This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.
Profile: Emilie Cushman
Tell us about yourself.
Leading Kira Talent as Founder and CEO.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
1) Start developing an “everyday” habit of working out, eating healthy, sleeping, saving money and taking reflection time even when things get stressful. Don’t pull all-nighters.
2) Read up on psychology and Cluster ABC personality disorders (like narcissism). It will help you immensely when dealing with people in the future.
3) Follow your gut and don’t doubt your intelligence! Just because someone went to a top school doesn’t mean they are smarter than you.
4) Believe that you can build a 100M company to a billion dollar company, and you will.
How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?
I follow my routine and sleep 8-9 hours a night. When I’m rested, everything else just “works.” Most days I don’t set an alarm and I don’t schedule meetings within 1-2 hours of waking up. I love my job and find it very engaging so that helps! I’ve set up my working from home desk by a big window so I get lots of light. 🙂 Separately though, I have things I do every day to meditate/relax, I watch reality TV to unwind, I talk with friends. By having that balance, it allows me to be at 100% when it’s time to work.
What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?
1) Therapy. Have a therapist. Your friends, spouse and parents are not therapists. Get a professional to talk to on the regular!
2) Sleep and working out. When you aren’t working out over a long period of time you are sluggish, unfocused, irritable, your back hurts and you have no energy (at least that’s what happens with me). When you don’t sleep, you have no energy to workout, you eat more, and you are more inclined to eat bad food. Thus you perpetuate the bad cycle. Get an appropriate amount of sleep and every day even if you can’t do a hard workout, get some fresh air and do some stretches!
What are your top health hacks?
I aim to workout 30 minutes per day (more when I can, but I’m not hard on myself. If I can get 30 minutes of solid HIIT I’m good). I find meal prep challenging, so I try to do a combo of meal prep but then also having things I can just grab quickly (protein shake, berries, seeds and nuts). The one thing I meal prep obsessively is large batches of healthy soups because they can last me a month!
What’s your favorite fun activity?
Eating! Besides that, playing the piano, listening to audiobooks (fiction only) or watching old movies (can’t do much else these days)! I’m not a super outdoorsy person but I do like going for walks to stretch my legs after long days of sitting. 🙂
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