Liana Rosenman was diagnosed with anorexia at 12 years old, and by the time she was 13, was in treatment. It wasn’t long before she met Kristina and together, they supported each other on the way to recovery. By 25, Liana and Kristina were celebrated on Forbes 30 Under 30 for founding Project HEAL, which has funded over 100 people to recovery from eating disorders.

Did we mention that Liana is also a full-time teacher in New York City? “It’s really important to give yourself time to unplug. I’m more productive when I’m well rested. Maybe I’m getting things done, but it’s not to the best of my ability.” We asked her about the driving force for her success.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I started Project HEAL in 2008 with my cofounder Kristina. We met in treatment for anorexia. Our friendship was very recovery-oriented, and we push each other to reach full recovery. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. Together, we realized how fortunate we were that our families could afford treatment because there are so many people who are turned away.

I’m also a full-time teacher for the New York City Department of Education, so I help run Project HEAL before and after work.

What is your routine day to day?

I wake up at 6 a.m., check emails, and get as much work done as possible on my commute to work. The school day starts at 8 a.m. and we get out around 3 or 4 p.m., so I will check in with the team at that time. Our team is all across the country, so having a time difference really helps.  

How do you unwind?

Unwinding is key for me. Ever since I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease two and a half years ago, I’ve begun to focus more on my work-life balance as a young professional. Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city to my parents’ house in Long Island where I get to spend most of my summers. I’ve always said I’m not really a city girl, and my life is really fast-paced. We have two golden doodles, and I’ll walk them and enjoy nature while listening to Demi Lovato.

What’s the last thing you do before bed at night?

At around 9 p.m., I turn off my computer and phone, and watch Netflix while eating dessert. Then I get to bed around 10 p.m. Not checking emails or social media after 9 p.m. has been a challenge, but it helps me be in the moment while I wind down from the day.

What are your bedroom essentials?

I have a book, notebook, and pen on hand so that I can write down thoughts or late-night ideas. I also keep my phone close by so that I can make sure that the people who are close are ok. I have such an amazing support system in my family, friends, and Project HEAL community.

What is your favorite RECLINER item?

The Sleep Pant in Black!

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