We had the good fortune of connecting with Cat Aldana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cat, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
There are 3 habits I feel have helped me succeed the most: 1.) Having a daily morning practice. This includes yoga, meditation, working out, journaling and sitting in silence. Some mornings I do all of these things, and some mornings I do one or two. I aim to have my morning practice at least 20 minutes and will have it be longer if I have the time. I use a variety of the tools listed above to inspire me, create a positive mindset, and feel energized for the day. 2.) Seeking support and mentorship. My default is to do things on my own, but once I learned to ask for help and seek the expertise of those who know more than me – my business and my life skyrocketed. I make it a habit to always have a meeting on my calendar with someone who can guide or teach me something in the area that I am curious about. 3.) Doing one thing at a time. I make it a point to exist in silence for most of my day doing one task at a time. For example if I’m writing emails, I am just writing emails – I don’t have music in the background, all my notifications are off and I’m not doing anything else but that. I also practice this with household chores. If I’m folding laundry, I try to just fold laundry and not watch tv at the same time. This helps me build my ability to concentrate and focus my attention which I believe is a skill you can develop and strengthen.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When it comes to yoga, meditation + spirituality, what sets me apart from others is my ability to distill esoteric principles and philosophies into relatable, fun, down-to-earth experiences and practices. I get the most excited when someone tells me that something I’ve said or taught them has completely shifted how they act in everyday life effortlessly and in a positive way. I love witnessing the way people light up when they learn something new and helpful or see something in a whole new light. I got to where I am today by starting my business before I was ready. I learned that you must continually embrace the belief that you gotta “jump first and the net will appear” – you can’t wait to feel ready, you’ll never feel “ready,” you gotta do things while you’re scared. It’s the only way I’ve found progress works. If there were one thing I’d like the world to know about me it’s that I truly believe that it’s when we ~relax~ that answers come, things flow easily and life starts to make more and more sense.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first place I’d take a friend in LA is Gracias Madre in West Hollywood for a looong brunch with any of their signature cocktails (with tequila! – keep ’em coming!) At some point, if we’re feeling up for it, I’d offer doing a workout at either The Class by Taryn Toomey or The NW Method by Nicole Winhoffer – love a good sweat! And of course, I’d recommend renting a car – a convertible perhaps 🙂 – and driving around, checking out LA architecture and hitting the beach!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my husband Mike Sager. Without his love and support, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Starting your own business and working for yourself creates a lot of opportunity for self-doubt, insecurity, and uncertainty, but he helps me get through those tough days and find my inner confidence when I lose it. Also – he’s damn good with anything that can be better systemized through an Excel sheet and that is just not my skill set haha, so I’m grateful I can ask him for help with some stuff like that. Thanks Mike!
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