“Don’t do any ‘should do’s’ before hanging out with your children” with Anne Hulett

Delegate help to take care of some things that are making your day to day routine overwhelming or exhausting so you can spend more time with your children. Also, don’t do any should do’s before hanging out with your children. I don’t do house work and laundry over critical work goals and time with my family. […]

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Delegate help to take care of some things that are making your day to day routine overwhelming or exhausting so you can spend more time with your children. Also, don’t do any should do’s before hanging out with your children. I don’t do house work and laundry over critical work goals and time with my family.

As a part of my series about “How extremely busy executives make time to be great parents” I had the pleasure to interview Anne Hulett. the founder and CEO of Rock Grace, an exciting non-alcoholic beverage infused with crystal energy, botanicals and adaptogens. She created Rock Grace to fill a gap of there not being anything exciting, healthy and interesting to drink in the non-alcoholic beverage category. Before her Rock Grace adventure, she owned a health and wellness lifestyle business and worked in senior product and marketing positions for over 14 years leading results-driven initiatives for early stage health startups as well as Expedia, Inc. She is passionate about living a fulfilled, beautiful, fun and healthy lifestyle she calls the Rock Grace lifestyle. Anne loves to run, play tennis, travel, curate private events in Seattle, and spend quality time with her family. She is married to Matt Hulett, President of Rosetta Stone, and has a 9 year old son and two step-kids aged 15 and 19. Anne graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and is a member of the Junior League of Seattle.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us your “childhood backstory”?

I grew up in San Jose, CA with my parents and my older brother. I went to catholic school through high school and started playing soccer competitively at the age of 6. I was always very driven and determined and worked hard to do well in school and soccer. In my early 20’s I moved to Seattle to work at Expedia, Inc.

Can you share the story about what brought you to this specific point in your career?

I wanted to improve the quality of my lifestyle by cleaning up my diet and beauty routine and exploring natural health remedies for stress and anxiety. I found several lovely health and beauty products promoting wellness and balance to use for my daily routine, but couldn’t find a substitute for alcohol that promoted relaxation, positive energy, wellness, and beauty. I saw a huge gap, in a space I define as next generation drinking, for non-alcoholic wellness beverages designed for people that love to drink alcohol and want to start drinking with intention and without the hangover.

I believed non-alcoholic didn’t have to be boring and wanted to add excitement to the non-alcoholic beverage options offered while being social, glamorous, enjoying down time, and taking the edge off. Something to celebrate with that didn’t take away from all of the healthy habits I had put in place and didn’t have all of the negative side effects I experienced from alcohol, but would still help manage stress and anxiety and give me the sensation of taking a break and having a glass of wine.

After extensive research on alternative health remedies, I grew a deep fascination with and passion for crystals and adaptogens and their healing powers. I noticed the power these two energy balancers contained, the harmony they created, combined the two, and what I was looking for was born, Rock Grace.

Can you tell us a bit more about what your day to day schedule looks like?

During the week my calendar is broken down into 30 minute chunks that I make sure I stick to which allows me to get everything I want to get done personally and professionally. My husband has always said “just chunk it out” when things get overwhelming and it works.

5:30am- wake up, coffee

6am- take a Barre3 exercise class which includes a 5 minute meditation at the end where I express gratitude, think about what is most important to me, say a few affirmations and breathe

7:30am- get ready, get my son ready for school and drive him to school

9:00am-2:30pm- Work, meetings

3pm- Get my son from school and spend time with him

4:30pm-5:30pm- work

5:30pm- get dinner ready and have dinner with my family

7pm-8pm- family time usually watching Shark Tank or some activity with my son

8pm-10pm- work and read

10pm- go to bed

Let’s jump to the core of our discussion. This is probably intuitive to many, but it would be beneficial to spell it out. Based on your experience or research, can you flesh out why not spending time with your children can be detrimental to their development?

It is so important for parents to be engaged with their children and focused on the moment when they are with their children. Children pick up on so much of what their parents do and say and ultimately look to their parents as who they want to emulate so being present and a positive role model is key to drive their success and healthy growth and development. I notice when my I’m distracted and not spending as much quality time with my son that his energy is lower and he is not himself. Once we do something together and I make it a point to have all eyes on him and listen to him, I can feel him light up inside and he is more motivated to learn, share and challenge himself.

On the flip side, can you give a few reasons or examples about why it is so important to make time to spend with your children?

The quality of what your children are doing outside of school and activities is better when you are doing something to support them and bond with them. Screens aren’t used as much when we are talking, being active and connecting as a family. I also learn so much more about how my child is feeling and thinking and I can help guide him if he is feeling confused or distraught. We problem solve together, create together and inspire each other in unique ways.

According to this study cited in the Washington Post, the quality of time spent with children is more important than the quantity of time. Can you give a 3–5 stories or examples from your own life about what you do to spend quality time with your children?

I completely agree with this. I like to go on night jogs with my son, there is something so special about how quiet it is outside and he likes to tell me fun facts and asks the best questions. He’ll push himself to go a little further and faster and I just love it. My son also helps me put positive intentions and thoughts into the crystals I use for Rock Grace and I’m always amazed with what he comes up with, he’s very wise for a 9 year old. We also like to play tennis together, do mom and me yoga, take cooking classes together and we’ll share what we are thankful for and the best part of our days as a family during dinner time.

We all live in a world with many deadlines and incessant demands for our time and attention. That inevitably makes us feel rushed and we may feel that we can’t spare the time to be “fully present” with our children. Can you share with our readers 5 strategies about how we can create more space in our lives in order to give our children more quality attention?

1. Put your phone away unless you need it, phones can be so distracting with social media, email and texts

2. Dedicate time before they wake up and after they go to bed for self-care, priority tasks and preparation for the next day

3. Block out the time, put it in your calendar, and take away anything that will pull you away from that time with your kids

4. Take the time you need to complete something and block out time with your children after your finished

5. Delegate help to take care of some things that are making your day to day routine overwhelming or exhausting so you can spend more time with your children. Also, don’t do any should do’s before hanging out with your children. I don’t do house work and laundry over critical work goals and time with my family.

How do you define a “good parent”? Can you give an example or story?

A good parent understands how important their role is as a parent and is the best version of themselves so their kids can be the best version of themselves. They encourage their children and build their confidence providing strength, stability, grace and guidance. A good parent is a good role model and is loving, supportive and engaged. A good parent also takes care of themselves so they have more energy to give.

How do you inspire your child to “dream big”? Can you give an example or story?

If you dream big, overcome obstacles and believe in yourself this will carry down to your children. We are always talking about ambitious goals and roles my son wants to accomplish when he is older and we tell him he can and will do those things. We are always communicating and explaining to him the importance of a growth mindset, following your dreams, that he is his only limit and not letting fear and challenges stand in his way.

How do you, a person who masterfully straddles the worlds of career and family, define “success”?

Success is a feeling and for me it is strongest when I am accomplishing challenging things outside of my comfort zone with passion and purpose and myself and my family are thriving, enjoying life, happy and healthy.

What are your favorite books, podcasts, or resources that inspire you to be a better parent? Can you explain why you like them?

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, Killing It by Sheryl O’loughlin, High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein, Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequisi

They aren’t parenting books, but they all have a similar message of don’t hold yourself back, take care of yourself, be confident and brave, do what you love and focus on what you want and when I do all of these things I am an engaged, motivated, caring parent who loves my time with my son and doing everything I can to help him succeed and live a good life.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Yes, you can”. It is so crazy simple, but it always so needed in my life and steers me in the right direction. You never give up if this is the response to the part of you that thinks something will be too difficult or impossible.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

This falls in line with exactly what I’m doing. I want people to find their Rock Grace happy place. Where you feel empowered and there is no desire for escape. Reality and fantasy are one of the same. It is a place that is authentic and pure, where your mind is healthy and clear and you feel beautiful and strong from within. Our goal is to let people know this place exists and inspire others to discover their Rock Grace happy place.

Living the Rock Grace lifestyle means you are taking care of yourself and being mindful about what you are putting in your body without feeling deprived or isolated. It is a desire to feel good in the moment and in the future and to live a fulfilled, healthy and beautiful lifestyle. I want people to have fun being themselves.

Many people can’t drink alcohol without it interfering with their intentions, goals and health. They may want to cut back on alcohol, but they still want to be social and drink beautiful drinks in beautiful glasses in beautiful settings. Rock Grace allows them to do this and gives people the opportunity to imbibe in next generation drinking by providing beauty and wellness crystal elixirs bottled and ready to drink in social settings. Their happy place of drinking, relaxing and socializing can still exist without alcohol. You can now order our Rock Grace new release bottles at www.rockgrace.com/shop

Thank you so much for these insights! This was so inspiring!

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