Here at Jijaze we talk a lot about avoiding burnout, filling ourselves up, and taking care of ourselves so that we can have a bigger impact. But what does that actually look like in practice – and how do real change makers fit rest, replenishment and self care into their day to day work? In this new blog series, inspiring change makers share how they support their wellbeing to maximise their impact.
Today we’re going behind the scenes with Agnes Kocsis, our Website Lead here at Jijaze. Based in Manchester in the UK, Agnes makes our website and all the related technologies we use work well so that we can maximise our impact. She can be found over at www.zendesign.biz.
A lifelong learner, Agnes says “I find such joy in learning new things, exploring and discovering. The internet has made that much easier for us all these days.” Here’s how she keeps herself resourced and creative for her work.
Tell us about your change making work
I have been working together with my husband, creating a business. As a changemaker, it’s essential to me to connect with my partner so that we can cooperate and reach our goals together. I recently started freelancing as well so now I support others, like Jijaze. My clients are in the change-making and healing professions and I help them to have a website that will reduce stress and workload and not add to it.
Where do you do your work?
What does a typical day consist of?
Yoga, walking, doing the work, watching some tv, cooking lunch, eating together, reading. Noticing the beauty and love in every day.
Who are your inspirations, and why?
My husband. He is an ideas man, and very creative. He is the one who uplifts me when I am down. The other great inspiration for me is nature, especially when we get to go outside for days or weeks. We do long distance hiking with a tent and I find that nature is the best teacher. I’ve learned a lot from these experiences.
What are the signs that tell you when it’s time to take a step back and recharge?
I get anxious and nervous. The sense of “having too much to do” is the sign for me that I have to stop and usually go outside. Getting out into the fresh air is the quickest way of recharging for me, and getting back my peace of mind.
Who and what supports your work?
Family and online communities like Jijaze.
How do you build breaks or chances to replenish into your day?
I don’t really plan them; I tend to take breaks spontaneously. I do what I need to to replenish myself throughout the day. Doing some yoga in the morning is the only regular practice for me.
If you have a whole day off, how do you recharge?
What advice would you give to your younger self, when you first started out as a change maker?
Be patient – change takes time. Never give up. Practice will make it perfect.
Where do you see your work in ten years time?
Working with my husband and building communities based on love and mutual support.
How about you?
We love Agnes’ trust in simple replenishment practices like yoga and walking, and her gentle commitment to doing what she needs throughout the day. Can you relate or do you find that without structure, your wellbeing ends up taking a back seat to other priorities?
If you’d like support and encouragement around building up your own wellbeing practices to sustain the impact of your work long term, we’d love you to join our community of change-making women. You can find out about other ways we support individuals and organisations by clicking here.
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