ZODIAC collection is designed for people who incorporate mindfulness in their daily urban life, whether it is paying attention to healthy living or good design. Today, we are very happy to introduce you to one of our first customers and role models Brittany Dunn. Brittany has been dedicating her time in Beijing to spreading positivity and mindfulness practices, amongst many other things, to the people around her through the The Mind Body Project and her teaching work.You can see our beautiful photo-shoot with Brittany wearing ZODIAC in some great Beijing locations, plus her interview below!
ZODIAC成衣系列为在日常都市生活中运用正念（mindfulness）的人所设计，无论是在关注健康生活方式还是留心好设计方面。今天，我们十分高兴地向你介绍我们最早的顾客以及模范之一Brittany Dunn。Brittany一直以来在北京致力于宣传正能量并实践正念，她通过多种方式向她身边的人传授相关知识，如“心灵与身体项目”（The Mind Body Project）以及多个课程教学。你可以在下方看到我们在北京实地取景拍摄Brittany本人穿着ZODIAC服装的照片，以及我们对她的采访！
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Q: Hey Brittany! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Brittany: I'm an entrepreneur, coach, facilitator, and educator. I'm a co-founder of The Mind Body Project; helping schools and company stress less to live more (www.themindbodyproject.com), as well as an Adjudicator for Guinness World Records. On the side, I lead Heyrobics sessions and assist with the education of new instructors. I also lead professional development trainings for teachers at the International Montessori Training Institute of Beijing. My goal is to help people feel better about themselves, wherever they're at.
Brittany: 我感觉如果我尝试去描述自己可能听起来会显得陈词滥调——但你可以说我是一个创业者、一个有激励能量的人、体育教练、教育者、引导者、演讲者、顾问。我是“心灵与身体项目” (www.themindbodyproject.com) 的联合创始人和引导人，吉尼斯世界纪录裁判员以及美国一大学的国际交流方案专家。在业余时间中我也是有氧运动教练以及北京蒙特梭利国际学校中一为教师设计的专业拓展训练“嗨-导师-教师”的教员。我的目标是帮助人们减压，对自己更自信并且长寿，无论身处何地。
Q: We like your vibes and appreciate your efforts to spread love and positivity to others. Talking about love, what do you love about your life right now?
Brittany: I love and treasure the authentic relationships I’ve cultivated in my life. Keeping a small tribe of people - who I make time for, who make time for me, who know me well and give me unconditional non-judgmental support and yet still challenge me - is something I feel an overwhelming amount of gratitude for. I’m pretty happy that I have finally started to solidify a pretty healthy routine despite juggling a lot of things. As a naturally high energy and always-busy kind of person I've worked on slowing down which has helped me to run for and last longer but more importantly avoid old patterns of burnout. Fewer marathons, more meditation; less caffeine, more home cooking; the phasing out of all night parties and more early morning sketching, writing or yoga. Professionally, I love that I find what I'm working on meaningful and that it has the potential to positively affect others. I'm so happy that I have earned the trust to choose projects and people I want to work with.
Q: Wow, you really do juggle a lot of activities at once! So, what does your typical day look like?
Brittany: As for me, each day is different depending on my work schedule. I wake up, drink hot lemon water and spend 5-20 minutes in some form of meditation or early yoga then I make an espresso on my old fashioned mocha followed by a mostly veggie breakfast. My mindfulness practice reminds me that if I make a choice - knowing fully the consequences of that choice - I can still go down that road if I'm ok with living it the next day. Four weekdays are spent leading Music and Movement sessions in Kindergartens to all the classes in that particular campus followed by my after-school programs. Tuesday nights and various other times, I also lead Heyrobics sessions. A few days per month are spent adjudicating Guinness World Records' event attempts around Mainland China. The rest of the time is filled with working on the startup I co-founded: The Mind Body Project--aiming to help others stress less and feel better through breath and movement programming. I believe we’re never done learning, 1-2 times a year I make it a point to get away for a program or special training. Last summer, we took part in a startup accelerator program the Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia. Later this year, I’m heading to India for more children’s yoga and mindfulness training.
Q: What do you love about the city you are currently in?
Brittany: The thing that stands out to me the most about Beijing is the people. It is a place where you aren’t considered odd for leaving home. It has a community filled with local and foreign inspiring people that will help you organize an event, pursue an interest, start a business, study something new, connect you to the right person, register and fly you to a different city for a new race and invite you a restaurant opening after just meeting you. I’ve been made to feel welcome from almost the very start. The daily kindness I encounter is beautiful; you can't be kept down here for long. It's a growing hub for entrepreneurs and dreamers, I also love how accessible it is. I used to commute over 300 km’s a day by car to my university job back in New Jersey which I see now as unhealthy. Now I may bike a total of over 25 km in a day but it’s freedom and helps fight the cold.
Q: How would you describe your relationship with clothing?
Brittany: I think over the years I've shifted from accumulation to minimalization. I like owning just a few quality pieces that are also comfortable, easy to move in as I'm always on the go; riding my bike, walking or bouncing with my students. My wardrobe has gone full circle since childhood, again now made up of brightly colored sports bras and running tights! I’m happy to say I no longer have anxiety about missing sales and can let go of the temptation to buy something when I need a pick me up. Now I don’t spend and my closet only has things that I actually wear regularly. I’ve ending up consigning most of my business professional clothes or giving them away as they got so little use, instead I invest in a well made piece when I find one every few months, mostly ones from other startups like ZODIAC. Some of the favorite items I've had for years have been gifts or received through swaps; trading dresses with friends is not only a precious saving measure but usually leaves room for a great evening of dress-up.
Q: Which ZODIAC pieces work for you and why?
Brittany: The Power Stretch Legging is the most multi-functional piece in my wardrobe; I can wear them to bike everyday, getting good protection from the cold and they are breathable without getting sweaty. I can dance and run with my students, equally wearing them with heels and a fitted top for my meetings and presentations. I can also wear them on the plane because they are as comfortable as pajamas and does not wrinkle so I don't look ruffled when I land. I also wear them when I am around my apartment because they have the comfort of pajamas. I never had a more useful AND stylish piece!