We had the good fortune of connecting with Breanna Powell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Breanna, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance for me has definitely changed, grown, adapted, and everything in between! It took a whiiiile for me to establish any balance at all because I was / am so used to constantly being in go-mode and in a constant state of “doing!” It got to a point where I thought that I’d established a good work-life balance simply because I was literally doing it all – I was in school, I was working part-time, I was going out on the weekends; but, I was EXHAUSTED. So I had to reevaluate what balance really was.
To me, balance means that I am creating and prioritizing space for rest just as much (if not more) as I am doing so for work, my brand, content creation, etc. If I don’t have that balance, I start fumbling opportunities and giving less than my best – is it really worth it for me to take on all of these opportunities if I’m too tired to complete them in excellence? For me, the answer is absolutely not.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the creator of thebusybre, a blog created to embrace and encourage others to find the blessings in their imperfections while sustaining a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. It wasn’t always easy to establish this brand, but it was so worth it. I originally started blogging as a way for me to cope with the post-grad depression I experienced after getting my Masters. I’d been in school all my life, so the thought of not having that structure and measurement of achievement was overwhelming – so I started a blog. My first blog wasn’t successful because I did it for the wrong reasons. When I rebranded last summer, I really was able to experience what it feels like to be pursuing purpose and experiencing the joy that comes along with that!
I am a multipassionate, professional multitasker. Lol I wear the hat of content creator, social media manager, blogger, influencer, event planner, etc. I got here just by going for it. If/when I have an idea, I’m willing to put in the work to see it through. If it doesn’t work or I’m not good at it, THAT SUCKS; but I’m willing to move on and accept that I can’t be good at everything and that is okay. It’s taken a lot of positive self-talk and affirmations, anxiety management, tears and all’at, but I’m a better creative and person because of it!
I want people to know that thebusybre isn’t just about doing a lot of things just to say you did them…thebusybre is about finding the things that bring you joy on the pursuit of purpose and deciding to go for it because you realize that you deserve to experience and sustain that joy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I currently live in Durham, so my itinerary will be for the RDU area! I love to eat – so when my besties come to town, we have the food on lock! This is definitely not an exhaustive list, but these are some of my favorite spots in the Raleigh / Durham area.
Places to Eat/Drink:
-Barcelona Wine Bar
-Vinos Finos Tapas & Wine Bar
-Morgan St. Food Hall
-Dames Chicken & Waffles
-Its A Southern Thing
Hang Out Spots/Places to Visit:
-The Roof at The Durham
-American Tobacco Campus
-Durham Central Park
-Seven Springs Vineyard Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I love this question! I would like to shoutout my circle – my friends and family. I always say that my friends/family are a direct reflection of God’s love for me and I mean that. Each and every one of them believes in me more than I believe in myself, and there’s NO WAY I could be doing any of this without them. Thank yall for loving me well and pushing me to be in constant pursuit of my purpose!