Jo Westwood is a spiritual life coach and one half of #HigherSelfie who have their first book coming out with Hay House reaaaaally soon! Did you pre-order yours yet? I'm also pretty stoked to count her as a friend too! So when she said she was coming over for a PJ Party I knew it was gonna be just like Jo - super chill, easy-going, pretty bloody hilarious with major high vibes and totes magical!
OMG I'm so excited to have you here at my party, how excited are you?!
I almost blissed my pants!
What kind of music are we going to have at the pyjama party?
80’s classics – Kenny Loggins, Cindy Lauper, Belinda Carlisle etc, 90’s grunge – Nirvana and Pearl Jam and 90’s dance tunes for the early hours when we should definitely be tucked up in bed!
Pretty sure I have that exact playlist ready to go!
I'm going to wear my Hello Kitty PJs, what pyjamas are you going to wear?
Tie dye leggings and baseball shirt I have on permanent loan from my bestie in LA
What fun make up or beauty products are in your overnight bag?
All shades of goth lipstick – dark red, purples and black and pots and pots of glitter! I’ll do lips, you do eyes, deal?
Deal! Who does your hair?
My lovely stylist Richie comes to my house and dyes and chops it for me, then I back comb it and put loads of hairspray in it to make it do stuff! You’re welcome to try and squeeze a teeny tiny plait out of it if we’re doing hair!
And what hairstyle would you have if you could have anything? (I'd totally have an 80's perm!)
I’d have Grimes’ hair – big fat undercut (obvs!) but with lots of long mermaid coloured hair on top! Or any hair that Grimes’ has ever had. She’s my hair hero fo’sho’!
Where do you get all those cute outfits?
Anywhere I can find ‘em! I have an idea in my head of a kind of outfit I want then I keep my eyes peeled everywhere – vintage, online, high street, ebay and fancy dan shops – for just the right pieces to put together. I’m an über fan of sportswear by lululemon (I heart leggings and sports bras!) and Rad.co for a LOL slogan sweatshirt. I also love Whistles and All Saints for a classic hipster investment piece!
So like, how do you make money to pay for those cool pyjamas and all your awesome clothes and make up and stuff?
I’m a spiritual life coach and I’m known as the Spirit DJ. I also run a spiritual lifestyle business called #Higherselfie with my partner in the crime of awesomeness Lucy Sheridan. We do coaching, live events and we’ve just written a book with Hay House, called #HigherSelfie: Wake up your life. Free your soul. Find your tribe.
How did you get that job?
I made it up! LOLZ! But true. I used to do social media marketing for lots of health, life and business coaches, mainly in the U.S. and though it was super cool and I got to travel a lot and wear amazing outfits in swanky hotels, after a while I stopped loving it. So I put the Q out into the Universe “Is it OK that I’m doing work that isn’t my life purpose?”and boom goes the dynamite, that set off a chain reaction of big deal life events that lead me to have a spiritual revelation, where I heard (I’m clairaudient) Spirit tell me what my life purpose was. I’ve been doing it ever since.
What fun stuff do you like doing on school nights?
I love hotpod yoga – it’s hot yoga in a big inflatable tent! It’s kinda dark like a nightclub in there and there’s music and aroma oils. And I get to wear leggings and a sports bra! Bonus! I also love bubble baths (good for the soul) podcasts and audiobooks (good for the mind) hanging with my two retired racing Greyhounds George and Susie, cooking delish food for me and my fam (I’m Cancerian) – I love home made curries, pizza and thai food – the spicier the better! And I have a mild Good Wife obsession right now so me and Netflix have a special relationship.
How about on the weekend?
More hotpod yoga, more long dog walks, maybe a bike ride in the warmer months (I’m a road cyclist with one of those impossibly thin bikes with a hard seat that requires padded shorts! LOL!) and a date night in the pub with my hubs.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm getting hungry, what's your favourite pyjama party food and beverages?
See above! I <3 Indian food! I’m often known to go for the hottest curry on the menu, plus a peshwari naan and I’ll need a few ice cold lagers to wash that down with, please. I know, I know, classy.
We can totally order in a curry. How about your favourite pizza topping?
Everything spicy! And LOTS of cheese.
What movies and TV shows are we going to watch?
For movies, it has to be the classics – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Footloose, Sister Act 1 & 2, Crocodile Dundee 1 & 2 ... I think that should keep us going!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is like my favourite movie EVER!!! :O
Do you have a favourite teen movie?!
See above! All the movies I listed there are ones I could, and do watch over and over again. And that’s rare for me as I have a ridiculously good memory so I hardly ever watch or read anything twice!
OMG what was that noise?! :O Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one?
Um, it was probably my Greyhound, George farting ... Sorry about that! #awks
I believe in Spirit – like we all have a Spirit that existed before our bodies and that lives on after our bodies leave the Earthly plane – but not in ‘ghosts’ like Casper or the Poltergeist. I’ve definitely felt the presence of the spirits of people who have passed.
When I was younger, before I was aware of my spirituality and able to harness my intuitive abilities, I was convinced that my parent’s house was haunted. I hated being in it alone after dark. It always gave me the willies. I’m not sure if what I was feeling was real or just my mind playing paranoid teenage tricks on me! Too many Goosbumps books when I was a young ‘un probably!!
Have you ever had any other cool paranormal encounters?
I’m not sure if it counts as paranormal but around the time I had my spiritual revelation I experienced a meditation where someone in my life who had recently passed over came to me, and communicated with me clear as day about a difficult situation in my life. They were smiling down on the whole thing and laughing from their now enlightened position as a spirit. They could see that it was all unfolding as it should, for everyone involved, even though we were struggling to see it at the time.
What do you think happens when we die?
I think we go home. I think the ‘suit of clothes’- our Earthly disguise of our mortal body – drops and we become our real essence, free of the chains of our human mind and ego. We become enlightened, totally aligned and at one with the Universe again, and we guide and support those who are still walking their human journey, when they ask us to.
I hope I get to keep my glitter nail polish though right?
Who do you think you were in a past life?
Ooh! Good question! I feel really aligned with the Native American culture. Something about their way of working with Mother Earth, the elements, the environment and the animals, with mutual respect really calls to a deep part of my soul, so I hope I spent time there in a previous life. However in the only past life regression I’ve ever done I was socialist feminist activist in the late 19th century handing out flyers on the streets of London ... And now I have Solidarity tattoed on my left bicep. So maybe I’m more suffragette than Sioux!
You're probably both!? :D
What time do you usually go to bed?
10pm if I’m being good, 11.30pm if I’ve gotten carried away with work ... Which is more often than not atm!
What should we do tomorrow?
Let’s meditate and pull some cards, then have a delish breakfast – I just discovered cinnamon pancakes with maple syrup! (And coffee with coconut milk if we were up too late!) – then take my pooches on lovely long walk along the river.
Sounds freaking perfect!
Who's your girl crush?!
Ach! Where to start! There are toooo many! But if I have to narrow it down, Tina Fey and Sophia Amoruso are my top baes right now.
Because you are so girl-crush-worthy probably lots of other girls and boys are going to want you at their pyjama parties too. How can they find you?!
They can check out my personal website at JoWestwood.com and come hang out with me on Facebook < http://Facebook.com/jowestwoodfan >
Thanks so much for coming over Jo! I had the best time! Let's do it again soooooon! :D
With so much love and light!