We had the good fortune of connecting with Glori Beaufort and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Glori, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I had none. I’ve struggled with time-management & focus since I was a kid. But when I got to staying up 24-hrs straight without sleep just meet a deadline or having panic attacks in the car before meeting up with a client, that left little-to-no energy for me to devote to my daughter & other things I enjoyed. That’s when I realized I needed some extra help. There wasn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for me. It was a weakness of mine & I needed a professional to guide me to that balance. Utilizing therapy as my life + business coach was one of the most life-changing decisions I’ve ever made. I’m sleeping better now; I’m more replenished & I have the strength to detox from those poor habits I’ve relied on for so long.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Photography is my full-time career at this point, but I still consider myself an artist first, professional second. When my business “picked up” around the same time this “hustle” mentality was glorified among entrepreneurs on social media, I thought I had to follow suit. I took on that same persona online & I found myself neglecting the creative side of my “hustle” & my art suffered. I know that I have to put the “work” in & do the parts of my job that I don’t enjoy as much (emailing, marketing, networking, etc.). But I’ve learned my love for the craft & the fulfillment I receive from doing that alone is what makes me a better professional. So, I have to nurture that. I make an effort now with every season of paid-clients I take on, I commit to a passion project. Those projects are what fuel me as an artist so that I can pour more into my clients. My current clients expect to not only receive a professional service from me but to also experience my unique perspective & artistic expression of whatever it is they’ve hired me to capture.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live outside of Atlanta, so I’m usually the friend that’s visiting! So far I’ve enjoyed Ponce City Market, walking the BeltLine trail for fresh air away from the pace of the city, or hanging out at bars/restaurants like, The Vortex, in midtown. On my next trip, I plan to visit more museums like the Swan House & the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All the friends who tolerate my 7-days+ of silence & busyness, then welcome my 7 paragraph-texts full of ideas or worries with open arms at any time of day. I believe in the power of a support system, whether that be a spouse or that one teacher you call on once a year. Having someone you can un-mask with & crumble at their feet when you need to is important to a human. You could do it alone, 100%. But if you can get that “hug & push” from someone along the way, I think it helps you get to where you’re going faster. Most often that’s my husband. He tells me when it’s time for bed & to finish saving the world tomorrow.
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