Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Get Busy Livin': Work/Life Balance for Dummies

While cruising Instagram for memes to torture my friends with (and because there really are no mysteries left) I stumbled upon an inspirational quote on my bikini waxer’s feed that really resonated with me. A tile of wisdom that read: never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. What a fantastic concept that is so utterly in tune with where I'm at right now. Last summer I transitioned from full time freelance artistry to a permanent position with a cosmetic line, one thing led to another and I now find myself in a full-time management role in a new city.

Impromptu girls' day at the Getty Center. Can't beat the view!

The move from Orange County to Los Angeles, and a new leadership role combined with living on my own for the first time made it very easy for me to fall into a very work-centric lifestyle. I really love my job- I love doing make-up as well as the corporate/retail side of the business. Although I was not physically at work more than 37-45 hours a week it was completely dictating my lifestyle. I would wake up exhausted and come home exhausted and on my days off I’d drive back to Orange County and attempt to resume the life I’d left behind. That's the thing about loving your career, you put so much into it- it can be challenging to not lose yourself. One of the major reasons I transitioned from a freelance life was to have more balance, plan for my future and establish myself.
My new life in LA consisted of very little other than walking my dogs, grocery shopping and work. After a couple months, I had to have a come-to-Jesus talk with myself: 1) my social life couldn’t exist in a completely different county and 2) reruns of Sabrina The Teenage Witch on hulu are not suitable replacements for real hobbies.

Personal time is crucial.
 The idea of work/life balance is a lot easier said than done and at times breaking the cycle can be a very hard diet. I had to allow myself to reach a breaking point and decide there was no other option than to find balance. I started making new friends, connecting with old ones and made myself get out there. In the past couple months my workload has tripled, but I’m having the time of my life. The truth is, to find balance, you just have to do it. You’ve got to rally and be your own cruise director. I don’t go out and party every night, but I make time for the things and people in my life that are important to me. I love to karaoke, therefore I karaoke one to two times a week. My dogs are a lot happier and mellow when they get to run around, so we go to the bark park daily. Honestly, I feel like I’ve got a completely new lease on life and a newfound affection for a city that I’ve spent years dreading. Do yourself a favor and disconnect from the rat race. Go to a museum. Sit under a tree. Call your friends and plan an activity. Do SOMETHING. Life is too short.

Photobooth at Edendale in Silverlake

 Also, if you live in Orange County and are looking for a fab waxer, you HAVE go visit my girl Cami at SoCal Waxology in Laguna Beach!

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