Julie Bach is the executive director of Wellness for Cancer, an organization with the goal of improving the quality of life for those affected by cancer. In addition to her work with Wellness for Cancer, Julie consults and trains thousands of staff members from spas and hospitals all over the world, making these facilities more accessible for those with cancer. She also recently launched Kaleidoscope View, a wellbeing app for people touched by cancer featuring content from some of the biggest names in spa and wellness.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness is a mindful and intentional way of living, which cultivates joy in each moment through self-compassion, gratitude, and mindfulness
What are your favorite things to do to maintain your personal wellbeing?
Walking through the woods, meditating, and journaling are some of my favorite wellness-based activities.
Is there a specific fitness activity that you love and why?
Restorative Yoga—I find myself dropping deeper into reality and feeling deeply supported.
What is your favorite healthy food, and do you have a favorite way of preparing it?
Chia seeds. I like to place them in water and pomegranate juice, refrigerate them, and drink the mixture later.
What is your favorite healthy beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and do you have any insider tips for preparing it?
I love a homemade kombucha. Instead of sugar, I use honey.
What is your greatest wellness achievement?
Being named Leading Woman in Wellness 2017 for helping the wellness industry become more “cancer aware,” and helping other members of the industry know what causes cancer and understand which modalities help individuals reconnect and heal.
What is the best piece of wellness advice you have ever received and from whom?
“Man’s struggle and seat of suffering is his relationship with time.”—John Stewart, Kamalaya
What is your idea of balanced, healthy happiness?
Letting go of expectations, letting go of clinging on to things that feel joyful, and going into the pain.
What do you think is the most overused word or words in wellness?
Mindfulness, resilience, wellness, and self-care
Do you have a secret health or wellness tip you would like to share?
Befriend your mind, it is the only thing that’s always with you and will always be with you.
What is your favorite place for a healthy vacation or escape?
I love “Vitamin Sea.”
Is there a particular wellness company or brand that truly impresses you with their efforts and why?
I believe everyone is their own wellness brand. The important things to consider are what does your brand do and what does it stand for?
What is your favorite self-care routine?
Deep and insightful reflection
What is your go-to for de-stressing?
Anchoring with the breath always helps calm me down.
What aspect of your wellbeing do you struggle with the most, or would most like to improve?
I struggle the most with cardio. The only way I seem to do it is through playing competitive tennis. I struggle with motivation.
What wellness-related books or authors do you recommend, and why?
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Life is a blank canvas—you create your version of life through creative expression. Everything you do, think, or say is like a stroke on your canvas of life.
How do you celebrate small victories?
By smiling and saying thank you for this moment.
What brings you joy?
Having a great relationship with my mind in each moment