IMBY Inspo

IMBY Inspo: Leanne Shear, Uplift Studios

Our weekly blog series highlighting the women that inspire us

Leanne Shear
Co-founder, Uplift Studios
NYC and LA

RIGHT NOW: WHERE ARE YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU’RE WEARING?

I am sitting at my local bar (The Half King in Chelsea) finishing up some work (I start my day around 5:00 or 5:30am so sometimes Happy Hour can start a little earlier too!) and working on a writing project, while sipping on a glass of Pinot Noir.

My favorite item(s) is my daily uniform: leggings and my Uplift muscle tee, which reads in bold letters “Strong Women Uplift Each other”.

SUM UP YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE.

Casual and carefree, eschewing all (or most) things fancy or uber-expensive.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?

What doesn’t inspire me about the work I do?! I think I am the luckiest person alive because my work every day is centered around empowering women. Uplift started as a fitness studio but is evolving to a full female society where we seek to empower women in all aspects of their lives–to me, helping women realize their full potential(s) is the height of inspiration.

HOW DO YOU LIVE ‘MINDFULLY?’

I may be too into my own head for my own good, but I don’t think that’s what you mean 🙂 By living mindfully, I simply try to do two things: actually live in the moment (instead of agonizing over the past or fretting over the future) as much as possible. I’ve also begun thinking about slowly but surely making better and better choices all the time: with what I eat and drink, how I treat people, with whom I have relationships, that sort of thing.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP?

Spring out of bed (I am a morning person for sure!) and turn on NPR.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO GET READY IN THE MORNING?

15 minutes on a regular day and 30 minutes when I need or want to look cute or more professional (for a meeting).

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO WORKOUT?

I am a runner through and through–it’s my everything in one. But in addition, of course, Uplift for strength and lifting, then I do spin classes at Cyc, yoga at Modo, and I box at Gleasons with an old-school trainer there whenever I have the time.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR LIFE (AND CLOSET!) A LEAN, MEAN, CLUTTER-FREE MACHINE? 

This might be my biggest challenge in life: I am a decently neat and orderly person on the surface but then you open the closet and drawers and cupboards and each one houses its own unique hurricane. I combat that by constantly purging my closets–I am pretty good at tossing stuff I haven’t worn or used in a while. It feels SO good to cleanse in that way!

YOU’RE A BUSY BABE. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK, HEALTH, AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

I don’t really believe in the notion of “balance.” In fact, I argue that it tends to be a concept invented by the patriarchy to find another way in which to make (especially) women feel bad about themselves, and thus, subjugated. Nothing is ever truly in balance for most of us and I am more about accepting and embracing the poles and extremes that come along with this crazy/awesome life.

WHAT PODCASTS OR BLOGS DO YOU KEEP UP WITH?

For podcasts, I listen to “Pod Save America” and “Pod Save the World”–they’re the best political/current events/foreign policy blogs out there. I also love “Dear Sugar Radio,” “How I Built This,” and a lot of the Gimlet media podcasts, in particular, “Startup.”

While I read endlessly, that habit is more along the lines of books and magazines like the Economist and the New Yorker (I am a nerd, I know). But one blog I love is called “Lainey Gossip,” written by a really smart woman who shares her take on pop culture and celebrity from a very feminist, academic and critical lens, all while still being fun and smutty.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?

Most in the world, my mom. Not only is she fun, beautiful, brilliant, and wise, she raised my sister Molly and me entirely on her own, with no money, but tons of love and structure and guidance. I am 39 years old and while she has become a “friend,” I still feel parented every day by her, in the best possible way.

FAVORITE SPOTS FOR A HEALTHY MEAL?

My other local spot in Chelsea, Le Pif, is a great little wine bar with lots of healthy eats. In the Flatiron, I love Inday for healthy lunchtime food. Chop’t is also a great option for well-sourced fast salads.

WHITE HOT LIGHTENING ROUND– GO!

HEELS OR FLATS? Flats

BUSINESS OR CASUAL? Casual

EARLY MORNINGS OR LATE NIGHTS? Early mornings

NEW YORK OR LA? Ohhhhhh. New York has been my home for almost 17 years but LA has my heart, too. Do I have to choose??!

COFFEE, TEA, OR MATCHA? Tea

COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: LIVING INTENTIONALLY MEANS… Living the slow life means…chilling the fuck out and not getting anxious about every little thing; not taking things so seriously; knowing that almost everything can wait a minute; taking the day or days off and not feeling guilty; drinking wine and reading on a Wednesday afternoon; sleeping in.

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