We had the good fortune of connecting with Rocio Becerra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rocio, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life” Hillary Clinton.
Theoretically, work-life balance happens when one is able to minimize work-related stress by balancing career and personal life in a way that professional responsibilities and productivity go hand in hand with general health and well-being. In practice, this theory is the exception, not the rule. We often struggle with conflict between work and family.
For me growing up in a big family was a blessing. We all got together every day after work or school for coffee or lemonade, for long conversations about whatever was going on locally or internationally, or just for a good family card game on my grandparent’s long dining table. That made me realize that no matter what I ended up doing in life, the family would have to come first. My resolve was strong and that idea was ingrained in my heart and when I left my country to live in the US, I had to forget what I was back home and start from zero.
This country is an awesome place to live with a lot of opportunities but it takes long hours of hard work and consistency to make it. For me, at the beginning of living here, my passionate view of family first life was far from my reality. Something had got to give so I could survive financially. Sacrifices had to be made. So I adapted to my new life and through the years I went from family first to work first and then, family first again, and a more balanced life. There were a lot of challenges in this process. It took a great deal of adapting, being flexible, and being resilient to finally find my happy place in life. My priorities changed. Since then, I do what I love, I’m mindful of everyone and everything around me, and my peace is non-negotiable. In my business, I focus on people, applying the golden rule to every aspect of my work. I make handcrafted soap with quality ingredients and I test them on myself first. If they’re good for me and my family, then they’re good for everyone else.
Today I see work-life balance differently, you work to live not live to work. Your career is part of you, it’s your knowledge and experience combined to be able to achieve financial stability. It has to be enjoyable but it can’t be your life. The moment you have to give up your life, the balance is gone, then your career lacks meaning because you have no life.
What should our readers know about your business?
Having worked in the medical field for 20 years, in the front and back of medical and dental practices, surgical facilities, and hospitals, helped me connect with people from all spectrums of life. I enjoyed the area of patient care and learned a lot by listening to them and caring for them. I liked what I did, but it was a stressful job. The emotional strain when you deal with sickness, the long hours, on my feet most times, and the pressure I felt on my personal life, made me realize that I had to make a decision and re-adjust my priorities. As a mom of two wonderful girls, I needed more time and flexibility to be with them. In 2005, I became a real estate agent and loved every minute of it. I knew that even though I was in a different field, I was still taking care of people by helping them find their homes. My work was about their needs, not mine and I could still have the time needed in the search for that perfect balance of career and family. I love being a Realtor, and to this day, I continue to help some awesome clients find homes and practice the investment part of it. The flexibility of this job gave me the time I needed to figure out what I wanted from life. I was able to write my first novel, and even though it will never see the light of day, it was a liberating experience for me. I reconnected with my family and my quality of life improved tremendously. I’ve been married to my soul mate for 31 years. One of the things I admire about my husband is his curiosity to always learn something new to do, his mind never stops. He likes to make everything from scratch. From bread to yogurt, to kefir, to carpentry, photography, you name it. He loves to research the best way to do things naturally.
In the fall of 2019, he was researching for a solution for the lifetime struggle with dry and sensitive skin for me and my daughters, pointing out that the soap bars we buy at the store were the culprit and that it was the only thing that we’ve used since we could remember. So he asked me to help him make real soap from scratch. After careful studying, understanding the chemistry behind it and trying different formulas, we made our first batch of funny-looking, awesome-smelling bars.
At the beginning of 2020, we found ourselves, along with the rest of the world, in the middle of a pandemic. As a network engineer, my husband was able to work remotely, but as a real estate agent, I couldn’t do the same, and eventually had to stop working. With time in my hands, I went back to our soap-making project and continued perfecting our recipe: the one true soap recipe that, today, is the base for most of our soaps.
The results I saw on my family, the delicious scents, natural additives, and the unlimited possibilities when working with all these ingredients made me fall in love with soap making and before I knew it, I was making soap for friends and family.
I wanted everyone else to try it and experience the benefits of using real soap. The One True Soap Company was born.
It’s been a rewarding experience to be able to do what I love, helping people take a more natural approach to do something so simple as taking a shower and enjoying the benefits of real soap by eliminating all synthetic chemicals found in the commercial counterpart.
One thing I’ve learned, in this journey that has been my life, is that when you take a path and follow the crowd, you miss your turns and you ignore the road signs that are meant for you but that’s ok, it’s part of a learning process. As long as your map is that wisdom and your compass is your heart, you’ll find your way back, and you will finally learn to take a lonely turn to the road less traveled, the one that is right for you and leave a trail for others to follow and achieve the same. So the question is, how are you going to use your career to have a balanced life, a life that might not be what you thought at the beginning of your journey, but a real, more fulfilling life.
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 would take my friend to the north Georgia mountains where hiking trails will take us through beautiful mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. There are also a lot of awesome wineries in the area. On the northeast of the mountains, we would visit Helen, walk around the small town with Bavarian-style shops and restaurants. We would then drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains to end the day with a nice dinner at one of the restaurants downtown Blue Ridge. Since my friend would be with us for a week, we would visit every day some of the historic towns like downtown Marietta and even scare ourselves to death at night taking the famous ghost tour at the square. Friday, since we both love baseball, a Braves game at Suntrust park would be so much fun, making sure we stop at Battery’s shopping mall and restaurants for a quick meal before the game. On the weekend we would make sure to go downtown Atlanta and visit the Georgia Aquarium that is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven galleries. We would also take the CNN studio tour and maybe catch a glimpse of some famous news shows on the air while we are there. After walking around we can quench our thirst with every version of Coke available around the world at The Coca-Cola Museum and I will definitely take a picture of my friend’s face after trying some weird soda flavors. On Sunday we can relax and have a picnic in one of the many parks in the area. There are so many other things to do in Georgia that my friend now has a reason to visit again soon.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Husband Luis, my sister Pilar, my two daughters, Maria and Mia, my cousin Lucy and mom Griselda. They all deserve credit because, they’ve been helpful, loving, and supportive, sometimes even without knowing throughout the whole process of creating my brand.
Other: The One True Soap, LLC is located in Acworth, Georgia. Our email address is email@example.com