Lynn Gilmartin is one of the faces of the World Poker Tour (WPT), so it’s important that she keeps it looking good. The Australian hot shot achieves this my following her mantra: Life is Good.
But what does this mean?
I caught up with her whilst floating on the sea, staring at a super moon, to find out.
Your mantra is Life is Good. Break this down for me. What bricks need to be aligned for your house to feel strong?
Life’s Good is all about your perception and flexing your optimistic muscle, living in appreciation and taking responsibility for your own happiness. So much fear is instilled in us throughout our lives. The mainstream news constantly highlights what’s going “wrong” in our world, when really, we’re living in a time of more opportunity than ever before.
Marketers are trained to highlight problems or fear so we’re enticed to buy their product, therefore we’re surrounded by constant messages of what is apparently “missing” in our lives. So, Life’s Good is all about shaping our thoughts to stop automatically falling to the negative and looking at what’s missing or what’s wrong, and shifting into a more optimistic way of living. Our mind is like a muscle and can be trained through repetition, just like our biceps, something I recently wrote a blog post about on my website.
How is the Jooce Bar going?
So well! I’m heading back to Australia in October for a week to check it out and keep on top of things. It’s been open for five months now and so far so good. It’s hard being away from it physically, but I fill up with joy and pride each time I check Instagram and see someone posting a picture of their smoothie or chia pudding by the beach.
What were the biggest challenges you had to overcome personally during the creation of that business?
Oh that wonderful fear of not feeling good enough that we all seem to deal with. Worrying if my recipes were tasty enough, healthy enough, cost-effective enough, and popular enough, and if the shop layout was inviting enough or my marketing effective enough. Who am I to create recipes and sell them?! I just had to keep rationalizing it and talking myself out of that doubt.
I notice you are a fan of periscope. How did that start for you?
Periscope is a blast. It’s incredible how the world is connecting more and more. I love to look at the map and click on random live periscopes to witness random moments of people’s lives in all kinds of cultures around the world.
What’s your opinion regarding players using it on the table?
I haven’t thought too much about it. I always let those around me know I’m about to periscope before I go live, just in case they don’t feel comfortable. I’ve only done it once from the table, which was recently during a very casual cash game with Mike Sexton, Vince van Patten and some other friends. It was hilarious – for the viewers and for those at the table. But of course, it will now raise new issues of privacy/collusion/cheating with the ability to receive feedback from viewers. But then it could also help shift the concept of live-streamed/televised poker. Who knows? We’re always evolving.
What is your view on Ladies events having now won two of them?
I’m not passionately for or against them. Poker has traditionally been looked at as “a gentleman’s game”, so ladies events are a great way to help shift that image. Personally, I felt much more comfortable playing in ladies events when I was new to playing poker, so I agree that they do help ease many women in to the game.
Looking through your Twitter feed and it’s all poker, poker, and poker lately. I get the sense that poker is not your life purpose, what do you think about that comment, and how do you feel about the balance you have in your life?
I agree with you that I don’t feel poker playing is my purpose, but the poker industry has played a big role in whatever my purpose may be. I think our purpose is something we’re always discovering more about, and perhaps it continually evolves. Performing is something that has lit me up since I was a child, and thanks to poker I’ve been able to fulfill that dream. For almost 10 years my journey has involved poker. Poker will always be a part of my life. For now, I’ve simplified what I feel my purpose is, and that is to be the best version of myself I can be in each given moment, continue to learn about myself, and through that, share what I can share.
As for the balance, I actually just mix up the tone of my various social media accounts, which reflects that balance I have in my life. My Twitter followers are mostly poker-lovers, so I keep that pretty poker-centric. Instagram is more travel-centric, and my blog probably leans more to the wellbeing side of things.
Talk to me a little bit about your thoughts and feelings around money?
I like to look at money as an energy exchange. The more I flow freely with it, the more it flows freely with me.
While money can offer more freedom, it does not satisfy us. Yet our lives revolve around it. Even when we get a pay rise, shortly after, we continue to chase more. We’re looking in the wrong place to fulfill a need that cannot be filled by money. I do not believe money should be our focus and the basis upon which our choices are made. If we’re torn between two career choices, for example, we’ve been trained to go for the one that will make us more money rather than thinking about which one will light us up the most.
I believe as long as you’re living passionately and fulfilling your creative desires, you feel less of a need to keep spending excessively. And believe it or not, each and every single one of us is creative. Creativity is not just painting or drawing, it’s in any form of expression — the way we speak, the way we play poker, even the way we wash the dishes! When we look at our lives as one big creative project, suddenly the simplest things become extremely satisfying.
Whose mind would you most like to read and why?
My boyfriend, Angel Guillen. He has a beautiful mind, filled with wonder and wisdom. He’s so calm on the outside, yet his mind runs a million miles an hour. I’d love to get in there for a day!
When did you show the most courage in your life?
When I quit my corporate career in 2009 to chase my dream of becoming a presenter, working with PokerNews at the World Series of Poker.
I feel it was quite a similar situation to those wanting to quit their jobs to play poker professionally. I had no idea what to expect or how long my career would last, but I believed in myself and the idea of doing it excited me to the core. While there have been some overwhelming moments, I’ve never looked back since. So I remind myself of this choice constantly – the “rational” choice that looks great on paper isn’t always the right one if it’s not the one that feels best and lights you up. Whatever makes you pounce out of bed with inspiration — go and do that.
What is the one thing in your life that has caused the most harm to your health?
When I lived with a victim mentality, blaming my situation or everyone else for reasons why I wasn’t happy, and seeking satisfaction from external sources to make me happy. We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to it and how we let it affect us. When I realized this (after reading The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer), my life completely changed. I no longer had anxiety for no reason, my relationships with family, friends and colleagues flourished, and I started to respect myself more and treat my body better by eating well, working out, continuously learning, etc.
What is the one thing in your life that has caused the most good to your health?
Taking responsibility for the words that come out of my mouth, and the food that goes into it. (I thank Kris Carr for that line!)
What are the most important values for you in life?
Love. To always act lovingly, to myself and to others.
If you had children and had to choose a male and female role model for them, who would you choose and why?
We’re all individual and no one person is perfect, so I’d rather my children be inspired by a collection of men/women for whatever reasons resonate with them and their individual desires. I want my kids to know they can create whatever they want to create and be whoever they want to be. So taking pieces of inspiration from various places and people will hopefully allow them to create their own artwork of life.