February 14, 2024

In a world where social media and hustle culture are constantly mentioned, it can be easy to get lost in the chaos while trying to find your balance. The endless posts, stories, deadlines, and to-do-lists seem to constantly compete with our own time, social lives, and wellness journeys. 

So how does one find balance in this modern world exactly? We teamed up with our friends at ArtHaus in Toronto, collected a small group of Libra community members, and engaged in a fireside chat to talk about “The Art of Balance.”

Artist and Community Leader Bryan Brock sat down with Libra CEO Mitch Cobb, Libra Balance Ambassador Serena Ryder, and Mental Health Advocate Danai Mush, to learn firsthand how these thought-leaders navigate their own busy lives while maintaining balance. 

Though each of the panelists represent a completely different industry, it was amazing to see how common the themes were throughout the discussion - how to find your community, how to foster connection with others, and ultimately how to find your balance and show up authentically.


Key Takeaways and Favourite Quotes:

  •     Finding your balance is a journey, not a destination.
  •     Self-care is non-negotiable.
  •     Community and connection are essential.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t always sunshine and roses – the experience comes with many ups and downs. Mitch Cobb knows this all too well, and expressed that:

"I always had it in my head that finding balance was something that you needed to achieve. I’ve taken a new perspective where it’s a practice; the beauty of it is in this practice, there is no finish line." 

Danai Mush, (who founded mental health support initiative Forward Ever, Backward Never), is all too familiar with running a business that relies on a community based on social media, stating that:

"Balance is a journey, and sometimes I don’t have enough to give today, and that’s okay. I have to forgive myself because tomorrow’s a new day." 

Serena Ryder, who spends her days on tour buses, performing at shows, recording new albums, and creating art, touched heavily on the fact that you cannot compromise your own self-care in favour of someone else’s. One quote from Serena that really resonated with us was:

"How are you supposed to be able to give to the world if you are depleted yourself. You can’t give unless you’re filled, and if you’re giving from your own resources, that is not sustainable." 

Throughout the discussion, it became clear that people are longing for more authentic spaces and more connection, where being sober or sober curious is celebrated rather than questioned. As the conversation around alcohol shifts, people are seeking communities of like-minded individuals to spend their time with. 

“Community is very important to me. For me, community is about finding people who can reflect you back to you, and you can reflect them back to them. I find that we see ourselves more clearly when we are with someone who we are more comfortable with, loved by and seen by.” - Serena Ryder

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Through experiences like this, we look forward to continuing to provide a platform and a tool where real conversations and connections are welcomed with open arms. 

Thank you to everyone in our community who is willing and open to:

Finding Balance.

Fostering Connection.

Getting Curious.

Being Courageous. 

Building Trust. 

Being (a good) Human.

Cheers to being on this beautiful journey together!