We had the good fortune of connecting with Shan Terrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Balance? Lol. What is that? No, seriously it’s taken me some time to “properly” balance my life in all aspects. I am a mother, spouse, business owner, student and so much more. Over time I’ve learned that I can not accomplish everything in one day. I would try to squeeze all of my “to-do-lists” tasks in a matter of a few hours. I was becoming overworked and irritable to say the least. Yet, I was not getting as much done as I thought I was. Now, I view balance as the core of my day. Essentially there is a time and place for everything. I delegate tasks for myself and if I need help I simply ask. I no longer bring the “office” work home. My home-life is mostly separate from my work-life (I slip up sometimes). I set aside specific days and/or times for my family, for myself and other things not associated with work. Balance by definition: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. Proper balance has allowed me to do just that!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a serial-entrepreneur. I create many business ventures for my children and I. I am most proud that I get to give my children insight on entrepreneurship and other options aside from traditional jobs.
I got to where I am professionally by never giving up. I literally told myself “quitting is not an option” repeatedly. Professionally I pride myself on taking notes from life experiences, secondary school and other jobs to build myself accordingly.
It’s never easy, but it is worth it. Nothing worth having is easy. I overcame the many challenges by thinking positive. A positive mind yields positive actions, positive actions yield positive outcomes. There are times where I want to give up but I can’t, I have two beautiful children watching me. If you ever feel like giving up, think of 5-10 reasons why you can’t, they usually outweigh the bad. Sometimes looking how far you’ve come, where you’ve been and where you’re about to go is all the motivation you need!
I’ve learned to never give up. So what your field, industry, talent, etc is over saturated, saturate it some more. What is for me, is for me, simple. I’ve also learned that my vision is not going to always be clear to others because it’s MINE!
I want the world to know that Shan Terrell is here to stay. My name will be a household name, my brands, businesses and legacy will live on far beyond me! The core of me is family and togetherness, I can not lose.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love good food, drinks and energy!
breakfast/brunch : Milk andHoney
Burn some calories: ATL Beltline or Ponce City Market
Dinner: Ruth’s Chris, Fogo De Chao, McCormicks, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Chops Lobster Bar
Eat/work/play: Atlantic Station or The Battery
Night Life: Wraith, Blue Lagoon, Boogalou, Cru
Friend, just stay forever! Lol.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My children deserve the ultimate shoutout, they are the wine beneath my wings, seriously. My son and daughter inspire me to be the best version of myself. Trinity (9) my daughter is amazingly wise, talented, mature, intelligent and selfless amongst many other things. Trace (3) my son is mostly calm, yet a firecracker at times, wise, kind, super smart and so much more! The pair of them are my why: why I keep going, why I won’t stop, why I am successful, why I am determined and why I’m even typing this!
Major shoutouts to my mother (Demi) and my Grandma (Glenda), they both fuel me in different, but equal ways! My sister Miya, she’s my calm in the storm. My close friends and friends turned family, I love you all dearly.