Julianne Hough: ‘When I was 19 I had this idea about fashionable activewear’

Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev have a joint interview with E! promoting their wine line together along with some of their sponsorships. It’s a fun, superficial interview. At one point Julianne suggests that she came up with the idea for athleisure before it became popular. They also talk about setting and achieving goals and having friends who support and uplift you. You can tell that Julianne and Nina are close and that they have a good time together. You can also tell they’re similar to each other in good and bad ways. I’m not going to elaborate except to say that I would find them annoying in anything but small doses. Here’s some of what they said and you can read more on E!’s site. The feature is about setting goals for the New Year.

E!: What are your goals for 2022?
JH: Oh my goodness. I have a bunch. I usually set goals two or three weeks in advance. I have one-year goals. I have like six-month goals. I have three-year goals and five-year goals. I’ve done a lot of work over the last three or four years on developing my companies.

E!: A lot of us focus on health and fitness going into a new year. What are some items we may need to help jumpstart those goals?
ND: Well, no matter where I go or where I am I always bring workout clothes. There are so many great athleisure brands now, like Alo, that you can wear it just in life and you can also wear it to workout and you feel cute. When you feel cute, you want to work out.

JH: I love Lululemon. I love all of the things. It’s so funny, when I was 19 I had this idea about fashionable activewear that you could just wear all the time and then five years later “athleisure” because an actually word in the dictionary. That was the concept I had in my head this whole time. I just love that you can wear these clothes all day long.

E!: You’re both so busy. What are some tips for staying on top of your goals for the new year and everything else you already have going on?
JH: I think it’s about finding goals that are attainable. I think sometimes we go so far, like ‘I’m gonna lose 50 pounds in two months.’ And that’s just not possible. It’s easier to reach your goals when you try to do it in a sustainable way. Creating goals that are achievable is the way to go because you can really celebrate your victories daily versus something that feels like it’s impossible to reach.

Setting goals is about connecting to what you want to feel and the emotion that you’re wanting to experience rather than the actual thing you’re achieving. A lot of people talk about health and wellness. So if I want to get healthy, instead of saying ‘I want to get healthy,’ ask yourself about the feeling you want to experience by being healthy. Specifically, you may want to feel energized or feel light, or just have less brain fog and feel clear headed. I believe that connecting with those feelings you’ll get from reaching your goals instead of just solely focusing on something you want to do is the big difference in setting and achieving your goals.

ND: Another big one is surrounding yourself with good people and people that you want to succeed with, people that stimulate you, and people that will push you to make sure that you are reaching your goals. They say that the first five people that you’re the closest with are a reflection of you. And if you’re surrounding yourself around people that are unmotivated and lazy, who aren’t goal oriented, it’ll be really hard for you to stay on track as well. That’s why a big priority for me is hanging with Julianne.

[From E! Online]

I make lists and set numbers I want to hit, but I don’t really set time-sensitive goals like Julianne. Maybe I should. My goals are more open-ended I guess. Julianne’s explanation of goal-setting is standard “law of attraction” type thinking. Feel the wish fulfilled, live in the end, that type of thing. I’ve gone down a YouTube rabbit hole on that and have mixed feelings about it. Some of the advice is very good in that you shouldn’t wait until you’ve met your goal to feel good. If your basic needs are met you can have the same feelings you would get from having more money or love – you don’t have to wait and pine for it and that can be counter productive. It disregards Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs though and can blame people for being in situations they have little control over.

Their wine went public. Good for them!

Also I didn’t like Love Hard! It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either.

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  1. Apollocat says:

    These two are lowkey narcissist and they lowkey toxic to eachother. Their friendship is more like parasites. They never truly wish each other on their tv shows or movie. These are fake friends.

  2. Catherine says:

    She wasn’t suggesting or saying she needed to lose 50 lbs! She was talking about how people tend to set unattainable goals for themselves and then feel guilty when they don’t achieve them and used losing 50 lbs in two months as an example of something that’s not achievable.

    I actually agree with her! It’s very easy to set yourself up for failure by putting too much on your plate. Setting a smaller goal that you can reach and then setting another one is an easy way to remove yourself from the cycle of setting an undoable goal and then beating yourself up when it doesn’t happen.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I agree with her in that setting more realistic, attainable goals is much better than setting something sweeping and huge and unsustainable, like lose 50 lbs in 2 months. IF you can do it (big IF obviously) its probably not through the healthiest or most sustainable means. Starting with more realistic goals (like, lose 5 pounds in 2 months and then keep going if you want) is going to be easier for people AND its not setting yourself up for failure.

    As for athleisure….lol. I don’t remember when it became a thing, but she’s 33 so when she was 19 it was definitely a thing. Lululemon was hugely popular at that point in time. I remember when I started college (22 years ago, ack) wearing yoga pants to the library was what all the “cool kids” did lol.

  4. DiegoInSF says:

    Julianne was in so many movies that were supposed to be big but she just never happened. Guess, a wine company is the next step. I’d never heard of it and I’m shocked it went public, but the shares have been going down since IPO so doesn’t seem like a super successful company.

    • AnnaC says:

      Wine seems to be the new thing since the wellness and home line markets are saturated. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Bethany Frankel, Sting, etc. are all doing the wine thing.

  5. Kate says:

    I actually…like what she says about identifying the feeling you want to experience from achieving a goal? Because I think it’s part of the human condition to chase or pine after things you don’t have thinking they will solve it/make you happy/make you feel good and when you get them that good feeling is so fleeting before you identify a new thing you want. It makes sense to go deeper and figure out what it is you actually want to feel so you can better align your goals.

  6. JJS says:

    She can have thought it then but also a lot of other people thought of it too then. Lots of us didn’t want to have to wear restrictive pants and also be fashionable. But yeah, if she’s 33 then she’s a little late there… I think it was 2003/4 when I was gifted Lululemon pants (back when they were better quality) and that was right on the cusp of ppl going “can I be wearing these around?” there was tons of news articles about it and more generally leggings, starting around then and that was a huge uptick for Lululemon generally.

    I still have that pair they are magical, could wear them as a size 12 and through pregnancy and even now as a 16, and can’t go to Lululemon because they don’t carry plus sizes. Though even at a size 12 back then I felt fat shamed walking into that store. Plus size girls want to do yoga too!

    • washappy21 says:

      Lululemon is plus sized now. I believe their clothes go up to a size 20. At least their pants do!

  7. Andie says:

    I hate that fucking hat