When I started The Orphaned Earring in 2011, I invested thousands of hours and hundreds of dollars because I felt that I had a good charitable idea that could not only help children in need but also fulfill my desire of having a greater purpose in life. It was because of that feeling that I worked non-stop to materialize my dream and without knowing it, I easily fell in the trap of overdoing it. I made the mistake of working so hard that I lost sight of myself.
At some point I dreaded having to work for The Orphaned Earring. I don't know how something I LOVED so much became something that caused pain and tears. I knew that starting any project would mean no sleep for weeks, maybe months. I knew it was time to care for myself if I wanted to continue helping our orphan kids. I now purposely take the necessary steps to recharge.
In my recent recharge quest, I took a short trip to Santa Barbara and KIA Motors, who understands how style, comfort and having access to the best technology is part of what helps you recharge, offered me the KIA Optima experience. For me, taking a long drive and enjoying the scenery is what helps me disconnect from work. To physical get away and enjoy nature, sun and my family does it for me. Before I share my experience with the KIA Optima, here are some reasons why you should find your recharge method too:
Taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion.
You get more done quicker when you step back and recharge the brain and body.
Recovery opportunities might range from breaks during the workday to diversions that shut off the work mind when you get home at night, to weekend activities, vacations and sleep.
Vacations have been shown to lead to significantly higher performance upon return to the job. The energizing ingredients are time away from stressors (you need two weeks to get the recuperative benefits from burnout) and mastery and social experiences while on vacation that build competence and social connection.
Leaving the work at work is one of the most important recovery strategies--and the hardest. If you're still obsessing about work when you're off the job, no recovery can take place. Detaching from work with diversions at night reduces fatigue and promotes positive effects the next morning at work.
My experience with the KIA Optima was key to my restorative journey and it began before I started the engine. The heated steering wheel was a luxury I had not even experienced, it’s spacious quiet and oh so elegant. It was the perfect environment for pure driving pleasure. Why this is worth mentioning? Because your surroundings contribute to your peace of mind.
Optima’s updated style can’t be ignored. The KIA Optima reminded me of myself with curves that turns heads, curves in all the right places too! A masterpiece, aerodynamically sculpted and precisely calculated. The grille is so eye-catching and the headlights intense.
The driver is in control with the updated driver-side console features a cleaner, horizontal design that streamlines ergonomics and helps create a greater sense of space.
Modern interior enhanced with bold accents, soft-touch surfaces and fine, premium stitching, all of which come together to create a sanctuary of quiet comfort and craftsmanship for you and your passengers.
I still have to be vigilant of my working patterns because I easily revert back to working till I drive myself to the ground. But as long as I have my family that reminds me of it, friends like KIA Motors that encourage outings in style and God who gives me strength – I’m good.
KIA Motors provided a KIA Optima for a week to test drive and offer my honest and truthful feedback. All opinions and photos are my own.