We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Kemp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has drastically changed over time. I used to approach the concept from a perspective of productivity but realized within the first few years after college that it was flawed. I believed that work life balance meant that you should cram as much productivity as possible into your day and offset the blood/sweat/tears by rewarding yourself with things or experiences that you enjoy (aka “living”). Life and work quickly became transactional – give until you could not give anymore and get something or do something that you enjoy as a result. I found myself working 60-70 hour work weeks in the office to push results to obtain or afford the material things that I liked and travel to the destinations that I had always dreamed of. However, I was gaining weight, getting sick more often, spiritually out of tune, anxious and not mentally well in general. It became apparent that I needed to work on balancing my health with my work. If I was not well, then I could not execute my work at maximum capacity. This is what happens when there is no balance in wellness and work. I now think about work life balance in terms of health. A common definition of health is the “soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment”. Therefore, when approaching something as subjective as work life balance, I try to simplify it to whether an action or habit is healthy for one’s well-being. There are debates of the specifics of how healthy something is but we can all generally agree on what is healthy or unhealthy on a foundational level. Being well includes being well physically, spiritually, financially and psychologically healthy. This can look like exercising for at least 30 minutes four times per week, praying or meditating, addressing traumas, and seeking traditional or non-traditional counseling after or before your workday. I aspire to achieve work life balance by balancing being healthy/practicing healthy habits in all components, while working to achieve career goals to where one does not cause detriment in the other.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most proud of the impact that Speak Prosperity LLC™️ has and is currently making in individuals’ lives. We do not measure our success by subscribers, likes, followers, sales, etc – we measure impact/success by the DMs, emails and calls expressing how Speak Prosperity LLC™️ has impacted and changed their lives for the better.Our brand’s purpose is to deliver faith-based words of wisdom to individuals, with the intent of assisting individuals in becoming better human beings as a whole. We are not interested in solely assisting you in strengthening your spiritual walk, elevating your finances or repairing broken relationships – we aim to positively impact all aspects of your life. This means elevation from a 360 standpoint – spiritually, mentally, physically, financially and psychologically. Everything that we do is rooted in biblical principles, as God is the center of who we are and what we do! We also sell dope merchandise locally (Dallas, TX) and nationally via our online store! Getting Speak Prosperity LLC™️ to where we are now was the opposite of easy. It was a strenuous process to get established, being that it was my first time starting a business, legally establishing a business, getting things trademarked, marketing a brand etc. Through God’s guidance and the assistance of other mentors, family members who owned business, friends help with marketing and promotion… we are still in business and thriving. We are constantly looking to improve how we fulfill our mission to assist others. Faith has been the rock that we have stood on and the rock that we will continue to stand on.
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?
Many things have changed due to COVID-19 – unfortunately drastically impacting my normal suggested itinerary. Here is my current take: Fun/Visit/Hang Out: – Klyde Warren Park – Trappist Hour (OT Tavern) – Dallas Modern at Museum – Black canvas (open mic night at The Island Spot on 2nd & 4th Thursday) – Bombshells – Boomerjacks – Pluckers – Arlington Highlands – “Deep Ellum” area – “Uptown” area – Nick & Sam – Trinity Groves – The fabrication Yard – Boardwalk Food: – Jonathan’s Oak Cliff – Gloria’s – Bone Daddy’s – Fuel city (Tacos) – Jeff’s Vegan – Bam’s Vegan – Brunchaholics – Sushi Axiom – RA Sushi – Aunt Irene’s – Uncle Uber’s Sammich shop – Shells and Tails 2 Geaux Brunch/Happy Hour: – Stirr – Harlowe’s MXM – Saint Ann’s – TNT – Henry Majestic – Harlowe’s – Moxie’s – Whiskey Cake – Snooze AM Eatery Treats/Dessert: – Val’s Cheesecake – Cake Bar Churches: – The Potters House (Dallas main campus) – One Community Church – Concord Church – Lit Bible Study (non profit organization – 7pm bible study for millennials on Tuesdays)
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?
I contribute the majority of where I am and my success to God. Special thanks must go to my parents – they have been and still are beautifully flawed mentors. Honorable mention goes to my siblings, tribe and the many people that has taught me so many phenomenal life lessons.
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