Q: What have you been up to since you got your new MBA?

A: The biggest change is that we decided to move out of San Francisco and buy a home. I also earned a fairly substantial promotion to Diamond Director at Stella and Dot and received a 25K Heart of Leadership bonus as a result!

I recently viewed the goals that I identified during the MBA program in my Evernote app, and I was excited to see that I had set my intention on receiving both the Diamond Director promotion and Heart of Leadership Bonus.

During the MBA program, I also visualized and wrote down specific details about the house I wanted. And it's crazy, but what I visualized I ended up getting plus so much more. Our new home is even more fabulous than the one I visualized!

 

Q: How do you want to feel? What do you do to feel that way?

A: I want to feel present. I also want to feel calm, yet excited and engaged but not frantic. I love feeling connected and an abundance of time.

What I’ve realized is that how I treat my body is REALLY connected to that outcome. I’m much more aware of that now. My diet is healthier than it has been at other times in my life and it really helps. I'm also conscious of getting enough sleep, and how much alcohol I’m drinking. I love being in nature to exercise. I'm also really cognizant of my technology use and don’t use tech after dinner unless I'm watching TV with my family.

 

Q: What does success mean to you?

A: Success has to do with living according to my values. And really recognizing those values and trying to live the most robust life I can that maps back to those values.

For me, it's a combination of really being available emotionally and physically for family and also pursuing a career at the same time. It’s a positive combination for me and it’s really working.

I also enjoy financial success and being able to provide for my family.

 

Q: What’s stuck with you most from the MBA Curriculum?

A: The mind body connection. I loved learning the science and research that addresses what I knew instinctually - I had a hunch that it’s all connected.  I loved learning more about that. The MBA program introduced me to the research behind meditation and that helped me intellectually embrace it even if i don’t have a robust practice yet.

Also, I learned how important self-compassion is. Instead of just push push push, I learned that I need to be gentle with myself.

A lot of what's presented in the MBA program is really cutting edge. I think we'll look back in 5-10 years and see that everyone is practicing this to thrive.

 

Q: What are the 2 or 3 things that help you stay on track?

A: It’s more like a philosophy which is that we’re not robots. The value of rest and downtime can't be underestimated. I'm an extrovert, but I value quiet time to replenish. I enjoy time to read. I love having that sense of balance and embracing the journey. It’s not all about accomplishment and achievement, each day is a joyful part of the journey.

 

Q: How can the new MBA community help you?

A: It would be fun to do quarterly meetups, even if it’s a short hike or brunch together. I love connecting with like minded thinkers willing to explore these topics together. I also think there is huge opportunity in the fellowship support that comes from getting a group of women together. I love the human connection of it all.

 

Q: What advice would you give other women on how to create success with ease?

A: The number one piece of advice is to learn how to say no. If you learn how to say no then you’ll be able to dedicate your time to what you want. Also, only commit to the things that map back to your values. Don’t feel obligated to say yes. The more confident you are, the more people will ask you to do stuff. But you need to learn the art of how to say no. 

 

Q: Anything else you want to share?

A: Mindfulness is a progression. I’m continuously learning. I'm more aware and mindful in my day to day life, but it’s a continuum and I'm excited to continue to learn. Also, don’t feel guilty if you’re not doing it perfectly - this is a life long journey for all of us!

 

P.S. To get in touch with Lindsay, visit her Stella & Dot store here or shoot her an email at lindsay @ walshleadership .com (remove the spaces)

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Q: What have you been up to since you got your new MBA?

A: When I entered the new MBA class, I felt pretty lost in my career. I released my first cookbook a year prior and just completed my first year of motherhood. And even with so much to be grateful for and proud of, I was desperately seeking to fill some sort of professional void. I felt like I was floundering, coming up with all sorts of unrealistic business plans that clogged my time and life versus bringing more order -- which is why I signed up for the new MBA class. I needed help.

 

When I "graduated" from the class, though, I didn't come out with a clearer path or a new career. Instead, I left with the gift of space. Through the lessons, I learned to be more patient with myself and less obsessed with the "next big thing," eventually able to see and enjoy everything happening in the present. 

 

As a result, my career picked up momentum without me really trying. I ended up signing my second book deal and letting the career I had already built (and the work I had already poured myself into) snowball on its own. That year, I ended up traveling more for work than ever before, landing dream gigs with Food Network, Mrs. Dash, and an appearance on Dr. Oz. As for any new projects, I learned to ask myself first, "can I do this with ease," before saying yes. And I found that the more I gave myself space in my career -- versus filing it -- the more success I achieved.

 

Q: How do you want to feel? What do you do to feel that way?

A: Stress is my kryptonite. As someone who lives with lupus, stress will cause my disease to flare. And as a human being, it causes havoc on my sleep and my enjoyment of life. Not to mention my productivity. But with a two-year-old, constant deadlines, and the uncontrollable things in life, stress is inevitable. And I learned with the new MBA that it is not about eliminating stress (which I think may be impossible), but managing it. Learning to see it differently, channel it differently, and use it differently. Now when I find myself stress or feeling like I'm "not doing enough," I realize it is a sign to slow down. Find the things I can eliminate from the to-do list to make more room to get the important things done. And get back on track.

 

Q:What does success mean to you?

A: These days, success is not about money or prowess or a fancy business card. For me, it is about helping other people. Making an imprint with my work. And feeling like I'm making a difference, even in a small way. 

 

But after taking the new MBA, I learned something new -- now, success is also about being gentle with myself. If I don't knock out all the to-dos on my list, if I can still be happy with my day and myself, that is success. If I don't meet my deadline, but I fed my daughter a great dinner of broccoli, then that is success. If I had to cancel appointments so I could rest, get better, and take care of myself, that is success. I didn't realize it until the new MBA class, but we make our success about everything but ourselves. Now, I'm trying to flip that around and make it about me.

 

Q: What’s stuck with you most from the new MBA Curriculum? 

A: Mostly, I took away the idea that moving slow and small often produces bigger results than trying to do too much too fast. I learned that overloading our lives does not equal being more successful or efficient. Just busier and more stressed. And I learned with more space and more time, I often see and appreciate my accomplishments more clearly.

 

Q: What are the 2 or 3 things that help you stay on track? 

A: My favorite tool is the "power hour." With limited time to do work, the power hour helps me focus. I have also eliminated long "to-do" lists from my life and only choose one or two items a day. That way, I stay focused and realistic about what I want to accomplish that day. It brings me so much more joy and happiness in my work. It eliminates that feeling of failure (and flailing to get things done!). And I feel more in control of my schedule. I love that they are such small adjustments that make such a huge impact. And again, remind me that often, less is more.

 

Q: How can the new MBA community help you?

A: I love that the new MBA is a constantly growing and expanding network. Whether I'm looking for professional help or a personal sounding board, there is now a circle of women out there ready to pitch in. A community with shared values and interests, ready to help.

 

Q: What advice would you give other women on how to create success with ease?

A: Take a moment to pause. The new MBA forced me to stop for two hours every week, be quiet, and listen to myself. And for the first time in years, I was able to turn off the voice telling me to do more and clearly hear the voice telling me what I wanted not just from my career, but my life. I was able to sweep out all the clutter of what I thought I should be doing and I allow myself to dream about ideal scenarios. And from there, I worked backwards to build a routine and goals that would get me there.

 

Q: Anything else you want to share?

A: To this day, I'm still blown away by the power of vision boards. I have to admit, I didn't totally believe in it, but everything I put on the board during your class has come true -- from Food Network to Dr. Oz. When I feel like i've hit a career road block, instead of getting down or stressed or feeling helpless, now I just sit down and do a vision board. It always helps me refocus and remind myself about the power I have to make anything happen. It is one of the most empowering exercises I have ever done.

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Q: What have you been up to since you got your new MBA?

A: Since completing the MBA program in 2014, I've launched a new early-stage impact investment fund focused on funding startups addressing global social and environmental challenges in education, health, financial services, sustainable agriculture, and energy. My husband and I also moved back to San Francisco from Brooklyn, bought a house, and are now expecting our first baby this summer (all goals I was envisioning 12-18 months ago during the MBA program)!

 

Q: How do you want to feel? What do you do to feel that way?

A: Purposeful, happy, fulfilled, present, grateful. I try to balance doing the seemingly-endless number of tasks on my plate professionally with keeping a much bigger, longer-term view of why I'm working on what I'm working on. I've tried to stop blurring the boundaries between work time and personal/free time so that when I'm not working, I'm actually dedicated to recharging and not feeling distracted by work anxieties. I try to take stock of progress, actually talk about the things I'm grateful for rather than just complain about what I'm frustrated with, and thank people.

 

Q: What does success mean to you?

A: Professionally, success to me will mean that our investment fund demonstrates that our companies can make significant impact on some of the world's greatest challenges and generate returns to investors.

Personally, it will mean that I'm doing something that I feel good at, am proud of, that I have a bigger purpose in doing it, and am also able to support the kind of life I want to lead outside of work.

 

Q: What’s stuck with you most from the new MBA Curriculum?

A: Self-compassion, self-compassion, self-compassion.

Not reverting to a worst-case-scenario mentality in thinking about the future, which has helped me get a lot more comfortable with ambiguity and problem-solving in the present rather than getting caught up in anxiety about "what-ifs".

That short spans of meditative breathing and mindfulness on a regular basis can really help me stay grounded, and generally are most important when I feel like I have the least amount of free-time to do them!

 

Q: What are the 2 or 3 things that help you stay on track?

A: I find myself coming back to the "I am" practice regularly -- I think because it is so simple and easy for me to remember!

I still try to have a glass of water and take a moment to breathe first thing in the morning before I dive into getting ready for the day / responding to email / etc.

 

Q: How can the new MBA community help you?

A: I would love to connect more in person with the MBA community in SF, and particularly would love to find ways to work with anyone interested in investing and/or starting new impactful ventures. I'd also love to engage with moms-to-be or new moms as I start this new chapter myself, which I know will bring new challenges and joys of creating success with ease!

 

Q: What advice would you give other women on how to create success with ease?

Q: At the risk of using a clichéd adage, you can't give from an empty cup. Focusing on self-compassion and kindness has been a great re-set for me to then be able to focus on what really matters most to creating success, rather than just striving frenetically.

 

Q: Anything else you want to share?

A: Thanks Lisa and Vanessa for continuing to build such a great practice and community dedicated to powerful women! You are wonderful!

 

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