Australian creative Arielle Thomas shares the tools and rituals that elevate her every day: from her go-to SPF for days spent working outside, to the best podcasts that fuel her entrepreneurial fire, and cooking as a meditative practice.
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The fashion and lifestyle filmmaker, Founder of Cinema Thom and host of Process the Podcast shares the daily routines and tools that help keep her entrepreneurial fires burning and feel her best, and the rituals that help her unwind and reset.
Here, Arielle reveals that her morning self care is simple and efficient, her meditative practice is cooking, and why her preferred 'downtime' is in fact spent learning.
"Usually the snooze button, I’m a terror when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning, especially during winter.
"My puppy Otis will attack me with licks until I’m up and then I’m out the door to walk him and grab a coffee. I try to leave my phone untouched right up until I start work for the day."
"I’m a pretty efficient person, I don’t like to overcomplicate it. I indulge with the serum step of the routine but the rest is pretty simple.
I cleanse in the shower and try to use the most gentle I can find.
My AM serum is always hydrating, I love a glow in the morning.
Then I switch to something with a little bit more strength since I just turned 30!
"Unfortunately, I can’t start my day without a coffee - I’m that person, and can confess that I usually end up having 3 by the end of the day…"
I listen to the ‘Jazz in the background’ playlist on Spotify when I’m working to keep me focused.
I have to listen to my own voice a lot because I just launched my own podcast, Process - Sometimes listening to your own voice is not always fun, but is a massive part of the production process! I’m also always listening to the news or business podcasts.
My inner-entrepreneur loves Masters of Scale and insights on scalability and growth.
"Definitely cooking - I cook 5-6 times a week. It really helps me to switch off.
"I have an apron now too so it’s sort of a changing of the guard for me to end a busy work day.
"I haven't mastered meditation or the practice of being still very well, but the ocean also serves me as meditative. Gazing at the ocean and watching waves disconnects me a lot so I try to be near the ocean when I can."
"Probably the Gnocchi Ragu at Neighbourhood Pizza in Armadale, it’s my local and melts in your mouth or really fresh bread.
A fresh loaf of bread is a pretty important essential item in my household."
"3.5 hours daily! Yuck! I edit a lot of reels for clients on my phone so I’ll put it down to that."
"If I’ve had a day working from home, literally closing the door to my 2nd bedroom/home office is a big one. Putting an end to that part of the day is key, and finishing with cuddles on the couch with my favourite people winds me down."
+ A game like Monopoly to pass the time and feed my competitive side.
+ A camera hoping someone would find it after I was gone.
+ A beautiful blanket like this Curio Practice one. Even in a cave or a hut, I’d still like to be surrounded by beautiful things.
"Sleeping in, a walk and a coffee, then just learning things. I love documentaries, or online courses, books and tinkering with things. Having the space to think and to journal is a pleasure for me."