Non-Career Advice: Bekka Palmer.

Non-Career Advice is a series that asks people - young, old, and in a range of occupations - for words of wisdom unrelated to work, career-building, dollars, or getting ahead.

Bekka Palmer / Photographer
Also: Maker / self-taught surfer / ice cream enthusiast
Age: 28

Commit as much energy — and as much heart — to your free time as you do to work. "I’ve made it a point to use my free time wisely. When I’m away from my computer or out with friends, I try my hardest to put my phone away and be there — because if I spend that time checking emails or worrying about missing a call, then I’m missing out on connecting with people I care about, or even just time to myself. (Also, I try to hold myself to the same standards in my personal life as I do in my professional life — I’m on time to meet friends, I follow through on commitments I’ve made to them.) Free time isn’t a luxury, it’s a creative necessity. Making time to surf, go out, meet people, visit museums— in the end, these kinds of things make everything I do better. I’ve realized: if all I ever did was work, my work would be lifeless."

Thank you, Bekka! More about the Non-Career Advice series, here.

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