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Monday's List: Chef's Table, Finding Mastery, and Deep Breaths

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Photo by Esther Driehaus on Unsplash

Photo by Esther Driehaus on Unsplash

“I suppose under different circumstances, you’d call it OCD.” ― Jonathan Gold, in reference to Chef Nancy Silverton obsession with her work

What We’re Watching

Chef’s Table

Netflix’s Emmy-Nominated Chef’s Table reminds us that your job can also be creative. It takes a look at some of the most renowned chef’s in the world and tells us the story behind their food. Working with people, collaborating with people, and bringing community together: that’s what this docuseries is all about, and we just can’t get enough. Our favorite episode? “Nancy Silverton”. Silverton opened restaurants Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and chi SPACCA, and this episode dives into her obsession with her work and how that plays out in her life and closes with Silverton baking a pie in honor of LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold – and boy does it look delicious.

What We’re Listening To

Finding Mastery with Dierdre Wolownick

If you remember free-soloist Alex Honnold (who soloed El Capitan back in 2017), you have to meet the woman who made him – his mother, Dierdre Wolownick. We love Dr. Michael Gervais’ Finding Mastery podcast for its inspiration from the world’s best athletes, performers, artists, and business minds, and this interview with Wolownick has got to be one of our favorites. We’ve been curious about Honnold’s background since watching National Geographic’s Free Solo documentary in 2018. Finding Mastery brought it full circle for us by listening to Wolownick perspective – and as much as we love Honnold and getting a glimpse into why he is the way he is, her own life story is certainly one worth listening to. Oh and by the way, she’s the oldest woman on record to climb El Capitan. She’s kind of a badass.

How We’re Breathing Easy

Box Breathing

Ever have one of those days where you just want to rip everyone’s heads off at the office? Us too. Meet box breathing. Here’s how you do it: sit upright with your feet flat on the floor, exhale for four counts through your mouth, hold for four counts, inhale for four counts through your nose, hold for four counts, and repeat as necessary. Mayo Clinic reports that this type of deep breathing calms and regulates the autonomic nervous system and involuntary body functions, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and stimulates your parasympathetic system. It also gives you time to evaluate before you give into your fight-or-flight response.