The life of an entrepreneur is not often dictated by conventional schedules. When other people are enjoying their weekends, we are often fitting in extra work or trying to accomplish the next thing on our to-do list.
But, but..we’re too busy! Someone’s got to do it! Work now to relax later! We’ve heard all the excuses. Heck, we’ve used all the excuses and invented a few too, but somewhere along the way, we’ve learned that it is impossible to maintain an “all work all the time” pace and keep 100% of your sanity. That’s why here at Solamar, we encourage our team to take time for themselves to enjoy activities outside of their work, especially ones that also keep us healthy and fit. It makes us happy, helps us maintain focus when we are working, and stops us from going even crazier than we already are.
Of course, everyone has a different idea of what it means to relax, and we thought it would be fun to share some of the different things we Solamarites do to get away from the work day. Maybe it’ll inspire you to step away from your computer for a minute and find some space for yourself.
“To blow off steam I love to play music, either guitar or drums. It’s the only time where I feel like I have nothing going through my brain. I can truly let go. I also like to cook and try new recipes!”
— William Bradford, Audio Engineer / Podcast Producer
“I love to ride my bike or take a walk… something that gets me out in nature (climbing a tree used to do it but I’m getting a little old for that ;) ). When that’s not possible for some reason, I’ll head to a hot shower where I can cry it out and let it rinse right off.”
— Debbie Miller, Dir. Client Relations
“I go to the health club 4-5 times a week and spend 1/2 hour to 45 minutes on the treadmill or bike. Then, I do another 1/2 hour with free weights. I am an avid reader, which really works with my health club activities. I depend on my trusty Kindle to keep me busy when I’m on the equipment. I feel terrific when I’m done. Although, I sweat profusely in our sizzling Arizona summers!”
— Sheila Stogol, Copywriter
“Well, before I had a baby, and hopefully again in the future, I used to ride my bike around Birmingham and photograph abandoned buildings and spaces, as well as local graffiti. Also, I would play keys and sing. I’m always listening to music, whether working or not. It helps me relax even when I’m not relaxing. For now though, when I’m not working, it’s baby time!”
— Sam George, Graphic Designer
“I really enjoy going to see live music, and I’m also always listening to music. I disconnect in nature and love walking, especially exploring trails. More than anything, I love to travel. Exploring is really my thing… places or ideas. Learning and experiencing anything new or different fuels me. :)”
— Monica Waugh-Benton, Account Manager
“I’m doing a boot camp workout 2x a week and I also workout with a trainer once a week. I also read and play candy crush daily. and enjoy Mexican food and margaritas every Friday!!”
— Jill Anderson, Senior Designer
“I love doing yoga, and enjoy getting outside to play in my garden and getting my hands dirty. I also love photography and am an avid Bon Appetit reader. :)”
— Amanda Goldberg, Account Manager
“LOVE hanging out with my kids at ball games. AND I love to teach classes! I teach 6 classes a week at Gold’s gym – BodyAttack, BodyPump and BodyCombat. and so far, this bump in my belly has come along for the ride… have a feeling it’s going to come out kickin’! :-) and i also love to wash the car (wax on-wax off) and clean toilets to relieve stress?! no idea why. (so when my family sees me cleaning the toilets they know to KEEP AWAY!”
— Kari Harris, Client Services Manager
“Well, I’m going to buck the trend here… I HATE exercise!! The only thing I like to do is swim, but I don’t have a pool. But I definitely have no shortage of activities to fill any spare time I might have. I love to work in my garden, where I have flowers and vegetables. I also enjoy home improvement projects; I recently remodeled my bathroom, including new floor tile, wallpaper removal, wall texture and painting! I am an avid reader and particularly enjoy hard science fiction and dystopian/apocalyptic fiction. I’m also lucky enough to live within just a few miles of most of my family, so we spend a lot of time together. I’d say my favorite thing to do, though, to get “out of my head” and remind myself that I’m not the center of the universe is to volunteer, specifically with animals. I love working directly with animals—fostering dogs in my home, walking dogs, rehabilitating sick, injured or unsocialized animals. I also work extensively with animal welfare nonprofit groups, teaching them how they can use the Internet to raise money, recruit volunteers and save more lives. By serving others, I get a better perspective on my life and the world around me.”
— Emily Garman, Systems + Design
Alright, now turn off that screen and get to the fun! Have your own favorite relaxation/fitness activity? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear it!