Juliette Mogenson

At 23, Juliette Mogenson embraces her authentic raw self and loves her imperfections. She has often said she loves being imperfect because humans are not mean to be great at everything and that’s why we need each other. Juliette is the coach for a young woman real world conference in Pueblo, Colorado where she provides mentorship for not only young girls but other coaches.  Juliette is so passionate about her service to her own I AM THAT GIRL chapter that she has regularly spearheaded fundraisers for girls to attend the summer conference in Los Angeles, even using her own funds to ensure all member could attend the trip. Juliette’s work in her community has illustrated how awesome it feels when you spread love and give people the space to be who they are, feel what they feel and never feel alone in that.  Juliette aspires to run for public office.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
A couple of years ago I got out of an unhealthy relationship. The months preceding the break-up, I underwent so much internal conflict. I asked myself, “Am I the problem? Could I just stick it out?” because this break-up would mean I would need to find a new home and I had no idea how I would afford to live on my own. I was about to start graduate school and had a full-time job; this was just going to be another stressor in my life. After months on my emotional roller-coaster, one day I woke up and made a definitive choice: I needed to get out. Regardless of the hassle it would create at the most inconvenient time, I decided to love myself more than to allow someone to mistreat me out of convenience. Even though this choice was an act of self-love and care, I couldn’t have felt more alone and weak. It took me being vulnerable and reaching out to those around me for help that kept me focused on my goals. I wanted to drop out of graduate school, I wanted to move away, and just run from all of my problems. My friends, mentors, and family kept reiterating that the worst was over and if I could overcome the relationship I was in, I would eventually move on from the heartbreak. They were right. It took my first semester of graduate school to finally realize that I made the right decision for me. I speak openly about my experience because I know someone out there has gone through a similar situation and I hope to be a figment of hope for someone who feels they aren’t strong enough to get through an unhealthy relationship. The fact is we are all strong enough. Sometimes it just takes digging deep to realize that truth. We are all perfectly, imperfectly enough.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
If I could go back and tell my younger self one thing, it would be, “Take your time.” Don’t rush into growing up; don’t try and control the future. When I was younger, I tended to want to experience all that life had to offer as soon as I could. I feel like I grew up faster than others my age.  I wish I would have experienced life more than trying to plan out all the details of my future.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
I really look up to Brene Brown for inspiration. Her openness about difficult topics such as: vulnerability, shame, and courage allows me to be more in tune with myself. I love that she owns her story and empowers others to do the same.

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
“Live your life day by day.” The first part of the slogan, “Live your life” means to own your life, to take control of your life. Live life to your standards, not others’. The second half, “Day by day” means we have a choice everyday on how we want to live. Each day we have the power to be strong, happy, productive, etc. We dictate our destiny. But, if we had an off day and we weren’t our best selves, it is okay. We can put the bad day to rest and wake up the next day and try again.

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
I aspire to be a voice for those who do not have one. Growing up, I often found myself in leadership positions. I always had this innate confidence and wanted to lead others to reach their full potential. In college, I began to hone in on my strengths, studying sociology and leadership. After studying leadership theories, I felt like I fit best within authentic leadership. I cultivate authenticity in my daily life and value continuous self-reflection. I am passionate about social justice and plan to attend law school and serve in the public sector. This would fulfill my mission to leave this world a little better than I found it.