Tips for living a balanced life with Jessie
Get to know the women who run 31 Bits! Over the next couple of months, we’re sharing stories, tips, recipes and more from the Bits Girls. Naturally, we’d start with our inspirational Co-Founder, Jessie Alexander (she recently got married, so her name changed!)
Jessie is our Co-Founder and Brand Director at 31 Bits. She oversees the overall brand, and how sales and marketing feed off of each other (but has her hands in pretty much everything!)
Her schedule is packed, and to-do list is endless, but she has found ways to incorporate the things that fuel her into her daily schedule. She makes herself close her computer and connect with those around her. Perhaps a fully-balanced life isn’t completely realistic for an entrepreneur, but we sat down with Jessie to find out what steps she’s taking to get there.
“One of the most difficult parts of being an entrepreneur is that you never stop thinking about your job. 31 Bits is my baby, and it’s an amazing company to be a part of, but if I’m only thinking about my job, where is my creativity coming from?”
How to Live a Balanced Life
1. Carve out time for friends
I would say the most important part about living a balanced lifestyle is really carving out time for friends. My husband and I have friends over for dinner a couple nights each week where we scrounge up whatever is in our fridge and talk about the good and bad parts of each other’s days. I think it’s so important to have an honest, transparent community that you don’t feel like you have to impress.
We’re also lucky to have a lot of creative friends… from graphic designers, to photographers, to musicians, to other entrepreneurs. We are constantly being challenged and encouraged by our friends.
2. Give back to your community
The work 31 Bits is doing in Uganda and Bali is amazing, but on a day-to-day level, I don’t get to be directly part of that. A few years back, I wanted an outlet to serve my own community, so my husband and I got involved with an organization that helps the homeless in Costa Mesa. Yes it adds more to my schedule, but it makes our lives less about us and our own comfort, and more about living “outward focused.”
I don’t say all this to toot my own horn, but to encourage people to get to know the needs in their own community and play a part in making it better.
3. Healthy eating
I think it starts with finding what works for you. My husband and I are obsessed with our Vitamix, and we make smoothies and juices pretty much every day. By the end of the week we’re literally throwing whatever is left in our fridge into a blender and then drinking it… doesn’t always taste great, but the vitamins are there! (bonus: it’s a self-cleaning blender). We also try to eat at home as much as possible, cooking simple veggie/protein based meals.
4. Exercise (even if it’s only a couple times a week)
I have never been a runner. I always claimed I’d never be able to run longer than a mile at once, but I made it a goal to run 365 miles in 2018. Setting a goal like that, which was achievable but challenging (for me at least) brought structure and balance to my life. On days I ran, I was more scheduled, disciplined, and ate better. (side note: she reached her goal days before Christmas!)