Haley Hoffman Smith is the Director of Community for Next Gen Summit, and the author of Her Big Idea; a book on creativity, ideation, and women’s empowerment which debuted as a Top 3 Bestseller in Women & Business. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the Washington Examiner. A recent Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, she wrote her honors thesis on how women develop their sense of self agency in entrepreneurship and venture capital. At Brown, she was the President of Women’s Entrepreneurship and started the first-ever women’s entrepreneurship incubator. She is the founder of the Her Big Idea Fund in partnership with Brown University’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, which awards grants to women who apply with BIG ideas. Having founded an international nonprofit for girls’ literacy and empowerment at age 18, she has harnessed her own self agency to surpass doubt surrounding her age and gender.
Daria: What is your favorite self-care ritual?
Haley: Me-time at night! After a hard day of work, I'll kick back with a glass of wine and have girl-time, read a book, watch a good movie, or do some writing. It really helps me recharge for the next day.
Daria: How do you cope with stress?
Haley: I find it's really helpful to talk through stress with a friend or family member. I feel much better after I vent, and then make an actionable solution on how to work through the stress. I truly do not believe that we are ever supposed to be stressed. Stressful situations come up, of course…but we have control over how we handle them.
Daria: What does wellness mean to you?
Haley: I'm truthfully not a fitness guru or even that into nutrition…but I still see myself as 'well!' I eat what I want (in moderation), make sure to get moving, but most of all, I prioritize work that makes me happy and I check in with myself often. I think being well simply means being satisfied in body, mind, and soul. If you feel good and you're excited for everyday, you're in a state of optimal wellness.
Daria: How do you find balance in your everyday life?
Haley: I make sure to plan out my week ahead of time - I'll choose nights for dinner or Happy Hour with friends and stick to a time, because otherwise, it'll be nearly impossible to pull myself away from my laptop. I'm lucky in the sense that I LOVE my job, but I also need to set healthy boundaries ahead of time to make sure I continue to love my job and it doesn't drain me (i.e. - totally possible when you work around the clock!!)
Daria: How do you cultivate resilience?
Haley: If I'm ever in a less than ideal situation or having a hard time, I take a deep breath and remind myself, "This too shall pass." Not everything is going to be comfortable. But if you can lean into those moments, breathe through them, and assure yourself that everything is always okay, it's much easier to be optimistic and bounce back.
Daria: Who inspires you in the wellness world and why?
Haley: Arianna Huffington! I am BIG on sleep - I prioritize 8 hours, I have to be in the dark, in the silence, and by myself. It's how I function productively throughout the day. I think she's done a remarkable job of counteracting the belief that 'hustling' = success = all nighters. It isn't cool to not sleep. Seriously, prioritize rest and self-care.
About the author:
Daria Tsvenger is a co-founder of Supergirls Club - women-focused health & wellness community. She is also a yoga teacher and the ultimate powerhouse of creativity. She can be found on instagram @dariatsvenger