We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Frazier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first began my career, I was always striving to be better than the best. I would be the first one in the office, the last one to leave, and the one employee that my bosses could always count on to pick up the slack. When I transitioned into entrepreneurship, I carried over this same hustle and mindset — however, being on call and on demand 24/7 took its toll on my personal relationships, my health, and my overall quality of life. As I grew older and as I emerged deeper into entrepreneurship, I realized that all of the facets of my life (personal, business, relationships, etc.) were more meaningful and enjoyable when I stopped pouring into them from an empty cup. Prioritizing my self-care, my mental health, my joy, and creating boundaries helped to build more balance in my life — thereby reducing stress and anxiety, and giving me the feeling of fulfillment. I don’t believe that work-life balance is ever 100% achieved; however, I do believe that prioritizing your needs and joy — and doing the things you love (whether that’s personal or professional), will make life so much more worth living. You will exude this peace from the inside-out, and others will be attracted to that magic and hopefully mimic the same.
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 the Founder of Leah Heals — a one-stop destination for meditations, sound baths, holistic healing and wellness. As a Black woman, I am excited to bring this area of healing to my community at a time where we’re being more open and honest about our mental health, our traumas and our personal and collective healing. It wasn’t easy getting to where I’m at. It took hundreds of hours and a large financial investment in order to receive the numerous certifications and education I’ve received in order to pour it back into my community. It’s not really a question of how or why I overcame the challenges that I did in birthing this business. All of this was necessary. I continued to put my “why” in front of me when I would grow tired or weary as I built my business — the audience of people who would need my services in order to improve their mental and physical well-beings. I’ve learned many lessons along the way, including to continuously talk about and to promote the business. There are many people watching and paying attention who aren’t going to “like” or “share” every post — however they’re in the background connecting you to your next opportunity or bringing your name up in rooms where you’re not present. It was difficult for me to promote myself as a healer in the beginning as it was so different from my full-time career as a publicist. However, once people began to receive healing and have their lives changed, I decided to lean all the way in, into promoting Leah Heals. I want the world to know that although I am fully invested full-time into another business, you can always evolve and grow different parts of yourself. Some will branch off into another business, and others may not. At the end of the day, it’s your story to write — no one else’s. Do what makes you happy and always remember that there are people out there who need you and what only you can do, so just go for it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To eat, I would take my friend’s to either Smokey John’s Barbecue or to Three Forks Steakhouse. For dinner with a view, I would head to The Monarch at the Thompson Hotel. For drinks with a view, we’d head to the rooftop bar at The Canopy Hotel or Catbird. I love spending my time in Bishop Arts or Oak Cliff — even having a picnic by Lake Cliff is ideal for me and for sports, enjoying a Dallas Mavs game at the American Airline Centers. In Dallas there is always something to do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout my Meditation Instructor and guru, Chelsey Charbeneau, of Breathe, Meditation and Wellness, for pushing me into a deeper practice of meditation, self-care, and prioritization of me. Without the guidance of Chelsey, I would have lacked the guidance and insight to explore mindfulness further, and to go on this endless journey of learning and self-love.