Slow Business & Intentional Living With Tatiana of Soul Centre
“I am Tatiana. I am just me. I like to say that because often when we ask people who they are, we’re defined by our labels”
We’ve felt something in the air lately. It’s almost like there’s a shift in mindset happening, like the wellness movement is filtering into the way we think about our careers and our hustle. Today’s episode with Tatiana Hirovanaa delved into this idea of slow business and slowing down in general to see what’s really important.
In this episode Tatiana talked us through the way she slows down in her coaching business, Soul Centre. Coming from a background of career ladder climbing, long days and flying around the world, she’s open about finding this approach both challenging and fruitful.
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“You are going to have seasons of hustle. My mission is recognising when it’s a time to hustle or when it’s a time to rest or slow.”
During this episode we began to define what ‘slow business’ actually is. It’s not about not working hard, it’s about doing one thing and a time and about not rushing onto the next task. Just from chatting this through with Tatiana, we believe this approach sounds more productive because you’re assessing where you’re spending your time and how that aligns with your intentions, rather than just reacting.
“Getting slower helps me to see where I am and where I am spending my time, so I can cut off the things that don’t matter”
“When you slow down enough to see what really matters to you and what you want to do in your business ,that removes the noise of the things that are spreading you thin.”
Tatiana gave advice for those who are used to constantly being on the go, who feel like they are always busy but not necessarily getting anything done. In her own experience she began with just 15 minutes a day of solitude, of what we would usually think of as ‘doing nothing.’
“Our minds get noisey, our souls get noisey - it all gets really noisey so if we just take some time out and be really intentional about it…we get clarity.”
In this episode we also covered the ‘show up fatigue’ that we’ve been feeling on instagram lately and the idea of social media as a tool, rather than as its own world. Some ways we discussed to deal with this included re-evaluating when you’re forcing, protecting parts of yourself, and being the same person everywhere.
“The true power of social media and the true power of instagram…is bringing whatever connections you’ve made online and bringing them back to the real world”
Tatiana finished the episode sharing with us how to check in with yourself and evaluate if you’re working towards the person you want to be and the life you want to be living. She assesses who she wants to be in the next season of her life against these sections - spiritual, emotional/mental, financial, relational, occupational, physical - by asking the question ‘who is the ideal me’ against each. Listen to the end of the episode for details and try this task out yourself - we did, it’s an empowering way to look at how you want the year to end.
“I don’t believe in living ‘balanced.’ - to me that means everything’s mediocre…everything’s operating at 60% percent.”
If your agenda is overwhelming and exhausting, perhaps you've picked up things that God never intended for you"
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