We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendra Norwood-Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kendra, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
During the pandemic things that are important to you start to prioritize it and how you can balance everything out. Working from home and working on my book was amazing but I still needed to balance other parts of my life in this new norm. Creating a schedule where I was able to focus on my mental, spiritual and physical help me get through balancing everything out. I would also find some time for fun. A typical day would like to do yoga in the morning and writing down my goals for the day, then I will move on to just sitting in silence and doing some deep breathing. Next, I would drink some tea and being to work on my book. I would take breaks and go outside for fresh air or to have some lunch. Balance has changed because I think everyone including myself focuses more on self-care.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am excited that I actually wrote a book. It truly was a labor of love. Editing the book was my favorite part of the process. I learned so much about myself. I got to where I am today with patience and staying consistent. The encouragement from family and friends as well help me finish writing this book. I want to give up because this was outside of my norm. I am a 2nd-grade teacher why am I writing this? Was a question I would often ask myself. A lesson I learned was to truly trust the process. I would get upset with myself because I couldn’t understand my own notes, It took me forever to come up with the title. I am grateful for this process thought because after writing this book I can say I truly a better person because of the lessons I learned. I want the world to know to go after that dream that seems crazy at first! I promise it will be worth it in the end. Remember there is positivity in everything!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend was coming in town I would take them to the best black-owned restaurants. I love Rodneys and Soul food and Jamaican food. The drinks are lovely and the food is made fresh. I also love Ponce City Market they have a lot of cute shops and the rooftop view is amazing. Next, we will go to visit some parks that have waterfalls. During the pandemic, I have discovered some of the most relaxing waterfalls for relaxing near.

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?
I owe everything to God.

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