Not-So-Sexy Series: Courtney Phillips
From creating time for long lost passion projects to unwinding with Netflix, this is how Courtney Phillips is passing the time these days.

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their “not-so-sexy” self-isolation and work-from-home experiences. 

Last month, we chatted with Courtney Phillips, a Chicago-based media maven and founder of Gumbo Media, a company that is excelling in expanding the narrative of the black community in America. Courtney, like many creatives, felt unmotivated when this pandemic began, but rather than dwelling on that, she shifted her energy into ways she could uplift her community instead. Her formula? A mix of working, taking much-needed breaks, running, and indulging in a good Netflix and chill moment. Keep reading for more on Courtney Phillips.

Where have you been quarantining?

Chicago, IL.

How are you adjusting to the “new normal”?

The adjustment of working from home has been fairly easy because I had already been doing so for over a year. I’d say the hardest part is going outside, especially at first when I didn’t have a proper mask. The DIY masks were not cutting it.

What has been motivating you these days?

I’ve motivated myself with simple challenges that make a big difference in my day. Like getting up each morning to walk the dog with my fiance, just to get out of the house and get some fresh air.  Also, making sure I get out for a run 3-4 times a week has kept me mentally grounded.

How has your workflow and structure changed?

At first, I didn’t know how to fill my time. Everything was canceled and I found myself feeling very tired and unmotivated. I used the time to think of new ways to engage with the community I serve and now I’m starting to feel like I have a clear routine that works for me.

Where do you see this pandemic taking you and your career in the future?

I’m not sure where this pandemic will take me, but I’m confident that as long as I open myself up to the abundance of possibilities I’ll be in a good place. I’m also feeling it might be time to pursue some of the passions I’ve kept on the backburner.

Advice on coping with anxiety, loneliness and stress while working from home?

Take a break. When I start to feel anxious or stressed, I stop what I’m doing and give myself some space from whatever I’m working on or thinking about. When I have the time, I’ll take a 10-20 minute nap and eat a snack to help me reset.

Do you have a new daily routine? If so, walk us through it.

I wake up between 6 – 7 am, walk the dog with my fiance no matter the weather outside. We make breakfast together, then I do some kind of workout and plenty of stretching, quick meditation and then I get into my work for the day around 9:30 am. 

I have a few working stations in our apartment, and I’ll choose the one that best fits my mood throughout the day. I set an intention with 2 – 3 primary tasks each day and allow for breaks as they come. I’m usually done with work around 6:30 pm, then Matthew and I walk the dog again and enjoy dinner together. I try to be in bed no later than 11 pm, but sometimes we binge Netflix or play scrabble and it turns into a late-night thing. 

What has been your work-from-home uniform?

Black high waisted sweats, and nice but comfortable top, socks, and some jewelry.

One thing that has brought you peace of mind as of late?

Being in nature. 

How do you like to unwind and pass the time?

Listen to a podcast and cook/bake. There’s also always Netflix and chill. 

Go-to at-home meal?

Roasted veggies, beans, and rice. 

5 movies and/or series that are a must watch?

Oh gosh, there are so many! In no particular order: Ozark, Unorthodox, West World, Sex Education, Insecure …  and many, many more.

Any personal discoveries or takeaways you’ve gained during this time?

That I need to give myself more breaks and also give myself more credit for the work that I’ve done. It’s easy to jump from one project to the next but I often skim over the step of acknowledging and celebrating my accomplishments. Having this time at home has given me the space to reflect on this and I now find myself feeling more confident in who I am and what my capabilities are.

Not-So-Sexy Series: Courtney Phillips
From creating time for long lost passion projects to unwinding with Netflix, this is how Courtney Phillips is passing the time these days.

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their “not-so-sexy” self-isolation and work-from-home experiences. 

Last month, we chatted with Courtney Phillips, a Chicago-based media maven and founder of Gumbo Media, a company that is excelling in expanding the narrative of the black community in America. Courtney, like many creatives, felt unmotivated when this pandemic began, but rather than dwelling on that, she shifted her energy into ways she could uplift her community instead. Her formula? A mix of working, taking much-needed breaks, running, and indulging in a good Netflix and chill moment. Keep reading for more on Courtney Phillips.

Where have you been quarantining?

Chicago, IL.

How are you adjusting to the “new normal”?

The adjustment of working from home has been fairly easy because I had already been doing so for over a year. I’d say the hardest part is going outside, especially at first when I didn’t have a proper mask. The DIY masks were not cutting it.

What has been motivating you these days?

I’ve motivated myself with simple challenges that make a big difference in my day. Like getting up each morning to walk the dog with my fiance, just to get out of the house and get some fresh air.  Also, making sure I get out for a run 3-4 times a week has kept me mentally grounded.

How has your workflow and structure changed?

At first, I didn’t know how to fill my time. Everything was canceled and I found myself feeling very tired and unmotivated. I used the time to think of new ways to engage with the community I serve and now I’m starting to feel like I have a clear routine that works for me.

Where do you see this pandemic taking you and your career in the future?

I’m not sure where this pandemic will take me, but I’m confident that as long as I open myself up to the abundance of possibilities I’ll be in a good place. I’m also feeling it might be time to pursue some of the passions I’ve kept on the backburner.

Advice on coping with anxiety, loneliness and stress while working from home?

Take a break. When I start to feel anxious or stressed, I stop what I’m doing and give myself some space from whatever I’m working on or thinking about. When I have the time, I’ll take a 10-20 minute nap and eat a snack to help me reset.

Do you have a new daily routine? If so, walk us through it.

I wake up between 6 – 7 am, walk the dog with my fiance no matter the weather outside. We make breakfast together, then I do some kind of workout and plenty of stretching, quick meditation and then I get into my work for the day around 9:30 am. 

I have a few working stations in our apartment, and I’ll choose the one that best fits my mood throughout the day. I set an intention with 2 – 3 primary tasks each day and allow for breaks as they come. I’m usually done with work around 6:30 pm, then Matthew and I walk the dog again and enjoy dinner together. I try to be in bed no later than 11 pm, but sometimes we binge Netflix or play scrabble and it turns into a late-night thing. 

What has been your work-from-home uniform?

Black high waisted sweats, and nice but comfortable top, socks, and some jewelry.

One thing that has brought you peace of mind as of late?

Being in nature. 

How do you like to unwind and pass the time?

Listen to a podcast and cook/bake. There’s also always Netflix and chill. 

Go-to at-home meal?

Roasted veggies, beans, and rice. 

5 movies and/or series that are a must watch?

Oh gosh, there are so many! In no particular order: Ozark, Unorthodox, West World, Sex Education, Insecure …  and many, many more.

Any personal discoveries or takeaways you’ve gained during this time?

That I need to give myself more breaks and also give myself more credit for the work that I’ve done. It’s easy to jump from one project to the next but I often skim over the step of acknowledging and celebrating my accomplishments. Having this time at home has given me the space to reflect on this and I now find myself feeling more confident in who I am and what my capabilities are.

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