Tej Rajendran knows how to fill her soul.
"If you didn't have lows in life, you wouldn't be able to appreciate the highs."
Have there been times in your life when you tried to be something or “fit” somewhere that just wasn’t quite right?
Most of my professional career as a software engineer. I'm good at it, it gives me joy when I solve hard problems, but it doesn't fuel a large part of who I am. Being a model, trying and failing in business, volunteering, promoting fitness, these are the things that fuel my soul.
What do you do your fun? Or what are your hobbies and passions?
I workout... a lot! I got really into fitness 3 years ago. I started working at GE Digital as a Software Engineer and decided to take the new beginning to reinvent myself. Nothing quite like the feel of a barbell bright and early. The accomplishments, structure, and discipline fitness taught me resonated throughout the rest of my life.
When do you feel most relaxed? Most inspired?
I am the most inspired after a great workout. If I can "squat that/lift that" I can do anything! I am the most relaxed after meditating/yoga.
What’s one thing you learned the hard way that you wish you could tell your younger self?
Learning how to fail. I always felt like I had to do what was expected of me growing up. I now am braver and have found courage to "break the mold" and follow my gut.
What are three things you just refuse to waste any more time on?
Contemplating career moves. Cultivating relationships with people that take more than they give.
Professional Optimist and morning person and cookie eater.
What is your top life tip you think everyone should know that keeps you sane?
If you didn't have lows in life, you wouldn't be able to appreciate the highs. The universe works in such mysterious ways. Trust it. Believe in the timing of your life.