By Aly Teich, Founder of The Sweat Life | photos
I get asked a lot what a typical day looks like for me, running The Sweat Life, while also being the face of our brand. My consistent answer? There is no typical day. It’s one of the best and worst parts about being an entrepreneur.
While there is a certain level of excitement of never going through the same day twice, it is also hard to plan out your life when you are always shifting gears and always on-the-go! While there is, indeed, a level of freedom that comes with being your own boss, I have never worked more or hustled harder in my life. People have such misconceptions of what the reality of being your own boss is like, especially when part of your job is to be a social media personality — and life through upbeat photos is rarely an accurate reflection of everything that is going on behind the lens. And while I try to be authentic with everything I write and post, I’m also not going to burden you guys with every moment that I worry, panic, and question “What am I doing?!” (Which, by the way, would require a post every hour!)
However, at the end of each of my differing and jam-packed days, I always go to bed with a pure sense of gratitude for the opportunity to do what I do and the fact that I so deeply love it, and sheer pride in what we have built here at The Sweat Life. I also often take time to look at how much I have learned and how much I have grown as a professional and as a person, both while building this little ship of ours, and through a rather intense few years in my personal life, as well.
One thing I have most certainly learned is to be completely adaptable and ready for almost any situation. Not only is that just the reality of my days as the CEO and face of The Sweat Life, but it is true for life in general — as it can all change in a moment’s notice, and you have to be ready and willing to roll with the punches. From an emotional standpoint, I’ve had to learn to let go a bit. I know that may seem counter-intuitive to the notion of “being prepared,” but they actually go hand-in-hand. Once you learn to let go of the need to be in constant control of every moment, that’s actually when you suddenly gain the most control and will be able to face whatever it is that comes your way. In letting go of control, you accept the fact that anything may happen, and you are already better prepared for whatever you may face in your day and your life!
For me, part of that preparation is always having what I need on hand for whatever the day may throw at me — a workout, a meeting, needing to get around this crazy city, and staying fueled and hydrated while doing so. So, as silly and simple as it may seem, one of the biggest changes I have made in my life is becoming a backpack person. I was always THAT bag lady, toting around a purse, a clutch in the purse, a tote, you name it. I had enough to juggle in my day, and now I was juggling a million bags. I needed to find a solution — so I gave into getting a backpack. Then I gave into getting another more functional backpack with compartments for everything from my computer to my sneakers, and then — I became a backpack snob.
So when the newly launched site backpacks.com reached out to me to do a partnership, I jumped at the opportunity. An entire website dedicated to any and every kind of backpack — um, yes I’d get behind that! First step, choose a new backpack I’d like to try. While this was a difficult task due to the sheer abundance of options on the site, they couldn’t have made it easier — with bags sorted by type, activity, style, and more — I had found backpack heaven (yes, I’m aware - complete nerd alert), but, guys, backpacks are back, and now there is a place to find just the one that suits your style and needs.
For me, I went for the TimBuk2 Messenger Bag in black. While I was contemplating going for a funkier and more unique bag, which they had plenty of, at the end of the day, I need versatility, comfort, function, and something that isn’t going to clash with my 1,000 pairs of printed leggings. The bag features more compartments than even I know what to do with, slings comfortably across my torso for extra support, and well, is slick enough to head from the gym to the office, and just kind of makes me feel like a badass!
So head to backpacks.com, join us in nerding out over this awesome new site, and let us know what’s your backpack style and why!