When you’re working on a big project (such as your website), it’s easy to become so “in it” that you aren’t even sure if your words make sense any longer. You get to the point where the screen gets a bit fuzzy and you find yourself checking social media, your favorite online store or, if you’re a sports guy like Davey, ESPN.
If you find yourself in that spot, it might be time to take a mental break.
And while sure, you could flip on social media or turn on the latest Netflix series you’re watching, we’ve found that we never really feel refreshed after staring at a screen.
If you head over to the post I wrote about Why Reading Fiction is Good for Your Bottom Line, you’ll read stats about humans only being able to focus for ninety minutes at a time and TV stimulating brains (instead of encouraging rest).
We asked our team to share about the ways they stay energized and refreshed.
Alex Lucas – Web Designer
If you’ve talked to Alex for more than a few minutes, you’ll likely pick up on the fact that he loves plants. Just one look at his personal Instagram will tell you that he’s gifted with more than a green thumb when it comes to growing plants (would that be a green hand?) Alex is the one we call when we have a failing plant or we need help identifying something. The (plant) nursery is his happy place.
Alex also recently started throwing pottery and every week it seems like he’s posting a new batch of mugs, plates, cups and of course, planters.
And when we’re not in the midst of a pandemic, Alex and his family are avid travelers.
Sara Metzger – Brand Designer
Our brand designer Sara the BEST gift giver and deal finder. Our team regularly asks her to share what she’s gifting her kids for Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, etc. because she always manages to find the cutest, most meaningful items. Sara’s design talent also extends to her home and the amazing parties she throws for her kids. You can count on Sara to never miss a holiday. If Halloween were a competition, Sara would win. Every year.
Sara also loves running and biking in her hometown of Severna Park, Maryland (while listening to true crime podcasts, of course)!
Emily Furnival – Admin
Emily regularly amazes us by showing up to a meeting in a sweater she knit herself. And I’m not talking about the ones that look a bit granny-ish, I’m talking about sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens that could 100% be sold at Madewell, J. Crew or any other trendy store.
Emily is also a fellow fiction lover and read thirty nine books in 2019!
Renee Dickerson – Support
You might remember Renee from her recent podcast episode with us. In addition to being a Mama to Roman, a photographer and a part of our team, Renee is also an avid world traveler. We joke on the podcast episode that she has pretty much been everywhere. South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Egypt, Iceland, Morocco, Spain… You name a country and Renee has probably been there.
Renee and her family recently moved to the sunny Palm Beach so these days you’ll often find her enjoying the beautiful beaches with her family. Picnics, walks, standup paddleboard… We continuously tell her how we should have chosen Florida over these (still snowy) Virginia mountains.
Sam – Web Designer
Sam and his wife call Richmond, Virginia home. In addition to being one of our website designers, Sam and Petie are also wedding photographers. On (non-wedding) weekends and days off, you’ll often find Sam hunting, fishing and exploring the woods with his Brittany Spaniel, Scout. Working out at the gym and travel with Petie (Iceland or Thailand anyone?) also help Sam stay energized and well rested.
And while this may not be quite as restful, Sam is also staying busy with house renovations. We’re super impressed with his renovation skills because anything involving a saw typically has us calling our contractor!
Kate Malla – Admin
The newest member of our team, Kate, calls Virginia Beach home. And like Renee, even in the winter, you’ll find her walking the beach with her family (although we bet Renee is a LOT warmer on her walks!) Running, hiking (with a toddler in tow) and being outdoors help Kate stay refreshed and energized.
Krista – Designer
Before having Jack, Davey and I were known to take several long walks a day when we needed a mental break (sometimes up to 6 miles a day). But these days, living in the mountains with a toddler have made walks a little more challenging (we haven’t even used our stroller since we arrived.) Not to mention we don’t have quite as much time as we used to.
Like Alex, I love working in our garden. Well, at the time of this writing we have yet to plant a garden in this new house, but rest assured I have a plan for filling all of the spaces around our house. Climbing roses, peonies, hydrangea, lavender…
If you read the blog post I liked to above, you also probably picked up on the fact that I’m a big fan of reading fiction (it’s how I end my days). And about a year and a half ago I took an acrylic painting class and it’s become a favorite past time.
If you’ve listened to the podcast before or read any of Davey’s posts about saying productive or Getting Out of a Rut, you likely know that Davey is a big proponent of the midday nap. He’s in good company as Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Aristotle, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan and more were all known to be avid nappers.
Good books, long runs, cycling, lifting and most recently, pickle-ball also keep Davey’s mind alert throughout the day. And yes, I did say “pickleball” (just like your grandparents!)
We polled our Facebook Community as well and gardening, watching old movies, bird watching, Target trips, yoga, dancing, cooking and listening to podcasts. If you have a fun way you stay energized, we would love for you to comment below!