Balancing work and working out
An entrepreneur's perspective
Meet Ariane. She is friendly, energetic and determined in every aspect of her life. She kicks butt running OVRGRND - her social media and marketing business, is a guest blogger for OHelloBeauty, has presented at a number of networking events and entrepreneur workshops, and somehow finds the time to stay uber fit through it all. We caught up with her at her office in Montreal where she shared with us some of the ups and downs of owning her own business and how she finds the time to work out. Check out the video below and read on!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Ariane, I am the co-owner and social media strategist at the OVRGRND agency. We help Canadian businesses build large online persona using content creation, photography, video, and really take over their social media personality.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I typically try to come in from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm – that’s my dream schedule but it doesn’t always work out that way. My day can go from a photo shoot to meetings with clients, sometimes I’m on my computer all day, sometimes I’m not at the office at all, sometimes I’m in Boucherville for a press conference. It really depends on what my clients have going on and how they need me involved at the time. If I don’t have meetings until noon then I’ll probably go to the gym – there’s a class at 7:00 am. If I do have meetings then I’ll come straight to the office - I like to come in an hour before my employees do, around 7:30 or 8:00 am. If I didn’t go to the gym in the morning I try to go at lunch, that way I have a second round of energy in the afternoon.
What are the best and worst parts of owning your own business?
The best part of owning my own business would be having fun every day. Sometimes it’s super stressful, but at one point during the day we will joke around. Another thing is feeling empowered by people wanting to know more about what you have to say and feeling like my word means something to them. And in the same way, having the power to give a voice to my employees. They value my opinion and I have to make sure that I value what they’re showing me. It’s a really awesome feeling when I can feel that they appreciate what I have to say to them.
The worst part is that every problem is your problem. You can never push it to someone else. You want to take care of it, but sometimes it’s hard to take a step back and not to overdo it. You always want to take the work further and it’s really hard to sometimes say that’s it, this is where we’re going to end it.
What does it mean for you to engage in a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle to me is from mental to physical to what I eat, everything I do. It all goes together. My physical health helps my mental health, and then of course, if I don’t eat well, I don’t go to the gym, and I don’t feel good, and I feel more tired. It’s about keeping that cycle alive.
When I wake up in the morning I try to meditate and get my day together. I use apps like headspace to clear my mind and start fresh and in a happy mood.
And the physical aspect really allows me to disconnect – I’m so focused during my workouts that everything that seemed to matter so much, after an hour of working out I feel like I can figure it all out.
It sounds like you have a pretty hectic schedule, so how do you find that balance between putting all of yourself into your work but also being able to workout?
I feel like because I’m an entrepreneur I have this blessing that if I have a meeting on Crescent street I can go do a workout for an hour then come back. I make sure to include at least 4 days of workouts or else I bring my clothes here and at 5:00 pm when my employees are gone I’ll go run a 10 K. I make sure to make it happen because I know if I don’t it will really affect my mood and how organized I am. People say I’m crazy to go to the gym at 7:00 am, but for me it puts me in a good mood.
You seem pretty motivated to workout – what advice would you give someone who isn’t as motivated or having difficulties starting?
A piece of advice I would give is that no one out there is judging you. Give yourself a break because you’re really hard on yourself and no one else has those expectations. Once you go to the gym, you go at your own pace and no one cares at all. It’s about doing the best you can. Compete with no one but yourself and you’re going to see results in no time.
Ariane is wearing the Dharma Bums Mesh Sports Bra in black and high-waist Tropical Nights leggings.
Photography and Video footage: Vincent Lemelin.