Mili Kale is the Co-Founder of Moom Health, which creates natural remedies for the modern Asian woman.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
Currently, I am the founder of Moom Health. We are a Singapore-based women’s health company that aims to take the guesswork out of finding high quality, effective, and tailor-made natural remedies for every stage of womanhood.
Prior to launching Moom, my academic and professional background has always been in education. I taught 100 5th and 6th grade girls for two years in a low-income school in New Delhi through the Teach for India Fellowship, went to grad school at Columbia University (Teachers College) for Education Policy and Sociology, and was one of the first hires at an educational startup in New Delhi, Essai Education, that worked with students applying to the US and UK for university.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
Everyday is so different, but routine is something that helps me stay focussed and sane, so I try to structure my days as much as possible. Today was a hectic day that consisted of a workout in the morning, a full team meeting and catch up, a strategy session for a new launch, a short photo shoot for a blog feature, digging through our financial models for an upcoming board meeting,dinner, and now clearing my inbox!
I try to batch days as much as possible with meetings/calls being clumped together in a particular part of a day (I personally prefer the first half of the day), admin work being separated for time when I’m alone, and in office time being dedicated to working with the team and getting creative! It helps the flow of things!
3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
I’m still trying to figure that out since launching Moom! Hahah. But I think at the end of the day it means making time for the things that mean the most to you and that help you feel your best self.
I can never fit in everything I want to, but I know that I feel better when I get some movement during the day and take out time in the evening for dinner with my family and a little TV to just decompress.
I also think recharging is a big part of work-life balance and something that I have personally been working on is giving myself the weekend “off”. It has been a game changer and is definitely a work in progress- as most things are!
4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I haven’t started anything new, but I have maintained certain rituals despite my busier and more unpredictable schedule! Making time for movement, making home cooked meals, giving myself time before bed to (try to) not work or think about work, taking my Moom everyday 🙂 These are simple rituals that make me feel complete and a little more ‘put together’.
I have been trying to meditate for the last several months, just for a couple minutes a day, but haven’t been doing the greatest job. Fingers crossed for 2023!
5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
Recently, my reading and podcasts have all been work/semi work related. I am a CPG nerd and love hearing about and learning from founders!
Podcasts: Second Life, Dream Bigger, Ready, Set, Spill.
Books: Working Backwards, Building a Brand Story, Blitzscaling
6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
This list is endless, but top of mind- Cami Tellez, Ty Haney, Katherine Power. Specifically, how they found work-life balance when they were initially building their companies!
7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Work-life balance, like all good things, is something that you have to work for haha! It doesn’t come naturally and it requires effort! I’m no expert but I know that in order to achieve whatever you define as work-life balance you have to put in the time and make it work for you!
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