We had the good fortune of connecting with Aziah Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aziah, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When first starting a business, constant thoughts are, “If I’m not busy every hour of the day, am I honestly producing anything? Am I being productive enough to be successful?”. The honesty in those thoughts are that they are invalid. I’ve grown to learn that the concept of working smarter and not harder, stems from the concept of balance. A person can be busy or working every hour of the day but is that labor producing actual income? Any supplements that helps you grow physically mentally? Its thought processes like so that helps me restore my personal definition of balance.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Thompson’s Topic Public Relations is a PR Agency independently ran from Philadelphia, Pa by the CEO Aziah Thompson. Our agency’s internal existence is all for those of the industry who are serious about their craft and professions. Though we have dedicated partners for departments such as marketing and branding, we pride ourselves on being diverse to work with those who best feed our clients needs and goals. We take pride that we are able to onboard the best of the best to work with. We’re very humble here at TTPR to be able to say that we’ve produced great array of work for many major brands.
Though far from over, the journey was not easy. There are a lot of roller coaster moments on this journey where you can find yourself at an all time high and some days where you feel low. It’s all about how you overcome a challenge however. Prayer and hard work does not come easy for some, you have to want it! If there’s anything I could pass down to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’d like for you all to know that you can obtain your goals with hard work but that just 50% of the process. Stay consistent and go hard everyday it will pay off.
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.
Personally, A day of fun in Philadelphia has nothing to do with the weather and all to do with self-care. The best way to look your best is to feel your best. After spending a day of being pampered (nails, hair, body upkeep, etc.), it’s time to shop. Taking the hike up to King of Prussia mall or the alternative to find an outfit best fit for that night of activities. Afterwards, taking a bite out to eat at some of the best places in town, which surprisingly are not always the fancy restaurants. Bookers, Cray Taste Soul Food, Fridays, The Shake Seafood etc. are all good eats and good times. Afterwards, taking a wine down to a few bars like Bleu Martini or Coppas is always a great way to end a night!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This journey has not been a solo one. Ive come across so many people on this path that has not only helped me stay afloat but they’ve also helped me grow into the expert I am today. A few professors at Temple, David Brown, Bruce Hardy, a few of my colleagues, Khalil Bullock, Chante Hall, Niesha Kennedy, Porsha Hargrove, Ronda Supreme, Karen Vaughn and so many more.