Julie Burton has spent the past two decades working as a freelance writer, author, self-care advocate, fitness instructor, and teacher while mothering her four children alongside her husband of 25 years. Co-founding the Twin Cities Writing Studio in 2015 and publishing The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Guide to Health and Well-Being in 2016, she combined her passion for writing, self-care, and empowering people to be their best selves by founding ModernWell, the first women-centered co-working and wellness space in Minneapolis. Julie writes and speaks about motherhood and self-care and her work has been featured in Motherly, Mamalode, Brain, Child Magazine, Dr. Laura, and The Huffington Post. She has been quoted in dozens of local, national, and international media stories on topics relating to motherhood, self-care, entrepreneurship, and women-focused co-working spaces. Such media outlets include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Mind Body Green, The Star Tribune, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business Journal, Twin Cities Live, CBS Minnesota and Dallas, NBC Minnesota, Fox News Minnesota, Chicago, Dallas, and New York. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with her family.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- How Julie learned the importance of self-care during her own stressful life struggles
- How a huge reaction to a “mom survey” inspired her book, The Self-Care Solution
- Why women need to make time for radical acts of self-care
- Why fear and stress at this time in history is a normal and healthy response
- Why hope and gratitude are experiences during in the chaos that help you stay resilient
- Learn how the pandemic has impacted ModernWell – the first women-centered collaborative workspace and community
- Why Julie is keeping ModernWell’s physical space to inspire community
- Website: https://modernwell.co/
- The Self-Care Solution by Julie Burton: https://amzn.to/2BfXxxN
- Instagram: @modernwellco
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ModernWellCo/
Crisis and the Importance of Self-Care
Julie Burton has spent the past two decades working as a freelance writer, author, self-care advocate, fitness instructor, and teacher while mothering her four children alongside her husband of 25 years. Co-founding the Twin Cities Writing Studio in 2015 and publishing The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Guide to Health and Well-Being in 2016, she combined her passion for writing, self-care, and empowering people to be their best selves by founding ModernWell, the first women-centered co-working and wellness space in Minneapolis. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness podcast, Julie discusses the critical importance of self-care, especially during times of crisis and omnipresent stress.
We All Feel the Strain
Julie Burton’s neverending stress as a business leader and mother were causing her constant strain and pushing her toward a breaking point, and under this tremendous pressure she realized that she hadn’t been taking time for herself. Realizing that this wasn’t a problem exclusive to her, she polled mothers all over the country about their stresses and worries. The remarkable feedback she got from other mothers became the foundation of Julie’s book, The Self-Care Solution. During the global pandemic, we need Julie’s wisdom more than ever. As Julie mentioned in the discussion, every one of us feels the strain and pressure, and we must allow ourselves space to experience these sometimes overwhelming feelings. Too often, we believe that “being strong” requires being immune to the emotional weight of our challenges, but Julie believes that it’s okay to admit we’re worried and that we don’t have all the answers.
Taking Care of Ourselves and Connecting With Others
Julie created ModernWell, a women-centric collaborative workspace in Minnesota, with the goal of helping busy women leaders and mothers connect in powerful, supportive ways, harkening back to ancient times when women would gather at the well to collect water and would talk, socialize, and counsel each other. However, the global pandemic has forced ModernWell to adapt to the new reality of social distancing while keeping members safe and healthy, through virtual events and other innovations. Julie refuses to let the core idea behind ModernWell die, because she believes that, especially in times of crisis, we need our connections to others to help us support ourselves and each other.
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