It’s not everyday you get to work alongside such an inspiring woman such as Lorna Jane Clarkson, so in an ode to International Women’s Day we wanted to seize the opportunity and interview our very own sporty sister – Lorna Jane Clarkson. We took 5 with Lorna to ask her the all important questions of, ‘what inspires her on a daily basis’, ‘her top tips & advice’ and ‘the secret ingredient to success’.
You have found success in doing what you love and are passionate about. How important was it for you to persevere to get to where you are now?
I think when you are truly passionate about something, like I am with fashion and all things health and fitness you know you have to make it happen! I’ve always been a very positive person, which definitely helped when building my brand from scratch. I have always seen setbacks as an opportunity to test my unwavering determination and push myself to achieve more. Of course there have been tough times … but giving up is simply not in my DNA. I just pick myself up, dust myself off, learn from it and keep moving forward.
What has been the biggest setback that you’ve had to overcome in your journey? What has it taught you?
You probably won’t believe me but to be honest, there isn’t a particular setback that comes to mind. I always look on the bright side of life and don’t give myself an opportunity to waste time worrying over something that’s passed. I tell my self everything happen for a reason (good and bad) so when it’s bad I take any learning’s I can from it and use that energy towards something much more productive.
Who has been the biggest influence to your success?
The women who wear Lorna Jane… I can’t even describe the feeling I get when I see a woman in our product. It takes all of my self control just to stop myself from running over and asking her what she loves about her outfit, or why she chose it. I feel very honoured to think she has chosen Lorna Jane when there are so many options out there. To also have women telling me how Lorna Jane has inspired them to get active is really incredible and it makes me think that in a small way I am making a difference in the world by inspiring women to live more active lives.
What is the driving force behind everything you do…what keeps you motivated & driven on a daily basis?
I am driven by my purpose in life; which I truly believe is to spread the Active Living message to as many women as I possibly can. And my personal philosophy of Move, Nourish, Believe is really the secret to achieving this. I promise to move my body every day, nourish from the inside out and truly believe anything is possible with a little hard work. MNB is a way of life that I have embraced for as long as I can remember, and it motivates me to live every day with intent and purpose.
You have cemented quite an amazing life for yourself, what do you think was the magic ingredient to get you to where you are today?
The magic ingredient (or secret) would have to be the daily rituals that I’ve created for myself; to ensure I live an active life. Active Living isn’t a fad or fitness trend, it is a lifestyle guided by my Move, Nourish, Believe philosophy that helps me be present in my life so that I can be happier and achieve more. I have chosen this lifestyle, and am making positive choices every day; making sure I am in peak physical and mental condition to look, think and perform at my best
You are an inspiration to women all over the world, how important is it for you to be a positive role model?
You know what, I don’t really think about it much because quite honestly I’m just doing my thing! I just know that I wake up every day excited about what lies ahead, I’m so passionate about inspiring women to live fit and fashionable active lives. But I guess if by being a role model I can help just one person turn their life around; to put their health first and be more positive, then I am more than happy to be one.
In your success… what has been the best advice you have ever been given?
Someone once said to me, “there is no force equal to that of a determined woman” and I have held onto those words and used them to draw strength and courage throughout my career. I think they have helped me in times when I needed a little reminder of just how strong and capable I can be.
What’s next on your to conquer list?
Taking Lorna Jane global to inspire women the WORLD OVER to live their best lives through Active Living! We’ve opened over 11 stores in California in just 12 months, with an overwhelmingly positive response. So I just need to keep going; one customer, one Lorna Jane store, and one community at a time.
Any advice to the women who are on their own brave active journey (starting their own business, aspiring professional athlete etc.)
Find what you love to do and then find a way to spend as much time doing it as you can. Once you have found your purpose my advice is to give it 100% and promise yourself to Never, never, never give up! Because if there is one thing I can tell you for sure, it’s that if nothing else I am living proof that anything really IS possible when you truly believe!
Thanks Lorna for always being such an inspiration and positive role model, not only to the LJ team but to women all over the world. Happy International Women’s Day!