"I Do Everything Out of My Desire to Create Impact, Not Income" and More Badass Quotes From L.A's Aerie REALTreat

Iskra Lawrence opens the first #AerieREALtreat in Los Angeles.

Iskra Lawrence opens the first #AerieREALtreat in Los Angeles.

What does being “real” mean to you? In a world of social media filters and Facetune, that concept can sometimes be a little hard to grasp. But there is a new movement of authentic leaders who are on a mission to adopt the #nofilter philosophy. They’re ditching the traditional social constructs and standards to share their true selves both online and #IRL with vulnerability and grace. And the global response has been overwhelmingly in favor.

Well, we heard you loud and clear, too. That’s why we partnered with Aerie and their #AerieREAL role models to continue spreading their message of realness and authenticity, connection and collaboration over competition at the inaugural Aerie REALtreat event in Los Angeles. The turnout was incredible and the energy was palpable with everyone leaving super charged to continue the “real” conversation beyond the Rolling Greens DTLA nursery walls.

If you couldn’t make it to the event, don’t stress, we got you. Keep scrolling to read some of the best quotes from all of the panelists throughout the day and be sure to share your favorites on social using the hashtag #ccAerieREALtreat.

The panel discuss the concept of being real at #AerieREALtreat for Create + Cultivate.

The panel discuss the concept of being real at #AerieREALtreat for Create + Cultivate.

Real Talk, Right Now:

An Honest Conversation With #AerieREAL role models, Iskra Lawrence, Cleo Wade, and Aly Raisman; moderated by Jess Weiner


Iskra Lawrence, Model, Self-Care Activist, Executive Producer and Host of #TheMirrorChallenge

Cleo Wade, Poet, Artist, and Author.

Aly Raisman, Gold-Medal Gymnast and Advocate.


Jess Weiner, CEO, Speaker, Author, and Cultural Expert.

Iskra Lawrence:

"My mission is to build a world where everyone knows their real power.”

"When you are in our own lane, no-one is competition."

“You are perfectly imperfect. You are not the issue, they are.“

“If you cannot see, you cannot be.”

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

Aly Raisman:

"We shouldn’t live in a world where it is scary to speak your truth."

"Never be afraid to ask for what you want or what you need."

“You have to do what works for you and what makes you happy.”

“Treat yourself and talk to yourself the way you talk to somebody else, someone you really love and care about. Be loving, be accepting, be patient.”

“I want everyone to realize they are progressing and there is always room to grow and be better.”

“If you’re afraid, that’s a sign you are doing something right.”

Cleo Wade:

“My mission is to create a world where people feel less alone. I don’t think it is an accident or a mistake that we are all here together at this moment in history. I think that all of us are here together on purpose and because of that it is so important we get to know each other and understand how much we belong to each other—we are our sisters keepers.”

"Self-love really is a practice. It’s something you have to commit to and recommit to."

"You can't care about other people well if you cannot care for yourself."

“If you know what your hell no’s are and your hell yes’s are it is really easy to make decisions for your platform. “

“It’s really important to consistently have many goals, and to connect them and reset them.”

Jess Weiner:

“Rejection is God’s protection in a lot of ways.”

"The change that we seek is internal before it manifests externally.”

“This is a process, it’s not a product. The change that we seek is internal before it manifests externally. “

Fireside Chat:

A Frank Conversation on Self-Love With Jameela Jamil; moderated by Jenna Kutcher


Jameela Jamil, Actress and Activist.


Jaclyn Johnson, CEO of Create + Cultivate

On Body Positivity:

“I’m working towards body ambivalence and body neutrality. I don’t want to think about my ass, I want to think about my bank account, or my retirement. I have so much to achieve in this world so it wastes my time thinking too much about my body, personally.”

“We are never taught to be content because if we’re content we can’t consume. It’s all about marketing and getting you to buy things. All I’m trying to do is wake people up to this .I don’t ever want to buy anything that I have been shamed and manipulated into.”

On Confidence:

“I’ve just stopped caring and I ask for whatever I want. The more I ask the more I get. I was taught not to ask. You have to ask, be aggressive about it and first and foremost back yourself.”

“Don’t be afraid of seeming confident, or afraid of seeming powerful.”

“I used to try and lower myself and shrink myself, but now I like being a bit scary and powerful. Get a little bit scary, be more honest.”

“Don’t control yourself too much and don’t set yourself up for too many falls. We are so, so, so, much smarter and more skilled than anyone has ever allowed us to know that we are. All the risks I have ever taken have been the biggest payoffs in my career.”

“I am now willing to cut anyone out of my life that doesn’t accept how I look and how I feel. I don’t want any toxicity anywhere near me any more. I’ve been through enough.”

“Don’t be afraid of not being liked. It is jarring when people hear the truth from you. It’s okay to be a bit difficult and be a bit opinionated.”

“The more I speak out, the more I fight back, the better I feel and the better I do.”

“It’s not up to me to please everyone around me, I just have to make sure that I know I’m doing the right thing.”

On the #MeToo movement:

“I don’t think the work is done. I do think we are in danger of #metoo and #timesup being left as a fashion statement. We have to aggressively keep this conversation going, telling our stories and fighting back.”

“It’s very important that we don’t just stick up for our own, but that we stand up for each other.”

“We should make space not take space, there is room for all of us.”

Being real means to me… Speaking without filter. I don’t tiptoe anymore.

A role model to me is… Someone who is transparent about their triumphs and their failures.

The best advice I ever received was… My therapist told me that a doormat is already lying down before people wipe their feet all over it. Knowing that, and that I can make a change, has empowered me greatly.”

Multi-hyphenate business woman, Jenna Kutcher joined Jaclyn Johnson for a live episode of WorkParty the Podcast at #AerieREALtreat.

Multi-hyphenate business woman, Jenna Kutcher joined Jaclyn Johnson for a live episode of WorkParty the Podcast at #AerieREALtreat.

Live WorkParty Podcast:

Jenna Kutcher interviewed by Jaclyn Johnson for a special live episode of WorkParty the Podcast.


Jenna Kutcher, Photographer, Podcaster, and Mom.


Jaclyn Johnson, CEO of Create + Cultivate

“I don’t want to show up because I’m getting paid I want to show up because I want to be in the room. I do everything out of my desire to create impact not income.”

“I’m so passionate about encouraging women to build a true brand that is based on the fact that you are a multi-passionate human. You don’t have to pick a lane and stay in it.”

Stay tuned for more enlightening quotes like this in the WorkParty podcast conversation coming soon!

Fireside Chat:

Busy Philipps in conversation with Jaclyn Johnson about being confident and carefree.


Busy Philipps, Actress and Author


Jaclyn Johnson, CEO of Create + Cultivate

“Comparison is only going to waste your energy. The world is wide enough for all of us.”

“I’m in it for the long game I always thought that. While I wish that I had won an academy award at age 25 that is not part of the trajectory for me. It is really important to truly understand that your path, your journey to success is not the same as anyone sitting next to you. Even if on paper you are the same, you have fundamentally different life experiences to offer and your journey will be different.”

Stay tuned for an in-depth recap of their conversation on the blog soon.

What was your favorite part of the #AerieREALtreat event this weekend? Be sure to tag us in your photos on social. Until next time, stay real.

Cleo Wade—Create and Cultivate