What is The Biggest Thing You've Learned Along The Way?
With Cami Julaine
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Cami Julaine, I’m a blogger/singer/Public Speaker on health + wellness and recovery from addiction + eating disorders!
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
Oooh good one. I’d say, that I will go through phases of OBSESSIONS with a specific song and play it for hours and hours and hours. (My poor friends)
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mentor, Paula Abdul told me to always be the best student. Whether in school, career, or just life. Always be open to learning… this advice has been the most beneficial to me.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
I’m not sure if I would say anything to her. But I would give her love. Id hold her, I’d hug her. I’d nurture her. I’d listen. I don’t think she was open to hearing anyone at that time, I think she just wanted to be heard.
What is your greatest fear?
Snakes and earthquakes, for sure! Lol
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Of course! Growing up in the entertainment industry, that became the #1 offender… doubt + fear. I think when I was younger it hurt me, and instead of loving myself, I brought unnecessary pressure to my life to be perfect. Now, I can acknowledge that it might sting, but it doesn’t take over my entire life.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
I would ask them, “if your body could speak, what would it say?”… to me, that question speaks volumes. It helps us get in touch with our soul + intuition, and helps us to identify the root + core feelings and where they stem from. Only then can we step into our power.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I love Orange County because it’s close to LA (which I travel to 2-3x weekly), but the beaches are so exotic and beautiful. It’s like a mini vacation every day.
What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I’m personable and I can connect to most people. I love that I’m intuitive as well.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I struggled with an eating disorder for over 13 years. When I was 15 and the anorexia was at its worst, my parents were both diagnosed with cancer within 2 weeks of each other. I think at that point I truly couldn’t feel much, but I just thought that I deserved the cards I was dealt. I chose to cope by starving myself. I remember a specific night in December of 2010, I was laying down & my fingers went numb and then my feet went numb. I thought I was dying. My whole body just gave up on me for a few moments. Within less than a second, I jumped up, cried out to God and admitted that I no longer wanted to struggle with food. The empty malnourishment that was disguised as a sense of security was nothing more than a polite way to slowly kill myself.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
It sounds so cheesy, but to truly just trust the process. That our destiny is already written out for us. All we have to do is trust it.
Why do you love to travel?
I love traveling because it opens up my mind. It sparks creativity, it helps me rely on my independence, and of course because I love to see new things.
What motivates you most?
It sounds so silly, but I’d say my dog. She is always happy, no matter what… and always stays in the moment. I admire that so much.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
To be honest this is something I still struggle with to this day. I have to reallllly watch my work-a-holism and my “busy” addiction. I am learning to do self care every day, even if it’s something small. My next goal is to have one day a week where I make no commitments to anyone but myself. Just a day to rejuvenate.
What is your favorite meal?
Greek salad, for sure!
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I have a morning routine which keeps me sane! I love to write down everything I want to turn over to God for the day, and I put it in my “God jar”. It’s my way of giving it over to something greater than myself.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
Oh man. Probably that I’m a horrible cook.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I’d definitely be acting/singing full time.
What is something on your bucket list?
To go to Greece + Italy.
Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
Honestly, I can’t think of a specific experience… but I’d say having Paula Abdul as my mentor/Mom. She’s a mother figure and has continued to provide for me when I need her the most. I’m so, so, grateful for her… and for her tough love, even when I role my eyes.
Where do you find inspiration?
Anywhere! All I have to do is get into gratitude and somehow, inspiration just shows up.
What are your biggest passions?
Singing, acting, public speaking, writing, nurturing. ♥️