How inspiring is Joanne (Gofitjo on Instagram)?!
Not only is she inspiring but super cute, has a kick ass bod and her story makes you want to get your shit together asap. She’s basically a badass empowering gal that wants nothing but the best for herself and her 35.3K community of followers…Ok lets all go friend her on Insta and become besties.
You guys I was so pumped when Joanne accepted doing the interview for the blog, I had been following her health and fitness journey on Instagram and loved every second of her inspiring realness that I knew I had to have her for the interview segment! She’s so empowering and positive why would you not want to radiate those vibes to everyone?!
You will adore her thoughts on social media, building a positive community, and how to live a healthy life!
Anyway, I loved this interview and i’m now totally inspired to get my ass out of bed earlier and fit in that workout.
| Hi Joanne! Introduce yourself to Blissfully Lively readers! |
JE: Hello lovelies. My name is Joanne Encarnacion. I’m a full time career mama hustler working at VSCO and blogger of GOFITJO.
| How did you get started in blogging? |
JE: Like most bloggers, blogging started off as my creative outlet. I started my blog as a place to share and document my fitness journey.
| I know you have created a social media community around fitness, positivity, self love, etc. How did this start? |
JE: Community starts when you invite people to particpate in something larger than one person. I guess in some ways this invitation was an open invitation for those who were struggling through the same challenges as I was as it relates to fitness and womanhood. The greatest lesson I’ve learned in life is that one person can go at it alone, but it takes an entire community and team to build something amazing. And before you can ask people to join you in any movement you need to be vulnerable enough to say I need you as much as you need me.
| Did you always know you wanted to blog about health/ wellness? |
JE: Definitely not. I’ve always had a passion for writing. Back in high school I dreamed of writing my own book one day. Not sure what it would be about, but I’ve always had this really strong understanding that true healing comes from when we share our stories of hopes and fears with others.
| Spending a lot of time on social media can take a toll on some because the comparisons start to set in. How do you try to stray away from that? |
JE: Relationships can foster both healthy growth or negative growth. You have to ask yourself quickly will comparison start to sit in if you spend time scrolling through your IG feeds or will a healthy dose of inspiration stem from it. Just like a fitness journey, the results is a direct effect of the effort and energy you put into it. I don’t mean energy like the inertia or the amount of time spent. The energy I’m referring to is the energy within. I try my hardest to not define someone’s success against my own definitions and I’d like to hope that others do the same.
| What does a healthy day look like for you from start to finish? |
JE: My days are crazy! And I say that with the utmost love. I wake up at 5:00AM. I’m out of the house by 5:30AM and start my 40 mile commute to the city I work at so I can get my workout in before my work day. Work begins around 9:30/10AM and I leave the office by about 4/4:30PM to head back home and jump into dinner with the family. My daughters are in bed by 8:00PM which leaves my husband and I an hour or so to hang out before it’s my bedtime to repeat the day all over again.
| What would you recommend to someone who wants to get their life on track or “get their life together” as you would say but doesn’t know where do start?|
JE: Dig deep and ask yourself what your purpose and intention are. I know that this may seem like a lofty way to start, but when you drive your life or goals behind a purpose then the smaller goals are a little clearer.
For example you tell yourself that the ultimate goal would be to get healthier and to no longer be overweight. First step is the find out what is technically overweight for your height and body, then you can start to break down the goals from there. Let’s say you’re 50lbs overweight. You know that exercising 4-5 days a week an hour or more a day can help you get to your goals within 6 months. But you haven’t worked out since high school. Start small with 3 days a week for 30 minutes for the first 2 weeks. Once you’ve committed and fully accomplished that, slowly increase the amount you can commit to. And then soon enough you’ll be reaching your goals.
| Who is one person you look up to in your field of blogging or self-help or creativity. |
JE: I don’t have one person I look up to in my field of blogging or creativity. In fact there are several women I look up to. Jeanne Grey of @thegreylayers, Michelle Carigma of @_modernfit, Remi Ishizuka of @rrayyme, Brene Brown, and so many others! These women inspire me inspire me in so many different ways. They have hearts of gold, the are genuine, and down to earth. Each of them has found a way to help me in different stages and areas in my life and I can’t thank them enough for molding me into the blogger or creative that I am. I also can’t forget my husband. He pushes and challenges me to be a better person.
| What is one thing you hope others take away from your blog, social media, etc.? |
JE: I hope that people can walk away from my blog or social media with a sense of belonging and comfort knowing that you don’t have to be perfect in anything. Perfection is so overrated and I’m learning that the more we can be vulnerable with one another to encourage that then the more we can push one another further to a place of understanding and love for ourselves and others. Most people see a strong person and think that they will never get to be like that person because they have it all figured out. In their minds they’ve built this idea that the person they admire is “perfect”. When you find the courage and bravery to show others that you can pick yourself back up after a setback, that’s when true connection can begin. That’s when we can all begin to push ourselves just a little further than the day before.
| Anything else you would love to tell readers? |
JE: All this in mind it’s really easy to lose the focus in fitness too. But here’s the most important thing to remember in these moments: it’s just fitness. And just like anything in life, we can’t take it too damn seriously.
Photo by: @encarnacionphotography