ImagiNation with Holly Beilin



Occupation: Editor-in-Chief, Hypepotamus

Favorite Productivity Tool: Slack and Trello

Most Recommended App: As lame as it is, I love my Fitbit app! I know it doesn’t mean much, but seeing that step counter go up (and hopefully hitting the goal by end of day) is still exciting for me. I think it’s my natural Type A personality coming out. 

Last Thing You Read: Hypepotamus! Okay, kidding. Fiction: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zaffon. Nonfiction: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

What what's your favorite part of your day? The morning and the evening, for different reasons. I love drinking my coffee and feeling the possibility of a whole day ahead each morning. I also likely get the most done between 8 and 10. Evenings are my most relaxed time and I like to enjoy them with a glass of wine, my dog, and my family or boyfriend.

When do you feel most successful? I find that feeling good mentally accompanies feeling good physically. I am most successful when I get a good amount of sleep, exercise and practice yoga, take enough time to rest (which is different from sleep!), and feel secure and confident that I have put myself in a place to succeed.

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? I am more introverted than extroverted, which means I derive much of my energy from solo activities. I love to read, do yoga, hike, and go on long walks — being outside really helps me recharge and I am definitely one of those people that can get digital fatigue. That being said, I also really appreciate the time I get to spend with the people I love.

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? Well firstly, I don’t consider myself an entrepreneur! That title is reserved for those much braver than I — as someone who has built a career around being “startup-adjacent”, I truly believe that founding a company is simultaneously the most terrifying and courageous thing you can do in the business world. But when I first started my career, I wish I had realized that it isn’t necessary or healthy to glamorize being busy. Our society glorifies “the hustle” and embraces the concept of working until you run out of energy. That’s simply not a sustainable way to be, and moreover, there’s really no need for it — while the CEOs who say they sleep 4 hours a night tend to make headlines, the vast majority of Fortune 500 C-Suites say they sleep 7-8 hours a night. Who wants to be in the office 20 hours a day? I really believe that, especially for entrepreneurs, setting boundaries, getting rest, and paying attention to health are critical.

How do you optimize your day? As I mentioned, I’m a morning person, so I group my most difficult tasks in the morning. I rarely take meetings during this time because I can get so much of the high-labor, high-mental energy work done then. I prefer to take meetings in the afternoon. I also take a lot of breaks — but not surfing-the-Internet breaks. I’ll walk around the block or listen to a podcast. 

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? It’s a little cliché, but my mom. She had both a successful career and a family, and somehow managed to never neglect either. Since I’ve become an adult, she’s shared how it wasn’t always the easiest balance, but from a kid’s perspective I never knew it. She also passed along her integrity, resourcefulness, street smarts, and determination, all of which I am so grateful to have received. 

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? Beyond imagining more for myself, I think it’s important to imagine what more you could bring to the world through your unique strengths. Most people won’t end up on the cover of a magazine or as a candidate for public office, but everyone can do something that changes someone else’s life or advocate for something they believe in. As I move forward, I’ve been imagining how I can use my strengths to give back in some manner, both to my professional and personal community.

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? Spend time with my dog — no matter how much I cuddle with her, she still looks sad when I leave!