If you've been following along for a few months, you've already seen Gloria's beautiful face modeling the Slow Down scarf on our site. It should go without saying at this point that we're interested in "more than just pretty faces" here at Two Eggs, so we always feature real ladies who inspire us to do better and be better versions of ourselves. Gloria and I met through a fantastic women's networking group and immediately decided to work together on the lookbook for Slow n' Steady. She has done a little bit of everything in her career, and we immediately connected over our tendency to say yes to trying a-bajillion new things all the time, whether in work, life, or love. In her career thus far, she's already successfully worked as a photographer, stylist, writer, and marketer, to name just a few of the titles she can add to her linkedin profile. Take one look at her website, and you totally get it; this girl can literally do anything and that's super inspiring. We were able to sit her down for a few minutes to chat about how she maintains a clear head and a sense of balance in her every day while she's building her business as a do-it-all-er.
Tell us a story: when was a time you consciously made a decision to slow down and how did you pump the brakes?
Towards the end of this summer I found myself pretty burnt out. I hadn’t had a real vacation in three years so I took a week off and went to Portland, Maine with my boyfriend. We explored the city, hiked, and I went to my first drive-in movie (which was as wonderful as I thought it would be). I needed some time to really take advantage of being “Out of Office.” After that, I felt refreshed and excited to get back to work.
What signs have you learned to recognize when you start spinning out of control? What advice can you share on how to identify these signs?
When I can’t focus on enjoying my life outside of work because I keep thinking about my to-do list, I know I’m overwhelming myself. When that happens, I regroup and think about what needs to or can change. Did I say yes to things I should’ve passed on? Am I trying to please too many people? Am I using my time wisely? Where is there flexibility in my schedule so I can buy myself some extra time to complete these tasks?
Do you have a mantra? How does it keep you centered and focused on what’s important?
Done is better than perfect. I think about that a lot. The perfectionist in me can get hung up on making sure everything is just-so. Now, when I’m spending too much time on something, I think of this and move on.
What’s important to you? How has it changed over time?
My family is important to me; feeling challenged and like I’m growing, always exercising my mind, being in nature. I’ve found that my priorities haven’t changed all that much, I’ve just become more aware over time how I’m responsible for making sure the things that are important to me are constantly present in my life.
Is there a quote, a piece of art, a book, a story, an article that changed your perception of how quickly you need to be accomplishing things or how quickly in reality you actually can accomplish things?
Funny enough, there’s this meme that helped me to be okay the level of accomplishment I’ve achieved at my age. It just states where in their careers Oprah, Tina Fey, J.K. Rowling, and Walt Disney were at age 23, and they were not in the iconic places we now know them for. Being reminded that success doesn’t have to explode overnight in your early 20s - it can simmer, slow and steady, and catch later - helps me to not be so hard on myself at 25. I, and we, have time.
So there you have it. She says it herself. Take it slow and steady and you'll have way more fun getting where you want to go. Join our #girlgang by signing up for our email newsletter.