If you do, Saya Hillman is going to offer you a different perspective. She believes your work can be enjoyable all of the time and even feel effortless!
Saya is the founder, owner, and head cheese-it at Mac & Cheese Productions. She helps get people unstuck by helping them live a life of yes because most of us have become too good at living a life of no.
After Saya lost her conventional job, she decided she wanted to create work that brought her joy, paid the bills and helped other people live a life of yes.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- The first step Saya took to find work that made her truly happy.
- Why she feels she doesn’t have any competitors.
- The consequences of living a life of no.
- Different ways to practice self-reflection.
- The value of going places and doing things by yourself.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Align your habits
- Reframe your mindset
- Mange your energy
- Practice self-awareness
How Saya Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:30 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Managing her team using her life-saving and sanity-saving tech tools, Todoist, Google Calendar, and Asana. 2) Being protective of her time. 3) Practicing self-care and self-love.
- Ideal work environment: In her own home environment, with her Broadway musicals playlist in the background, a huge cup of a hot drink, her slippers, and being able to multitask around the house while doing work activities.
“It breaks my heart when I see someone who is so skilled at something and they don’t see the skill in themselves.”
“I have realized that there are certain things that bring me real joy and there are certain things that other people do not like doing or are not good at doing and, for whatever reason, I do have those skills.”
To live a life of yes, you need to first get honest with yourself. Saya shared this advice to get you started:
1) Find ways to answer the seemingly simple questions such as what do you enjoy? What are your passions? What are your hobbies? What do you want in the world? Send an email to several people from all walks of life, who know you in various capacities, to ask them what they think your superpowers are.
2) Don’t censor yourself. Write your ideas as if no one is going to hear it or read it.
3) Don’t worry about the end result. Be experience focused rather than results focused.
4) Know yourself and be comfortable with both the good and bad.