How I Thrive takes an inside look at founders, entrepreneurs and leaders and the behind-the-scenes self-care work they do to in order to live balanced, happy lives. Today's edition is with Aunt Flow founder Claire Coder, who believes in the power of a really good pen and teachers zumba on the side.
Name: Claire Coder
City: Columbus, Ohio and New York, NY
Company: Aunt Flow, a company that ensures everyone has access to basic necessities when they need them.
Role: Founder & CEO
Beyond the role: Zany cookie eater, zumba instructor, real estate investor, wild risk taker.
Snooze once, jump out of bed, listen to Robinhood Snacks Daily while I get ready — it's always a race to get dressed and ready by the time this 15 minute podcast ends — pack my lunch up, waltz out the door to the office.
The first thing I do after work:
After work? What is that? Hah!
As a coupon clipper, it's standard for me to buy food on the cheap and meal prep on Sundays. I eat between meetings ... and sometimes during meetings. You will often find me chewing on something.
Before I call an end to my day, I ensure I have a list of goals to achieve for the next day. A workout has been completed by that time as well, my alarm is set, and I fall asleep in an instant.
Self-care guilty pleasure:
Painting my toenails.
Buy yourself some nice pens. It is really delightful to pick up a pen and know that it will work all the time.
How I define self-care:
Ikigai, which is a Japanese concept that's all about finding the intersection of what you're good at and what you love.
Favorite childhood toy or hobby:
State of your (email) inbox:
Never more than 20 unread.
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Illustration by Megan Behrendt