We had a chance to talk about adulting with Tadzy, a social media marketing expert and Founder and CEO of The Glow Agency (TGA). TGA is a full-service social media marketing agency aimed to help new businesses better advertise and market their products and services. The idea came after Tadzy noticed a lack of social media presence for her family and friends’ businesses. From social media calendars that recommend the type of post for the day to social media planners for tracking follower engagement, TGA has grown rapidly since the pandemic started In addition to helping brands create content, Tadzy shares authentic advice for everyday people based on her journey to discipline, accountability, and intention.
I keep two journals by me all the time. I have one journal that is just about educating myself on different things. When I’m reading books, I’m writing down like, ‘This is what I’ve learned from what’s going on in the book.’ But I’m also writing in my self-reflection. The other journal that I keep is all about creative things. Like writing down my ideas. These are things I want to do. This an idea that I like. Let me come back to. I’m always writing down something.
You’re always self-reflecting. When you sit with yourself enough, that self-reflection just starts to happen because you’re thinking. A lot of people try to neglect self-reflection or distract themselves from self-reflection and that’s a problem, too. You can turn the tv off for a couple of hours. You can put the phone down for a couple of hours. It’s not going anywhere. That self-reflection is going to help you grow. It’s gonna help reach new levels in your life. So journaling and self-reflection definitely hack #1 for me.
The Follow Through List
The intentional version of the traditional To-Do List. I go back into my journals and I look through things. And I see like, ‘Oh this is an area that I want to work on or this is the project I want to start,’ Then I create a to-do list. Like this is the task. This is what I want to get done. And how I want to achieve it. And the path I need to take. I make a plan basically. And in order to be a true adult, you have to follow through with the plan. Like, yeah, you can make a to-do list but you actually have to do it.
So I have to intentionally sit with myself and realize I have to be accountable for the things that I want to do. I have to be disciplined and push myself to actually do these things. We do plenty of ‘This is what I want to do, this is what I want to happen,’ but never put any action, never hold ourselves accountable, never actually implement discipline to force ourselves to do it. Because it’s so easy to say you want to do something, but it’s easier to be like, ‘Uh, I’ll get to it.’ But getting to it is never going to happen. It’s not helpful. When you start choosing to actually follow the guidelines you set for yourself to achieve the goals you want, the limit on reaching your goals is truly endless.
Yoga + Pilates + Meditation. Like, you have to feel good. I personally do a lot of yoga. I do yoga at home and I do pilates in-studio because I use the machine. The pilates machine. Oh, my god. It changed my life. Because you need to be out here moving your body. Yoga and Pilates have been so impactful in my life because they’re two outlets where I can go and train my body to move a certain way. But at the same time, it’s like you go at a flow. It’s not rushed. It’s not aggressive. It’s very in touch with my body. I’m figuring out how can I turn, how far can I move, can I stretch further. It’s learning yourself. It all comes together. I don’t know. I love it. I feel like I sound like a cult leader!
It can be so hard to meditate. But sitting in it and cutting off all the distractions and just sitting with yourself can bring you to so many revelations that you just did not realize. Or the noise of the world or society were clouding you from seeing. I try to combine them. I’ll do my pilates class and come home and meditate for a little bit, or I’ll do yoga at home and meditate. Or some days, I just sit here in the quiet and decide you know what, ‘I need to dig deep.’ People think meditating is so easy. I can only meditate from 3-5 minutes. There are people who are like, ‘Oh, I meditated for 30 minutes.’ and it’s like were you meditating? It’s pretty hard to do that. It’s just about making a decision, being intentional about training your mind for yourself to reach that level. Once you finally decide that this is more important than any of that, it all starts to just like flow together.
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