#30DaysofMindful: Engaging in Activities That Quiet the Mind

How Ruth Kallens, founder of Van Court, uses mindfulness to cultivate compassion—for herself and others.

Mindfulness is a buzzword in the health and wellness community, but translating it into our own daily routine is easier said than done. Our #30DaysofMindful series takes a deep dive into what mindfulness means to influencers, experts and CEO’s who have mastered the mental trick. Their real-life applications may help you define it for yourself.


EVERUP: What does mindfulness mean to you?

RUTH: Being aware of myself, my surroundings, the people in my life, and making sure I give myself the consideration and self love I need.

When did mindfulness become something that you actively tried to practice and why? 

At one point in my career, a client of mine was a psychiatrist. We had a very interesting discussion surrounding compassion and at that moment I realized I needed to be more mindful in order to have more compassion. To be successful in this life, thoughtful consideration for those in your life will help make you grow.

How did you go about incorporating it into your routine and practicing it daily?

Incorporating mindfulness is easy, especially when you practice yoga. I feel like yoga was my first introduction into mindfulness. I bought Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening. I began listening to guided meditations. I reminded myself to always process before speaking and deciding.

Did you encounter any roadblocks or struggles when first attempting to be more mindful? Was it hard to cultivate?

I found it easier to incorporate mindfulness into my work space than into my personal life. I have no problem being mindful towards my employees and team members but I found it challenging to offer it to my parents. After all these years, I still wasn’t accepting of their inability to not change their bad habits. I realized that I needed to accept them for who they are and enjoy the present moment. I sometimes realize I can struggle with being mindful of myself. I can sometimes put others ahead of myself, to a fault. I need to remember to be kind to myself.

What are some ways that you actively cultivate and practice mindfulness? 

I’m big into meditation, yoga and spinning. I find these three practices to be cathartic and inspiring.

What effects did you see on your mental and physical health, productivity and/or creativity as you made mindfulness a part of your daily life?

I saw and felt positivity. I was emotionally growing and able to move forward. Being mindful can occasionally make the decision-making process complicated, but rewarding.

Give us your 30-second elevator pitch for why we should all be making mindfulness a part of our daily routine, and actively trying to cultivate it.

Integrating mindfulness into your daily life is as easy as taking a second to ask yourself, “How would this make me feel?”

Ruth Kallens is the founder and partner of Van Court, a New York City nail care studio.Having worked with the biggest names in beauty and nails for over a decade, Ruth is a beauty industry veteran. After searching for years for a mani/pedi where skin, nail health and a perfect paint job were top priorities, Ruth was lost in a sea of nail-art specialty salons. On a morning meditative walk with her dog, she realized she had all the tools necessary to create the studio that answered her nail dreams. Van Court is a marriage of Ruth’s dedication to health and mindfulness, passion for the perfect polish and love of creating experiences.



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