We had the good fortune of connecting with Irelsie Alvarez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Irelsie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I love my job because it really does give me the work life balance that I’ve always wished for. For some people work takes precedence over everything else. I feel that in the long term that can have a negative effect on our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. We have a set working schedule and our clients know and respect our work hours. Every now and then they might call us if its an emergency and we are happy to help them but that’s once in a blue moon. I leave work at my office and after hours I concentrate on my personal life. I am blessed to have a job where I don’t have to take work home and I think that helps a lot to have a balanced life.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets us apart from others is that our customer’s needs are always first. We strive to provide the best rates while meeting our customer’s needs. Castillo Insurance Agency is a business that specializes in selling auto, home, and commercial insurance. We also offer income tax, notary public, and are planning to offer life insurance services in the near future. We take pride in offering our customers quality insurance at competitive prices and great customer service. We believe in ensuring your safety while earning your trust. We treat each of our customers with the utmost respect and integrity. I faced a lot of stress in my first years as a business owner because I was putting a lot of overtime. I would get off from work at 4 pm from NTT and then go straight to my business after that and work more hours. Insurance is a commission-based job so in order to start making a good income from it I had to grow my book of business. It was not easy the first two years starting from a zero book of business and paying someone to run the business, almost all my paycheck would go to pay my employee and office expenses, apart from that, I had college loans I was also repaying. It was not easy but well worth it because now I am reaping the benefits of all the hard work.

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?
Day 1 Destination: Las Colinas Eat: Terra Mediterranean Leisure: Mandalay Canal Walk at Las Colinas Day 2 Destination: Las Colinas Eat: Masala Wok Leisure: The Pavilion – Lakes of Las Colinas Day 3 Destination: Dallas Eat: Bread Zeppelin Leisure: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Day 4 Destination: Arlington Eat: Inside Park Leisure: Six Flags Over Texas Day 5 Destination: Dallas Galleria Eat: Wabi House Leisure: Ice Skating Day 6: Destination: Dallas Eat: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse Leisure: Downtown Dallas Sightseeing Day 7 Destination: White Rock Lake Eat: Picnic Leisure: Bike riding/kayaking

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 thank God first of all for opening and closing the necessary doors that got me where I am today. Second the people who inspired and encouraged me to launch my business were my parents, grandparents and uncles. My grandparent’s worked hard to give a better future for their kids. All my uncles from my mother’s side are successful businessmen, so they supported me with moral and financial support at the start of my business. I thank them all for always pushing me past my limits and seeing the potential and strength in me.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irealz17/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/irelsie-alvarez-b1499b7a/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/castilloinsuranceagency

Image Credits
Joey Mojica, Cireli Bruce

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