Last week I attended the Eugene Young Professionals Summit. “Elevate” was the theme of this year’s Summit which focused on ways we can elevate ourselves, our community, and put it into action.
The conference was an all-day event with two keynote speakers, small-group activities, and several workshops. The first keynote speaker was 3-time Olympic Gold-medalist Ashton Eaton. Afterwards, I attended workshops on entrepreneurship, diversity, and finding a healthy work-life balance. Eugene native and founder of Barre3 Sadie Lincoln was the closing speaker.
The Summit resonated with me so well because it was about more than just professional development. All of the speakers and workshops focused on the big picture— establishing a working lifestyle that’s not only enjoyable, but sustainable. Working smarter not harder was a reoccurring theme. And the importance of discovering and utilizing our unique talents was emphasized over and over again.
Young professionals are always looking for more. More knowledge, more money, more prestige… the list goes on. It’s easy to forget about ourselves and our relationships along the way. It’s the classic example of putting on our own oxygen mask before we help others. In order to give the best we can to our communities and to our world we must take care of ourselves first.
Creating a Healthy Balance
I have never taken a Barre3 class before. I usually write-off any of those boutique fitness classes because they don’t quite fit in my budget. Because I listened to talks by both Eugene Barre3 owner and the founder of Barre3, there was a big emphasis on the founding principles of Barre3. All of the guidelines are more than just a fitness regime, they speak to living a well-rounded, healthier and more balanced life.
Sadie Lincoln shared her story from working in the fitness industry to eventually creating Barre3. She was fed up with the fitness industry and it’s rigid rules. Sadie followed every fitness rule exactly, including restrictive diets and supplements. Despite living “perfectly,” she was the unhealthiest she had ever been. “I didn’t fail the fitness industry, the fitness industry failed me,” she said.
Sadie realized that restrictive dieting and exercise was not the answer to establish a meaningful life, so she founded Barre3, an all-encompassing lifestyle rather than another rigid fitness plan.
Here are the foundations of Barre3 and some tips on including them into our daily life.
The first founding principle of the Barre3 program is to sit less and move more.
Some tips: Participate in movement that brings you JOY! It doesn’t have to be a 1 hour strenuous workout everyday, although it certainly can be. It can be walking, dancing, stretching, roller-blading, scootering… anything you love!
Keep moving throughout the day! Your mind and body will thank you.
In high school and college, it seemed like the cool thing to do was to get as little sleep as possible. I’d often hear friends and colleagues talking about how they pulled an all nighter to study or finish a paper. Unfortunately, it’s not much different in the professional world. Sleep is the first to go for so many people when life gets busy, but it’s exactly the opposite of what we need to THRIVE!
Some tips: Make your room a sleep-haven. Keep it special for sleep and make it a no-phone zone. Have a dress code for bed. Even just the act of changing into sleep clothes signals to your brain that it’s time for bed.
Nourish the Body
Like movement and sleep, nourishing our bodies with the right amount and types of foods is among the first things to go when life gets busy and stressful. It’s so important to be literally fueling our bodies so that they can accomplish hard work and remain strong.
Some tips: Plan ahead. Have nourishing (like fruits & veggies) and satisfying (like chocolate & ice cream) foods prepped and ready so that you can make choices that feel good to you. Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Be aware of what your body wants so that you can fuel it accordingly. Read more about intuitive eating here!
A life with a lot of success, but zero relationships would be pretty sad. Who would we share all of our accomplishments with? Establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and the world.
Tips: make time for loved ones. Invite a coworker to take a snack or walk break with you (something I need to get better at). Call your mom, dad, grandma, brother, etc. Make time for the people that matter most to you. It’ll never a waste of time.
Step away from the daily grind to reflect inward and breathe.
Tips: Meditate. Read my tips on starting a morning routine. Close your eyes. Breathe. Journal. Pray. Use a mantra (one of Sadie’s favorite practices). Do whatever quiets the inner chatter and allows you to find stillness.
The work we do in our communities and our own personal lives is important. In order for us to give 100%, we have to take care of ourselves by prioritizing movement, sleep, nourishment, relationships, and stillness. The Eugene Young Professionals Summit did a fantastic job of balancing out the professional with the life.
I’m looking forward to elevating my community by giving my 100% and having the courage to do so.
How can you elevate yourself and your community?
Have you ever taken a Barre3 class before? I can’t wait to go to my first one!
Leave me a message in the comments! Have a great weekend, everybody. Go out there and spread some light, kindness and love.