We had the good fortune of connecting with Cyndi Janetka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cyndi, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I feel as though work/ life balance is of the utmost importance for long term success. Often times we get so caught up in to-do lists, things we want to accomplish, current projects, that we get to the point where our brains won’t turn off. When you work for yourself the list is never ending. Over time I have realized that being “on” 24/7 only leads to burnout, frustration, and lack of ability to focus. Taking a hour break in the middle of the day to go for a run or take a yoga class lets me step away for a minute and recharge, allowing me to be more productive in the long run. I also have started taking one day every weekend to completely unplug from all electronics and spend the day doing something completely non-work related. Allowing myself this time away from work has been a life-changer. You need to stop and refuel the tank so you don’t run out of gas in the middle of the freeway!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have two passions in life – creating beautiful environments which tell a story and inspiring people to take control of their own health and wellness in order to create a more productive and fulfilling life. I had always struggled as to how to meld both of these seemingly disparate ideas into a cohesive mission. One day while working on a design for a potential rowing studio franchise, it hit me. Integrating design tactics, both functional as well as aesthetic, along with looking at corporate health and well-being policies in a holistic way is exactly what I had been naturally doing all along. In 2017 I took the leap and went off on my own, starting my own firm to work with clients who were of the similar mindset. It has not been an easy journey to say the least, but the struggles always teach you the most. Being flexible (especially during this unforeseen pandemic which has turned the entire world upside down), learning to change and adapt services as necessary, and being open to exploring whatever opportunities present themselves are some of the most important lessons I have learned. Resilience has been my guiding word for this year! Taking control of our health in whatever way we can is a key to living a happier, more productive life. I strive to share my knowledge, educating and guiding others along their journey as we create amazing environments together.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite things about living in San Diego is having the access to so many different environments. One of the best days I have ever had here was driving up to Julian one morning, playing in the snow and drinking hot cider, then making our way back to the coast and spending the afternoon at the beach. I would love to take someone on an extended version of this – spending time up in the mountains playing in the show, exploring the crazy artworks out in the desert and the Salton Sea, and end with some surfing and tacos. My absolute favorite place in San Diego is Swami’s, so we would definitely have to spend a day chilling up there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a huge shoutout to the members of November Project San Diego, for always pushing me outside my comfort zone- not only in athletic pursuits but in all aspects of life. The sense of community that this group has created through their crazy early morning workouts is like nothing I have ever witnessed before!