We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacey J. Gholar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacey J., how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When it comes to work life balance I am proud to say that we have become friends. When I first started and well into my business, I had no idea of what that looked like. When you’re a one woman show you find yourself doing everything and because your goal is to build a great business, it’s your personal life that will suffer. I was burning the candle at both end of the stick and was burning out fast. It wasn’t until I started to do some inner work like meditation and reading books like Eckhart Tolle “Power of Now”, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and Emotional Intelligence to name a few. After reading these books I found a new perspective to look at my life. I started to understand the importance of balancing both work and my personal life to even be partly successful at running a business. You see running a business is something that takes a lot of focus, sweat and tears but so does your personal life. Actually your personal life is more important than running a business because when we don’t take care of ourselves properly we suffer. through mental, physical and financially. If one doesn’t learn how to create harmony between the two, the outcome could be detrimental.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’ve had several businesses that have evolved over time. My business now, LIVE365 Empowerment helps women over 40 how to reclaim their personal peace and confidence. I help women who are reinventing themselves after a breakup or life changes to identify, accept and learn how to overcome these challenges through understanding past trauma, self imposed negative thinking and how to create an intentional roadmap to redefining their life. Under the LIVE365 umbrella is LIVE365 Radio show which promotes real and raw conversations that matter of life, relationships, finance, health and more. One thing is for sure that starting, running and keep running a business isn’t easy. I’ve had many challenges and I still have them even today but I’ve taken each lesson to help shape the business. I definitely keep myself educated and surround myself around others that are in business no matter if it’s a similar business to mine or not. We will forever be learning and keeping yourself open minded and teachable is key. My business is from personal experiences as well as speaking with so many women in my lifetime and understanding that we all deal with some of the same issues. I knew I wanted to be a vessel to help support women that are dealing with some of the things I listed above. The great thing about my business is I know my Dad is smiling down on me knowing that I have taken full advantage of the gift God gave me and that’s to connect, empower and inspire women all over the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta is a pretty big place if you like to venture around. Oh and let me tell you…I am a foodie and I love good food so of course there would be food a couple times throughout the day unless I cook. I love to cook as well but I’m sure we’ll hit a few spots like Chops, Ruth Chris, Tuk Tuk, The Goodz, Ray’s on The River, Juicy Crab, Blue Martini and the list goes on. We would hit some historic places like MLK childhood home, museum and church. If it’s summer we could head on up to Oconee Lake and do a little water rafting. I love to laugh so a comedy show would definitely be on the itinerary. Definitely some shopping, hiking up Stone Mountain and a little night life to get our dance on.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, I’ve been blessed to have the support of several people in my life. The first one is my Dad. He’s the reason why I started the LIVE365 Empowerment brand. He was my biggest supporter and cheerleader even to the day he transitioned. He’s the reason why my positive attitude is on 1000! The 2nd person would be my cousin Lisaraye McCoy. She was the reason I started my Lifestyle management journey back in the late 90’s. I used to travel with her to help her sell her calendar and other products but when she started paying me I was like, hold up! I’m on to something here and that’s when I started Stacey J. Enterprise, an event planner and personal assistant company. Then there’s so many people that I met when I moved to Atlanta that has helped me in some way. They either connected me, supported me or lended a helping hand. One things for sure I’m thankful and to all those that have helped me out I want to say thank you!
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