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Julia Stern, co-founder of The Strong Collective, career changer, and recovering perfectionist, wants you to remove the word “best” from your vocabulary. She believes replacing it with the word “better” and making small, consistent changes will bring more success than trying to perform at 100%- 100% of the time. In an extremist society telling you to live your BEST life- we shy away from our personal goals, in fear that it’s never enough. Listen to dreamers and do-ers in fitness, fashion, lifestyle, and more- who will inspire you to stop trying to live your best life, and start actually living a better one.

Not My Best Julia Stern

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 68 Ratings

Julia Stern, co-founder of The Strong Collective, career changer, and recovering perfectionist, wants you to remove the word “best” from your vocabulary. She believes replacing it with the word “better” and making small, consistent changes will bring more success than trying to perform at 100%- 100% of the time. In an extremist society telling you to live your BEST life- we shy away from our personal goals, in fear that it’s never enough. Listen to dreamers and do-ers in fitness, fashion, lifestyle, and more- who will inspire you to stop trying to live your best life, and start actually living a better one.

    #BLM: A conversation about racism with Taylor Rae Almonte

    #BLM: A conversation about racism with Taylor Rae Almonte

    On today's episode I was able to sit down with my friend and colleague Taylor Rae Almonte to unpack and discuss systemic racism and how we can play a role in working against it. Taylor is an actor, and athlete (I work with her at Rumble Boxing!) and she's recently taken on the role of social media activist. Her weekly #BLM newsletters have key terms, topics, and discussion points to help educate and inspire. I am so thankful and privileged to be able to learn from her as well as have her on my platform to share with others.


    Taylor Rae Almonte | taylorraealmonte.com (taylorraealmonte.com)


    Julia Stern | @notmybestpodcast (instagram.com/notmybestpodcast)


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    • 59 min
    Your Next Workout Program: The Strong Collective by Julia Stern and Erika Hammond

    Your Next Workout Program: The Strong Collective by Julia Stern and Erika Hammond

    Welcome to season 2 of Not My Best! This season will contain 10 episodes on relevant topics to help you stop trying to live your best life, and start actually living a better one.


    First up, Julia has friend, partner, and fellow Rumble trainer Erika Hammond to talk all things fitness and wellness, and to launch their new brand, The Strong Collective. Julia and Erika are creating a collective of individuals who are in search for strength beyond the workout. Programs for your body, motivation for your mind, and a collective to help boost your mood.


    The Strong Collective will launch later this week!


    The Strong Collective: thestrongcollective.fit (thestrongcollective.fit)


    Erika Hammond: @erikaannhammond (instagram.com/erikaannhammond)


    Julia Stern: @notmybestpodcast (instagram.com/notmybestpodcast)


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    Music: "Upbeat Party" by Scott Holmes (freemusicarchive.org/muis/Scott_Holmes)


    From the Free Music Archive (freemusicarchive.org)


    CC by NC

    • 39 min
    How To Be the Boss of Your Own Life with Shannon Decker, LA Based Personal Trainer (@shannonshape)

    How To Be the Boss of Your Own Life with Shannon Decker, LA Based Personal Trainer (@shannonshape)

    While we're stuck inside, I'm is bringing you quick, informative episodes on how to live a better (not best) quarantined life. Today's episode is an honest conversation with Shannon Decker, a personal trainer who I had the absolute pleasure of getting to know when I lived LA. Most recently, she's the female trainer on the Shred app, which is currently the number one fitness app in the App Store. Shannon's success is the result of her desire to help others, her infectious personality, her work ethic, and her philosophies that we discuss in this podcast. We were able to agree on so many things, including the Better Not Best Mindset, and the strategies that have provided the most growth in our career and our lives. To day we get into:


    How to organize your hustle so you're the most effective


    The art of the niche


    Tricks to kick the comparison habit


    Why it's important during this time to work less


    Advice for at home workouts


    Insight into how we fuel ourselves


    Shannon Decker: @shannonshape (instagram.com/@shannonshape)


    Julia Stern: @notmybestpodcast (instagram.com/@notmybestpodcast)


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    • 39 min
    Better Beauty for Better Health with Divya Gugnani, CEO & Co-founder of Wander Beauty

    Better Beauty for Better Health with Divya Gugnani, CEO & Co-founder of Wander Beauty

    While we're stuck inside, Julia is bringing you quick, informative episodes on how to live a better (not best) quarantined life. On today's episode, Divya Gugnani, CEO & Co-founder of Wander Beauty, stresses the importance of small changes we can make in our beauty routine to live a healthier life. Wander beauty was started as a way to streamline beauty routines for busy people (like me), but it also rids the hormone disrupting toxins that we consume (unknowingly) from most beauty products. We talk all about managing being a CEO & a mom, the value of connectivity during social distancing, and how to balance it all while staying home. We cover so much goodness in this episode, so have a glass of cabernet with us and enjoy this conversation!


    Diva Gugnani: @divyagugnani (instagram.com/@divyagugnani)


    Wander Beauty: wanderbeauty.com (wanderbeauty.com)


    Julia Stern: @notmybestpodcast (instagram.com/@notmybestpodcast)


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    • 32 min
    Self-Love After Explant Surgery with Bec Donlan, founder of Go Basic (SweatWithBec)

    Self-Love After Explant Surgery with Bec Donlan, founder of Go Basic (SweatWithBec)

    I originally wanted to talk to Bec, NYC trainer and owner of Go Basic, because she had her breast implants removed (an explant) after she fell ill from getting them. Her story is not only fascinating and eye opening, it speaks to the importance of self love and body acceptance. In this episode you will learn:


    All about how her high quality booty bands came to fruition.


    The biggest challenges she has faced since starting her own company


    Why she got her breast implants


    How she came to the decision to have explant surgery 


    Her journey through this detox


    How to love your body, as it is.


    *This episode was recorded in February 2020; Pre-Quarantine/Social Distancing.*


    Bec Donlan: @gobasic (https://my.captivate.fm/instagram.com/gobasic)


    Julia Stern: @notmybestpodcast (https://my.captivate.fm/instagram.com/notmybestpodcast)


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    • 39 min
    Creating Your New Normal During COVID-19 with Alyssa Coscarelli

    Creating Your New Normal During COVID-19 with Alyssa Coscarelli

    While we're stuck inside, Julia is bringing you quick, informative episodes on how to live a better (not best) quarantined life. Today we have Alyssa Coscarelli, otherwise known as @Alyssainthecity on the ‘gram. Alyssa is a freelance fashion writer, style influencer, and consultant, who has worked with so many high-end brands doing event hosting, writing, styling and creating content. Now, like most of us, she is figuring out how to work from home and creating her new normal. She is a New Yorker living in LA with her boyfriend and we immediately bonded over the struggle of living in an apartment with your significant other and trying to make it work. In this ep you'll also hear about how to take a side hustle to a full time career, and the struggle of finding some balance in the process. Enjoy the tips on creating your new normal during COVID-19.


    Alyssa Coscarelli: alyssacoscarelli.com (alyssacoscarelli.com)


    Julia Stern: @notmybestpodcast (instagram.com/notmybestpodcast)


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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

thick2fit ,

One of my faves

Love listening

Silbo fan ,

My new favorite podcast!

I binge listened to the entire series in two days. She has interesting, compelling guests on the show. She’s easy to listen to and the pod is a great reminder for all of us to try to be a little better, but not perfect. Love it!

ENELYAR B. ,

You’re a star!

Julia, you are an inspiration. This podcast is another testament to the gift you have when being in your presence. I think the world of you, and because I am no longer close enough to take your class this brought another element of you.

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