We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Hancock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Like with most things in life, the balance of time that I allot to work has seasons. When my children were younger, I was fortunate enough to have more time to dedicate to helping them shape themselves into individuals I think are pretty spectacular. Just this year, my youngest entered Kindergarten and my available time has shifted again. I find myself able to do work in editing my photography sessions during the daylight instead of waiting until the kids are in bed! Now I find balance in using my lunch break to visiting them for school lunch. I meet their friends in the cafeteria at a time in my life when I can’t regularly host them at home. I have also found a career that brings me so much authentic joy in the people I’m able to interact with. There is a wonderful feeling of “wholeness” from making your work processes and connection with clients personally uplifting as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Doesn’t the saying go that nothing worthwhile comes easy? Maybe that is true, or maybe its just that we find value through our efforts. Either way, owning my own business while raising five kids has absolutely not been easy! Every day is a juggle to balance these opportunities. I’ve learned that goal setting both in work and home is incredibly rewarding and motivating, and that when I work with a goal I always surprise myself at what can be accomplished.
While I’m incredibly proud of the product I produce, what holds more value to me is the relationships that I’ve created through the process. I want the world to know that you find more of what you seek; when you seek the good in each individual who you work with, it will exponentially grow! And that is the way to create an incredibly rewarding life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of the things that I love most about the DFW area is the great variety of experiences available! I love anything from sharing my Texas roots with out of town visitors at the Fort Worth Stockyards to enjoying a live music and private firepit at Eight 11 Place in Frisco. We adore our Frisco teams and that regardless of the season, there is a hometown sport to cheer on!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom has been an incredible inspiration to me; she was a single mom who with drive and dedication created a beautiful, connected life for herself and me. She is one of my best friends and greatest mentors. I truly believe that we are each the sum of our experiences and the people we rub shoulders with, so for better or worse I’m grateful for each of those individuals and how they’ve helped shape me.
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