I’m Marin, a digital nomad and online business owner. When I’m not creating social media content for a client, or blogging about my latest thriller read, I’m sipping on an iced latte and scouting out the nearest sushi joint.
More on my wellness journey
I have had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for the majority of my life. It has caused many ups and downs throughout my life, and it reached a breaking point around 2018.
Since then, I’ve been focused on anxiety reduction, slow living, and finding the right balance between productivity and mindfulness.
Wellness Q&A with Marin
What does a healthy life-work balance look like to you?
Pretty much the opposite of what everyone else says: I DON’T follow a set schedule!
I’m really lucky because as a business owner, I get to set my own working hours. For a long time, I tried to do what others said and follow a set schedule.
The problem I ran into was working against my “feelings”. I was forcing myself to work when I didn’t want to and was forcing myself to rest when I was feeling inspired to work. These days, I work when I want, and I rest when I want.
It’s truly been a game-changer.
How do you make sure you are regularly prioritising your mental and physical well-being?
I have a “toolkit” of things I pull from when I’m starting to not feel my best (or if I’m starting to feel downright bad): I read a fun book, I book a day at a cool pool or spa on an app called ResortPass, or I go out for a nice meal.
I also make gratitude lists, move my body, and avoid alcohol to make sure I’m helping my body and mind feel their best.
How do you show yourself self-love and self-care? Are there any particular activities you indulge in and what inner work do you do?
I have taken up journaling.
I avoided it for a long time because I didn’t think it was “my thing”. But it’s truly helped me a lot.
I also let myself do things my way and not necessarily follow the “best” practices. For example, everyone says to journal by hand, but I keep mine in a Google Doc. Less paper clutter and no sore hand.
So journaling and allowing myself to follow what works best for me is really what I’m diving into these days.
What is your go-to productivity hack?
Every single thing gets written down. And not on random post-its all across my house (not anymore), but into my favorite tool, Todoist.
If it’s something to do, I pop it in there with a due date.
If it’s more of a note, I put it under my Notes section.
By keeping things out of my head, I can think a lot more clearly. Plus, nothing gets forgotten, because I’m reminded by Todoist!
What self-help or personal development book would you recommend and why?
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin (technically a business book, but it’s such great advice for all of life!)
Get The Dip on Amazon today
What would you say to your 21-year-old self?
Don’t take things SO seriously. You’ll have new dreams, ideas, and motivations in just a few years.
Oh, and just because you CAN drink now, doesn’t means you have to.
And lastly, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It’s a quote by Annie Dillard: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
“Allowing myself to follow what works best for me is really what I’m diving into these days.”Marin Johnson
Where to find Marin
Find Marin over on Instagram or at her website socialsontap.com
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