Ned: How would you describe yourself?
Pete: I’m a nature lover and adventurer, time permitting. I’m my happiest in open spaces and without a phone. These days I’m a husband, father and under-resourced start-up founder. I naturally gravitate to a slower pace whenever possible.
Ned: Can you tell us more about the work you do?
Pete: Co-Founder of climate-positive banking tech start-up Atmos Financial. Atmos is the world’s most climate-positive banking product. Every dollar deposited supports renewable energy, reducing emissions to meet science-based targets. Atmos measures the carbon impact of every dollar, offers nationally leading savings rates and cash-back rewards, and makes it easier to support a wide range of environmental organizations. We think of it as ‘no-sacrifices’ banking, with better rates and perks to our customers, better technology and unparalleled climate-positive impact.
Ned: What are your core values?
Pete: Humility. Respect for the paths and spirits of others. I value and seek out objective truths.
Ned: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Pete: Work hard and be nice to people.
Ned: What’s your motto or favorite quote?
Pete: Waste not, want not. I’ve said that enough to irritate plenty of people.
Ned: What’s something you’ve learned this past year?
Pete: It (however you define ‘it’) takes a village. I’m still very much learning this lesson. Finding, creating and nurturing your tribe is important on many levels.
Ned: What’s a super simple practice you do that’s improved your life?
Pete: I try to get my hands in soil whenever I start to feel a little depleted. The smells and textures are really rejuvenating. It’s a very small act but it creates an intentional moment of appreciation for all that I have and reinforces a positive head space for me to keep on keeping on.
Ned: What do you know you need to do to feel like your best self every day?
Pete: It’s not always possible day-to-day, but prioritizing sleep and physical movement is necessary for me to be my best.
Ned: How do you start your day?
Pete: My day usually starts pretty early. I try to ensure I’m present for my family by 7am, but I’m squeezing in a couple hours of work, perhaps swimming some laps or just sitting in a sauna before my family wakes up. Sharing breakfast with my family is a time I’ve come to cherish.
Ned: How do you end your day?
Pete: My nighttime ritual is critical for restful sleep. My mind is usually racing at night and if I am not intentional about calming my body and mind, I never truly power down. I might be up again after a few hours and back into my ‘To Do’ lists, and over time that really wears me down. It’s actually a pretty simple routine.
Ned’s Sleep Blend
Read until my eyes start to close. I work in climate and it’s a stressful field. I used to read books on the impacts of climate change, but I found that just added to my overall anxiety level. Now I like to have a good novel and nothing related to climate change on my bed stand.
Ned: What’s your favorite ritual?
Pete: Our family goes to the farmer’s market nearly every Sunday morning. This has turned into a ritual that connects us, and particularly my 2yr old daughter, to the food we eat (whether she knows it or not!).
Ned: What’s your best advice for stress?
Pete: Breathing exercises are helpful to calm the mind and come back to center. Also, don’t procrastinate. Try to identify what is causing you stress and attack it head on.
Ned: What’s your best advice for mental health?
Pete: Take a walk in the woods whenever possible.
Ned: What’s your best advice for sleep?
Pete: Get as much as you can. Keep to a routine.
Ned: What’s something you want to start doing?
Pete: I’d like to reduce my screen time and spend more time connecting directly with the people around me.
Ned: What’s something you’re grateful for?
Pete: I’m grateful for the opportunity to be working on something I care deeply about and for the people that make that possible. Atmos is a tool we can all use to create a more liveable planet for future generation.
Ned: What’s your favorite Ned product?
Pete: Duh, Sleep Blend! Ned’s Sleep Blend has become a daily ritual for me. Over time I’ve really come to notice the positive impact it’s had on allowing me to de-stress, particularly at night when I need it the most.
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