Last Wednesday Aja, Briana and I hosted another Work it Brooklyn panel, this time centered around health & wellness for the freelance creative. Aja is a natural food chef and organizes North Brooklyn Runners so naturally she moderated the event with panelists including Dishan Elise, a certified personal trainer and the founder/owner of Human At Ease, Kim Ann Curtin, a life coach who is founder and CEO of The Wall Street Coach and Andrea Moss, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach of Moss Wellness.
It was a very casual and informal setting, hosted inside a yoga room at Human at Ease (it is the ONLY gym that successfully integrates a gym and yoga studio without falling off the tacky ditch) and was unsurprisingly attended mostly by women. This led to that danger zone where guests start talking about hormones and periods and how it affects their work flow and exercising routine. It was a bit self-helpy and life coachy but I learned some pretty basic but helpful reminders on how and WHY I should maintain regular exercise for a healthy state of being.
Some quotes & notes:
– Increase your degree of effort and cut back on hours both at work and exercise. 30 minutes once a week is TOTALLY possible if you push yourself.
– Schedule the time on your calendar as motivational reminders and tasks to go to that damn yoga class.
– Catch yourself off guard and ask What’s happening to my body now? Can I be with it? Tune in with your body and be present, connected.
– Stock up on quick cooking, buy in bulk and focus on in season vegetables which are local and more affordable.
– Create pillars for emotional and physical well being. Eat well and find balance between work and personal.
– You can’t FIND discipline. You have to create it.
– Jump rope.
I’m not sure how I ran into petitcollage but it sure does reflect my new obsession with babymaking. Yep, you heard it right. Babymaking.
I’ve been struggling with what one would call hysterical pregnancy. Between new babies poppin’ out every other day in our family and being surrounded by breast feeding stroller mamas at Dekalb Market, I’ve been feigning to fill my empty vessel with one of our own. It’s a crazy transformation and some tricked up self-discovery process as my sexuality wanes from that of a single petite Asian girl with a wanted sign blazon across my forehead to that of a female penguin who has found her mate and is preparing her weight-gaining body for motherhood, storing up all that winter fat not suitable for bikinis. My belly has been so bloated lately (overeating, not exercising, eating whilst stressed) that I got all sorts of paranoid and took a pregnancy test, convinced I was preggy when rationally it wasn’t possible. It’s freakish and we’re nowhere near being ready to sacrifice our lives to a child but I can’t help but think if not NOW, then when?
I rationalize it this way: I’m just at the brink of starting my own company under updownacross. It’ll be a cultural website and event production company. I’m so new and still so broke but I’ve come as far as working on my branding, hiring an assistant, and taking up a desk at a coworking space. I figure it’s best to sacrifice a few years to a newborn NOW when I’m still figuring shit out than LATER when I’ve already figured shit out and have to stop my life in its success track for a detour on suburban housewifing. I don’t mind raising a baby whilst broke. I don’t mind raising a baby whilst struggling to manage a 24 hour work day. I don’t mind raising a baby whilst working and playing. However I WILL mind when it keeps me from making 6 figures at the point that I am. I WILL mind when it keeps me from making million dollar deals when that time comes. I WILL mind when it keeps me from recovering to a sexy body form which as you all know is harder when you’re older.
I’m nowhere near rushing. I’m just a bit hysterical. As all things do, I’m sure this will pass. Until then I’ll continue to awwwww over things like craft & design friendly wallpaper and art suitable for my future baby’s decked out room.