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

Hi Jessica, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The most important thing I’ve been doing recently to grow a sustainable business is maintaining good self-care habits—this plays directly into having a work/life balance that works for me. I’ve never been the kind of person who wants to work 24/7. While I do enjoy what I do for a living, in the past I have found that it’s easy for me to get burnt out and overwhelmed when I don’t take time for myself. A few years ago, I established good daily habits to keep from overworking myself. I have chosen 3 self-care activities that I do every day: a morning and night skin care routine, a meditation session (via the Headspace or Insight Timer apps), and 5 minutes of stretching before bed. They’re simple and don’t take a lot of time, but I commit myself to making time for them like I would any appointment. I hope these activities can help keep me grounded while I work to make my side business my full-time job.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I remember being a little kid and learning cursive letters for the first time. I became obsessed with copying my teacher’s gorgeous writing, and eventually I had the best handwriting in class. I guess you can say lettering and typography are things I’ve always been curious about; I just had no idea it was possible to make a living out of creating letters by hand until a few years ago. My journey as a designer and lettering artist started pretty unconventionally. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in architecture. After I graduated, I was unsure if I wanted to continue with architecture. While searching for a job, I taught myself how to use design programs with online tutorials, and I started doing freelance projects to make some money. Eventually, I got a job at a small family-owned billboard advertising firm, and that was the beginning of my career as a graphic designer. I began dabbling in hand lettering a couple of years later after seeing some of legendary lettering artist Jessica Hische’s work online. I taught myself the basics of lettering with more online tutorials and lettering challenges. Fast forward a few years, and I have started a side business of lettering and illustration apart from my full-time graphic design job. My goal is to eventually leave the corporate world behind and run my lettering business full-time.

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?
If I wanted to show someone a great time in Dallas (and we weren’t living in COVID times), there are so many places I’d love to take them! For brunch, my top spots would be Cindi’s New York Deli off Forest Lane if we wanted something simple but filling; Breadwinner’s in Uptown if we wanted to overindulge; or Meso Maya downtown if wanted a patio breakfast with an authentic Latin flare. To walk off all those calories, I’d take them to North Park Mall for the best shopping in the city; Klyde Warren Park for people-watching; or White Rock Lake if they REALLY wanted to burn some calories. For a casual dinner, I’d take them to Wabi House in Lower Greenville to get a bowl of their one-of-a-kind tsukemen; Taverna for red wine and romantic Italian dining; or Pecan Lodge for the best barbecue pork ribs in Texas. After dinner, we’d be lucky to catch one of the Perot’s after-hours exhibits; visit the Nasher for their Till Midnight movie screening event; or dance all night in any of the clubs on Cedar Springs.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m shouting out a business coach I had for just a couple of months a few years ago but who definitely helped inspire me to take big leaps in my business. Kristin Taliaferro is a Dallas-based Master Certified Coach with over 20 years of experience, and she’s the real deal.

Website: www.jessicamolina.design
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