I didn’t know what to expect when Carmen approached me with bringing self-care sessions to The Sandbox. It wasn’t necessarily what I had in mind when planning out the types of classes and events we’d put on in our coworking space. Usually you stick around the entrepreneurial and professional topics we are all used to: marketing, finances, HR, business plans, what to do as a new business owner, funding, etc. So self care? Like go to the gym, drink more water, and get some sleep? Not necessarily. Sitting in her first session, I quickly realized that I was amongst 13 other women who share similar daily feelings, experiences, and struggles. I was surrounded by like-minded women who are career-focused and seeking a sense of balance. So when asked why such a personal topic to conduct in our coworking space I’d argue that what I’m learning and experiencing has both a direct impact on my professional life and my personal life. It’s “mindfulness in the workplace” with a tablespoon of “living with purpose” and I love it. It’s fearless and powerful and I’m proud we get to provide something like this at The Sandbox.
Her first session was about routine and how we, as women, define routine differently. I was pleasantly surprised that this was a super conversational class versus Carmen projecting her beliefs onto her audience. I got to listen and relate to complete strangers. I was able to leave with tools I learned from others on how to deal with certain situations on the daily, and especially in the workplace. Not to mention - I met new people.
Carmen is relatable, honest, and witty. She isn't afraid to tackle tough topics, but maintains a sense of ease throughout. A bold balance of laughter and vulnerability. Her classes are steeped in experience, research, and thoughtful conversation.