How Laine Jubinville focuses on her health and well-being so she can better serve others
Leading Well: An interview with Laine Jubinville, Talent Development Manager at Bold Commerce
Welcome to the second instalment of my Leading Well series. The first one went fantastic as I received tons of great feedback along with gaining a few more subscribers to the newsletter.
What I’m quickly learning from this process is that people are hungry to learn from others in similar positions that they are in - not only from influencers or experts.
Learning from those beside us feels more real. We’re in it together, and so we can empathize with what we’re going through in a much more practical way.
Being a newsletter that’s geared towards helping leaders of all types (managers, solopreneurs, parents, etc.) I wanted to start interviewing those that could offer some valuable advice.
By sharing their experience with making changes to their health habits, hopefully this resonates with you in a small way and it’s the spark you need to get started, or try something different.
This newsletter is all about sustainability. If I can share how other time-strapped leaders are integrating health and fitness into their lives, then I want to - need to - do that.
Leading well starts with caring for yourself - physically, mentally, emotionally.
This brings us to Laine Jubinville. I first met Laine when I started doing some wellness consulting for a corporate client. She was one of the first team members I interacted with, and I could instantly feel the energy and passion she had for her work. She also loved chatting all things health and wellness with me, and I could see how much she valued self-care.
Laine is now working with a different company, but still kicking ass. We stay in touch, and I knew from the beginning of the Lead Well series that I wanted to bring her on.
When she responded to the questions, I had to laugh because how she types is how she talks in person. She is full of energy, and you can feel it the second she walks into a room. This is why I decided not to edit out the abbreviated words and emojis. They help emphasize the vibrant punch she brings to life!
How does taking care of your health and fitness impact your life as a whole?
The past 18 months taught us that taking a little me-time isn’t an indulgence; it’s a necessity. It’s about taking action to balance physical and emotional health by knowing your limits and when to pause.
Being healthy isn’t a short-term goal or something to do for a few weeks, it’s a lifelong journey!
Why is self-care so important to you?
Self-care comes in a variety of forms. It does not require an elaborate plan. It can be as simple as taking a deep breath in a moment of uncertainty, a structured meal plan, or a workout plan - both just as valuable.
It’s about making a commitment to putting yourself first, even just for a while.
For me, it’s fluid with many pivot moments based on what’s going on in my world - often chaos with 3 kids in several activities. Self-care looks and feels different. There are days when I only have 5 minutes to myself, or others when it’s an intense 60 minute workout.
I show up for me so that I can be the best for my family. This past year gratitude took on a whole new meaning. Life is precious and we never know when it’s our time to expire. I want to live, laugh and enjoy many more wonderful moments with my family.
What are 3 health habits that you focus on the most, and why those specifically?
Always take the stairs… :)
A 20 minute walk will do wonders for your mental health.
Challenge yourself. Stretch (LOL) outside of your fitness comfort zone.
Bonus: “Micro” anything is better than nothing.
Few habits come without effort, these habits have made a significant impact on my life, and are well worth the effort! You must find a wellness habit that works for you!
Who supports you on your health and fitness journey, and in what ways do they help you?
My Wellness Circle (including you, Paul) are those that are close to me and respect the choices I make each day which go towards making me keep healthy and well. They support me by showing encouragement and guidance when needed.
What advice would you have for busy leaders, professionals, parents, or anyone looking to take control of their health and fitness habits for good?
Set small goals to get started.
Create your personal wellness circle and stick to them like glue.
Focus on getting started rather than the end goal.
Show up for you - find a form of exercise that you'd like to do and then find a time when you can make it work with your schedule.
Fit exercise into small chunks of time. Maybe it’s 6 a.m. one day and 9 p.m. the next. Don’t let a change in schedule be a blocker. Be flexible.
Go easy on yourself if you need a break. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as possible.
Keep focused by reminding yourself why you wanted to make changes in the first place.
Wellness is NOT a one-size-fits-all model. Throughout different stages of your life, routines and habits will change as your lifestyle changes.
What’s something that you tried that didn’t work for you, and what did you learn from the experience of trying it?
Running, let’s just say my first few runs did not go well.
I had it stuck in my brain that I could not run. That thought stayed with me for way too long and I became stuck. I set a personal goal (5 km) but to enjoy the run not get stuck on time, pace, etc. I hit the 5 km mark early into the goal period, but it took longer to enjoy the moment and to be fully present. I can now say that I enjoy running!
What’s your guilty pleasure food?
OMG…CAKE! Any kind with loads of buttercream icing. If it comes in a Baked Expectations box… even better.
Favourite type of exercise and why?
Elliptical machine. Playlist blaring no reps to count, pure checkout and leaving everything behind.
Favourite meal of the day and why?
Does coffee count lol?
Dinner, it’s the one meal where I can sit with my fam and sync on the day. While we’re often on the go or maybe not the entire J crew, it brings me back to my childhood of reconnecting and reflecting on the day.
An activity you’ve never tried before but really want to?
A famous person you’d want to workout with and why?
Jennifer Lopez, her dance moves are 100%! How fun would that workout be, busting out the moves. Cardio would be lit.
If you could go back in time, what’s one thing you’d like to tell your past self in regards to taking care of your health?
“Why did you wait so long!!! Never underestimate the power of a habit. Small steps are very, powerful.”
What to do next
As with all of my posts, I like to end them on an actionable note. Here I’ve taken away some key themes from Laine’s responses and broke them to into practical steps you can take now.
Start small. Zero in on one thing, and do it to the best of your ability. Don’t try to make big change all at once. Shrink it down to a manageable, practical step that you can take today. For one person that could be a 20 minute daily walk, or for another it could be trying something small and that’s a little outside of their comfort zone.
Build your Wellness Circle. As I’ve said before and will continue to do so…”fast alone, further together.” When you focus on asking yourself how you can do everything, your options become limited and your energy and resources drain quickly.
But when you flip that ‘w’ around and ask instead who can help, you tap into the power exponential growth. Your options widen, you gain more support and resources, and your energy is freed up to focus on the tasks that matter most.
Laine calls it Wellness Circle, I’ve called it a Wellness Pit Crew, but whatever you want to call it, get a team of supporters around you. They will help you get further than you can imagine.
Practice self-compassion. Change is easier when you are kind to yourself. This is isn’t woo woo. This is actual science. Laine’s last three points really drive this home. Go easy on yourself. Remind yourself of why you want this change. And remember that this is an ongoing adventure. You will continue to experiment with new things as you are trying to gain insights for what works for you.
About Laine Jubinville
Laine Jubinville is an experienced facilitator and leadership coach with deep roots in shaping and driving the employee journey. She brings over 15+ years experience developing, leading and implementing scalable talent management strategies, learning solutions and engagement initiatives to elevate teams.
As Manager, Talent Development at Bold Commerce, Laine is responsible for driving the Learning & Development strategy. Laine partners with business leaders at all levels to design and deliver scalable training and talent development programs that align business needs with learning objectives in the areas of: onboarding, talent management, leadership development and career design.
Laine spends time volunteering in the community. In 2016, she launched ~ Our Community Story, a leadership coaching and career design consulting resource for new Canadians as they navigate their leadership journey and career trajectory.
When away from the office, you can find Laine dashing from hockey arenas to soccer fields to baseball diamonds as acting sports agent for her three boys. There is never a dull moment and no shortage of coffee on hand.
Okay, what!? This is awesome. I’ve never heard of someone choosing this before!