Give us 5 tips for creating work life balance.
- The most important relationship is the one with yourself. Never let work get in the way of that.
- Find meaning in your work, even if it is not your dream job or your passion, find something in it that expands your existence. If you can’t, change your job!
- If you can, try not to allow your work to become your identity. I have fallen victim to this, and if you decide it’s time for a change you will go through an identity crisis! So, remember that who you are is not what you do for work.
- Always make time for fun.
- Get enough sleep.
You have spoken at a TED Talk about what highlining taught you about fear, intuition, and the self-transformation arising from such experiences. Please elaborate them for us.
I suppose what it taught me is still an ongoing journey. The self is ever evolving, so how can we ever truly know who we are? At some point I found meaning in the idea that the world is alive and aware, and we are a part of it. Therefore, the choices we make and the paths we take are alive and will respond to us. The ego is that constant mind chatter that tries to distract us from the path we are on, but if we can let it chatter without letting it consume us, we can better understand where we are going.
Share the challenges that female athletes face. What’s your word of advice on dealing with them?
Female athletes are challenged by lack of representation. It is far less documented. The value system women are supposed to adhere to for representation focuses far more on the appearance of the female athlete rather than her accomplishments. It is not enough to be strong, one must also be sellable. In many sports, women are a minority compared to men, and they must face the challenges associated with that. I think the best advice I can give is to stay true to your motivation, and if you can, find other women to collaborate with. The solidarity between female athletes is wonderful, inspiring, and motivating.