THE RAYY OF SUNSHINE.
Catch her outside. (Seriously. Remi loves an outdoor workout.)
Fitness and health blogger Remi Ishizuka knows what it’s like to slave away at a day job while hustling to build your own empire.
As a 9-5 interior designer, Ishizuka became completely obsessed with taking the freelance plunge and creating content for her Instagram account @rryayme. And just like that she gave her two weeks notice—the rest is all sculpted ads and smoothies. “If you don’t build your own dream, someone else will hire you to help you build theirs,” advises the go-getting wellness guru.
From winter melon soup recipes to booty challenges, RRAYYME will whip your world into working(out) order.
Name: Remi Ishizuka
Instagram Handle: @rrayyme
You do more before 8am than anyone I know! Where do your drive and passion come from?
I get such a natural high working out first thing in the morning and love the pace that it sets for the rest of the day.
What kind of discipline has working out taught you?
It’s taught me that nothing comes easy but you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Consistency is key and it’s not a race. You can’t build anything (muscles or a business) if you aren’t consistently working hard at it day in and day out.
How did that discipline help you when launching your site?
I knew it was time to branch out and have my own site after building my Instagram for a year. I remember waking up at 4 am one morning with a huge urge to create and launch my site...and I’m so glad I did.
What kind of knowledge to do you hope to impart to your followers?
We all get caught up in our busy schedules and sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. My hope is that we all make time for self-care at least once during the day. Whether it’s scheduling a workout with a friend after work, or waking up 20 minutes early to make yourself a warm matcha latte to enjoy by the window, or taking a bath after a long day- all these little moments adds up and makes you feel good and we all deserve that!
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When someone talks while eating a banana. [ed note: LOL]
What's something you'd like people to know about your job that they probably don’t?
From the surface, creating content may come off easy but the reality is- there are always at least 100 bad photos, hours of brainstorming, planning and usually 5-6 different projects going on simultaneously. It’s a lot of fun but it’s definitely busy and hectic too.
Creating content may come off easy but the reality is- there are always at least 100 bad photos, hours of brainstorming, planning and usually 5-6 different projects going on simultaneously.
What about your career makes you feel the most complete?
When I receive an email from someone in the military that they’ve come to my blog and found inspiration for resetting, a DM from a girl telling me she sees a brighter future after recovering from an eating disorder. Nothing makes me feel more purposeful than hearing that someone found motivation through me or learned something useful and tried something new. It’s the best!
If you had to trade jobs with anyone else in the world, who would it be and why?
I'd love to trade spots with Jack Morris of @doyoutravel and take photos of the world's most gorgeous places.
At what point in your career did you find the confidence to really take charge and become the woman you are today?
I was working my 9-5 at an interior design firm and ALL I could think about was creating content for @rrayyme. I knew I had reached a point where I had to follow my heart and make the jump in order to grow. I quit my stable full-time job shortly after the office cleaning lady asked me, “What are you waiting for, tell your boss you’re quitting next week, JUST DO IT!” ...and just like that I wrote my 2 weeks notice and went for it!
What's the best advice you've ever been given? Or your favorite piece of #realtalk?
If you don’t build your own dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.
When you hit a big bump in the road, how do you find a new road or a detour?
I talk it out! I’m so lucky to have friends and family around me that I can trust to lean on and talk through bumps in the road. But at the end of the day, I just trust my gut, stay positive, and move forward.
What song do you sing in the shower when you’ve had a bad day?
"Shake it Off" by Mariah Carey.
Photo Credit: @davisfactor