Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Parzyck.
Julia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was about 14, I really struggled with my body image. I was being bullied for my weight and I felt like I wasn’t as beautiful as my other “thin” friends. I felt like my body was the issue and if I was skinny, then I’d be loved and worthy. I ended up developing an eating disorder and struggled with my eating, fitness, and my body until I was about 24. Around then, I decided to seek out an ED therapist and registered dietician. I worked through my traumas and my fears, I created a healthier relationship with my body and food/fitness. I began sharing my recovery via Instagram and it kind of took off. I started to realize that my passion was in eating disorder recovery and helping women find their confidence. Over the next five years, I built my brand, worked hard to cultivate a life for myself that left me feeling fulfilled and eventually (2 months ago) quit my full-time job! I am now a virtual eating disorder recovery coach and help women find their confidence and beauty in their bodies. I also do workshops and events in the Denver area and work with brands on body diversity!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has definitely NOT been a smooth road. I felt like I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and once I found it, I had no idea how to make it happen. I knew that going through my own eating disorder recovery was hard, but this was a different obstacle. I had to get over the fear of failure, my fear that if this doesn’t work then what?! I finally made the leap though, and I’ve never been happier.
My biggest piece of advice for any area of their life whether it’s finding confidence in themselves or making the leap to becoming self-employed… don’t be so hard on yourself and know that mess ups and failures is part of the process! There will be days that are tough and you’re like “hell no, I’m over this,” but that’s what makes the end goal so much sweeter! If it’s a goal of yours, go for it. Don’t let there be another option but to succeed!
We’d love to hear more about Fit Fat And All That.
I do 1:1 virtual coaching with women who want a better relationship with their bodies! Through my own recovery, I’ve found it’s hard for women to seek out eating disorder care because it’s not accessible or affordable! I make that happen! I’m there for that extra support and help them work their fears with food, their insecurities, etc.
I’m mostly known for my body-positive Instagram influencing and my dance parties in my apartment! I love embracing my weird side, my inner child, and I do often!
I’m very open and vulnerable on my platform, and I think that’s what sets me apart. I don’t sugarcoat things. I cry, I show my struggles, and I’m authentically me!
I’m really proud that I’ve cultivated the life I dreamed about. I never thought I’d be my own boss, but I’m doing it. I’ve always had this insecurity of not being smart enough or business minded, but I’m making it happen!
We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I think women aren’t often taken seriously. We are often told we are TOO emotional, or TOO sensitive, and that’s it’s weak. Women are emotional, but so are men. But socially, it’s more acceptable for women to show it, but not in the workplace.
But I think that’s what sets us apart! Women are naturally empathetic and intuitive, and it’s amazing we can tap into that. It’s not a weakness, it’s our superpower and we should never deny it.
I think we really struggle to stand up for ourselves through in the workforce and say what we want and feel in fear of rejection.
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