Be Inspired Features Julia Zarina

Julia Zarina is a passionate motivation insider who empowers Millennials to find their way from stuckness to greatness by helping them understand the human needs that currently drive them. She believes that self-awareness is key to success in business and life and enjoys making the invisible visible. Her blog at is a free resource to learn about intrinsic motivation, explore the hidden sides of your personality.

1. Tell us a little bit about your journey on how you came to be inspired to start Motivational Headquarters.

One day last year I caught myself thinking “It this all there is to life?” I was sitting in my office at the company that I was working for, feeling completely numb and disappointed because at such a young age I was already working my dream job that didn’t really feel as fulfilling as I had been expecting it to be… I wanted to make a difference and I didn’t feel like I was on the right path.


I believe that all I needed was just that one person who could truly see me for who I really am and believe in me more than I believed in myself to give me that confidence to finally do what I had been envisioning myself doing. I met that person this year, just after I got laid off from my job… and here comes Motivational Heartquarters!

2. What is the trigger that sparks you into inspired action when you are feeling unmotivated?

That’s a great question! For me personally it’s the feeling that I’m great at something. Yes, I have to feel it! It’s not about other people telling me how good I am, praise, or any other kind of external recognition (although it sure helps too 🙂 ). Without feeling great and confident inside – no action happens. So if I start feeling unmotivated I go dancing! It’s my big passion and it always makes me feel alive and just awesome, because I know I’m pretty good at it! It literally helps me switch my gears and keep going.

3. What is one question you ask yourself before taking a risk?

What’s the worst thing that could happen and will I be able to handle it if it does for real happen?

4. Why should people trust their intuition?

We live at a very challenging time and these days whatever craziest problem you can imagine for yourself, you will most likely be able to google a solution for it, or maybe two, or maybe even more… It used to be challenging to find a solution for a problem but today it’s a challenge to pick the right one for you, your family, your situation. That’s why if not your inner voice (this is what intuition is to me), who will help you decide what’s right?

5. What does success mean to you?

Being able to get what I want without having to change who I am. It’s a very deep internal feeling of personal victory and I only feel successful when I am able to stay true to my values yet get measurable results from my work.

6. What advice would you give someone who want to be better and start a new life but is not sure where or how to start because the thought of it is overwhelming?

To get very clear on what that means to them – “to be better” and what that “new life” should look like. Without having clarity on where you want to get from this point in life it’s very hard to take action.


You are right, most people get so caught up in the problems of their everyday reality that they tend to think that having a life that they want is something unachievable, too difficult, too crazy… but in reality it’s not. Maybe it’s just changing a job, breaking that toxic relationship or starting to read 10 pages of a personal development book a day.


You can’t do it all at once, that’s why you need to focus on what you want now (or as soon as possible), and then overwhelm will disappear and the action will become more clear.

7. What lessons have you learned in dealing with change?

Change is instant and it doesn’t make much sense to procrastinate. If something is meant to happen – it will, and if it’s not – it won’t. I’ve really come to understand the meaning of the phrase “Everything happens for a reason,” since every change that I’ve been through in my life, though it could have been a tough time, it’s always catapulted me to the next level.

8. What self-care practices do you do to fuel your well-being?

Meditation: 20 minutes every morning is a must!


Exercise: every day, ideally - every morning.


Good nutrition: I have to know what I’m eating and the quality of food is very important.


Moderation: this means knowing when to stop. I’m very passionate about my business and life, so sometimes I have to literally schedule the time to sleep. It’s important J And so is connecting with my family and friends and spending time with my dog.

9. What is your life motto? Or favorite quote to live by?

"Clarity comes from engagement, not thought." - Marie Forleo


10. What’s next for Motivational Headquarters? How can people connect with you?

I’m very easy to find online! Everybody is welcome on my website and blog at and feel free to look me up on twitter @_juliazarina or like my Facebook page.  I’m looking forward to connecting with you!

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