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The Monday Report: 4/24/17

By April 24, 2017Mondays
Julia Arjune

General Manager @ Mesa

1. Which woman, who is not related to you, had the greatest impact on your life?

I have many incredible women that have inspired me in my life but there was one in particular that really adjusted my view of life as a young person and she didn’t even know it. She was a homeless woman named Peggy who lived in a broken down car not far from the house I grew up in. Once a week we would stop and give her food and fresh clothes, a couple extra dollars if we could spare it. I learned that she had once been pretty well off and the choices she had made left her without friends or family to count on or a dime to her name. This spoke to me in a profound way. It made me thoughtful of the affects my actions and words have on the people around me. And more importantly that life can change in an instant. What you have now you may not have tomorrow and while often there are variables out of your control, I am diligent in minding the ones that are. 

2. If you could spend two years living in a different country where would it be and why?

I don’t know that I could choose just one. I dream of one day traveling with my family and showing my son that there is so much more out there beyond our daily bubble. 

Beautiful landscapes, caring charismatic people, pain and suffering. We become so hyper focused on the daily grind that we all need this to give a little perspective in our tunnel visioned lives. 

3. You have a morning with absolutely no obligations or commitments – how would you choose to spend it?

I’d love to sit and read a book, a real one with pages not anything digital. In complete silence. 

4. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Garlic aioli. I can eat it on anything. Also young adult fiction like the Hunger Games. 

5. What’s the most unique/uncomfortable/craziest thing you’ve done and recommend that others try as well?

A few years ago, at the beginning of the trend I shaved not one but both sides of my head. I remember by hairdresser being more nervous than I was. I loved it, very liberating. Maybe not something I’d recommend for everyone. But I have always said everyone should live in NYC at least once in their lives. Even if for a couple months. It’s just one of those experiences, like a first kiss. 

6. What remains undone that you hope to set to your sights on?

Balance of roles between genders. There is still a very real and unequally set of expectations for any gender identity to reach the same end goal. I hope to see this change in my lifetime and be a part of that change. I’m pretty fortunate in my situation but the struggle is real. 

I’d also like to learn to speak French and play the piano. 

7. Which article from the Art Of The Gentlewoman collection is your favorite, why?

The blazer! That inside cellphone pocket does it for me. I’m always on the go and being able to run around without a purse is fantastic. The tie is a very close second. 🙂 

8. Describe what you do.

I’m the general manager of a high volume restaurant/lounge here in Orange County. It’s like a living being and keeps me very busy between administrative duties, overseeing and tending to the needs of a large staff, cultivating, curating, you name it. 

And a wife and mother to boot. 

9. Favorite book, quote, or best piece of advice?

Oh so many options! I love the Kite Runner. My favorite quote is

“There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness”

This has always stuck with me. Always try to add something to your environment and the people in your life. Taking is easy, giving takes true character. 

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