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 We Read Too founder Kaya Thomas, who has a refreshing approach to work form home life and loves the occasional mac and cheese indulgence.
City: Oakland, CA
Company: We Read Too, a mobile directory of diverse titles for kids and teens.
Beyond the role: I'm an avid reader!
I wake up at around 7:30 a.m. and usually spend the first 45 minutes just relaxing, whether that means reading or catching up on phone notifications. After that I usually work out for 30 minutes to an hour with either a ride on the Peloton or a strength workout. When my workout is done, I'll shower, eat breakfast and get ready to start any meetings for the day, usually starting off with a daily team standup.
The first thing I do after work:
My husband and I rotate who cooks dinner, so whoever is on will usually cook dinner around 7 p.m., and we eat together when it's done. We cook at home most nights and order in maybe once or twice a week.
I've tried to get really intentional about my nighttime routine because I've been having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. About 45 minutes to an hour before bed, I try to get off any screens, do my skincare routine, and get into bed to read a book. I bought a salt lamp, too, so I'm not exposed to too much light before sleeping.
Workday self-care hack:
Self-care guilty pleasure:
Food! I don't think we should have guilt around food, but everything is in moderation. Sometimes I'll indulge in something super sweet or really savory, like cookies or mac n cheese.
How I define self-care:
I think self-care is any non-toxic way to care for yourself that feels good to you. So a self-care routine shouldn't be detrimental to your physical or mental health, but anything besides those extremes should be defined by the person.
Favorite childhood toy or hobby:
State of your (email) inbox:
I got access to Basecamp's new email platform, and I'm hooked. It's completely changed how I interact with my email. I used to try to get to inbox zero, but could never sustain it.
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