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 Pluto Pillow founder Susana Saeliu, whose daily restaurant breakfast has us very impressed.
Name: Susana Saeliu
City: San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA
Company: Pluto Pillow, a company that maximizes your sleep through custom sleep pillows—built to your body stats, how you sleep, and what you like.
Role: Co-founder and CEO.
Beyond the role: Car enthusiast, competitive racing, EDM fan, foodie.
The first thing I do after work:
Check Instagram! Just kidding, not kidding. Pluto is on Instagram, and I still run the page so I do checks throughout the day. I then catch up again on the day's news. I usually haven't eaten lunch so I eat a pretty large dinner. After that, it's back to working on Pluto while listening to music before bedtime. I also take time to take care of my skin (I have a whole PM skin routine that includes masking, serums, and microcurrent).
I eat between 6 and 7 PM, and usually go out to eat at a sit-down restaurant. Depending on the urgency and amount of work left for the day, I either pick something fast or take my time. I love visiting new place and trying new restaurants—new locations tend to refresh my mind and change my perspective.
Self-care guilty pleasure:
love getting microcurrent facials. I used to get them once a month, but now it's more like every two or three. In my opinion, driving a manual car with no destination to great music is a self care guilty pleasure—again, something I do almost every night in LA.
Self-care hack during the workday:
When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I shift my mindset by shifting locations. This could be as simple as moving to another desk at work, or heading downstairs to a coffee shop. I'll also open another tab and read up on people I admire. This helps me re-frame the situation. Lastly, I read about space and space travel. Hear me out: For almost every situation that seems like a big deal, it puts it in perspective to realize that what I'm "dealing" with is smaller than a speck of sand when compared to the history of the universe.
How I define self-care:
Favorite childhood toy or hobby:
I loved hot wheels, Legos, and AOL as a kid. But my absolute favorite was my barbie power wheels car that I would drive around neighborhood streets. I felt a sense of control and freedom, combined with the idea of speed.
These have definitely influenced my love of actual automobiles into adulthood, but above all, I think they've translated into a career path where I get to connect with people, create products that impact as many as possible. Because Pluto is a startup, I get that much-desired adrenaline rush everyday.
State of your (email) inbox:
My inbox is almost always at zero, meaning I have a serious addiction to email. I have different color-coded labels for each incoming email. If the email is marked unread, that means I need to respond, but I get that down to zero as soon as possible.
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Illustration by Megan Behrendt