JOYCE CHANG OF FROM THE GET GO
Joyce Chang is a longtime editor and journalist who has dedicated herself to a career in fashion and women's magazines. In 2016 upon exiting SELF Magazine, she as urned out and n need of a recharge. So she chose to grant herself an Eat Pray Love year to rethink and reset.
The result, in addition to an overall increased sense of fulfillment, was the creation of From the Get Go, a platform dedicated to personal happiness aiming to help women connect to more joy every day. In her own words, 'The Get Go is a daily practice and exploration of happiness and health.' Discover how she strives to live up to her mantra: 'less perfect, more peace.'
Inside/Out: Tell us about your mind/body routines?
Joyce Chang: I try to do dance cardio 3 times a week and yoga 1 to 2 times. I’m happier and more creative when I move my body. I meditate daily. I read my own tarot cards once a week as well. A shaman I work with has been helping me cultivate my intuition and she suggested practicing tarot. I actually find it calming and eye-opening. And it’s fun to do it for friends! The Get Go began as a daily exercise to help myself connect to more joy. I believe that the mind-body connection is the foundation of happiness. So I came up with Get Go to help women connect to more joy every day. We are so busy achieving that we forget to connect with ourselves.
Your lifestyle rituals?
I get coffee every morning at Saint Ambroeus, a place on Madison Avenue that feels like an espresso bar in Rome. It’s the most delicious coffee and I feel so lucky to start the day with it. Joy can definitely be found in a cup of coffee!
When I need a day off from exercise I take a walk in Central Park. Walking clears my mind. I listen to a podcast. I always come back energized, calm and with a new idea.
I also love a long bath at the end of the day or on a weekend. It also helps me relax and clear my head. I like the Naturopathica sweet birch muscle soak if I’m sore. Or Herbivore Botanicals Coconut soak if I just want to float away. I’ll put on a sheet mask while I’m in there.
Your favorite trainer or studio?
Katia Pryce at DanceBody has been my longest fitness relationship. We’ve been working out together for more than 7 years. Her dance cardio workout is the most fun. It makes me feel like Beyoncé. And if every woman felt like Beyoncé for an hour a week, we’d all be a lot happier and get more done. Katia helps bring out your inner badass. Her energy is amazing and her bod is always inspiration to keep going!
I go to Exhale for yoga in NYC. In LA, Love Yoga or with Caley Alyssa, who is a really famous Alo Yoga instructor. She has appeared a lot on the Get Go because I love her. She challenges and calms your mind and body at the same time. She has such a gift.
I see Richard Baran for acupuncture. And Colleen McCann of Style Rituals is my shaman. She is wise, intuitive but not too out there for me. She pushes my comfort zone in surprising ways. Like recommending a snake ritual - that helped me overcome not just my fear of snakes, but showed me that it was possible to overcome ANY irrational fear!
On the self-care front, I love microcurrent facials with Take Care. They have two locations, in NYC and LA. It’s run by sisters and they have such supportive energy in addition to lifting and sculpting my face! I’m also obsessed with the Face Gym which is London based but just arrived in NYC. Their technology and facial massage technique really delivers results.
Your favorite lifestyle brands?
I like the selection at Carbon38. I wear a lot of Alo Yoga and Live The Process. Nike makes the best leggings in my opinion. I wear ASICS for dance cardio. They’ve got great bounce and support.
For beauty, I’m loving Pestle & Mortar hyaluronic serum. I’m also Korean beauty obsessed and Peach & Lily just launched a new skincare line that’s worry free, clean, paraben free, but super effective. After a facial using just their products, I went to dinner without putting on any makeup.
Your favorite media outlet?
I like The Chalkboard. I like their social. I like their vibe. Their content makes me hungry to be healthy!
An active or wellness oriented trip on your wishlist?
A new place opened in Bhutan called the Spirit Sanctuary that I learned about through Black Tomato Travel. They are my go-to travel planners. They planned a couple trips for me during my eat, pray, love year.
Your favorite podcast?
Since I’ve just started up the Get Go, I like StartUp from Gimlet. I love This American Life as well because it tells extraordinary stories of unsung Americans. It makes me think about how everyone has a story and how we learn so much from each other’s stories.
A book that has helped you with personal development?
I actually find fiction helps me tune into emotional truths in a way non-fiction, self-help or self-growth books don’t. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan was the first book I read that I saw myself in. That’s when I realized the power of words and stories. And, how important diverse female voices are.
I think stories and happiness are meant to be shared. I just hosted my first conversation series that I called the Joyce Luck Club where I convene women I know who I think others would want to learn from. I’ll be doing more posts with other #joyceluckclub women on the site as well.
A woman we should interview and why?
So many! But I’ll nominate Aya Kanai. She’s the Chief Fashion Director at Hearst and oversees all the fashion for several brands at Hearst. We worked together for years and and she’s become one of my great friends. She’s a creative, a stylist, a corporate executive, a wonderful friend - we went on a life changing trip to India together- and now a new mom. She does it all with heart and a spirit of adventure and joy.