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The Best Ways to Reboot Your Independent Spirit


For most of us, the long holiday weekend means one thing: time to relax. But it’s more than just that — it’s a time to surround ourselves with friends and family (the ones who encourage us to do our best), spend some quality time outdoors, and celebrate the freedom we have to follow our dreams.

So, in honor of Independence Day and all it represents, we talked to a few inspiring bosses. It’s not easy to go off on your own and start a business — but these women have the ambition, drive and intrepid spirits to keep doing it every day. Read on for a few of the ways they get it done and what they do when the going gets tough. After all, who doesn’t love some expert advice on mind and body rebooting, especially from those who live and breathe the word “independence.”

Katherine Prescott of VoiceBrew

Katherine Prescott, Founder and CEO of VoiceBrew

“Everyone knows that startup life has a lot of ups and downs, so it’s important to find ways to manage the day-to-day stress. Journaling has been a lifesaver for me. Whenever something frustrating or disappointing happens, I acknowledge it by writing it down, including why it’s bugging me. Then I write down three things that I’m grateful for.”

Sarah Armendariz of Cosima

Sarah Armendariz, Founder and Designer of Cosima

“When I need a reset, I make a coffee date with a fellow boss lady. I choose someone who energizes and inspires me. Having a go-to woman or group of women who can empathize with the challenges of creative entrepreneurship is invaluable. The best part is, not only does it give me new energy, hopefully I have been able to give that to her as well.”

Beth Minardi, NYC Haircolor Expert and Founder of Beth Minardi Signature Shades

“When I need to escape from the non-stop noise and demands of a busy city life, I go back to nature. A walk among the trees in New York’s Central Park or a stroll through the Conservatory Garden creates a peaceful, urban vacation that boosts my mood and relaxes my spirits.”

Love White of Love & Snow

Love White, Founder and Owner of Love & Snow

“As a female entrepreneur, when faced with frustrating situations or disappointments, I recognize the stairway to success is paved with mistakes and missteps. It is the only way to learn.”

Ilana Zalika, Founder and CEO of Resound Marketing

“When I’m preparing for a presentation or big meeting, the last thing I want to think about is how my hair looks, so I leave it to the experts. I have a local salon that does $20 blowouts, so that’s my go-to. Great hair gives me extra confidence, but it’s practical too — I save a ton of time that can be better used preparing for my meeting.”

Susie Coelho of House of Sussex

Susie Coelho, Founder and Creative Director of House of Sussex

“It’s always great to celebrate little victories! I like to reward myself by buying something commemorative. It could be something to wear, a new watch or a special item. Then, while wearing it or seeing it, I think about how far I’ve come and all of the blocks I pushed through to get there.”

Jennie Yoon of Kinn Studio

Jennie Yoon, Founder and CEO of Kinn Studio

“Running a business itself is tough at times. Anytime I feel overwhelmed, I immediately step away from the desk before my shoulders are up to my ears. I’ve been meditating for several years, so I can now meditate on cue to help slow down my breathing and the rushing thoughts. It takes less than 10 minutes to get me to a happy place.”

Elin Dannerstedt of NCLA Beauty

Elin Dannerstedt, Founder of NCLA Beauty

“After a stressful day or week, I go home and I take a long bath to destress. Living in LA, I feel lucky that we have so many places to hike! I try to go 3-4 times a week before work. Something about being in nature is a stress reliever and is a perfect way to start the day! There are so many ups and downs when you own your own business, at the end of the day, I need to remember the most important things in my life are my health, family and friends and it helps put things into perspective!”

Iman Oubou of SWAAAY Media

Iman Oubou, Founder and CEO of SWAAY Media

“It’s important to listen to your body, because it will tell you when you’re hitting burnout and it will make sure you’re not on overdrive at all times. Also, sometimes you just need to travel somewhere without cell service.”

Lisa Richards, Co-Founder of RPZL

“I constantly feel like I’m about to crack from the pressure and exhaustion! But when I get messages from clients saying that I have completely changed their lives, it makes all the ridiculously hard effort I put in worthwhile.”

Harper Spero of Made Visible Podcast

Harper Spero, Host of the Made Visible podcast

“I like to schedule meetups with fellow female entrepreneurs. I feel really fortunate that I’ve connected with many incredible female entrepreneurs and podcasters who keep me motivated. I value their guidance and support and often schedule meetups with them when I need a reminder to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Alix Greenberg of ArtSugar

Alix Greenberg, Founder and CEO of ArtSugar

“Anytime I feel overwhelmed I go to yoga. It restores my energy and gives me balance so I can approach problem-solving with a clear head.”

Shahinaz Soliman, M.D., Founder of Spare My Hair

“When I feel that my tasks and thoughts are overwhelming, I run to my pen and start organizing my thoughts, trying to prioritize my goals and giving everything a date and timeline. Writing everything down relieves my mind and lets me release the thoughts into the paper.”

Sophie Trelles-Tvede of Invisibobble

Sophie Trelles-Tvede, Co-Founder of Invisibobble

“After a stressful time, I like to reboot with a freezing cold beer. It’s important to unwind and give your mind a mental break!”

Megan O’Brien, PR Professional and Founder of Dogipack

“I’m all about the ‘pay-it-forward’ approach. I try my best to keep the karma bank in business. When I have a success, I do something for someone else that is having a tough time — whether it’s treating that person to dinner or drinks or being able to help them in another way. The universe likes to help people that help people. I truly believe that.”