Soulful Sunday is a weekly dose of inspiration from busy Chicago women who still manage to stay balanced no matter what their career—or life—throws their way.
Soul Sister: Lauren McGrady, owner and operator of Rider for Life in Chicago’s West Loop.
The former Columbia College Chicago fashion graduate recently opened this 2,000 square-foot boutique along with Tom Gavin, the former creative director at Haberdash. The West Loop gem sells everything from vintage and refurbished furniture to clothing, art, and apothecary-like items to keep your bathroom counter looking interesting.
How she unwinds:
"For me, there is no worse feeling than having something you set out to do left unaccomplished. Early mornings are instrumental in my ability to accomplish all I have planned for the day. There is nothing like receiving a high five from someone entering the gym at 6 a.m. as you are on your way out the door with a full workout behind you. How I choose to unwind at the end of the day really depends on the type of day I have had tending shop at Rider. Yoga has been part of my life-maintenance program for about eight years. I almost always find time to squeeze in a class or self practice. Healthy eating and staying away from depressants, like alcohol, really prevent me from getting to a point from which I need to be unwound. But, when all else fails, macaroons from Alliance bakery and a few episodes of Sex and the City almost always do the trick."
"Part of balance includes getting out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Do something bold and challenging that you never dreamed you could ever accomplish. Challenges can be frustrating, but they also provide an excellent opportunity to grow within, recognizing that no amount of personal development would be possible without a reasonable amount of resistance to balance the scales and embolden us to thrive."