We had the good fortune of connecting with ShaVonne Cammack and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ShaVonne, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Growing professionally as an employee and as an entrepreneur, I often hear “Work-Life Balance” and I always cringe. This notion of successfully balancing home life and work life is actually a constantly changing and evolving rhythm, with multiple intertwined routines. While my work life may shift and change depending upon the projects I’m working at the time, my kids’ school schedules and requirements are pre-determined and tend to follow the same flow every school year. I’m grateful to work in an industry that allows me to shift and change as needed, but it really is the routine of my personal life that drives my “Balance” This way of balancing leaves room for my marriage to thrive, time for self-care, and routine family time. Leading a life that is driven by the things that actually matter, helps me thrive in every other area.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Let’s Eat is a brand that emphasizes intentionality and authenticity. Connecting with family and friends, using homecooked/home-crafted meals as the vessel does not have a specific set of rules or a template to follow. The act of “Breaking Bread” with your fellow man can be as simple as cheese and crackers or as elaborate as a steak and lobster meal, but the conversation and energy that is shared is what matters. I’m most proud when I get a text from someone excited to share a picture of a meal they made, or when someone shares how they document their version of my recipe in their book. This journey was met with multiple challenges, however, I viewed every challenge as a necessary learning milestone. This is my first brand, my first book, my first website…so I went into this process, prepared to face challenges. Along the way, one of the most important lessons that I learned was to always remember my why and my who. I focus my energy on why I started this journey and who I want to impact. I want the world to know that Let’s Eat is a brand that encourages you to be who you are to those that love you exactly how you are.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting for an entire week, she would stay exclusively in my home, which we would treat as her personal Bed & Breakfast. I would prepare all of her favorite meals and wait on her as her personal guide. We would visit The Space & Rocket Center, Alabama A&M University, Dark Side Coffee, The Foundation for fresh juice, Mid City to hear live music, catch a comedy show at Stand Up Live, head downtown for a walk-in Big Springs Park, or catch a show at the Von Braun Center. Also, we would visit St. Bartley Baptist Church for a service. (The oldest Black congregation in Alabam, and one of the oldest Black congregations in the United States)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to take this time to recognize the regular working moms out there. I’m speaking to the moms who work in and outside of the home, take care of the home, the family, the meals, school-related stuff, doctor/dentist appointments, being emotional support for EVERYONE, taking care of the dogs, tracking the kids’ social media accounts, making time to nurture your spouse… I see you Sis! Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup.
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