The Thrive Questionnaire with Caroline Gogolak

SoulCycle's Senior Director of Merchandising shares how she stays energized.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Caroline Gogolak: I’m a morning person. I would rather go to bed at 8pm and wake up at 5am. I usually go to the 6am or 7am SoulCycle class which means I set my alarm for 5am. The first thing I do is look at yesterday’s sales and then I shut off my email. I’m most creative and energized in the morning and that’s when I get most of my ideas on how to drive business. If I’m checking my inbox, I lose this key moment in my day. During this hour, I have a nespresso and sift through my top five news outlets which include The Business of Fashion, WWD, New York Times, Glossy, Jing Daily (a fantastic publication on China’s luxury market).

TG: What gives you energy?
CG: SoulCycle and working out in general (yoga, walking, etc) give me energy. For me, working out is a moving meditation and gives me the mental balance to be productive while being centered.

TG: What daily habit or practice helps you thrive?
CG: One daily habit I have is drinking Health-Ade Kombucha. I have one every afternoon as a pick me up without the caffeine. Pink lady is my go-to flavor.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
CG: It’s my alarm BUT it’s on airplane mode at bedtime. Sleep is important for me and I need my phone disarmed to get a good night’s rest.

TG: How do you deal with email?
CG: I’ve been getting better about turning off my email at night – I heard going off email/phone for 30 minutes before bed helps with sleep. Generally, I try to respond to people within 24 hours; however, I try to hold back on responding to bigger/important emails until the morning when I’m fresh. With this tactic, I usually provide a better and more sound answer.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
CG: Facetime my daughter or read her a book if we are together. I love the Little People, Big Dreams book series, which include stories on powerful women leaders such as Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Coco Chanel.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
CG: This is not really a quote but a motto I like to live by – “Try your hardest so when you look back you have no regrets.”

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