1. What is something not too many people know about you?
My greatest party trick and something that not many people know about me is my ability to yodel. When my grandmother grew up in Tennessee, she helped work her father’s cotton farm. To entertain themselves, my grandmother and her family yodeled and sang in the fields. I was always impressed by her ability to rapidly switch between her vocal registers and I finally learned to do the same about a year ago.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My greatest passions include wellness and travel. Eating nourishing food and incorporating movement into one’s routine is paramount for a lifestyle revolving around wellness, but it doesn’t end there. To me, wellness includes enriching the mind and expanding our perspective which are things that travel provides. Truly experiencing the places that we travel to requires a thriving body, which we attain when honoring ourselves by eating nutrient-dense meals, taking yoga classes, going for hikes, etc. Our bodies are vehicles designed to take us places. Embracing both travel and wellness as complimentary ideas allows us to live up to our own human potential which, I suppose, is ultimately what I am most passionate about.
3. What are your goals for the future?
Getting certified to teach yoga is at the forefront of my goals. Having that certification will open doors for me to travel and help people lead healthier lives through yoga. There are a plethora of things I would happily pursue in the future, along with teaching yoga. Some of those include health coaching, blogging, owning a holistic café, running a yoga retreat business, and releasing a recipe book or book in general. I plan to see my entrepreneurial career unfold naturally as I follow my curiosity and intuition.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success is synonymous with fulfillment, as far as I’m concerned. We should all strive to flourish in a way the ancient Greeks described as “eudaimonia” which entails having an overall good life and well-being. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of this fulfillment is that it looks different on everyone. There is no objective formula that makes a person’s eyes sparkle the way that doing what makes them deeply happy does. Pursuing one’s own contentment, one’s own eudaimonia is what success is to me.
5. Tell us something about the projects you’re working on.
I am really looking forward to creating more content on my blog, lydiamendel.com. This will include recipes, travel diaries, everything wellness-related, and the occasional personal journal entry. For the month of April, I am collaborating with my wellness gal pal, Rachel Stein, to create Instagram and blog posts all about self-care. We are working with companies that embody everything we value to co-create informative posts that include our best recipes and mindfulness tips. We will be giving away a few goodies as well, so stay tuned!
Photographed by: Shelby Robinson, Zech Lee, Khalid Ibrahim,