Jordan Younger (aka The Balanced Blonde) has been a huge source of inspiration for me and SO MANY others. If you're not familiar with her site, podcast, and very real and refreshing blog posts and energy at large -- you now have a project. I love hearing her wax about everything from her health journey to dimension hopping. We conversed while Jordan was en route to Bali (where she's spending the month) and while I was traveling between NYC and LA. The travel-momentum felt right for this conversation -- where Jordan talks authenticity, alien-dreams, dream podcasts guests, and planetary rituals. And as I write this intro, I am flying high somewhere above the middle of the country. Enjoy, loves!
Emmalea Russo: You've been so open and real about your healing journey and it's inspired me so much to take those kinds of authentic leaps. There can be pressure to project perfection in the wellness industry and beyond. I would love to hear more about your journey towards where you are now in terms of the authenticity of your brand. Do you have any advice for those who might be feeling pressure to hide or adhere to a certain image?
Jordan Younger: Thank you so much for this. I couldn't agree more about the pressure to project perfection, and anyone who has the courage to go deeper than that on social media (and especially in the wellness industry) is very courageous in my book. I never really had a choice when it came to sharing from my heart and being real -- I was born with this innate desire to SHARE, and a crazy conscience inside of me that flips out when I hold too much back or bend the truth to fit some standard of perfection. My blog was about realness from the get-go, so when I went through my first huge public transformation from vegan to non-vegan... it was never a question in my mind whether to share about it or not. That's not to say it wasn't hard, because it definitely was. But I ask myself what would have happened if I didn't share, and four years later "pretending" to be a vegan in the public eye would be WAY harder than just being honest.
These days I share very openly about my chronic hives, eczema, and autoimmune issues. It is still surreal to me that there are so many people on the other side of the screen taking it all in. I still very much feel like I am sharing to thin air most of the time, even though I correspond with my community all day every day. The support I receive is mind-blowing and I feel very lucky. I feel like I need the support just as much as my community needs my (and everyone's) authenticity, so it is a win-win. As far as advice, I would ask the reader this: Do you want to hide who you are and live in a state of pretending to be someone you're not? If the answer is yes, you have a LOT of work ahead of you. And if the answer is no, then what are you waiting for? Vulnerability is an amazing feeling. Also you don't have to overshare! I have been in that boat too, so just feel it out to see what it is and how much feels good to share for you.
ER: I ADORE your podcast. You have such a gift for empathizing with people. I binge listen to it while walking my dog, Hanna (who is basically my soulmate). Who are some of your dream podcast guests (time travel and dimension hopping encouraged).
JY: Thank you! I so feel you. My cat Huddy is my soulmate in every way. Oh wow...dream guests! Currently I am DYING to have the Medical Medium (Anthony William) on. Selfishly I want him to diagnose me and tell me the way only a true medical psychic intuitive can what the heck is happening with my body right now. Trust me, I stalk him daily asking him to come on. I am relentless. If we are transcending time and space, Marilyn Monroe has been an idol forever. Same with John Lennon. The Dalai Lama and Oprah are two major dream guests as well.
ER: Mercury is in retrograde! How does the energy effect you? Do you have any rituals around planetary cycles?
JY: I am very susceptible to moon and planetary energy. With mercury in retrograde right now, so much of my life has been a chaotic mess. (A happy chaotic mess, nonetheless). Last night I left my purse WITH my passport in it in the bathroom at Erewhon (a healthy grocery store in LA) and only realized it as my boyfriend dropped me off at LAX to catch an international flight to Sydney. Luckily he is a gem of a human and drove back to Erewhon like a madman and brought it back to the airport in time for me to -- just barely -- catch my flight. On top of that, my original flight was accidentally cancelled from my itinerary by Expedia! I could go on. My moon rituals include lots of me-time, ritual baths, and journaling. I also set my intentions every new moon and my releases every full moon, which I always share on my Instagram.
ER: Some of my favorite podcast episodes are the ones where you get real about other dimensions, the Pleiadians, aliens, and channeling. I'm fascinated by these topics and feel like they can be powerful healing and learning tools. Can you share a little about your experiences with these entities and/or most transformational moments while in meditation?
JY: ME TOO! Usually my most transformational contact with other dimensions comes while I am asleep. I used to think I was having crazy vivid dreams in which I would become enlightened by other planets and entities, but then I learned about astral traveling and everything started to make sense. A few weeks ago I was astral traveling with a group of spirit guides and other non-phsycial light beings, and one of them told me that 30 years ago I was an alien. That made a TON of sense to me, almost in an eery way, because I am 27 years old. Doesn't it make sense, if you believe in reincarnation and other life forms, that I could have very easily been an alien on a different planet 3 years before I was born into this lifetime?!
I also believe that we exist in multiple realms and universes at once. So I am very convinced that there is a Pleiadian version of me out there who gives me information about is part of the reason why I am such a creatively stimulated person with access to all sorts of what people here would call "ridiculously good luck" and lots of knowledge I just wouldn't have otherwise. I also learned this past year that I have a gift where I can see people's faces morphing while I talk to them -- but only if they are deeply spiritually in tune and aware themselves and have done the personal work to be in touch with their own guides and ancestors. I have seen crazy things like faces turning into portals, animals, Native American shamans, spirits, and so much more. It's all so fun!
ER: I started Plain Alchemy as a way to bring together art and healing, and with the core belief that we are all creatives when we are in balance. You bring such lightness and innovation to your writing! I would love to hear about some of the ways (rituals, foods, healing practices, etc) that get your creative energies flowing.
JY: Thank you! Right now I am really enjoying the culinary art of raw veganism. We all know that I no longer ascribe to a label for the way that I eat, but after my recent health flareups I have done a lot of deep work to intuit what my body needs right now in order to heal. Time and again, I feel into raw veganism. Lots of juices (celery, ginger, beetroot, and carrot is a favorite right now) and smoothies have been about 80% of my food intake lately. When I eat that way the creativity and writing pours out of me, because it is such a pure way to nourish myself. Also, I need a lot of space in order to write. I can't get deep into writing if I have ANYTHING going on later in the day that causes me any sort of stress at all. So I usually need to block full days off to write and head into my headspace. Being by the ocean always helps a lot too, and being outside in general for that matter.