We had the good fortune of connecting with Ivanna Casado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ivanna, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
During 2020, many of us were forced to accept, adjust and evolve to find balance. When we are no longer in control of our external circumstances, we have no other choice than to search within and activate our inner powers. We tend to think about balance as something that we must add to or take from to find that peaceful, happy center. But I think that 2020 taught us to look inward and create space within to find the balance and inner peace that we originally sought. To me, balance means exercising daily practices that allow us to minimize stress, regulate our emotions, honor and validate our values needs and reinforce our judgement. Balance means to mindfully monitor your attention, thoughts, emotions, behaviors and actions in a way that allows you to stay consistent with your professional / personal goals and boundaries. To find that work-life balance, you have no choice other than to get to know yourself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Something I really love about my job is being able to bring happiness to the workplace. After personally experiencing burnout as a top media executive, I realize that had I the right tools to manage my thoughts, emotions, and distractions at work, I would have learned how to build sustainable success – the long term success I once craved in my corporate career. In this environment of uncertainty and volatility, I feel that it is key to learn new, result-oriented tools that can help you persevere and endure when you feel that you just want to quit. My mindfulness-based executive training programs provide my clients with practical strategies on how to master their attention, develop emotional agility, and work smarter, not harder. Last year brought awareness to the fact that we are responsible for our experiences in life. Every day, we get to choose what it takes to live a purposeful life. I am grateful to be in a position to help executives and entrepreneurs who have realized that they needed help to develop their own self-mastery so they could rise to the levels of success they set for themselves. Building sustainable success in your career journey is a challenge. But knowing how to develop the potential to master yourself when you are no longer in control of your life’s circumstances is a key element of sustaining success.
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.
At this point in my life, I would like to invite my best friend to join me in the journey of self-discovery. We tend to be externally-focused. I think that now more than ever, it is important to look inward and create the space to connect with our inner sources of power. We can also find a light and fun amusement destination within ourselves. We just need to take the time to visit more often. My ideal destinations to promote introspection, reflection and inner connection are: yoga, meditation,sound baths, spas. Here are a few of my favorites places : Insight LA, Shambhala,The Soundbath Center, The Now for Day Spa and The Gratitude Cafe to eat healthy and mindfuly. 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?
Sarah McLean MMI Mindful