Ginni Saraswati is a podcast producer & content creation specialist, an award-winning journalist, and communications and public relations specialist. She is the founder and CEO at Ginni Media, a podcast & content production company specializing in podcast strategy, production, and creation for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies. Saraswati was nominated as Broadcaster & Presenter of The Year in the 2017 LGBTI Awards and was an award finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in Comedy & Entertainment.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia in Northcote and Clayton. I was raised by a single mother and I had to grow up a lot quicker than I had to. My mother is endlessly generous – in her love, her time, and her energy. The way she would express love is through the act of service of cooking her famously delicious meals (which were not just enjoyed by my sister and me) and showering people with thoughtful acts. She would remember certain things about individuals, like their favourite meals or how they would like their tea. Growing up around that level of thoughtfulness taught me that through taking the time to remember certain the things about people allows them to be seen and heard and that is what we all want, ultimately.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

That you have more time than you think, and you don’t have to have it all figured out.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Two years ago I heard that Podcasting was a dying medium…………crickets.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

For me, a dark period involves some form of loss or ending. An ending of a chapter, career, relationship. The ending of something is challenging for us to accept because when something ends, we feel death in that experience. A mindfulness teacher I’ve connected with this year actually taught me that. When a baby is born, it is welcomed into the world with such joy and anticipation, yet the baby itself is crying. When we die, the people we love mourn our loss, yet our soul transcends to a happier place. I’ve learned that no matter the grief or darkness that we go through, there is light waiting for us once we actually go through it.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

My morning practice and starting my day being grateful, intentional, and leading the day with what I value. It has been the foundation of my well being, self-care, and the growth of my business. My workday starts as soon as I wake up, so my morning routine is a part of my workday.

What is your morning routine?

I love this question and I am obsessed with morning routines. However, I do want to say that every day is a different day and we don’t always wake up feeling the same. On most days, my morning routine is:

  • Press “Ok” on my phone alarm
  • Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil while I open the blinds in my apartment to let the sunlight in
  • I make my bed
  • Brush Teeth
  • Morning Skin Care Routine
  • If I have a session with my trainer that morning, I’ll head on over to see him, otherwise I walk on over to my local café and pick up my coffee
  • Morning Walk
  • Set The Intention for the day: How do I want to feel? Who Do I want to be? What do I want to give? What Do I want to receive?
  • Journalling
  • Write 10 things I’m grateful for
  • Read a page from the following books: Until Today (Iyanla Vanzant), Inward (Yung Pueblo), How to Love (Thich Nhat Hanh), Holy Shift
  • Meditation
  • Breakfast

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

My morning routine. It has been the foundation of my well-being, self-care, and the growth of my business. My workday starts as soon as I wake up, so my morning routine is apart of my workday.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

The Mastery Journal by John Lee Dumas has untaught everything I learned about time management, and that is, not to multi-task. Focusing on one thing at a time and measuring that time gives you an idea of what you actually can achieve when you’re completely focused. Another habit this got me to do was to prioritize the important tasks.

Another resource I use is the Tadama app on my computer. It’s free and you can set the time for your focus sessions and how long your breaks want to do. When it’s time for your break, the screen turns blank and shows a timer automatically. The first day I used it, my assistant sent me a Slack message to let me know I was “on fire,” that day.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

The 5am Club by Robin Sharma – Design your morning, conquer your life.
24/6 by Tiffany Shlain – taught me the importance of disconnecting to connect
Atomic Habits by James Clear – it’s the smaller habits that create bigger goals

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“I died as mineral and became a plant.
I died as plant and rose to animal.
I died as animal, and I became human.
Why should I fear anything?
When was I ever less by dying?” – Rumi

“The extra mile is never crowded
What gets measured gets managed
Turn your wounds into wisdom
Anything you can imagine, you can create”