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Let Passion Inspire Your Daily Life

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Aug 27, 2014 10:00:00 AM

What makes you wake up in the morning? I don’t mean your alarm clock or early noises of cars in the street. Not the routine tasks that are calling for you or even the list of to-dos that you need to accomplish by the end of the day. But rather, what makes you want to wake up and be alive?

Day-to-day responsibilities can have a tendency to dim our enthusiasm. Don’t forget why you started things in the first place! If it’s where your passion lies, then keep pursuing it. Always. If you’ve yet to pursue it, then what better time to start than right now? 

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Topics: Motivation

Introducing Juil’s Air Collection – New Ballet Flat Styles

Posted by David Gelfand

Aug 26, 2014 10:00:00 AM

We’re on to our third Fall 2014 collection! Fire Collection? Check. Earth Collection? Check. The Air Collection is here today! 

After years of R&D, we’re VERY excited to announce our new collection of ballet flat styles. These new flats bring you a classic look with a bit of a twist. Supple leathers and comfortable elastic collar offer an absolutely perfect fit. These will be your new go-tos!

Aria

Richly textured, supple leathers enhance your traditional flat. Memory foam footbed provides a natural comfort.

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Topics: Juil

Lighten Up: Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Posted by Alison Gallun

Aug 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Can you believe it? The first day of fall is already just one month away. Before we know it, we’ll all be pulling our warm sweaters out from the back of our closets and trading in our sandals for boots. It’s the time of the year when the local farmer’s market starts phasing out strawberries and sunflowers in favor of squash and sweet corn. 

When I was younger I used to dread the fall. You know, because fall meant school, and school meant homework, and who likes homework?

Luckily, I’ve done some growing up since then and realized that this time of year isn’t just a countdown until the first day of school, but a hybrid of the best things summer and fall have to offer. Having summer’s warm weather and fall’s savory flavors is a match made in heaven.

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Topics: Food and Drink

3 Ways To Bring Your Yoga Practice Outside

Posted by Guest Blogger

Aug 21, 2014 10:46:00 AM

By Kate Connel

Many of us are gladly basking in the warmer weather, and with the warmer season comes an opportunity to add some warm weather flare to our home yoga practice.

Many of us already have special and meaningful outdoor, summer, or vacation yoga memories, so why not add a few yoga-related items to your seasonal, personal yoga practice bucket-list?

Use one of these tips or two this summer, and take your yoga practice outside!

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Topics: Yoga

The Importance of Reflecting on Your Past

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Aug 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Appreciate the past and all you’ve been through—look how far you’ve come! Reflecting on our pasts can give us feelings of nostalgia and a deeper gratitude and understanding of our lives. Reflection, like most things, is healthy in moderation. Above all, we must remember to live in the present, to be conscious and aware, and do our best to live a wholehearted existence each day.

Cherish memories that remind you how much love and joy exists in your life, and let go of negative memories that have been holding you back. You cannot change the past, but you can definitely grow and learn from it. Remember the words of Maria Robinson, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

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Topics: Motivation

Introducing Juil’s Fire Collection – Oxfords and Wingtip Shoes

Posted by David Gelfand

Aug 19, 2014 11:06:00 AM

This week we’re bringing you a piece of our Fire Collection – a post-modern, refined feel for the casual or professional look. All of these Fire styles (and the ones to come) are made with individually, hand burnished leathers. And don’t worry, there’s much more on the way, so stay tuned!

Fogo

An elastic tongue allows for a comfortable fit and feel for this contemporary take on a classic style.

Kama

Hand burnished leathers and a wingtip detail add a timeless touch to this casual classic. 

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Topics: Juil

2 Reasons Wearing Shoes May Be Detrimental

Posted by David Gelfand

Aug 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

UK based publication Express recently published an article that touches on the research done into shoes and how they may affect a child’s foot development.

It’s hard to imagine life without our shoes. Since a very early age, we’ve been taught that shoes are meant to protect our feet and to be worn whenever going outside. It’s become second nature to grab for your shoes before going anywhere (even indoors!). But have you ever considered the possible negative side effects of wearing shoes? After all, it’s worth considering that, as newborns, we’re not born with any shoes on our feet. 

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

4 Tools To Manage Your Stress

Posted by Abby Rasmussen

Aug 15, 2014 9:30:06 AM

Have you ever heard of the serenity prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr? It goes like this: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” It is a prayer that was adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and many others in dealing with all circumstances of life. It is also a great way to approach stressful situations. There are some stressors that we cannot avoid, so we must adjust the way we deal with them. For other stressors that are unnecessary, we should do our best to avoid them. This is the basic idea behind the four A approach: Avoid, Alter, Adapt, and Accept.

There are many forms of stress that we let affect us even though they are easily avoidable. For me, it’s things like traffic jams and procrastination. In these situations, you can choose to either avoid or alter the stressor.

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Topics: Wellness

Healing and Releasing the Past

Posted by Guest Blogger

Aug 14, 2014 8:55:47 AM

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

~ Nelson Mandela

By Lockey Maisonneuve

Stop looking at the past for answers.

Like many, I compare my parenting to how my parents raised me. I ask myself, do I keep my children safe? Do they feel loved? Can I protect them?

Am I doing the opposite of what my parents would have done?

Most of my questions go unanswered, as I’ve blocked out much of my childhood. I have uncovered bits and pieces as an adult in therapy sessions: flashbacks of abuse, memories of helping my mother out of bed after another drunken car crash, my father falling down drunk, men paying my father to rape me when I was twelve, my father counting the money.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Relaxation - Why We All Need A Break Sometimes

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Aug 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” –Etty Hillesum

In this modern age of multi-tasking, with so much emphasis on speed and efficiency, it can be difficult to remind ourselves how important it is to simply slow down at times. The next time you’re feeling stressed out by a busy schedule or a growing to-do list, set aside some time for yourself.

Do yoga, meditate, curl up with a great book, or simply go outside and enjoy the weather. Though taking a break may not seem productive, it will allow you time to rejuvenate and return to your work feeling refreshed and ready for action.

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Topics: Motivation

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Welcome to the Juil community blog. These are the stories of our lives, our growths, our passions, and the connections we hope to give you. We hope that what you read makes you laugh, stimulates your mind, cultivates your thought, and inspires you. Inspires you to become stronger, healthier, and more connected to that which makes you feel whole.