During the first episode of the 100 Day Warrior (in Sept 2014) I asked a handful of people from the creative industry to send me questions that they would like to be answered by the participants of the 100 Day Warrior. Out of approximately 30 questions I selected 13 that seem to cover most of the curiosity of most followers. Julia is the second of the 100 Day Warrior IV to answer them. Want to know what the others said too? Before Julia went Carolien (also 100 Day Warrior IV) and Suzanne, Bas, Martijn (including video), and Noeska (including video) (100 Day Warrior III). But now please read about Julia’s experience:
1. What were your expectations from the 100 Day Warrior? And have they been met?
I wanted to get physically stronger, and thought that the combination between exercise and different eating and drinking habits would achieve that. The spiritual part was new for me, I didn’t have any experience with meditation and was curious what it would bring me.
My expectations were certainly met: the excellent personal trainer and radical changes in my diet makes me stronger and healthier. Because of the accountability – the group and the trainers will keep you on your toes and with the program- I had no problem sticking to the rules.
2. How does the 100 Day Warrior affect you?
It made me more conscious of my patterns, both physically and emotional. 100 days is long enough to change behavior, and sustain the habits.
3. How long before you started experiencing results?
After a few weeks I started to loose weight and gain a bit of muscles. As for the spiritual side: after about six weeks the meditations and group sessions felt comfortable enough to open up more and share more, both in the group and in my life.
4. What was your biggest misconception of the 100 Day Warrior?
That meditation is not for down to earth people.
5. What impressed you most so far?
My fellow participants.
6. What was most challenging, scary or demanding?
It’s quite a commitment, both in time –training, the group sessions and your meditations take some planning- as in attention. And as an introvert I found it challenging to share my emotions with a group of people.
7. What is your biggest revelation until now?
That people are quite similar.
8. Which part of the 100 Day Warrior program would you rather have started 10 years ago?
The physical training. I’m keeping it up after the 100 days, and am really enjoying the effect on my body.
9. How does the 100 Day Warrior serve you in daily life and work?
I have more energy, and am more mindful in my connections and activities.
10. Does the 100 Day Warrior have an impact on the way you relate to your life?
I’m more committed than before to make a positive impact on my environment
11. What do you expect from the 100 Day Warrior in the long run?
Being part of a community that wants to make a positive change.
12. What does the term ‘warrior’ mean to you?
Courage, to improve yourself, your relations and the world.
13. What is your wish for the future?
A better world, and doing my part in achieving that.
Julia is seasoned documentary producer with a deep passion for her daughter Kik, her circle of friends and music. Her professional portfolio reveals a deep care for planet and people and a desire to contribute to a more just world. As a drummer she is still in the closet but as a student of the hula hoop she makes occasional appearances on social media. She brings honesty, modesty and perspective into a room, all lashed with a disarming sense of humour. Julia is an asset to humanity.