Deepica shares her story of why she refused to buy into other people’s expectations for her life and career and the narrative that she couldn’t work and be well. Komal and Deepica also talk about what it means to build a sustainable relationship to work, and how connecting to your mission can help you build the career of your dreams.
What does it mean to live life on your own terms? When you think of your own definition and relationship to "success", what does success look like to you? Komal and Deepica talk about how people can have different definitions of success, and how our own definition of success has changed throughout our lives and careers.
When is it time to create a boundary with work? Komal shares what led her to draw a line in the sand when it came to her relationship to work and the expectations she had for herself, and how this experience completely transformed her life.
Navigating our relationship to work and wellness; Deepica shares about her wish to create space in her life to care for herself and continue to make the impact that she wants to make by having a sustainable relationship to work.
What are some things you have started doing to take care of yourself since the pandemic that are now non-negotiables? Deepica and Komal talk about the small silver linings and moments of joy that they have found from this challenging time, and how being more mindful of these moments in our lives can help us find joy.
How connecting to your "Why" can help you shift your relationship to work: Deepica shares about her "Why" for creating her brand LiveTinted, and the ways that her mission to fight colorism grounds her in her purpose every day and allows her to persevere.
When we make decisions for ourselves because they feel right, we can unleash a domino effect: How showing up for your life as fully as you posssibly can, and as rooted in your identity and needs as possible can have a bigger impact that you can imagine.
It’s pretty all-consuming at times, especially when I’m in a sprint or launch. Working away until the wee hours of the morning, sacrificing sleep, and other wellness routines was me for the first eight months of this pandemic.
I hit a few walls last year, but the biggest came at the end of December. When I started to slow down for the Holidays, I realized just how overworked and burned out I really was. It took me a few weeks to find my footing again. Those few weeks were filled with overeating, lots of TV, lots of home organizing and cleaning, and some self-reflecting. I realized something needed to change… again.
It wasn’t my first rodeo!
I’ve had to redefine my relationship to work, and change my work habits many times throughout my career -- I can so easily get sucked into overwork and an unrelenting, unsustainable pace. I think that was true for so many of us last year as we were all just trying to survive and make life and work function.
What was interesting about this January intervention for me is that the ‘bounce back’ did happen more quickly than in the past. I knew the steps to take, the self-reflection that needed to happen. I made a commitment to myself that in the year ahead I wouldn’t sacrifice my health habits (specifically working out and eating well) for work. I was firm in my convictions, and now almost five months later, I’m proud to say it’s stuck.
My health has become an anchor in my life again. Last year was a season of the ‘hustle’ as we built and launched two new programs. But this year, I decided it was time to work differently, and smarter. To anchor into the habits I knew would help me cultivate more contentment, peace, time with my husband, and time for joy.
That’s the beautiful thing about life and how we work and change -- we can decide at any given moment to take the reins and change direction. We can decide to fully embody the life we know we deserve, and not get too overwhelmed or stuck when we might occasionally regress.
This episode of Lessons Learned is about redefining our relationship to work and success. We hear from the Founder of Live Tinted, Deepica Mutyala on why she refused to buy into the narrative that she couldn’t work and be well, that she couldn’t build the company of her dreams and find joy. This episode is one you don’t want to miss.
Until next time,
Komal interviews therapist and boundaries expert, Minaa B. She teaches us to learn how to create strong boundaries and how to honour ourselves and those we love in the process. We also explore how to navigate boundaries with work, how to navigate the fear that can come when creating and sustaining boundaries.
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