When friends ask you how you are doing, I bet the response is often ‘busy.’ Most of us would probably be hesitant to add more to our schedule. Particularly if we already juggle more than one roles and struggle to fit everything in each day. For former Santa Fe City Council candidate Kate Kennedy, adding a huge new endeavor into her schedule actually made her become more efficient and pragmatic with her time. Since her time was limited, she learned to make “the time I was spending on each thing become dedicated.” Sometimes it’s those intensely wearing episodes that lead us to step up and find the strengths we didn’t even know where there.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Kate Kennedy is the Managing Partner of Skylight, a locally owned and operated music and entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. Her community involvement includes: Chair of the Santa Fe Prom Closet Board, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Board, Member of City of Santa Fe CBQL (City Business Quality of Life) Committee, Santa Fe Prep Alumni Board, NM Cocktails and Culture Advisory Board, Youth Shelters Board, Served as Co-Vice Chair for Santa Fe’s Nighttime Economy Taskforce, and she ran for City Council in 2016. Kate is a graduate of the University of Miami and a proud community advocate. Today I speak with Kate about the challenges of working in a male-dominated field, bringing a female perspective to nightlife, and how running for City Council taught her the importance of using her time efficiently.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode:
- How to make your voice heard in a typically male-dominated field
- Tips for managing and prioritizing your time so that each minute is used meaningfully
- How to deal with criticism and attacks without taking personal offense
More About Kate Running for City Council was not Kate’s first experience balancing many responsibilities. After graduating from college at University of Miami, she moved back to her hometown of Santa Fe and began working as marketing coordinator for Los Alamos National Bank. She soon became involved in the nightlife of Santa Fe, taking on a partnership at Skylight nightclub. Kate is also an an activist, so she was “working at a bank during the day, nightlife in evening, and [participated in] nonprofit boards.” When she decided to run for City Council, she knew she had to make some changes to simply have the time and stamina to make it work. She recalls, “my head was in one place and my heart was in another and my body was exhausted.” Kate decided to leave the bank and focus on Skylight and City Council, (still a lot for one person), which forced her to “prioritize and compartmentalize, which was interesting and rewarding and scary all at the same time.” Although Kate was not voted into City Council, she is grateful for the experience. “I learned that I’m a lot stronger than I thought that I was.” She doesn’t deny that the experience was difficult. Being in the public eye, and being faced with public scrutiny, forced her to reach within and find inner sources of strength. As a woman in the male-dominated field of nightclub work, Kate is familiar with having to work harder than the rest to prove herself, and learn to keep her ground. She’s come out stronger from the experience, and hopes to have “made the path a little smoother for those behind me.”
Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:
Adult coloring books.
What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?
What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?
Slow down, enjoy the moments you have, and support those around you.
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In the entrepreneur world we often find ourselves putting our businesses above all. When it comes to increasing productivity, efficiency and success in our businesses, our first instinct is to start where it appears most relevant: by making changes in our business. But if you look more deeply at the origins of our productivity and efficiency hang-ups, don’t they start before we get to the workplace? If you are like me, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been at home searching around for that one important document, phone number, or clean blouse and creating a holdup and a source of stress before I even get to work.
Wouldn’t it make more sense then to start in the home, your foundation, to set the tone for the rest of your life? According to professional organizer Miriam Ortiz y Pino, the home is indeed where to start. Specifically, Ortiz y Pino suggests we begin by fostering organizational habits in our day-to-day life, as the “home environment reflects back at you what you can achieve” throughout the rest of your life. It’s like starting the day with a messy kitchen: if you’re unable to begin the day with the nutritious, quick breakfast, how could that possibly not influence the rest of your day? It seems like a minor detail but when those time-wasting moments in the home add up, it can really impact your life; as a mother, an entrepreneur, or a businessperson. Imagine how much you could achieve if each of those hang-ups were behind you!
In this episode I speak with Miriam Ortiz y Pino, Owner of More Than Organized, a professional organizing business. Get the FREE One Minute Mail Solution Kit now! In This Episode We’ll Discuss:
- How organization systems can help you through emotional low points in your life
- How developing an organization system can benefit both your business productivity and create space for more self time
- Why creating organization in your home is integral to maintaining sustainable changes in your business
- Simple, flexible ways to develop organizational systems in your day
While Ortiz y Pino admits that she’s always been the organized type, she discovered a true need for organization when she moved to San Francisco following college and found herself balancing two jobs, which amounted to an 80-hour workweek. While she doesn’t recommend this lifestyle, she was able to maintain it once she established some seriously timesaving systems in her life. Ten years of fast-paced life in San Francisco led her to develop and hone these organizational skills to a precise science. She now shares these skills with clients through private coaching sessions, live workshops, and online courses you can do at home.
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One of the most important take-aways that Ortiz y Pino has learned through her career is that we must start in our own homes if we seek improvement in our businesses, whether you are male or female, homemaker or business owner. And Ortiz y Pino can boast some impressive credentials, including being named top 20 Home Office Organizing Experts by ClearSimpleLiving.com and having achieved certification as one of the first Professional Organizers in 2007.
While we know that she has applied this focus in her business life, I wanted to learn how this focus on organization translates to her personal life. Ortiz y Pino explains that her systems have in fact saved her in moments of imbalance, such as transitions or periods of depression, by giving her the space and time to focus on her health instead of falling into chaos. She maintains that it is both her organizational systems and her dedication to taking self-time each day that keeps her sane. In this episode Ortiz y Pino discusses her morning routine of self-care, and how it can be easily scaled to fit anyone’s schedule.
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Where to start? With the basics. In this episode Ortiz y Pino explains the One Minute Mail Solution, a technique that will help you by introducing a system of organization to rid yourself of paper pileup and introduce a sustained system so you can keep it that way. That’s the trick to Ortiz y Pin’s methods: she doesn’t just help you organize your home and life now, she teaches you how to maintain that organization permanently. And when you begin with the day-to-day basics, those results inevitably ripple out to every aspect of your life.
If we begin by nurturing our home and tend first to our own self-care, the rest will fall into place. A successful, balanced, Well Woman must begin from the inside out!
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