Elvira Barriga: Take Time to Recharge
Elvira is the Creative Director and Director of Visual Experience Design at Local Projects. We caught up with Elvira at CAMP Festival 2017 to learn more about how she lives and get any advice she had to share with her fellow creatives. Here's the inside scoop:
"Perfection is not a virtue." —Elvira Barriga
Elvira Barriga strongly recommends you give up chasing perfection. It’s not doing good things for you and your creativity. One of the troubles with chasing that totally elusive perfection is that it makes us think small. We focus on every shortcoming instead of embracing the richness of life and learning. Try replacing perfection with curiosity and the openness to try new things and see where that gets you instead.
You learn as you go.
Elvira says to choose authenticity over approval. Find your own truth and have the courage to live that. Women in particular were often raised to please and accommodate other people’s needs and conventions. It’s not about ignoring everyone and going on a huge ego trip, but about showing up for ourselves by showing up for our values and what we consider as meaningful.
How do you do that?
You’ve got to do some self-discovery. Find out what sustains you and what brings you peace of mind and place those near the top of your priorities. Individual bodies and minds work in different ways—that means what works for your pal or your colleague or Elvira might not work for you. And remember that the self-care that worked in your 20s or 30s may not work so hot in your 40s and 50s.
Nothing forces change like a crisis.
One of Elvira’s most recent self-discoveries was with her health. After a health crisis in late 2016, she needed to make her travel-heavy schedule a lot more sustainable. That means:
- Getting enough sleep and rest (simple and it works)
- Meditating 20 min/day (the right amount of time for her)
- Understanding how alcohol messes with her body
- Knowing what nutrition gives her the best energy
Today, Elvira takes time to make sure she’s got the physical resources she needs to lead her team every day. She knows she is responsible for leading by example and while her example doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be sustainable.
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