Hannah Fastov has worked for years in product development for Brooks Brothers and Rag & Bone, dealing with the chaotic commute and the inevitable carrying multiple bags to house everything she needed. Then, one morning, the strap of one of her three bags got stuck in the subway turnstile which gave her an idea. Today, she is the Founder and CEO of her own company, Go Dash Dot. Read on to hear her take on balancing it all.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm Hannah. I am from Westchester, NY. I started my career in merchandising and product development for handbags, footwear, jewelry, hats, gloves, scarves, and hosiery (aka accessories).
As a recent college graduate starting my career in fashion, I was always squeezing in an early morning gym session, running to the office, and then attending post-work networking events and/or dinner with friends. I always had at least two outfit changes with me, makeup, hair tools, laptop, extra shoes, etc... After trying what seemed liked every bag ever made and still not finding one that fit all of my stuff, kept me organized, and looking cute, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I started asking women in the gym locker room if they had a gym/lifestyle bag they liked, none of which did. But they all had ideas as to what would make the perfect carryall. I formalized my research and took a survey of over 100 active women from which I designed my first bag, the Infinity Bag, and my company Go Dash Dot was born.
I am currently the Founder & CEO of Go Dash Dot, which is a curated collection of bags thoughtfully designed for a life on the GO!
What does balance mean to you?
To me, balance is about finding a sustainable lifestyle. As an entrepreneur, my job is 24/7 and I work from home, which makes it even more difficult to separate work life from personal life and find balance. But I have learned that overworking myself is more detrimental to my mental health and overall success than choosing to step away from my desk at a reasonable hour to have dinner with friends or my fiance a couple times a month, cook myself a meal, or go to a work out class so I don't burn out.
What 3 things give you the best balance?
I have found that starting my day with a workout clears my head and puts me in a much better position to tackle the day. Also, since I do work from home, on days when I'm home sitting at my desk all day, I have to go out for lunch, take a walk around the block, or just go talk to my doorman so I get some movement and human interaction in the late afternoon.
My motto has always been 'work hard, play hard' and it seems to be the best way for me to feel balanced.
I love traveling, experiencing new cultures, and, of course, eating! For me, getting out of my head and exploring the world is the best way to reset, recharge, and have fun with family and friends.
Building Go Dash Dot. I always thought of work as a job, somewhere I went during the day, not a career until I started Go Dash Dot and my passion project/hobby turned into my life. But I love every second of it - the good and the bad!
What advice do you have for someone struggling to find work/life balance?
This is something I struggle with and honestly, have not found the perfect solution. It's so easy to get caught up in work/friends/dating/boyfriend/girlfriend that you are never 100% present in what you're currently doing fueling that feeling of imbalance. But I have learned to take a few minutes (even just two) every day to slow down, think, reflect, and organize my thoughts allows me to act more efficiently, effectively, and feel more present in whatever I am doing.
Do you have any go-to resources or rituals that help you find balance?
Working out is my go to but any activity that forces me to put my phone down and completely away always helps me find balance.
Now let’s have some fun, what are some random things we don’t know about you?
I am a foot model, mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite food, my fiance and I went to prom together.