LIFE + ME’S MINI INTERVIEW WITH KAROLINA, FOUNDER OF SELFISH DARLING…
Karolina founded her business Selfish Darling with the understanding that being selfless is a major part of most woman’s daily life. Juggling all aspects of professional and personal life, we often spend a lot of energy on other people: working for others, taking care of others and caring about others. She wanted to create a space (and tools) where you’re allowed to be selfish; recharge your energy, shift your focus and just be. Spending time on nurturing yourself to then have more love and energy to give back. The Selfish Darling Gratitude Journal is packed full of exercises and tools to help you do just that.
We caught up with Karolina to find out how she nourishes and fuels her mind:
WHAT’S YOUR MISSION?
My mission is to empower women and help them through various stages of life. Life is not straight forward and all of us go though ups and downs.
Two years ago I went through a really tough period and I lost a sense of purpose. I was desperate for a change and needed support but couldn’t find anywhere to go so I decided to quit my job and book a oneway ticket to Bali! I hoped for a change by taking a step back from all my commitments and by giving myself time to reflect on my life and what really matters to me.
After stepping away from the London life of working long hours and burning the candle at both ends, I realised I wasn’t the only one and recognised a need for a support system for women in particular. As women we go through so many stages in life all affecting us both physically with hormonal changes and mentally through various pressures. I knew that if I could just help one woman with guidance and support I would feel that I’d succeeded.
This was the starting point of Selfish Darling. Selfish Darling is a platform that is aimed at all the hard working businesswomen, mothers, girlfriends, aunts and sisters. It’s a place that you’re allowed to be selfish; recharge your energy, shift your focus and just be. We are growing quickly and I’m overwhelmed with all the love and amazing feedback we get daily from our customers and readers. My goal is to be the number one global platform helping women strengthen their self-confidence and mental health through various offerings and tools.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The beauty of life is that inspiration is everywhere, we are constantly exposed to inspiration provided we are open enough to see and engage with it!
However, I want to emphasise on my truest of inspirations, the one I also feel needs the most attention, WOMEN. I’m inspired by fellow business women constantly working towards a more levelled playing field, by the products and services fronted by women who feel we’ve got more to give. I’m inspired by women that dare to go their own way and never give up. I’m inspired by the strength that sits inside all of us and what our body and mind are capable of. Us women are goddam amazing!
HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN EMOTIONAL WELLBEING?
I start each morning with a short mediation session where I put on relaxing music and try to ‘just be’. This helps me to start off the day in the best possible way.
Throughout the day I try to avoid external factors that affect my inner space as much as possible. Naturally, it’s impossible to shut out all the noise and sometimes you do take things personally but I try to always say to myself “what makes this person’s opinion more valuable than mine?” Never let someone else’s opinion become your reality.
After a long busy day, I take 15 minutes to wind down and reflect over my day by filling out Selfish Darling Gratitude Journal. It makes me grounded and reminds me of how much I have in life to be thankful for. It’s so easy to take things for granted, especially in this fast-paced society. Practising Gratitude helps me appreciate what’s now.
WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE SELF-CARE TIP?
Practicing Gratitude. It’s more powerful than you would think. It truly changed my life.
WHAT’S IN YOUR WELLBEING TOOLKIT?
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL MANTRA ?
I’m at peace with my past, I’m in love with my present, I’m excited for my future.
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