In the spirit of the season, we're thinking about gratitude–what it means to be grateful, what we're grateful for, and how to remember what we're thankful for even when life proves difficult. We sat down with Afton Vechery, the co-founder and CEO of Modern Fertility to get her take on gratitude as we inch toward the new year.
Before Modern Fertility, Afton worked in healthcare private equity, strategic operations at various health tech startups, and most recently led the consumer tools division at 23andMe. We talked with Afton about what gratitude means to her, and how we can all get a little better at appreciating the good in our lives.
Modern Fertility: Hi, Afton! Tell us what gratitude is about for you.
Afton: Gratitude means taking a step back to really look at things–the people I have the opportunity to meet, the work I have the chance to do, recognizing the positive aspects of my life. It's so easy to take things for granted, and letting your world view become narrow. I try not to let that happen, and try to constantly be aware of what brings me joy.
Modern Fertility: What are you grateful for?
Afton: Getting to work on the subject of women's health for a living, and being able spending my day to day building things, with great people, that are in service of our mission. I came to Modern Fertility from private equity, where I was looking at the rise in infertility rates and constantly talking to women who didn't know that their fertility declined with age and that IVF wasn't a solution for everyone. It really stuck with me, I didn't understand why people weren't talking about this more. I feel so lucky to know that what I'm doing makes an impact, to address something that raises all of these emotions, to actually do something about it, that truly makes an impact, and to be doing this work with an amazing team that supports each other.
Modern Fertility: What do you do to remind yourself of what you're grateful for and why it's important to be grateful?
Afton: In college, I studied neuroscience and business, and I took a class on the neural basis of meditation. It was the first time I was exposed to meditation, how it works, and why it could be beneficial. I don't meditate as much as I should, but I definitely try to incorporate it into my life. At Modern Fertility, we try to reflect on all the progress we are making by sharing everything from customer feedback to throwbacks of funny team quotes during the week.
What are you thankful for? How do you express your gratitude? From our Modern family to yours, we wish you a season of joy, presence, and empowerment. And remember–during this time especially–to take care of you.