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

Hi Jani, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I was younger, family came first – work second. Then as my children grew and were gone to school during the day, my time shifted. After my kids left the home, work became my primary focus.

In 2000, when our nonprofit started, all of my time and efforts were centered on the ministry, as my children were grown and lived out of state. I didn’t go into it prepared to have work/life balance at all. It was several years before I realized the need to schedule time and activities for my own health and wellness.

As time goes on, I have learned to delegate more and balance my time! I would say work/life balance is great now – but it took a lot of time to get there. I highly recommend folks learn/plan at the beginning of their career, not later!

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?
Lexington, Ky is one of the most beautiful places in the US!

Monday – Breakfast at The Track Kitchen at Keeneland Race Course where they can eat a hearty meal alongside jockeys and trainers. Then back in the car to see the amazing horse farms that line the countryside. We would finish off the day with dinner at the Castle. (Yes, a real castle!)

Tuesday – Breakfast at Ramey’s — a local gem with a breakfast folks actually drive to Lexington to experience. Then a day exploring the plethora of fun/artsy shoppes and boutiques throughout town.

Wednesday – A driving tour to discover the numerous murals located throughout the City. Brunch at DV8 Kitchen, our amazing second-chance restaurant.

Thursday – An afternoon in the Distillery District — shopping, great restaurants, lots to experience. Then finish off the day at Thursday Night Live (outdoor venue in downtown Lexington) with great local entertainment.

Friday – Antique shopping in Lexington and surrounding counties, featuring lunch at The Glitz Restaurant located in Irish Acres Antique Gallery. An experience NOT to be missed!

Saturday – A day at Keeneland Race Course, with dinner at any of a number of amazing restaurants. Lexington has so many great dining spots! Reservations WILL be needed.

Sunday – Church and a return to Ramsey’s for a great lunch or a second great breakfast!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Max Appel was my boss at the job I had when this ministry began. He encouraged me to dream big about what the ministry could be and how it could affect lives in a positive way. He shared his experience with non-profit development and was always available for questions, concerns along the way.

Website: www.nataliessisters.org

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