Susanne Michalek: Thank you for having me! I am the Creative Project Manager at Vital Proteins. I manage all design-related projects, timelines and the workloads of our rockstar design team. From our product packaging to in-store marketing collateral to our website (the list goes on!), our designers do it all. I enjoy my role at Vital because of the people I get to work with. Everyone is so collaborative and entrepreneurial - it is truly inspiring!
SM: My alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. Pending on the day, I will hit up a Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga or go for a run outside if the Chicago weather is on my side. With triathlon season a few months away, I have been also trying to get myself into a better swimming routine – although time feels like it stands still when you’re swimming laps.
A morning workout really helps me wake up and makes me feel prepared and accomplished - all before 8 a.m.!
SM: My co-workers give me inspiration! I work with a lot of different departments at Vital so I am constantly surrounded by different types of personalities. They push me to come up with new ideas which in turn helps me strengthen my project management skills and worth ethic. I also tend to listen to instrumental music at work – it really helps me stay focused and creative. Thank you, Explosions In The Sky.
SM: I try to make an effort to bring my lunch to work but really I often hit up the Beatrix Market salad bar. It’s conveniently right down the street from our office and always hits the spot. Although I am always looking forward to catered lunch Wednesdays and praying it’s taco day.
SM: Typically, I am in back-to-back meetings so I always feel like I have to be alert and on my A-game. On those days I try to sneak in a Zen Collagen Shot to keep me calm and balanced. Although there are days where I do hit the wall, I can always rely on my team to boost my mood and energy!
SM: I live about 15 minutes from the office so I'll enjoy a nice walk home to decompress from the workday. I'm so thankful I don’t have to ride the dreadful CTA. When I get home, typically my boyfriend is handling dinner and we’ll catch up on shows on YouTube, like Bon Appetit’s channel, or continue to binge a TV series.
Around 9:30 p.m., I start to get ready for bed. I'll get prepared for the next workday, run through my skincare routine and then lights out by 10 p.m. #adulting
Favorite Podcast? I don’t listen to podcasts! I prefer my indie/garage rock Spotify playlists.
Favorite Vacation Spot? Florida Keys or a National Park.
Favorite Workout? Running.
Favorite Vital Proteins product? Strawberry Lemon Collagen Water™. I love the on-the-go options and it tastes delish!