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Balancing the Grind with Natalia Mimó, Founder & Director of Baleińe Corporate

Natalia Mimó is the Founder & Director of Baleińe Corporate, a human capital, organisational wellbeing and business consultancy.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

My background is as a strategic consultant, with roots in brand, marketing and communications, evolving into holistic business strategy (optimally integrating all business functions for expanded business growth). 

I am also a Wellbeing & Mindfulness – Expert & Speaker, Human Capital Consultant, Executive Coach, and Entrepreneur. 

I’ve spent the past 5 years studying multiple diplomas and certifications in Health, Wellbeing & Neuroscience with continued education. This year I founded my second business, Baleińe Corporate – a Human Capital, Organisational Wellbeing & Business Consultancy. 

Services offered are Executive Coaching, Transformational Wellbeing Workshops, Organisational & Wellbeing Strategy, & Strategic Business Consultancy, operating globally out of Sydney, Australia. 

My heartfelt passion is bringing what I term ‘Human Optimisation’ into Corporate Workplaces and Small to Medium Businesses. 

I am immensely passionate about optimising the human potential, and I firmly believe ‘Human Capital’ – the employees and talent a business invests in, is a crucial function to business performance, and one that is undervalued in many organisations. 

My mission is to help businesses realise the true value of optimising their employees, not only for the professional benefit, but importantly the personal benefit. It is a win-win situation. 

Unfortunately, many businesses invest only when there is a more immediate result, and tangible ROI. People & Culture is a longer term investment, though crucial – this is the bridge I am building – happy workforce = optimised performance = increased business success. 

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

I view life and my work, all as one. I have now created a business I am truly passionate about. so whilst I contain most of my work to Monday – Friday, I don’t have set work times. 

My rule is, I need to feel great, my cup needs to be full. So first I honour my needs, myself first daily. Then I show up for work. So that looks different everyday. 

Having founded my business this year, I am in big creation mode, so I do work weekends in the time I have spare, however it doesn’t really feel like work. It’s more my life mission of making positive change in the world and a positive impact. 

I will say, getting out of the Monday- Friday, 9am – 5pm mindset mentality has taken me years to break out of. I had so much guilt initially if I took a morning off. Though through a lot of the self work I do, and bring through in my work, I have for the most part released myself from the societal conditioning, and I honour my own energy flow, so that I can truly be in my optimal performance. 

My ‘routine’ is to be in the present moment.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I have the luxury of working for myself, so I have flexibility. I am also a woman on a mission, and in the privileged position to have life all about me at the moment – in that I do not yet have children, and I currently do not have a significant other, so I can invest all my time in myself, and my business. 

So in some ways, I have a lot of time for balance. In other ways, if anyone reading this has started a business, they will KNOW what it takes, and it takes ALL of you, so I work A LOT. I am truly giving all of myself to my business creations, so in that sense, I also don’t quite have the balance I would like – aka time to put my feet up and relax! 

This will change as life does, and as it changes, I will adapt. Though I will always honour myself, my needs, and fill myself first, so that I can be of better service to others. 

As I’ve shared, my rule is, I have to fill myself first. I am SO big on self care. We cannot serve from an empty cup. So everyday, it is about what do I need?

I meditate every day – because I want to, and because I need to. I could not be as courageous, bold, and the go-getter I am, without meditation. Truly. I process overwhelm, anxiety, fear – whatever emotion comes up in my meditation, so it can move through me, and not disrupt my actual life. I also visualise a lot, which works profoundly, and in meditating I receive blissful energy, intuition, insights, that significantly help me with my day. 

I may need a walk, I may need yoga, I may need to sleep in. I may need to journal to get repetitive thoughts out of my head. Whatever I need, I give myself. Then I am ready to show up as my fullest self for my work, clients etc.

Giving yourself time in your early morning, and evening is crucial. White space is crucial to allow for relaxation, mind wandering and creativity to spur.

I also do not overfill my schedule with commitments. I space them out, because I know I need space.

I do believe, with healthy boundaries, the ‘filling your cup first and self care principle’ can be applied to anyone in any circumstance – we just need to be connected to our needs, communicate them, and honour them within our family system. 5 years ago for example, being the empath I am, I could not name what my needs were – rather I was so attuned to others needs, and this did not serve me, thus why I prioritise it now. 

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I’ve really honed and gone deeper with my meditation practice. 

Sleep, nutrition and meditation are so important to me. These are the crucial elements that we need to nourish ourselves – as they drastically impact our physical, mental, emotional and energetic health. 

We were never taught how to truly take care of ourselves, and optimise ourselves (this is why I am teaching it!) – though truly, to be in our optimal performance, these are the basics we must take care of. 

Movement is also important – though only when we have the energy. Though walking we should do everyday – incredibly important for blood and lymphatic circulation. 

I explained the benefits I receive from meditation earlier. Truly, if there is one habit I can recommend that is life changing and transformative – it is meditation. 

Also for beginners to note, the idea is not that you go in, close your eyes, and do not think. The thoughts will come. The idea is to allow them to come, but not identify. It’s to be the witness to them, and eventually, space comes between. Eventually you receive the beautiful effects. 

When you first start a surge of negative thoughts, emotions likely will come through because they have not been released for maybe your entire life. Though if you have anxiety in the moment – what could it feel like to notice it, remember you are safe, just sitting there in meditation, breathe, remain focused on your breath, and let it pass through? Let it release? 

I hear ‘Mindfulness in Plain English’ by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, is great for beginners, if you feel called to explore what it is all about, and don’t know where to start. 

5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

So many. I love books, and podcasts. I power through as many as I can – physical books and audio, as well as podcasts. 

If you want to understand holistic health – Dr Stephen Cabral, The Rain Barrel Effect

If you are struggling with something in your life, mental health, or other – Letting Go, The Pathway To Surrender by David Hawkins. 

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza to understand the science of meditation to change your life. 

Power Vs. Force – The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour by David Hawkins – to understand energetics of influence in this life.

Living Untethered – Beyond the Human Predicament by Michael A Singer – to find personal freedom and bliss. 

Podcasts: The Broken Brain Podcast, Huberman Lab Podcast, Under the Skin with Russel Brand, The Melissa Ambrosini Show, and How I Built This with Guy Raz. 

I am launching my own podcast within the next 6 months, so obviously that one once it launches. Stay tuned! 

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

I truly believe work-life balance needs to be attuned to the individual, and I want to empower each individual to have the courage to support their own needs – there is no right or wrong. Only societal conditioning, and I want to help individuals break free of that.

Though I am a huge fan of Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Zach Bush – both pioneers in the health and neuroscience space. I love hearing anything they have to say, and how they prime themselves for the day. Though I do have a lot of insights through their work. They are amazing – if you are interested reading this, give them a follow! 

7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

I truly invite individuality and not comparison. No one is you. No one has your current set of circumstances, and the filter of life experience you view your present moment through. No one is inside of you, feels what you feel – only you. So honour yourself. 

By showing up as your fullest, wholest version – you can serve your family, your friends, your work colleagues so much better. It is not selfish to take care of your personal needs, it is essential. 

Self care is giving yourself daily, the small acts that fill you up – work out what they are for you, and negotiate this into your non-negotiable daily schedule. If you are a partner or a parent, work with your other half to support this in each other – you’ll be so much better individually, and as a couple/ family. 

Secondly, no one can make you happy but you. Take your happiness in your own hands, and watch how all facets of your life flourish because of it. 

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