20 Questions with Jennifer Robertson

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20 Questions with Jennifer Robertson

When I first made the move to Vancouver many years ago, Jennifer Robertson quickly became one of my first friends. This thing called life took us in different directions for a few years, but we recently had the fortune of reconnecting. Despite that, she has always remained one of my most favourite people. Jennifer has an infectious optimism for life, and she embraces her passions with a moxie you can’t help but admire. She has a new project on the horizon that I was excited to ask her about, so including her in 20 Questions is a no-brainer. Jennifer is my friend but she is also a wife, sister, daughter, world traveller, a dreamer, aspiring SNL regular, bookworm, and an avid basketball fan.

1. What are you really excited about these days?

Essential oils! I never could have imagined what a profoundly positive impact using them daily would have on my life and well-being. They’ve been a mega game-changer for me in so many amazing ways; from health, self-care, and emotional support to allowing me to significantly reduce the toxic load in our home.

Jennifer Robertson

2. What was the last picture you took on your phone?

I snapped a photo of the sunshine peeking through the trees in the trails of Stanley Park last Sunday morning. Getting into the trails with my “run club” buddies is one of my favourite ways to get sweaty on the weekends. We all met years ago at a Running Room training clinic and still get together regularly, not only to run but also to socialize.

3. Making yourself accessible through social media (and/or blogging) opens the door to admiration but also criticism. How do you handle criticism?

I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t really been faced with much criticism, even though I’ve been sharing online for several years. When I have, I’ve tried to decide whether or not I think it’s constructive. If not, I do my best to ignore it and try not to let it hurt my feelings.

4. Without giving away more than you’d like to, tell me about the project you’re diving into at the moment.

I’ve been working on a passion project called Young & Illuminated with one of my best friends. It’s all about empowering women to take charge of their own health and wellness. Our goal is to inspire body love, intuitive self-care, and natural living – with our greatest tool being essential oils. We’re pumped to be launching our website this Fall!

5. Give me one piece of indispensable advice you follow for loving yourself.

I think self-love is a struggle for most of us, at least some days. My advice is to really try not be too hard on yourself. That quote we’ve all seen about not comparing your behind the scenes to another person’s highlight reel is true! It can be really challenging when social media constantly provides us with people to compare ourselves to, but I think you have to really try to keep things in perspective. Love is something we choose. We can choose to be grateful for what we have. We can choose love. It’s always a choice within us. To me, choosing love is the most powerful healing force there is.

6. The Breakfast Club featured a rebel, a princess, a brainiac, an outcast, and a jock. Who were you in high school?

Well, I can tell you that I was definitely not the rebel. I was way too into following the rules for that. I was a straight-A jock with (maybe) just a little bit of princess thrown in. I loved fashion just as much as I loved basketball (and I still do!). I was the girl who had friends in lots of different groups.

7. If I gave you $50,000 to start a business that was just for you, what would you start?

I’ve always dreamed of having a space to curate things that I love: books, clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, you name it. At this point, I’m not sure if the space would be online or in an actual storefront but I’d love to be able to sell all of my favourite things.

8. What’s your all-time favourite jam from the ‘80s or ‘90s?

Ooh, that’s such a tough one. Janet Jackson’s “Escapade” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop.” Those are my throwback booty-shakin’ jams. And I couldn’t answer a question about ‘90s music without mentioning two albums that had a significant impact on me during that time: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill and Hole’s Live Through This.

9. Entrepreneurship has its fair share of ups, downs, and bumps along the way. Where do you see yourself in 2021?

Maya Angelou said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” That’s the kind of success I strive for. By 2021, I hope to still be doing something I’m passionate about that gives me flexibility, freedom, and abundance. That’s not too much to ask, is it? I promise I’m willing to work hard for it.

10. It’s girls’ night in – sweatpants included. What are we watching, what are we drinking, and what are we chatting about?

We’re probably watching Sex & The City, drinking a delicious pinot noir, and chatting about life, love and everything in between. We never have any shortage of things to chat about!

11. It’s now 2:00 a.m. and we’ve had half a dozen (or more!) of glasses of pinot noir. Where are you suggesting we get our greasy food fix?

I haven’t been in years (because 2:00am is waaaay past my bedtime these days) but Fritz Fries comes to mind. It’s a classic. Mmm, poutine!

12. In downtown Vancouver, what’s the one restaurant that no one has heard of but everyone should eat at?

I’m not crazy enough to think that no one has heard of it but my current favourite restaurant in Vancouver is The Mackenzie Room. I love the vibrant ambiance, incredible food, and friendly service.

Jennifer Robertson

13. What’s the biggest misconception people have about you in real life?

Probably that I’m always out and about. I can actually be quite a homebody and I really cherish my quiet time at home; reading books, organizing, cooking, and having Netflix marathons with my husband.

14. If you could star as any character in the remake of any movie, which famous role would you reprise?

Cher Horowitz in Clueless. It was a personal mission for me in high school to re-create as many of her outfits from that movie as possible.

15. If you could learn a new skill, language, or hobby, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to sing. I feel like if I’m ever going to get my big break on SNL, I really need to add singing to my repertoire.

16. Who are you most proud of?

I’m really proud of my brother for following his heart and pursuing comedy. I’ve been living vicariously through him since he started doing improv several years ago. I go to every one of his shows and I sit there absolutely in awe, not only of his guts for getting up there but also of his insane talent.

17. Who is (or was) the single most influential person in your life?

I couldn’t possibly pick a single person. There’s not enough space for all the names. Everyone who has touched my life has helped to make me who I am today. My immediate family has certainly had a significant influence. They all embody the trifecta of being brilliant, kind, and hilarious. That’s good energy to grow up around! My grandmother was also a huge influence: she led with her heart and lit up every room she entered with her bright smile and witty humour. And of course my husband, Justin – he’s my best friend and biggest supporter. He’s a lot more adventurous than I am and encourages me to get out of my comfort zone as often as possible.

18. I’m throwing a dinner party next weekend. You’re invited and can bring three others with you (dead or alive). Who should I set the table for?

Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling. I would love it if we could squeeze in an extra place setting to make room for my grandma too. She’d fit right in with this funny bunch of babes.

Jennifer Robertson

19. What’s the one question you wish someone would ask you?

“When would you like to pick up the keys to your mortgage-free dream home?”

20. So when would you like to pick up the keys to your mortgage-free dream home?


Meet Jennifer Robertson:
Facebook: /youngandilluminated
Twitter: @jenstoddart and @YIlluminated
Instagram: @jenstoddart and @youngandilluminated
Snapchat: jenstoddart

All photos are provided courtesy of Jennifer Robertson.

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