We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Ponders II and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeff, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’ve learned that it’s not about “work-life” balance… but simply life balance. We often talk about work like it’s just something modular that we do… that we can leave it behind when we clock out and go on to our lives. The truth is, work isn’t a separate structure. It’s one part of our whole lives. I believe when we make conscious decisions about what success means, what matters most to us, and the impact we want to leave on the world, we can start to move forward toward balance.

The other thing I’ve learned is that balance is a fluid concept. It’s like standing on one foot and trying to not fall over. Your foot is consistently moving and adjusting to keep you upright. As life goes on, our priorities shift, resources change, and relationships. Establishing balance is really about understanding what’s important today and being open to the changes that may come tomorrow.

When I look at how I used to manage time, I literally worked ALL the time. On the one hand, it was easy because I love the work I do. But I didn’t do a good job of managing my non-work (personal) relationships. I found myself completely unbalanced in my pursuit of professional achievement. I definitely crashed hard and busted my butt.

Today, I maintain a clear sense of who I am at my core and the legacy I want to leave for my family and community. I pay attention to my stress level and ability to be present in my relationships and flex my time accordingly to be healthy. It’s a daily process, but I’m better for it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

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.
I’m a jazz head, so I’d easily find myself at Kat’s Cafe or Apache. Always good vibes and great music! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve had so many people pour into my life that it’s practically impossible to name a single person… but I always start with acknowledging my parents. They instilled a sense of balance, encouraged my imagination, and fed my creativity. They’ve always reminded me that I can dream and achieve, and that there would always be new levels to reach.

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