We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Leftridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
For the first few years of my career, work-life balance was almost non-existent. I spent many hours making sure that my clients were ok but not myself. It took the pandemic to really make sure that I was working on myself and giving myself the proper self-care. I use to think by doing the clique things such as bubble baths and pedicures was real self-care and balance. I found out that boundaries were really the work-life balance self-care act I needed to master. Quite frankly – I knew I had to quit my full-time job and focus on my business and personal growth. Now work-life balance looks like cultivating experiences to check in with myself and be present with myself. I make sure that I do little things like not checking my phone for the first 30 minutes after I am awake and going outside everyday – even if it’s just to sit on the porch. The self-care really has to be to focus on what you are able to do that feels good outside of being productive. There is a time for work and a time for rest and a time for play. Make sure you include them all and learn to say NO when it doesn’t work for you.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am proud of my ability to encourage others to take care of themselves and to live freely and authentically as work to do the same. I am proud to be a facilitator in peoples’ journey towards radical self-care.
What sets me apart from others? My background in teaching allows me to help others help themselves with knowledge. My ability to be practical from experience, as well as from life lessons allow me to help others on a different level.
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 use to work at Stone Mountain Park while getting my Masters. One of my favorite places in the park is the Grist Mill. I would sit there for hours and reflect and write as well. I like to take people to the places that aren’t popular. One of my favorite pubs is the Brockett Pub in Clarkston. It really is a neighborhood bar. Dugans is always a stable place to go to as well.
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?
Shout Out to my Group Chat – Nydia (Naturally Ever After) and Myrtha (Myrci.co) – for giving me the courage to move on and boss up. Shout out to my bestie Candice of MN8 Beauty for reminding me to rest. Shout out to my lover – George – for all the behind the scenes support and work necessary to get a business off the ground and keep it from falling. Lastly shout out to my therapist, Heather, for letting me know I would be fine in these mental health streets and I really could step out on my own.