How I Thrive: Medsur Inc CEO and Founder Sammie Hasen

How I Thrive: Medsur Inc CEO and Founder Sammie Hasen

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 Medsur Inc Founder Sammie Hansen, who has an excellent definition of self-care and whole-heartedly believes in sitting down for every meal distraction-free.

Name: Sammie Hansen 

City: Atlanta, Georgia

Age: 22

Company: Medsur Inc., a company creating a suite of innovative products for uterus owners that increase functionality and usability of products on the market today.

Role: Founder and CEO

Beyond the role:   I am a fourth year biomedical engineering undergraduate student at Georgia Tech graduating this December.


I wake up around 9 a.m. every day, and the first thing I do is my morning workout routine. The routine is 50 leg lifts, 45 bicep curls, 45 front tricep curls, 20 back tricep curls. After my workout, I brush my teeth and take a shower, then I sign on to my computer to check my calendar for the day along with my emails.
I start to make my first meal of the day around 11 a.m., and that normally consists of a protein on a salad, or eggs, protein, and a veggie. After I eat, I check on my school schedule to ensure I am up to date on that work as well. I typically dedicate 6 hours a day to school and 6 to work, but once it's summer, I get to focus only on work.


During the school year, I would say I wrap up around 10 p.m. and then watch TV with my family. When I don't have school, I get to wrap up around 7 p.m., and I take the dogs on a walk with my family and hang out with my friends.


I typically start preparing my meal at 5 p.m., and I try to always cook my food at home at least during the week. I reserve the weekends for going out with my friends, so during the week I cook myself and eat healthy meals.


I really enjoy television, specifically watching anything related to drag. My unwinding consists of watching episodes of Rupaul's Drag Race and videos of drag on Youtube. I typically start my unwinding around 8PM after I have finished my work after dinner. I like to watch a bit of TV before I shower, and then I brush my teeth and watch some more drag videos. Some nights I will get to hang out with my friends to unwind, but since moving home for the summer it is a bit trickier to schedule that out.


I would have to say it is eating oreos haha! It is my favorite junk food, and I don't get to eat them all the time, but sometimes after a tough day I will have a few.


I like to sit down and enjoy my meals without any work distractions, so when I am eating I get to focus on eating. 


Self-care to me is identifying actions and thoughts that rejuvenate your mental health and then coming up with actionable steps to make them happen.


My favorite childhood toy was this little remote-controlled, Spongebob Squarepants themed racetrack. I would play with it all of the time, but it tended to break a lot whether it was dead batteries or the car flipped off the track. It was a time where I was able to identify problems and find solutions. Weirdly enough, this toy ignited the passion I have for problem solving because the quicker I found a solution, the quicker I was back to having fun!


I am an avid email user. I check my email probably every 30 minutes, so I never have unread mail for too long. I respond very quickly, and I tend to star or flag important emails.

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