This week, I have another amazing Boss Lady to feature! I’m fortunate to be surrounded by so many fabulous women who are out here killing it, and my friend Sandhya is no exception! Sandhya Advani is a healthcare consultant, currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Her firm focuses on revenue cycle management for hospitals, and her personal fitness journey is one that she loves sharing and bonding with others about. She is constantly working towards her ultimate goal of helping others, and always working towards being the best version of herself (while living her best life, of course)!
I hope you enjoy this week’s spotlight!
What inspired you to become a Healthcare consultant?
I knew that I wanted to be in the healthcare industry, helping people; however, I always went back and forth about where in healthcare I was going to fit in. The plan when I graduated from undergrad was to get my MPH and then go on to PA school, but, slowly I began to realize that the clinical side of healthcare may not necessarily be for me – it was just expected of me.
Through my MPH focus in Health Policy and Management, I was able to learn more about the business side of healthcare, a world that we often fail to acknowledge. Whether we realize it or not, someone has to be in the background making sure a healthcare provider’s doors stay open so we can get the care that we need. I chose to consult, specifically, because I knew that it would give me the opportunity to build a diverse skill set as well as, continuously push me to think outside of the box when I approach situations.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Those close to me, know that I love to go shopping and I love to eat, so I definitely love to partake in a good shopping day and/or meal. However, fitness has become a big part of my life recently, so whenever I get off of work in the evening my next stop is usually the gym to see my trainer. It’s definitely a big time commitment, but it’s something that I genuinely enjoy and love sharing with others.
What is your ultimate dream job?
The dream for my career is to one day make it into the C-suite of a hospital or health system, but I would have to say my ultimate dream job is to one day be a mom. Every single time I think about what my mom has done for me, I can’t help but wish that I get the opportunity to do that for a child of my own. And, if you combine all of my dream jobs together, I know that I will be a force to be reckoned with! #bosslady
How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by rewarding myself for reaching goals – both short term and long term. I also make sure to acknowledge each step that was made towards achieving those goals. Sometimes our goals can seem so far out of our reach, but attaching an incentive to my goals, or just acknowledging that I am moving in the right direction really helps me keep my eyes on the prize.
Who are a few Boss Ladies that you look up to or that inspire you?
My mom would have to be the top source of inspiration for me, but I also find myself inspired by people like Lauren Conrad. She carries herself with class, and I just love how she is in tune with her self. Not to mention, she is out here making boss moves in silence! She is confident in herself, her family and her craft, and that is really inspiring to me.
What are your goals for the year?
My main goals for this year have been to get back into both reading and traveling more. I think I’ve made good progress towards achieving those goals. I have a trip to India coming up soon, and I have been looking at books that people around me have recommended. If anyone has any book or travel recommendations, let’s talk!
What’s your favorite social media outlet?
I would have to say Instagram is my favorite social media outlet. Obviously, this social media platform helps me keep up with people, and also allows people to keep up with me. But, what makes it really special to me is the ability to share something that has become really important to me over the past year and a half – my fitness journey. Posting videos of my workouts give me a tangible to look back on and see my progress in my workouts, and it doesn’t hurt that others seem to enjoy watching the videos as well!
How do you manage your time? Do you have a balance?
To me, managing my time means maximizing my time, so I always try to find ways to be as efficient as possible. This can mean making lists (and prioritizing things on those lists), sticking to schedules and establishing routines – all of that! I also try to anticipate curve balls that might come my way (whether it be at work or in my personal life) and build in some buffer time, so I don’t get overwhelmed when things don’t go as planned.
Maintaining a balance in life is the only way to keep your sanity, and I feel like I am able to make that a priority. I get to work in a field that I care about, and I am fortunate enough to work for a company that values work-life balance, so I make sure to translate balance in all aspects of my life.
How do you find time for Self Care when you’re so busy as a healthcare consultant?
Sometimes it’s hard to find a few minutes in the day where I can unwind and just take care of myself, but recently I’ve made it mandatory to set aside some time every day to do so. There is nothing that is more important than taking a few minutes for your health and sanity, and that is something that I had to learn the hard way. I have iron-deficiency anemia, and I have been at a point where I let a small aspect of my life affect my health in a negative way. I don’t want that to ever be the case again!
One way that I remind myself to take care of me is I have an alarm every night that goes off an hour before I usually go to bed. In that hour I do whatever I need to do (i.e. take my iron supplements/any other medicine that I’m taking/wash and moisturize my face, etc.), and something that I want to do (i.e. watch a show, read a book, catch up with my friends, scroll through Instagram). I make it a mission to never sacrifice that hour for myself. Since I’ve implemented that technique into my life, making time to for myself has been so much easier–because now it is an expectation not just something I do every so often.
What is your favorite quote?
“Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.”
What is the most important thing that you’ve learned that changed your life or how you approach things?
As someone that is usually pretty confident in themselves, I’ll admit that in the past I’ve doubted myself. I’ve gone through phases where I’ve compared what I have to what other people have, and my successes to other people’s successes. Once I realized that all the energy I was spending on other people could be channeled into energy put towards me, my perspective changed. Ever since then I’ve made sure to focus on me. I’m working towards becoming my own boss lady in my own way. And I can’t lie, I’ve been a lot happier this way.
- Ulta or Sephora: Sephora
- Dinner or Dessert: Dinner
- Ab workouts or Leg Day: Leg Day
- Beach or Mountains: Beach