We had the good fortune of connecting with Chinasa Elue, Ph.D and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chinasa, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I am reminded at this moment that being in a hyper-productive society, we may feel like we do not have many options on how to think about the tasks that guide our days. But I am encouraged in saying this- we get to choose what we think about our work and how we get to achieve each task. Radical honesty with myself has been a guiding principle I have used to help me manage my work-life balance, especially as I navigate working full-time, building my business, and managing my various personal and professional responsibilities. I believe we have to be honest with ourselves about our abilities to take on more than we can handle. Additionally, I have to extend to myself continuous grace, especially during these times. It is very easy for the lines between work life and home life to all blur together; and to be frank, the gravity of everything mixed together at times can be too much for one to bear. I will say one thing I have learned is to continue to extend to myself the grace to figure things out day by day. There is no blueprint to navigate the current realities we are in, but what I have found is that when I am kind and gentle to myself, I am able to carefully determine what items will get checked off the to-do list. Grace is needed now more than ever to give us the opportunity to continue to thrive in our professional careers, but also artfully craft out the spaces we need to forge ahead in other areas of our lives.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The proudest moment in my career so far was being awarded early tenure and promotion as an associate professor. I came to the realization early on that there is no perfect blueprint for one’s career. I think once it dawned on me that I have a choice to move on and exert agency over my career, I began making decisions that aligned with my own values and desires to live a more balanced and fulfilled life. People often feel trapped or unsatisfied in their careers. If you hate your job or your career path, you have a choice to decide whether you will be miserable or if you will transition on to get into a career path that aligns with your life goals. We are living on borrowed time and life is too short to stay in a place where you feel unworthy, frustrated, and unmotivated. We owe it to ourselves to explore the things that make our hearts come alive to the many possibilities of what God has created us to do and not be afraid to dream of the infinite possibilities that lie ahead.
True Titans Consulting Group is a professional development and life coaching firm aimed at supporting professional women of color to thrive in stressful and difficult environments. We specialize in speaking, coaching, consulting, and diversity, equity, and inclusion training. What I am most proud of in my company is that we have been able to work with countless individuals in achieving their personal and professional goals. What sets us apart from others is that we are a minority and women-owned business that uses a comprehensive framework to support the work we do with our clients every day.
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 love the city of Atlanta! There is so much to do and I love uncovering new adventures. If I were to provide you with an itinerary for a visit with my best friend it would definitely encompass this current phase in my life as a young mom. We would go for breakfast at Negril Village and then stop by the World of Coca Cola with our families. We would then head over to one of my favorite restaurants, Nan, for some Thai cuisine, and then head over to the Atlanta Beltline for a nice walk. We would end the day with dinner in the Ponce City Market and do some shopping along the way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate my shout out to my own personal coach and friend: Isi Aladejobi, CEO of Powerful Women Make Powerful Moves
She has been a great source of support to me as I continue to grow my company and I grateful for her brilliance and the Fulfilled Community! They are a phenomenal group of women and I am blessed to be a part of them.