Hr-man­ager-turned-it-girl lau­ren Reid talks about the joys of liv­ing an ac­tive life­style and learn­ing new things.

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Hap­pi­ness is…

Go­ing to THE Cin­e­mas alone Alone time is great! It’s nec­es­sary for you to get things done and for your mind to take a breather. Peo­ple of­ten ask me why I’m out alone, or why I don’t have a ton of friends, and it’s be­cause I need only a few good peo­ple in my life for me to be con­tent. If I did have a big­ger cir­cle then I wouldn’t have time to go to the gym or be at peace with my­self. Then I’d just get stressed, and I just don’t need that!

En­joy­ing THE GREAT out­doors

With fresh air, green­ery, and na­ture, what more do you need? It’s calm­ing to me. When I lived in Aus­tralia, I made an ef­fort to do ac­tiv­i­ties like bike rid­ing, kayak­ing, tram­polin­ing—some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery week­end, be­cause I was at the of­fice on week­days.

stay­ing Fit

I feel good when I’m mov­ing my body—i love the feel­ing of achiev­ing some­thing pro­duc­tive. What’s bet­ter than work­ing on your­self and mak­ing your­self the best ‘you’ you can be? I es­pe­cially love swim­ming. It’s a great full-body work­out that’s not too stren­u­ous, as you are be­ing sup­ported by the wa­ter. The feel­ing of just float­ing in wa­ter af­ter a ses­sion is so re­lax­ing, too.

Hon­ing YOUR skills

I’ve been at­tend­ing var­i­ous work­shops to up my skill set—ev­ery­thing from dance, to Ta­ga­log, to host­ing. Dance has al­lowed me to get to know and use my body in a way I don’t usu­ally do. My teacher is try­ing to help me loosen up and be more fem­i­nine. When I first started, he would say with a look of dis­be­lief, “Girl… lalakikata­laga.” [Laughs.] I don’t aim to be a pro­fes­sional dancer, but I do en­joy it. It gets me mov­ing and I have fun, so I’ll keep go­ing as long as I can. It def­i­nitely gets harder ev­ery week: when I take two steps for­ward I feel like I’m tak­ing an­other step back, but it’s great and it pushes me.

stick­ing to and ACHIEV­ING YOUR Goals

I strug­gle in this de­part­ment! So when I’m kick­ing goals, I am proud and all smiles. It takes de­ter­mi­na­tion—i be­lieve no one will give their 110% un­less they re­ally want to. I’m putting ev­ery­thing I have into my goals: fit­ness, well-be­ing, and work. I’m proud of my well-be­ing over ev­ery­thing. I’m in such a good place, and it wasn’t easy or quick, but I’m here now and so happy for it.

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