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 Modern Picnic Founder Ali Kaminetsky, who believes self-care is anything that makes you feel good in the moment and has gotten on board the TikTok train thanks to the pandemic.
City: New York, NY
Company: Modern Picnic, which creates chic, functional vegan leather lunchboxes for women.
First thing I do when I wake up is check emails, Modern Picnic's Instagram and our Shopify (I know checking your phone first thing is not "good" but we can't all be perfect). Then I do a a 30 minute workout — I've been loving Melissa Wood Health recently and will finish that of with a coffee and fruit. After that, I begin my workday!
The first thing I do after work:
When I wrap up the work day totally depends on what is going on that day or week. But on an ideal night, I will wrap up either by meeting a friend for dinner and a drink or by watching Netflix.
My nighttime ritual consists of a regimented skincare routine I do every night. I am definitely a night owl so I typically get into bed later than I would like to admit.
Self-care guilty pleasure:
Pre-Covid it was going to workout classes in the city. I'm not sure this counts as self-care but my guilty pleasure now has definitely been my new found interest in scrolling on TikTok watching funny videos. It's so addicting.
Workday self-care hack:
Trying to drink enough water throughout the day!
How do you define self-care?
Self-care is anything that makes me feel good in that moment.
Favorite childhood toy or hobby:
I grew up playing tennis and went on to be recruited to play Division 1 in college, where I served as the captain as a Junior. I think much of my work ethic, drive and other values I have now came from being a student athlete and from training my whole life. I would say tennis has greatly influenced what I do now, and how I lead my team.
State of your (email) inbox:
Don't ask me what the state of my inbox is right now, you don't even want to know
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