The August Co. is glad to cover yet another story of substantial women. This time on board with us is an exhilarating and versatile blogger and content creator Monalisa Panda. We had the chance to have an up-close and heartfelt conversation with her about Slow Living and its merits; something that resonates with what we as a brand stand for and believe in.
How can you be ambitious if you’re leading a Slow Life?
If you’re someone who is a multitasker, you’re labeled as someone who is always in a race against the clock, engulfed in meeting deadlines, and having so much on your plate. For such people, even 24 hours in a day are not enough. But at the same time, we need to slow down and take a break, a whiff of fresh air, and loosen ourselves. Slowing down and taking a breather from our daily hustling lives is important and is something that I’ve come to realize.
If someone were to start practicing Slow Living, what are the practices you would recommend?
I would just say that take time for yourself, slow down, and think about what you want to do. At the end of the day, you should be satisfied with the choices you have made and how they impact your way of Slow Living.
How do you find beauty in such little things and how do you live in the moment?
I enjoy the smallest of pleasures in life. You need to find joy in whatever you like, no matter how little they are. Even when I am doing any sort of brand storytelling, connecting with and harnessing the essence of the brand is important to me. Because if I’m not enjoying that moment, it will reflect on my feed. I truly believe that one needs to be truly aware to appreciate the little things around us. And that can only happen when we take a break from our fast-paced lives and switch to a slower way of living.
While you don so many hats, you most definitely must have come across bad days. How do you deal with a bad day?
There aren’t any bad days; just stressful days, when you are being too hard on yourself. You’re under the impression that you have to do it all and that in itself can be burdensome. More often than not, it happens to the best of us. So while you succumb to the scrutiny of “doing it all”, don’t forget to give yourself that breather you deserve, every once in a while.
So you are the Creative Lead for Fever FM and you weave beautiful stories about brands, where you feel them and understand them. Can you tell us about one of your favorite works that you have worked on?
There is this property called “Band Baja Fever” which is extremely close to my heart. It is a concept where two people who are in love and are contemplating tying the knot, can reach out to our radio station and we’ll make their dream of a fairytale wedding come true. This whole process involves us meeting so many couples in person and knowing their stories and their journeys. Through this, as I get to connect with so many people on a personal level, it is not only enriching but my favorite part as well. There is this unbridled joy I derive in becoming a part of their lives and the lives that they are going to lead from there on out. This makes “Band Baja Fever” a very personal and heart-felt project of mine.
With your brand building background and our overlapping personalities, what recommendations do you have for The August Co.?
You guys are doing great, the entire concept of your brand, the ethos, and the kind of ideology that you already have carved for your brand is so beautiful. Only when you have such a well-crafted ideology, you can inspire your consumers and strive for creating ripples in the world.