About a month ago, I had an opportunity to shoot events hosted by the UC Irvine’s Center for Investment and Wealth Management. The featured speaker was the accomplished Arianna Huffington, perhaps best known for her news website, The Huffington Post, and who recently published her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
During the event, Huffington spoke primarily about living a healthy lifestyle – which includes getting an adequate amount of sleep. She told of her own experience as a self-proclaimed workaholic and literally collapsing from exhaustion. Thus began her realization that success is measured by money, power, and the ability to “thrive.”
Following each talk was a book signing, where the phrases of “so inspiring” and “thank you” were often heard. Huffington’s words seemed to resonate with everyone in the room. How does work life affect personal life? What can one do to alleviate the pressures of conventional success and bring more balance to each day?
The second event, also featuring Huffington as a speaker, was a “Women’s Wealth Retreat” at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. A more posh and intimate affair, a smaller group of women went to multiple panels and enjoyed their meals with an ocean-side view.