah, I feel like I just haven’t. I was going into it like New Year. Woo hoo! And then now I haven’t felt as like. Motivated as I normally feel like starting a new year, I feel like I need to, like, really sit down and write out my goals. That always helps me and like, really be like, okay, what what are we want to accomplish this year? Because I feel like. Yeah, like I took a little time off, but I’ve just been, like, working straight through from last year, so I it definitely feels a little different for me this year.
Lunden Souza: [00:03:47] Yeah, same. It feels.
Gia Sinatra: [00:03:48] Different.
Lunden Souza: [00:03:49] Yeah, it feels different for me too. Like it doesn’t feel as like. Like you said, like woo hoo, like light and airy physically. Normally in New Year. I feel it like, I don’t know, in my head, my heart, like, up in that space. But now this year, I just really feel it. Like rooting, grounding. Like it was almost like, yeah, it wasn’t like crossing a finish line or like, Yeah, let’s go New Year or whatever. And I don’t think I’ve ever been and I don’t think we’ve ever been the person where it’s like New Year, new me. We’ve always like done our thing and like kept going. But for some reason, this New Year just really did not feel like a new year at all. It was just like, Nope, stay in the trenches. Like stay focused on your goals, like keep doing the work, keep showing up. You’re on the right path, but you still have a lot of work to a lot of work to do and a lot of like, stuff to go through. So I really feel that way too. And um, yeah, it’s just been kind of interesting. I don’t know.
Gia Sinatra: [00:04:46] Yeah, I definitely feel like sitting down really, like taking time to write out my goals, maybe like do some journaling and some things. Actually, my best friend was in town this weekend and she was talking about this journaling. I forget what it’s called, but you journal as if you write as if you’ve already accomplished. You might know about this. So you write as if like, you’ve already accomplished like, Oh my God, like we sold like. Whatever. Like we sold $1 million worth of inventory and like, it’s so exciting and this is happening. And so you write as if like, the things have already happened and you’re in that moment of it happening to kind of like manifest. And I was like, Oh, maybe like, that would be good of like, I don’t know, just I feel like I need like a gia day of where I just like self care, write down my things and like, focus on me. And I just have been like nonstop in work or like and then my friend was in town and this and like, you know, all the things. And so I’m like, I need a me day where I really focus on my 2023 goals.
Lunden Souza: [00:06:02] Yeah, I love that your friend suggested that. She’s so sweet. I love her. It’s such a good I mean, I call it like the as if principle. It’s like showing up as if it’s already happened. You are already that. You are already there and in our, like, manifestations and communications with the universe, like, we can’t be like, Oh, I want to someday maybe it’s like, no, I am. I sold this, I got this, I did this. And that’s really important for me and how I coach, it’s like, that’s the magnet. That’s how you draw that life to you. Not by being in separation and lack, but by being it now ahead of the actual experience. Because so many people, you know, wait for things outside of them to actually be happy and fulfilled. And it’s so great to spend time in that feeling, like you said, just having like a love day, just like sitting and marinating in the feeling of what’s it going to feel like when everything, you know, just flies off the shelf for girl when you have these major milestone moments for inventory, all these different things. And yeah, for those of you listening, I mean, when we’re recording this, it’s January 9th and so like no one says you have to start your new year gung ho on the first with all this clarity and all these things.
Lunden Souza: [00:07:15] I mean, here we are recording it. It’s like nine days into the new year and you’re saying like, Yeah, I haven’t done that yet, but I’m going to get there and I’m going to show up and write my goals down and do all those things. But for you just, you know, as a friend to friend and also anybody listening like that, as if journaling is so helpful because there’s moments where it’s like, Yeah, you don’t you don’t always know when the finish line is coming. I mean, we never really do, right? Sometimes things can happen overnight, sometimes things take a little bit more time. But when we can be grateful and get into that feeling, it’s just, yeah, it’s so powerful and it’s so magnetic. In fact, one of the words or like the phrases that’s been coming up for me is like, I’m a magnet for miracles. I’m a magnet for miracles. And like, you don’t turn on a magnet by complaining and blaming and, you know, focusing on things outside of yourself. You turn up the magnet by just what you said, like, I am doing this, I am this. You know, this has happened and I can feel it inside. So I love that she did that. And I’m definitely. Have you seen.
Gia Sinatra: [00:08:17] On TikTok, there’s this trend that’s called like lucky girl syndrome. And these girls, like get on and they like, talk about how they’re lucky and like, even like little things that happen, you’re like, oh, my God, I’m so lucky. And you’re kind of like putting it out there. Like, it’s this trend that’s going on right now. I want to say it’s called like, lucky girl syndrome. And so different girls are making these videos and like things that happen like, oh, my God, like.
Gia Sinatra: [00:08:44] Just like anything that happens and just being like, I’m lucky, like you’re putting it out there that, like, yeah, like good things and like, you know, like.
Lunden Souza: [00:08:53] Yeah, The more you say, good.
Gia Sinatra: [00:08:54] Things are coming for you.
Lunden Souza: [00:08:56] Yeah. And the more you say it, the more like acknowledging things that.
Gia Sinatra: [00:09:00] Yeah, like, Oh, my God. Like, whatever happened. Oh, my gosh. I’m so lucky that this happened. I’m so lucky. And just like. It’s fun. It’s like I actually think I might make a video like this, but I keep seeing girls on TikTok doing it and it’s cute and kind of goes on the the same topic of like what we’re saying of just like putting it out there and like claiming that energy of saying, like, I’m lucky. Oh, my God. Like, I’m so blessed. Like, I know. Like, you know, like. Claiming that energy.
Lunden Souza: [00:09:33] Yeah. And then like on the other side of the coin, I mean, I’m sure you know somebody like this too, where it’s like when something great happens, they’re always like, Well, yeah, but you know, they’re always waiting for the next ball to drop or for something shitty to happen. It’s like, Oh, this is too good to be true. But you can be, like you said, claim that energy of being like, No, I am lucky, I am abundant. I have these things, I am this. It’s like you’re your own like cheerleader and player at the same time and you’re not going to get the life that you want by having some of those same loops and those same stories going on. And so I love that. Just like, yeah, I’m so lucky. I always say that to myself. I’m a magnet for miracles. I’m a magnet for miracles. I’m a super attractor, you know, And just like reminding myself that like I’m never doomed and all good things always come to me. And that doesn’t mean there aren’t hard times. That doesn’t mean that you just because you say that you’re lucky, like the lucky fairy is just going to tap you on the head and you’re going to be lucky all the time, but you’re going to look for more or you’re going to look for more opportunities that you’re lucky you’re going to look for more confirmation of what you’re seeing.
Lunden Souza: [00:10:38] It’s just like if you think people are pieces of shit, you’re going to find examples of that all over. If you think that you’re lucky, you’re going to find examples of that all over. If you think people are great and giving, yes, you’re going to find those examples of what you’re looking for. And so, yeah, hell yeah, lucky, abundant, whatever that might be. I don’t spend a lot of time on TikTok. I’ve been trying to get a little bit more, especially with wanting to grow my podcast and sharing some clips and things like that from TikTok. But I haven’t seen that trend yet. But I think that’s really cool because sometimes there’s really like, I don’t know, stupid, degrading, not uplifting things that are happening on social media just in general. So I always love to tag on to the things that are more uplifting. I know you do, too.
Gia Sinatra: [00:11:21] I probably spent a little too much time on TikTok, but I feel like a lot of the people that I follow like and happen to be in my for You page probably because those are the people I’m engaging with like a lot of like body positive people or whatever. Like I feel I don’t see a lot of I know there’s a lot of negativity on there, but I guess maybe who I’m, you know, interacting with. I’m seeing a lot of those like. Girls that are kind of spreading that. Positivity. So but I still spend too much time on there.
Lunden Souza: [00:11:58] I know, right? Sometimes I have to, like, reel myself in. I’ve been telling myself. I’ve been telling myself eight, 8 to 8. Those are my phone like parameters, like 8 a.m. in the morning. And then I have to put my phone away at 8:00 at night. But you know me sometimes I’m in bed way before that, but I just feel like having some boundaries and parameters is helpful. But 2022 was such a powerful year, I would say, for the both of us. I mean, we’ve been friends for a really long time and I know we’ve seen each other go through like a lot of different phases of our lives and ourselves and our journeys and all the things. But I think it’s so powerful to gather the evidence, like gather the evidence of our badass ness. Like in 2022, I can think of like a handful of things that I know you did just from being your friend and observing. But I know like internally, there might have been other things that I didn’t notice or whatever that you feel like you really crushed or really accomplished in 2022. And for those of you listening, I want to share like a lot of what we went through and things we crushed and moved through and that were maybe hard or amazing, right? Like, yeah, count your blessings, but also count the times that you like armored up and went through the trenches even when it was hard. And so yeah. Gia what would you say are like, what’s going through your mind when you think of all that you’ve done and moved through last year in 2022?
Gia Sinatra: [00:13:17] So in 2022, I started my clothing line, as you know, but for those listening might not know. So I think that was like. I mean, one of my my biggest challenge, but also my biggest accomplishment. And it was just it was, you know, you don’t know what it’s going to be like when you put it out there. And you have to just keep pushing every day. And so it was you know, I didn’t I didn’t know really much about like the e-commerce business and the clothing line. And I’ve learned so much from this last year of like how to run a business, how to, you know, it’s like every business is so different. So yeah, I mean, struggles of like especially in the beginning, like there’s days you don’t have sales and like, how do you push through on those days? You know, there’s amazing days. And then, you know, it’s a roller coaster. So it’s like constantly like there was days that I was like, Everything is shit. It’s like I think with every business and everything you do where you’re like, you think everything is great and you think everything is shit. And you go back and forth with that and trying to like fight that every day and like, say like, okay, gotta push. Gotta just like focus on the things to do rather than like focusing on like. Oh, we don’t have sales or like I had returns today and like, you know, there’s like that was actually something that I never really thought about going in as, like, I thought about people buying the stuff, but I never thought about people returning it.
Gia Sinatra: [00:14:44] And a lot of small businesses don’t offer returns, but that is something I wanted to do because it’s a new brand and with plus size, especially like it’s so hard to, you know, every brand is so different and clothing with any size really. I think it’s figuring out your size. But I do think with plus size, it’s harder of like figuring out like, Oh, I’m a size 16in this brand, but like in this one I’m a 14 or an 18 or whatever it is. So I did want people to be able to return. But I remember the first like returns that came through. I was like, Oh my God, Like, they hate it, you know? So it’s like, I think that was a struggle of like. Just constantly trying to stay focused and like see the end vision and end goal and like, think of like why I started it on the days that were like a struggle for me or like shit was happening or whatever, you know, whatever was happening that day, trying to like constantly just stay focused instead of looking at, you know, getting down about those things. Yeah.
Lunden Souza: [00:15:48] And I love what you said. You were like, I don’t think you said this exact word, but it was like focusing on like, the next best action. It’s like, okay, yeah, there might have been returns today. There might have been different things that I didn’t anticipate as a new business owner and all the things. But I’m going to take the next best action step. I’m going to look at my to do list. And I were talking about before we hopped on how many tabs we usually have open and is all. If you want to know what my brain is like, just look at all my tabs. And there was like, yeah, 20 tabs opened or whatever. But I think that that’s helpful. Like for me, it’s helpful. I don’t feel overwhelmed by the tabs because for me, I know what’s opened and like you said, when you’re ready to take that next best action step, it’s just like, okay, okay, you know, get out of the fog, get out of maybe some of the limiting beliefs or things you might be telling ourselves that sometimes creep in when you know things happen and just take that next step. What do you do when you feel those feelings of, I don’t know, maybe lack or limiting beliefs? I know we all have them. And what I tell myself is like, these are not my own thoughts. These are just here and there ready to be like passed through. I try not to dwell in that space a lot, but what helps you when I mean. What helps you? Yeah. When you’re in those moments of just like a little bit of sludge or a little bit uncertainty or maybe a little bit of lack of confidence or whatever, like what really helps you move through some of those those things being a business owner.
Gia Sinatra: [00:17:16] Um, it’s hard to say because I don’t think there’s like an exact formula every day because some days it’s just like I’m in a funk and I’m like, I it’s hard to it’s hard to pull yourself out. Like, if you’re just like, sales are down or whatever, you know, whatever. Like, sometimes it’s just hard. But, um, I do think that working out keeps me like, keeps me like in a good mental state for the day and gives me, like, energy. But what happens if I go work out and then I come home and, like, shit’s happening? Um, you know, it’s hard. It’s like trying to just push through, trying to see the bigger picture, um, working on things that I know can, like, help the business. Um, actually, like, today I woke up and I was kind of like in a not great mental health day, and I actually almost texted you and cancelled because I was like, How am I going to get on and talk about mental health? And I’m like, kind of in a funk right now. Um, and I was like, maybe I’m just not in the place.
Gia Sinatra: [00:18:22] And then I’m like, okay, maybe make me feel better. So I went and worked out. I like had a late start in my workout, which is why I like trickle down of like not having a lot of time this morning. But I was like, okay, I’m going to go work out. And honestly, that helped me a lot. But then also thinking of like, okay, what are, what are things that I need to accomplish? Like I have a lot of things that I need to accomplish today and let me focus on those things and getting them done rather than like the things that are not going wrong or the things that like I could sit and stress about. So I’m like, okay, I need to like plan this. I need to do this social media stuff. I need to put together this content. So I think trying to like, focus on the things that you need to do and the things that can help you. But it’s hard because like, yeah, sometimes, like I said, sometimes you’re just in a funk and it’s hard to pull yourself out and you’re like.
Lunden Souza: [00:19:16] You know, and I know you have great friends and a great team and a great husband. Do you find it easy or hard to open up and kind of share some of those struggles, mental health stuff or like your funks? Do you feel like you share your funks or do you feel like you keep them to yourself?
Gia Sinatra: [00:19:35] I feel like I keep them to myself. Like Brian, my husband knows because he’ll be like, Something is wrong with you. Like, what’s going on? Like, it’s, you know, like he can usually tell. Um, but yeah, I think it’s like, hard for me to be like, oh, like I’m really struggling with this or whatever. And like, you know, as the CEO too, if you have people that are working for you, it’s hard to like. I can’t really also say those things to people that are working for me. Like I’m stressed and like this is happening and this, you know, like I can’t really like call them and be like, bring them down with me. Like, I got to like, like, yeah, I got to stay positive and like, all the good things. So yeah, I’ve really try to like, focus on the good things like today, like I’m like, okay, like I need, like, we have some, like, exciting things that are in the works or like going to be happening. And so like, okay, let’s, you know, I really see the bigger picture with Girl. And so yeah, there are times that are like super challenging.
Gia Sinatra: [00:20:37] Um, but I just have to remind myself of the bigger picture of like, making cute shit, making women feel good. Um, actually, it’s funny because Amber and I, as I was driving her to the airport, we were talking about winning the lottery, and she was like, um, I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s a curse or whatever, but I was like, I don’t know, like I, what I could do with that money right now. And then I, like, thought about it. I was like, I would still do girl, because I would just make tons of cute shit because I like me and Allie. Like, we have so many good ideas and like so many things, we just need like the funds to back it up. So I’m like, that’s where I’m kind of struggling. It’s like I need this like, capital to take me to the next level. And so I’m like, No, I totally could use that money and I totally would still work and I would still just like make tons of cute shit. I just wouldn’t stress about the things that I stress about now.
Lunden Souza: [00:21:38] Yeah, well, and that’s how, you know, that’s your purpose because you wouldn’t change it no matter the circumstances. If you had $1 billion or $0, you’d probably still be in pursuit of helping plus size women find cute clothes that they feel good in and that’s good quality and all those things. So I love that you shared that because sometimes people are like, Yeah, I want to win the lottery so I can, you know, quit everything and whatever. And I feel very lucky. And I know that, um, you know, you probably do too, but that our job is our purpose, right? Like that. What we do day to day like is really why we feel like we’re on this earth. And that’s not always the case for everybody. Some people, you know, yeah, their purpose is one thing, but then the bills got to be paid and they’re doing a job that’s kind of in a different arena. So I always feel really lucky about that. But I asked you about the reaching out thing because I’m the same as you, where I’m like, not very communicative. I’m more like I go inward. But I’ve been opening up and sharing to some friends and family members and it’s been really beautiful. And I also want to say thank you to you for sharing what you shared of like, Yeah, I wanted to cancel on you, London.
Lunden Souza: [00:22:39] I wasn’t having a very good mental health day, but I showed up anyways because that’s helpful for me because yeah, I have those days too, where I’m just like, Oh my gosh, I feel like so overwhelmed my mental health. Am I even qualified as a coach to talk about anything? I’m a loser. Like whatever, you know, we have these things. And so knowing, knowing that you like showed up today, despite the discomfort, means a lot to me. And I think people listening, we can all resonate with that where it’s like, Oh, we want to put our best self forward and the best is not all of us. There’s a lot of different components and a lot of different things. So I just yeah, I appreciate you doing that. And also I’m trying harder as well to be more vocal and communicative with people that I love to like ask for help or share, like what’s really going on. Not everybody. I always call that like the whole enchilada syndrome, where like people go on social media and it’s like, you know, like I can’t with that. I feel like there’s no value in that. I feel like the value is when you’ve learned something from it and you can share the learning not just like, you know, spray it on everybody.
Lunden Souza: [00:23:40] But I found yeah, just like talking it out is really helpful. And I also love when me, you and Ali get together. In fact, I’m going to see you tomorrow, which will be fun when we get together and we just like hang out and we just, like support one another and we just talk about kind of what we’re working on and what our goals are. And same like we’ve been friends long enough where I think we can all kind of like tap into each other’s energy a little bit to be like, Hey, what’s up are you doing here? You seem a little bit tired or whatever. And I like what you said too, about your employees because I heard a quote one time that I use with some of my clients that I coach that have team members and stuff. It’s like the the issues in an organization always are rooted in the psychology at the top. So it’s like whoever you are, whatever you do to rock your, you know, your mental health and to work on yourself, that’s like the trickle down. So yeah, I’m not a proponent of like my boss unloading everything on me and being like, uh, but it’s also helpful too, I think, for them.
Lunden Souza: [00:24:35] To see you. Like, yeah, in the trenches, like, fuck, this shit’s hard, but we’re going to keep going, you know? And so maybe some of the verbiage that you would use to like, voice your feelings or whatever’s going on to like me or Amber or Allie or your husband, like, would be different than what you would use with your employees. But it’s just nice that everyone kind of. Yeah. Can notice a little bit. And so maybe someone listening. You notice that there’s someone in your life that maybe isn’t very vocal about opening up like and I are kind of that way. We’re just more like Scorpio tenacity. Let’s go after it. But maybe if you have a friend where you’re like, Oh yeah, I can send something, ask them. Just be like, Hey, how are you? How can I support you? I think that’s one of my favorite questions to ask is how can I support you? Because it’s not like what’s wrong or what happened or you you’re seem off. It’s just like, Hey, how can I support you? And I think that’s a really good question to ask people when we can tell they’re like pushing through a little bit.
Gia Sinatra: [00:25:32] Yeah, I love that you always ask that, like, how can I support you? Um.
Lunden Souza: [00:25:39] I really mean it. I want to support you. I love when all my friends are like, Yeah, I love that. And I. I’ve seen a lot of what you’ve done this year and all, you know, remember the first photo shoot? And I was like, okay, I’ll do behind the scenes videos and footage. I looked like I looked like I was like on a I don’t even know, like I was going on a safari or something. I had like my hat. I was like, ready to go.
Gia Sinatra: [00:26:02] Well, because there’s this thing of like when friends are like, Hey, like, let me know if you need help. But it’s like kind of just like a, oh, like, you know what I mean? Like, it’s kind of like sometimes people just say it to say it. Like, yeah, let me know if there’s anything I can do or whatever. Or maybe they’re not. But like, I always feel like when you say it, you’re like, How can I support you? Like, you always say that. And I’m like, actually, like, do you want to come to the shoot? And do behind the scenes? Like that would actually be amazing. Um, and so I feel like I’ve taken you up on support because it feels like it’s coming from a genuine place of like, hey, like I’m not just like saying like, oh, like, let me know if you need anything or like, you know, and not that people don’t necessarily need that, but people kind of just say that like, kind of like, well, let’s get together, you know, that whole thing of like. But they’re not like actually like taking those actions. And so, yeah, that’s always nice when you say that because I’m like, it is hard for me to ask for help. So I’m like, Actually, if you could come down and you could do this and like you totally like took charge, you took the lunch order, you went and you like made sure everyone got their lunch and like me and you ran to sweetgreen and like, we were, like, handling shit and. Yeah, that was amazing. Just like having you guys there. Just like, having all that support, like, at that shoot was so great.
Lunden Souza: [00:27:20] Yeah.
Gia Sinatra: [00:27:20] So, yeah, I really appreciate that.
Lunden Souza: [00:27:24] Yeah, I love the I really do love the energy. When you and I get to collaborate, like not just as friends, but like other, like, you know, work stuff. Like when we did that for your shoot or whatever. I feel like you’re one of those. I’m trying to I don’t want to say I’m trying to eliminate the ones that are not that way because that’s not true. I’m just trying to spend more time with the ones that are that way where, like, you’re very much like you. We maybe sulk a little bit for a moment when something might be off, but we’re always like trying to find a way. We’re always trying to like upbeat the energy a little bit or uplevel the energy or find a way or even if we’re like at the end of the day, I don’t know, super exhausted have done all the things I love that about our friendship because are sometimes friends where like they just kind of come around when things are shitty and they want to talk about the shitty things and they want to talk about like when you’re down or they maybe want to marinate and like, Oh yeah, you did. You had returns today and no. Oh. And I’m like, we’re like, no bigger picture. Like, you know, it’ll come like, I love people that are like that. And as I’ve especially when I’ve moved back from Austria, back to America and started to re-engage with friends that I didn’t really engage with, let’s say regularly, I still talk to them.
Lunden Souza: [00:28:38] They’re still my friends, but it’s now I’m observing. I’m like, Yeah, there are some friends that are just like literally Debbie Downers or negative Nancy’s. And I’m just like, No, I want the uplifting, positive energy. Yes, I do want to share when I’m having tough times with you, but I want you to be like lighting a fire under my ass. Like, I want you to be like reminding me like, who the fuck I am, you know? Not like pulling me down, like, weights with you down to where you’re at, you know? So I’ve been really kind of observing my relationships, and I’m thankful for that, too. So thank you. Hey, really quick, I want to interrupt the podcast for just a minute to tell you about one of my favorite supplements for hair, skin, nails, digestive and gut health, and that is snap supplements, super greens with collagen. Now, if you’re following me on social media, you’ve probably seen me post about this a bunch because honestly, this product tastes amazing and it’s jam packed with nutrients, like I said, to support healthy hair, skin and nails. It helps support detoxification, a healthy immune system. And there’s even probiotics in there for a healthy gut. It’s non-GMO, no sugar added, soy free, grass fed collagen. And every scoop is going to give you a seven grams of protein. And this is why I love it, because it’s not like a protein shake.
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Gia Sinatra: [00:31:27] Um. 2022. Oh, my gosh. I’m like, those obviously are like, the things that stand out. Um.
Lunden Souza: [00:31:37] And those are major. I mean, your wedding was so much fun. It was like small and intimate and beautiful and wonderful. And you were like, planning that while launching a clothing line. In fact, that’s what we talked about for most of it in our last podcast episode. So it’s just like looking back now, are you kind of like, Holy shit, I’m pretty badass? How did I do that? Are you just kind of like, Yep, I did that? What does that feel like as Gia?
Gia Sinatra: [00:32:01] I feel like how the am I allowed to cuss on here?
Lunden Souza: [00:32:05] Yeah, I’ve already said cussed a bunch already. We’ll put the explicit sign on this podcast episode.
Gia Sinatra: [00:32:11] After I’ve already said every word. My little cousin here, I don’t know how the fuck I did it. Like, honestly, like I was just talking about this the other night. Um, some. I mean, I know that I thrive in that environment of like, being busy. Like, that’s where I thrive. But yeah, sometimes I’m like, How the hell did I do this? I do not know. Because, um, I also, at one point was planning my honeymoon and. My wedding and running the business and getting the business set up that I could take a couple of weeks off for my honeymoon. Yeah, I don’t know how the hell I did it. And like a lot of people like I’m on here am talking about Tick Tock again, but there’s this community of wedding TikTok and like bridal TikTok where there’s a lot of brides and like, they’re like, I don’t know what to do with my life now that the wedding is over and I have nothing to plan. And I’m like, I don’t know how the hell I manage to, like, plan that in addition to everything else. Like now I’m just like, I mean, I have more time to focus on Girl, but like, somehow I was doing it all. And just like in the evenings I would plan the honeymoon and like, I just, I don’t know, Somehow, by the grace of God, I literally do not know how I did it, but I did it. I’m obsessed now.
Lunden Souza: [00:33:33] And I love I love that that self-evidence, though, because there’s been moments in my life too, even in the last couple of years, where I feel the same, where I’m like, how did I even, like, wake up in the morning and like, get up on my own two feet, let alone, you know, rebuild my business, build all these different partnerships, continue my podcast, like all these different things. Sometimes I’m just like, I don’t know, it wasn’t me. It was something working and moving through me for a greater purpose. Because if it was just me, like, No way, no way. And I think, yeah, it’s cool because I was reading this morning, I love to journal, so I’m going to advocate that you do a lot more journaling this year because it’s so helpful. But I was reading through my journal from last year where I was like, Oh my gosh, Just like, yeah, a lot of challenges when I moved back from America, even though that wasn’t this past year, I feel like there was a lot of healing that happened this year for me in 2022. So last year and I was looking through my journal and just like, yeah, days like you mentioned today where you’re just not feeling it, where you just feel just like overwhelmed. And sometimes I felt like overwhelmed and under-qualified. This like, you know, comparison trap, these like analysis, all these different things. And so I think it’s so I mean, it’s great, too. And I do love social media, even though I’m not on TikTok a ton.
Lunden Souza: [00:34:50] I’m on Instagram and I love to look left and right for inspiration. Right? There’s so many motivational, inspirational people in our lives, but I feel like nothing is as motivating as our own personal evidence. Like going back to my journal and being like, Oh, I was really sad during that time and I felt very, you know, helpless and just lonely or whatever it might be. And now I don’t even recognize those feelings anymore because I’ve moved past that. And I drew I drew a different life to me, you know, So it was nice to go back and like, look at that evidence and just be like, wow, you know, if I have a tough time again, I can go back and look through that and have, you know, a book full of written bullet points or journal entries or whatever to be like, Oh yeah, I’ve done that before, I can do it again. It might not be the exact same thing, you know, but it’s proof that you’ve done something hard and that you can do it again. And so I kind of look back at 2022 with similar lenses that you do where I’m just like, How did I do that? And then with all the travel and my new relationship that I’m in and going back and forth, East Coast, West Coast, running my business, wanting to grow my podcast, jumping into a new program, business coaching program.
Lunden Souza: [00:35:59] Like I just yeah, I have that kind of wow, you know, that congratulation. Like I want to congratulate myself and so maybe some of you listening, it’s like make your evidence list, look at what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve moved through, no matter how big or how small. And congratulate yourself a little bit. One of the things I put on my goals for 2023 is to like celebrate myself quarterly. Like, I don’t even know what I’m going to do. I might go get a massage, I might just decide I’m going to go for a hike. And that’s my celebration of me, but something that I do alone. So not like not like I’m going to, you know, invite my friends, come celebrate me every quarter. And I don’t really want that. I just am like, I want to celebrate me, whatever that is. I just want one day or one activity or whatever I do to be like, Hey, great job, self like, you’re doing such a great job. And I didn’t do that enough last year. Last year, just like flew by and before I knew it, I was like beating myself up over all the things I need to learn and need to get done and all the things that I just forgot. Like, girl, you did so much like you should be so proud. I feel like we need to celebrate ourselves more. Maybe we can hold each other accountable to that next year. This year. This year.
Gia Sinatra: [00:37:07] One thing you did do is like when you hit 100 or you’re about to hit 100 episodes. I think you reached out and you’re like, Hey, you guys to me and Allie, like, I’m hitting 100 episodes or about to or whatever, and you’re like, I really want to, like, celebrate and go to dinner. And I loved that because that’s a huge accomplishment. But, you know, everyone has their own lives and their own things and like, of course we’re like, That’s great. But like, I wouldn’t have taken the time out not. Because I’m not a good friend, but because I didn’t know that you wanted to, like, go out to dinner and celebrate that. So I love that you asked us because, hell yeah, let’s go celebrate that. Let’s go. Go out to eat, Go whatever you want to do. Like we. We had a whole like, a fun little night. Yeah, it was fun.
Lunden Souza: [00:37:58] I remember reaching out. I remember reaching out and being, like, not thinking. It was weird, but it was very, very, very out of character for me. But I think sometimes to your point of like what you mentioned in the beginning, like acting as if it’s like, okay, well if I want to be celebrated the way that I like to celebrate my friends, I should just ask like, Hey, can we celebrate me today? And I remember we were like, Well, let’s get ready. Let’s go out to dinner. But then we ended up just ordering takeout at Ali’s house and chilling. And that was fun. And I was like, It didn’t need to be something different. It’s just like the intention was different. It was like today, even though we hang out and have gone to dinner a million times, it’s just like this intention for this dinner is to celebrate the 100 episodes, because I remember being so excited and learning that most podcasts don’t make it to episode ten. Most podcasts stop. It’s called Pod Fade, and people just aren’t consistent. And I know there was periods of time when I moved back to America where I stopped podcasting for like two months and then I picked it back up. But I was just, yeah, I’m really proud of my consistency and just really proud of like, Damn, girl, you have a lot to talk about or there’s, you know, you’re good at this. That’s how I felt. I was like, I’m kind of good at this. Like, I feel confident in my ability to continuously host a podcast and provide value. And so, yeah, that was a fun little celebration and I think it’s nice to to do that. So in 2023, we have to reach out. I mean, I know I’m going to see you tomorrow and we always like make plans periodically to hang out and spend time together. But I think we really have to think about what things we can celebrate for one another, too, even if it’s just like little small things. Just figuring out like how we can clap for our damn selves sometimes.
Gia Sinatra: [00:39:34] Yeah, we should tomorrow. And let’s not tell Ali till in the moment. But we should all decide something. We’re celebrating tomorrow.
Lunden Souza: [00:39:43] Oh, okay. Cool. Cool in the moment. Okay. But I won’t think of anything yet until we sit down. I won’t plan. Then you come with. We’re like me. And you come with our extravagant answers. And Ali’s like, Why didn’t you prepare me?
Gia Sinatra: [00:39:56] She’s like.
Lunden Souza: [00:39:57] Um. Yeah. No. Yeah, yeah. Allies in a new relationship. So he wants to celebrate that. Yeah.
Gia Sinatra: [00:40:05] She has a lot to celebrate. Yeah, I do think, like, celebrating every win is important, and, like, I would never. Well, I don’t want to say would never. Because now you inspired me, but, like, I. In the past, I wouldn’t have been like, Hey, like, do you guys want to celebrate this with me? But I love that you asked me because like, like I said, I was like, so excited to do that with you. But I think that’s something that I like took from you is like, I want to be able to like, I want to ask somebody like, Hey, can we celebrate this? Um, and actually I saw somebody that had bought so they got a new job and they bought themselves a cake and said like, um, I don’t know if I saved this or not, but it was like, congratulations on your new job, whatever. And like, celebrated themselves with a cake. And I thought that was cute. And Brian actually started a new job today, and I was like, Oh, like, I’m not going to go get him, like, a whole ass cake. But.
Lunden Souza: [00:41:04] But I’ll. Here you go.
Gia Sinatra: [00:41:07] No, but I was like, I like I want to get him, like, something to just be like, Hey, I’m proud of you. Like. Like, that’s great that you. You know, you did this. You got a new job like. And so I don’t actually don’t even know what time he’s off. But now it feels good.
Lunden Souza: [00:41:23] It feels good to be recognized. And I’m sure whatever you do, even if it’s just like celebrating him and focusing on him when he comes home, is helpful. Like it feels so good to be recognized and I and to be celebrated. And we have to remember to like I think with friends like it’s different. I mean, you and Brian live together, you’re married, you know what’s going on day to day. And his dad, he started his new job and whatever. But even though you and I are close friends and I have other close friends, it’s like you guys don’t always know that it’s 100 episodes that I accomplished this or whatever. So instead of feeling like stuck and frustrated, like, Oh, no one’s recognizing me or celebrating me for what I’m doing and look at me over here and it’s like, Well, ask for it. And that was like weird for me too. It felt a little foreign, but I’m like, That was fun. And now look, tomorrow when we hang out, we’re going to all celebrate and choose something. And I think that’s just so powerful. And I like those connections because I’m just sick of the like of course, I love to like, of course, like, have fun and be stupid and like, be with the people that you love.
Lunden Souza: [00:42:23] But it’s just like, I don’t want to be in the friendships where, you know, we’re talking about like all everything that’s going on in the world that has nothing to do with us. Like, you know, like pop culture. Not that that’s not important. It’s just like, I like having friendships where it’s like, yeah, we can talk about like every day, let’s say air quotes, normal things. But I like taking that next step and going deeper and asking the tough questions or celebrating the triumphs and all those things because yeah, I don’t want to be like, I don’t know, basic friendships, basic conversations. Sometimes I feel like I’m like, huh, I don’t know if I belong in this scenario. I don’t really know how to contribute to like, I don’t know the complaining or people like to complain a lot about what’s going on in their life, and sometimes I just listen because I’m like, I don’t want to be in a space where I’m complaining. Yeah, I have things in my life I’m working towards, but it’s not of interest for me to just like list off all the things that are sucking in my life right now. So I love that about our friendships because they’re just more like they have more substance. More substance.
Gia Sinatra: [00:43:21] More substance. More substance.
Lunden Souza: [00:43:23] 2023 Yeah, more.
Lunden Souza: [00:43:26] More legal substances in 2023.
Lunden Souza: [00:43:39] Um, depending where you live. Right. Depending on where you live.
Lunden Souza: [00:43:43] Um. When you and I decided to do this podcast episode, we were like texting back and forth about I think it wasn’t New Year yet, it was still December. And we were just, yeah, kind of sharing like, Oh yeah, things have been really tough. And for me, I was going back and forth from California and North Carolina and traveling a lot and this year, 2023 is going to be no different because I signed on for a business coaching program that I have to travel a lot for as well. But you and I were talking about that, and what I realized about myself is like I was not moving regularly, like not working out consistently enough. I was like eating healthy at gas stations, pretty much like in airports. It was like, you know, the healthiest chip options and like nuts that you can find, you know? And I just wasn’t nourishing my body. And I could feel for the first time in a long time, I could really feel like, oh, shit, girl, like you were not really taking care of yourself in a good way. I wasn’t taking my supplements regularly. I was like, you know, would forget to buy them or grab them. I didn’t have everything that I needed. I was a little bit more flighty. I wasn’t, you know, focused on a lot of those things because I was like, Yeah, you know, I’m feeling good. Like, you know, look good, whatever.
Lunden Souza: [00:44:50] But I realized, like, like I’ve always said, it’s not about really what you look like. It’s really about what you feel like. And so there was a few weeks in December where I was just like, man, like beating myself up my thoughts, my journal entries. I read them this morning too, and I’m like, Oh my gosh, poor self. Like, I was really beating up on myself because I wasn’t taking care of myself and it was hard to pull myself out of that loop. I had to really I was sharing some with my boyfriend and he’s a doctor, so he was able to provide the emotional support, but also the physical support. Like, Hey, maybe you should up your magnesium and make sure you’re doing IV hydration therapy because it seems like you’re just like malnourished. You haven’t been eating like really nourishing foods. And so that was just, yeah, an example of, yeah, just not feeling my absolute best. And so you, you and I were texting about that and I think you mentioned it already before, the power of movement when it comes to your mental health and taking that next best action just so that you can start to feel a little bit accomplished. What else would you add? Is there anything else you would add or do you feel like those are two of your most powerful tools when it comes to mental health?
Gia Sinatra: [00:45:59] I think that movement, like working out helps me so much. I always try to like stress to people about the mental health and just even for me, like a routine. So I know like I normally go to this class, I come home, I get, I make, I make my eggs like I have a routine and I’m very much of like, do the same thing. Like, obviously my days change so much day to day, like running a business and managing different careers and all that, but like the routine of, like, it keeps me in a routine of like, go to the gym, come home, make my breakfast, do my emails, and then like, get my day started. So I do feel like working out. And if I wake up in a funk and I’m able to push myself through and just go work out, I feel so much better. And the eating healthy foods actually, like as you were speaking, I was thinking like, I need to go today and just like go go to the store and just like make a big salad of like, vegetables and just like something really nutritious because I’ve been feeling like that to just. Yeah, just not even like, eating bad things, but like, maybe, just like you said, you’re living, like, at a gas station or just running and grabbing this and you’re busy and you’re like, you know, like, I feel like I need, like, something, like, really nutritious right now.
Lunden Souza: [00:47:22] Yeah. And what helps too, or what was helpful also is like when you look.
Lunden Souza: [00:47:26] Up like what’s in season two in California, we have a lot that’s in season year round just because of the weather, especially Southern California. But so it’s like more winter time. So more, yeah, like sweet potatoes and kale. I had some the other day and it just yeah, it felt so nourishing and also like sitting down and being present with my food. I can’t tell you how many meals I had like stuffing my face with like chips and nuts running into the next airplane, jumping into an Uber, like just so on the go and being able to like, yeah, just be present even just with one meal a day. Because, I mean, we have our thing, our schedule is full. We have a lot going on. I always try to be like, okay, at least one meal a day, if not, all right, I want all of them to be, but it just isn’t always like that. But to be able just to like sit and focus and nourish our body and chew the food and like, when we swallow it, have some gratitude. They’re not just like thinking about the next thing. I feel like that’s been really helpful and exercise too. There was one time I was in North Carolina and yeah, I just had a lot going on and I could start to feel kind of like the precursors of an anxiety attack come. And my boyfriend was like, You need to move. Like you need to move, go upstairs and do burpees. And that’s literally what I did.
Lunden Souza: [00:48:33] I just set my.
Lunden Souza: [00:48:33] Timer for five minutes and I just did burpees. Like not the entire five minutes. Obviously I rested, but getting that sweat in and getting my heart rate up. And then after it was over, I was like, Oh my gosh, You know, like, I appreciate that because sometimes we need that reminder for people around us. Of course, I know that movement helps. I know I feel good after a workout, but sometimes when we’re in that moment of just feeling like in a funk or anxious thoughts and feelings creeping up sometimes like at least when I feel those feelings, I have like an inability to decide.
Lunden Souza: [00:49:04] I’m like, I don’t.
Lunden Souza: [00:49:05] I don’t know what to do next. Like, I just I’m in. I’m like, stuck. And so for him to really be able to nudge me in that direction of being like, go move, like, go do some burpees, just get your heart rate up, get a little bit of a sweat going and see how you feel. And it was so helpful and it was only five minutes. It wasn’t like go to the gym and do an hour long workout and have it structured and perfect. It was just like, get your body moving and get your body sweating. I feel like when those types of feelings, more anxious feelings come up, a walk is helpful, but not as helpful as like a run or high intensity, something that really forces you just to like let loose for a while. And so I’m just yeah, I’m grateful for my boyfriend, for relationships and friendships like yours where we just are like always in, um, yeah, we’re just like always in each other’s lives in the sense that we’ll always nudge each other in the direction that we feel like each other needs to go, or always be there to help each other. If someone needs support. And yeah, with our mental health it can be challenging.
Lunden Souza: [00:50:00] But I’m the same as you. Or it’s like those habits and routines. Oh my gosh, are so helpful and I want to be flexible. Like you said, we have a lot going on manage wearing different hats, you know, So it’s not like every single day is the exact same, but at least like the bookends are the same. So it’s like what we do in the morning and what we kind of wrap up and do in the evening I feel like helps so much. And developing those routines for me in California and then developing them in North Carolina and then developing them when I’m on the go, even though they’re kind of similar, it took some intention. I had to be like, okay, you know, what is my morning look like when I’m in a hotel and I have access to this? What is my morning look like when I’m in California? What does it look like when I’m in North Carolina? So it’s not always a one size fits all approach either. But those routines coming back to them and asking yourself, okay, like what’s that next best action step? What can I put on my routines to help? Oh, it makes a world of difference. I love habits and routines.
Gia Sinatra: [00:50:57] Yeah. Same. And I also think especially this time of year, everybody or not everybody, I don’t want to say that a lot of people are starting a workout routine to lose weight, which is totally fine. But I think for some people that can be intimidating of like or it can create an unhealthy habit, like I know for a friend of mine, um, she was like, we were talking about working out and I told her like, she’s like sometimes it just starts getting really unhealthy because then all I’m thinking about is losing weight and I’m like. And I’m like, literally, only think about your mental health. That’s it. Just think about how you feel and don’t even go into it as a weight loss thing, which if you do, that’s fine. I’m not saying it’s not, but I’m just saying like if you just want to create that daily movement and habit, like just go into it, just literally just think about your mental health and start that way rather than making it like just like because it can get like unhealthy or like obsessive. If you’re just like, I have to do this, you know, you know, so just like, go in, take it easy, especially this time of year if like you’re just getting into working out or movement, like just go in, be easy on yourself, take it easy. Don’t worry about people around you, even if you just go in and walk on the treadmill for ten minutes and that’s your movement. Just like start slow and just like, get in there and don’t stress about those other things.
Lunden Souza: [00:52:22] Yeah, really focus.
Lunden Souza: [00:52:23] On the feeling that you get after a good workout because it’s such a good feeling. And if yeah, if your habit is just to work out and then step on the scale and like what happened, you know, that’s going to be yeah, yeah. Kind of a setup for upset because afterwards you’re always going to have some sort of feeling that you’re like, Oh yeah, I’m feeling good. I’m feeling energized, focused, clear, satisfied, proud of myself. There’s so many great feelings that come up when we get to move. And so I love that you mentioned that too, because, yeah, some people are like go hard in the paint, gung ho when it comes to this time of year doing that. But yeah, I found, you know, just that happy medium 3 to 4 times a week of intensity for me and then walking and movement and all of that feels really good. And I’ve been on the other end of the spectrum too, where it’s like, if you don’t do six days a week, you’re like, Not good enough. And it’s like, for what? For what? And I love that. You mentioned the answer actually is, at least for me, is my mental health, my mental capacity. Also, like I want to lead teams, I want my podcast to continue to grow, like I want to keep making those connections. I want to keep growing my business. Like all of that for me is like, yeah, so much better for the benefits because it’s like, yeah, I mean, I don’t want to like, Yeah, who cares what you look like? That’s what I’m going to say.
Lunden Souza: [00:53:40] Yeah.
Gia Sinatra: [00:53:41] I’ve been trying to like, really listen to my body more and like some days I’m like, I just feel like going to do a yoga class or whatever. Like, I don’t want to do burpees like today, you know what I mean? Like, um, which have you do. That’s great. But just like some days I’m just like, I don’t feel like that. Like, I feel I want to do some kind of movement, but I don’t want to go do 100 burpees. Um, you know, so it’s just like I’ve been trying to, like, listen to myself more and, or like, you know, listen to my body more and like, maybe just go do a hot yoga class or a yoga, like maybe stretch, um, just trying to be more in tune with myself instead of just like, go, go, go like 7 a.m. go to your, you know what I mean? And it’s like today, like even in my class, like, sometimes they’re like, there’s like an option. Like if you want to do the jump squats or if you just want to like, just do the squat and not and take the jump out. And sometimes I’m like, Yeah, I feel like I just want to squat it out. I don’t I don’t want to do the jump today. And like, that’s okay, you know? So yeah, trying to listen to my body more and not just be like, Yeah, you have.
Lunden Souza: [00:54:46] To do it. Yeah. And I feel like.
Lunden Souza: [00:54:48] Yes, listening to your body more. And then also I just feel like right now I’m really I want to ask you this question too, but in 2023, I’m just really craving the momentum and I haven’t ran in a while, but I’m like, I really want to run because and do more yoga because for me, that’s how I feel like the most momentum and like flexibility. So I also like matching my workouts to kind of where I am in my day or in my life in general, because it really is a powerful tool to like catapult our goals forward that have nothing to do with weight loss goals or whatever things like that. I always just feel like, like you said, it’s like sometimes we feel stagnant and stuck maybe in our personal or professional lives. So I just love doing yoga for that. Sometimes we feel a little closed off or maybe sad. I love like all the heart opening exercises and things you get to do in yoga. So I think being a bit more intentional with our workouts and like when we do them and listening to our body and that comes with, you know, my boyfriend always says easy is earned. So it’s like that comes with the time that you and I have spent working out and trying new things to really be like, okay, yeah, I can easily choose what works for me because we’ve kind of put in the groundwork there. And so I think that’s something I’m really grateful for. To. And even if you guys are someone listening is just starting today. No big deal. Everybody has their starting point. But you have to get to that point where you earn your easy because it’s not always super easy with anything, right? With our habits, routines, with our mental health, with our physical health, all those things we have to put in the repetitions to, to get those goals and results. What would you say is what you’re. I’m sorry. Go ahead.
Gia Sinatra: [00:56:23] I said I love that easy is earned.
Lunden Souza: [00:56:25] I have a shirt that says it too. I’ll get you one.
Lunden Souza: [00:56:28] I’ll get you one. That’s cute.
Lunden Souza: [00:56:29] I’m going to have a shirt I love.
Lunden Souza: [00:56:32] Yeah, I love it. And I wear the shirt a lot. People comment on it. They’re like, Oh, I like that. Like, I like that. I’m like, Yeah, I like it too. Um, I’m so excited that you came and talked with me today. I don’t want to keep you too much longer because I know you have a lot to crush out today, but.
Lunden Souza: [00:56:47] What.
Gia Sinatra: [00:56:49] What what was. What were you asking me? I was going to ask.
Lunden Souza: [00:56:52] What are you like most looking forward to in 2023? Or like, what do you want to most squeeze the juice out of in 2023? Is there like a word or a feeling or a particular like goal that you I know you mentioned wanting to do a little bit more of a clarity goal setting session, but thinking right now what is really like 2023 is definitely going to have more of this in my life. What would that be?
Gia Sinatra: [00:57:18] I don’t know. That’s what I feel like. Yeah. I need to sit down and think. Um. I think I’m only thinking about like business goals and this. So I really need to sit down and be like, okay, what, um, what are. What is that? What is that goal? Um, I can’t really, like, fully answer that. I might have to come back to that one. Cool. Um.
Lunden Souza: [00:57:42] Yeah, no big deal. I mean, we don’t always have questions right away.
Gia Sinatra: [00:57:50] Yeah, I’m not sure. I’m not sure. I’m going to have to do a journaling session and write down my goals and get back to you.
Lunden Souza: [00:57:56] Yeah. When you figure it out, tell me. Because I want to know. I want to know.
Lunden Souza: [00:57:59] I want to support you. But I think it’s important to think about what we do want because sometimes a lot of people can focus on what they don’t want. It’s like, Oh yeah, I don’t want it to be like this and I don’t want this to happen. And I think the clarity on what we do want is also kind of the pump up for the magnet as well. So I’m excited for you to share it with us. And then we’ll we’ll update our listeners on what your.
Lunden Souza: [00:58:22] Yeah. And I think that like I’ve been I’ve.
Gia Sinatra: [00:58:25] Been so stuck in just thinking business goals but I need to think of some like personal just for me and what what I want out of this next year.
Lunden Souza: [00:58:36] Yeah I know right?
Lunden Souza: [00:58:37] I feel you there too with like a lot of stuff being more work and business focused and wanting to, like, branch out a little bit and be like, okay, yeah, that’s a big part of me and totally who I am at my core. And I have other components of my life too, that that also need nurturing and loving and things like that.
Gia Sinatra: [00:58:55] I do know for like my own personal brand of like online and stuff, I want to show more of my personality and like realness this year. So maybe that will be one of the words I can give you is like real raw. Just like, yeah, more realness. Mum. I want to I feel like I don’t show my personality enough and just kind of like giving people the real real instead of just like a pretty picture here and there is nice. But like, I want to show more of me this year.
Lunden Souza: [00:59:29] Yeah, I.
Lunden Souza: [00:59:30] Want more of you too. And it’s like, cool. Because as friends, you know, it’s like we know one side of each other and then we know the side we show on social media. And I would say, I feel so much realness from you. I mean, I always follow everything that you’re doing. And when.
Lunden Souza: [00:59:43] You’re talking, I always.
Lunden Souza: [00:59:44] Feel like it’s just like you and I talking. And I also know that feeling of being like, okay, if I’m going to like be on social media and I’m going to run my shit on this space, I want to really feel like I can ha Because then I feel like that also heightens the magnet a little bit too. But you know, I also think it’s important to keep certain things to ourselves and keep Like I said, sometimes there’s like the whole enchilada thing. So I think it’s nice to find that realness that also helps people and provides value and gives people a bigger insight into, Yeah, how amazing you are. But I’m so grateful that you could be here today on the podcast. Um, yeah. I always love talking to you and I’m excited to hang out tomorrow. Anything you want to sign off with, let people know Where are you? I mean, I know you said you love your TikTok, so where can everybody find you on social media and stuff?
Gia Sinatra: [01:00:32] So I am on Instagram and TikTok just at Sinatra and my clothing line is at GIA underscore IRL on TikTok and Instagram. So follow me there and you’re going to see more realness 2023.
Lunden Souza: [01:00:50] Yes, I love that.
Lunden Souza: [01:00:51] I’ll put all those handles and links and stuff in the description. Thank you. Gia, for your love and your light and your friendship and for your time today. Appreciate you.
Gia Sinatra: [01:01:00] Thank you. I appreciate you.
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