We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Ford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I don’t think there is a such thing as work life balance. The concept of balance suggests that two parts are equal and deserve equal time. I think of life as more of a pie. Everything gets a piece. Sometimes you focus more on a particular task at hand but doing so does not diminish the importance of the fuller view of life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always been one who has dabbled in creative pursuits but I got more serious about painting a few years ago when I took some time off between jobs. I committed at that point to learn how to paint abstractly, and for me that involved some exposure to color theory which I’d never had. What I am most proud of about my story and my brand is keeping the desire to keep going. I don’t put much pressure on myself, I want my work and experiences and opportunities to grow organically and in the time frame meant to be. What you get with my art is me—a snapshot of how I am growing and changing at the time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A best friend visit for me is probably going to be keeping home base nearby and getting some takeout and watching movies. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people deserve a piece of this shoutout. Primarily my family and friends who literally cheer me on for big successes and small moments. My children also encourage me so well. I am always inspired by their fearlessness when they pick up a paintbrush or start a new art project. I love that they find joy in creating and do not need to look to others for validation.
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