We had the good fortune of connecting with Latoya Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Latoya, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance has constantly evolved throughout my life. I’m finally at a place in my life where I feel like I’m finding creative ways to balance everything that I have going on in my life. I work as a full time science teacher, I’m a wife, a mother of 3 beautiful girls with a son on the way, an artist, an author, and a co-host of the podcast “Becoming Eva.” I wear many hats during the day. I had to figure out how to take things off of my plate to make more time for the things that I was more passionate about such as writing, painting, and being a voice to women by means of the podcast. I decided to take coaching volleyball off my plate, as well as working in a traditional school building. I currently work as a virtual teacher from home, which allows more flexibility in my schedule. I can more easily take care of the household needs, attend my children’s school functions, paint, write, read, and have a little bit of me time for walking or exercising. I’ve taken on the mindset to work to live instead of live to work. If you take on the mindset of working to live, then you can figure out how to balance everything in your life without feeling overextended.
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.
I’m a self-published author of 2 books; “The One Who Restores” and “Secrets of the Sexy & Shameless” and I provide consultations for people looking to publish their own books. I also host the Becoming Eva podcast, which launched January 2020. I think the most difficult part about writing a book is promoting the book once you’re finished with it. I always have reservations about telling others about my books and putting it out there because I am vulnerable to the world’s opinions after I publish it. I had to overcome my fear by having confidence in what I created. I learned to launch out in faith no matter what I try to achieve. It’s okay to not have things perfect the first time you put something out, because we are all progressing into beautiful works of art. My story and brand are evolving daily as I learn more about myself and my crafts.
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.
If my best friend was coming to visit me I would take her to the Atlanta Beltline. I love going on walks at the Beltline because you can look at the artwork, and eat at the wonderful places. When I visit the Beltline depending on what time I go; I like to visit Ponce City Market, which has several good places to eat. If it’s earlier in the day, I would recommend visiting Five Daughters Bakery for some delicious donuts. If it’s later in the day, I would recommend visiting H & F Burger, then grabbing some Honeysuckle Gelato. If you decide to walk the other way on the Beltline, then you can always visit Krog Street Market, which also has a lot of great places to eat as well like Fred’s Melt & Bread and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Depending on the time of year, we would check out a Falcon’s football game, or a Hawk’s basketball game. We would venture out to the Botanical gardens with the rest of the family. Other great places in Atlanta to dine are Copeland’s, Sweet Auburn Seafood, Gumbeaux, and Louisiana Bistro. We would check out CineBistro in the Brookhaven area, which has movies and dining. At some point we would check out Medieval times, then visit a paint and sip venue.
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 would like to thank my wonderful husband, Ryan Scott Moore, who is the co-founder of Trackstarz, my best friend, an entrepreneur, and my motivation. Thank you for believing in me and pushing me to be my very best. I would like to thank Sean Grant who is the CEO of Jaidot LLC., the other co-founder of Trackstarz, a multimedia brand which specializes in bringing Godly content into the world. Sean Grant worked tirelessly on my website designs, book promo videos, and book cover design. I would like to thank my co-host of Becoming Eva Podcast and the co-owner of the Becoming Eva brand; Maya Dawson. Maya decided to take a leap of faith with me on this journey to reaching women in the community.
Website: http://www.kashonbooks.com/ and http://www.becomingevatoday.com/
Instagram: @latoyakmoore and @becomingevatoday
Twitter: @latoyakmoore and @becomingevatoday
Youtube: Youtube Channel at Becoming Eva Today