Q. If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell yourself?
Remember, these pains in life are not meant to break you down for the sake of breaking you down, but like a muscle exercising at the gym, we break down to build back up. Believe in and trust the process.
Q. What do you have going on that you’d like to share?
Being an essential healthcare worker during the pandemic and witnessing and experiencing the rampant burnouts and political divisions inspired me to write a book. I compiled a collection of interviews-turned narrative stories about the vastly different, yet universally relatable experiences of real people during the time of Covid-19. Each story carries a poignant relatable theme reminding us of the importance of empathy during a time of normalized division. Despite our differences and seemingly polarizing beliefs, it’s our human experiences that allow us common ground and ultimately, can best be felt in perspective of one another.
Q. Do you have a mantra or phrase you live by? What is it?
I have many that I live by, but two that always resonate with me are:
“If you want to improve, be content being thought of as foolish and stupid”Epictetus
“You’re either wearing your creative hat or your analytical hat – never both. Choose which you are wearing with intent and it will bring you to where you need to go” – Lesly J. Quiambao
Q. What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
Self-care. Its normal for me to jump into interests, passions and projects with vigor and excitement but just as quickly burnout from the sprint. Prioritizing my wellbeing has become a keystone habit that’s had positive ripple effects on everything in my life. Putting my wellbeing first can mean different things to different people but for me that means regular check-ins with how I’m feeling (physically, mentally, cognitively), sometimes it’s taking a break from writing to play sudoku or listen to a podcast. There are many more benefits than not when you put yourself first.
Q. What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
People. Being a self-professed extravert during a time when saving lives means physically distancing from others has been a uniquely difficult experience. The people around me and even new people that I meet enrich my life with culture, challenge and ingenuity. Writing my book started off with the urgent need for me to connect with others on a regular basis even if it was remotely. I’m happiest when I can inspire and be inspired by others.
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