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IMBY Inspo: Karen Young

Our weekly blog series highlighting the women that inspire us

 

Karen Young
CEO, Oui Shave
Brooklyn, NY

RIGHT NOW: WHERE ARE YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU’RE WEARING?

I’m currently in my favorite spot in the house, reclining on our couch. As usual, I have about 20 tabs open on my laptop and twice as many tabs open in my mind. I’m in leggings and a favorite sweater, drinking a cup of tea and hoping it won’t keep me up all night. I’m working on job descriptions for our next hires for Oui Shave.

SUM UP YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE.

Feminine with a bit of edge.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?

I love that I get to solve a problem that women have experienced for decades. I also love that my work borders on creative and analytical.

HOW DO YOU LIVE ‘MINDFULLY?’

I try to meditate every day for at least 12 minutes. Lately, I’m also much more mindful of what I eat. Not from the perspective of counting calories, but I am trying to be mindful of how certain foods make me feel and plan accordingly for feeling my very best.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP?

A week ago I’d say reach for my phone, but I’m also becoming more mindful of how plugging in immediately makes me feel. Now I put the phone away and reach for a book if I wake up early. If not, I opt for meditation and a cup of tea to start my day.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO GET READY IN THE MORNING?

About 20 minutes

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO WORKOUT?

Vinyasa yoga

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR LIFE (AND CLOSET!) A LEAN, MEAN, CLUTTER-FREE MACHINE? 

Running a business is far from clutter free- if only we’re referring to my inbox. I’ve never been one to hoard clothing so I don’t have too much clutter there, but I am slowly trading out all my “meh” clothing for beautifully tailored pieces I feel great in.

YOU’RE A BUSY BABE. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK, HEALTH, AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

I’m not doing the best job of that now. I love what I do but that reason alone gives me an excuse to work on a Sunday (ie: right now), as opposed to forcing a bit of distance. I try and maintain a weekly date night with my fiancé and sprinkle time in with friends and other founders throughout the week. Also, exercise is my must at least 3 times a week.

WHAT PODCASTS OR BLOGS DO YOU KEEP UP WITH?

From Scratch, 33 Voices,The Start Up Podcast, This American Life

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?

I’m lucky to come from a long line of fearless women, some familial, some inherited, and they inspire me to no end.

FAVORITE SPOTS FOR A HEALTHY MEAL?

I love the whole fish at Colonie. Plus it’s light enough to have dessert:)

WHITE HOT LIGHTENING ROUND– GO!

HEELS OR FLATS? Flats

BUSINESS OR CASUAL? Casual

EARLY MORNINGS OR LATE NIGHTS? Early mornings

NEW YORK OR LA? New York

COFFEE, TEA, OR MATCHA? Matcha

COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: LIVING INTENTIONALLY MEANS…Gratitude for all the moments

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