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 Savannah Rae Beauty founder Savannah St. Jean, who is all about lots of snacks, Netflix, and ridiculously hot baths in the name of winding down.
City: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Company: Savannah Rae Beauty, a full service salon that not only offers some of the top in-salon talent in the area, but also offers premium on-location services for weddings and special events.
Role: Founder & CEO
Beyond the role: Mother of 3 (10, 7, and 4), wife to my spouse of 12 years, an oil painting hobbyist, foodie and a Canadian who found home in Florida.
The first thing I do after work:
After dinner, it’s time to tackle homework and bath time with the kids. We get them settled into their rooms to wind down from the day about half an hour before it’s lights out. Once the kids are out for the night, Scott and I will bring out a boat load of snacks for ourselves and put on our non-kid friendly shows to wind down throughout the evening. We usually get to bed around 10 p.m.
Self-care guilty pleasure:
While my kids are settling in their rooms before bed, I have a soak in a ridiculously hot bath (Is it even a hot bath if your skin isn’t red when you get out?). It helps me relax from the day, and I’ll take this time to mess around on my iPad researching random things I have on my mind, reading a book, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.
Workday self-care hack:
I’d be lying if I said I had this one figured out. I struggle to self-care while working. But when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed and I need to bring myself back to a good, grounded place; I will try to step outside, even for just five minutes. Just five minutes of fresh air, silence, and time to meditate yourself back to a good place mentally really helps keep you going strong.
How do you define self-care?
Self-care is what I do to find balance and keep my energy in a positive state. If my soul feels out of balance — anxious, stressed, depressed, sad, angry, overwhelmed, short-tempered — I know I need to focus on finding time for some more self-care.
Favorite childhood toy or hobby:
I was obsessed with Barbies. Looking back, it was no wonder I ended up in the industry I did. I remember as a kid, my younger brother Cody (who was about 5 at the time) built a huge barbie mansion for me with my grandfather. I treasured that thing for a lifetime. It was so special to me. And my grandmother would painstakingly sew me full wardrobes of barbie clothes. How she did such detailed work, I’ll never know!
State of your (email) inbox:
Currently, I have 68 emails waiting for me. It kills me every time I see that number. I do, however, leave some emails marked as unread so that they don’t accidentally fall through the cracks, but I definitely prefer the number of emails waiting for me to be much lower than that.
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