We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Hill, MA, NCC, LPC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
The importance of work life balance has become increasingly important to me over the years. In the past, I thought of work life balance as taking time off every few months to recharge and get away. Now I see work life balance as setting boundaries with your time. It’s making time not just for work but for the people and things you enjoy. Work life balance is learning to say no to things. Work life balance requires you to be aware of yourself, how you feel, and your limitations and to cut off when you need to.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Psychotherapist at a Private Practice serving Women. I specifically help self-motivated young women “have it all” while managing the ups and downs of life. To “have it all” means something different for everyone. I help women redefine and create their own definition of “having it all” and set and achieve realistic goals. I got to where I am today professionally by hard work and having amazing mentors and people come into my life who believed in me. The road was not always easy and I have had a few challenges. I overcame these challenges by staying positive, setting goals, and staying focused on my goals. Some lessons I have learned along the way include learn to set boundaries, No is a complete sentence, self-care is important, and it is okay to make mistakes. I have learned you don’t have to be perfect just be your best self and be genuine. I would like the world to know that Therapy is Okay and Going to Therapy is not a Taboo Thing, Therapy is Actually Pretty Dope!
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?
If my best friend came to visit I would take them to: The High Museum, The Fernbank Museum of Natural History, A Braves Game, Peter Street Ponce City Market, The Atlanta Botanical Garden. Milk and Honey, Six Feet Under, RA Sushi, The Milkshake Yard, A Hawks Game, and An Art Event.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents, Teresa Johnson, MS, LPC, CPCS, NCC, Autumn Collier, LCSW, and Tammy Prickett, Ed. S, NCC, LPC.