This is part of a series of interviews I'm doing with creative entrepreneurs who I find inspiring. I was curious to know how they incorporate healthy habits into their work + life blend. I figured you were probably curious too, so I'm taking one for the team and having great conversations with amazing bosses so I can share them here with you. (Hard work, right?!)
My intention with these interviews is to showcase bosses NOT in the health and wellness industry and shine a light on their habits and routines that help them stay healthy as busy bosses. So, tell us a little about yourself and what industry you're in?
Hi everyone! I'm Katie the web and social media strategist behind Katie Williamsen Web & Social Media Consulting, LLC. I teach lady bosses how to be confident in their online strategy to attract loyal fans. I am also the editor of the lifestyle blog Twin Stripe, dedicated to helping fun, fabulous readers create a bright and modern lifestyle — that doesn’t cost a ton. When I'm not strategizing with clients, blogging or working her 8-to-5 hustle (Starting in August, I am transitioning to working for myself full-time.), I'm spending time with my husband, Chad, and our pup, Hobbes.
How did your health come into play when deciding that you wanted to be your own boss and start your own consulting agency?
n the spring of 2014, right after my 29th birthday, I began to experience uncontrollable sleepiness and sudden loss of muscle tone, sometimes causing me to fall down. Before I knew it, I was in the hospital having a multitude of tests run only to find out they couldn't find anything wrong with me. I was sent to a neurologist to have a sleep study done and before I knew it, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy.
Everyday I deal with feeling tired and sleepy. I am also prone to the occasional cataplexy attack. I battle a constant fog in my brain. I take medication that promotes wakefulness, but it doesn't take my urge to sleep away. While I have been working a traditional 9-to-5 job since my diagnosis, but it has been difficult to take care of myself the way I would like to because I have to keep to a pre-set schedule.
Working for myself will give me more flexibility to create a schedule that works best for my body.
As you know, my tag line is health fuels hustle. Tell us how you prioritize your health so that you can be a total boss every day?
As I transition to working for myself, I look forward to creating a schedule that will make me feel my best. I plan to use the time I typically feel most productive, early in the morning, to get work done. When working a day job, you are not able to optimize the time you work best since you have set hours.
I will also work yoga and long walks (with my pup!) in during the day. Adding physical activity into my day refreshes me and is of course good for me!
I don't follow any particular diet, but I do limit my gluten intake. I was gluten free for a long time, but my family is into craft beer and I felt left out, so I will indulge occasionally. During the day, I love snacking on fruit, veggies and raw organic almonds to keep my energy up. I always have a glass of water besides me too.
Are you the type of person who thrives on habits and routines? If so, what are your top habits that make you feel like a total boss?
I do have a morning routine that I enjoy. I kick off my day with a tall glass of water with lemon juic. It's refreshing and I get 1/6 of my daily vitamin C, antioxidants and more. ext, I take Hobbes for a leisurely early morning walk. I use the time for brainstorming and listening to my favorite podcasts. I then make a healthy breakfast for my husband and me and write in my gratitude journal.
I fully believe that indulging in less-than healthy-behaviors once in awhile can be part of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. What is your number one less-than-healthy indulgence?
I certainly believe in a well-rounded lifestyle and enjoying things with family and friends is key. Even though I limit my gluten intake, I will enjoy a craft beer or a piece of birthday cake. I will also indulge in a Netflix marathon on occasion. I enjoy watching everything from Orange is the New Black to Friends to Making a Murderer to The Mindy Project.
Are there any Katie Williamsen health tips that you want to spread the word about?
Get enough sleep! It is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Adults need 7+ hours of sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain, depression, high blood pressure and more. Everyone needs more sleep education, especially doctors. Start here if you want to learn more about sleep.
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