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

Hi Victoria, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My word for 2022 is shift. From graduating last year, to working in the real world, I feel like the line between balancing work and life has blurred significantly since the pandemic started. I’ve worked remotely for almost two years and it’s pretty much the same as my everyday life. I’m not complaining though! I am doing a better job of carving out time just for ME. This means deep work for at least 4 hours on my to-do list, whether on a specific day of the week or on the weekends. I think balance is necessary with so many outside distractions. Moving forward, I seek to create more of a balance with the work I do professionally and the work I do creatively. There is a quote on my wall that says- “Make Your Passion Your Paycheck.”

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’m a 24-year-old digital content creator, blogger, podcaster, and Gen. Z mental health advocate! I take these titles with a grain of salt because I feel like I’m so dynamic. With my podcast, I have the ability to spark timely and useful conversations with fellow young people. I am excited to launch Season 2 where I will speak to Gen Z podcasters in the health & wellness space! As a creative, I want to use my unique perspective to shine a light on issues that matter to me. I have so much respect for other talented artists and creatives who made a personal brand from scratch on their own. I want to have the power to choose how others see me and not the other way around. I consider my brand to be a girl from the big state of Texas with even bigger dreams! Even while I was obtaining my Master’s degree- I had doubts that I had to overcome- one being developing a creative hobby while pursuing professional goals. This is where persistence comes in and tells me that I can do both. If Tyler Perry can act, produce, direct, and wear a wig as ‘Madea’- I can do multiple things too and succeed!! I just want people to know that my time is coming- just wait for it!

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?
Whew- we’ll have to see what the gas prices are looking like first!! All jokes aside, the DFW area suits all taste buds- Chinese (my favorite!), Indian, Korean, Soul food, Vegan/Vegetarian, African, etc- you name it! Personally, I’d take them to downtown Dallas- maybe visit the Galleria Mall & check out the Reunion Tower! Maybe stroll around Stonebriar Mall in Frisco, indoor skydiving, and the Cheesecake factory all sound like a fun day to me! If we’re balling on a budget- I know a local Jack in the Box nearby we can chat for hours in! Also, if they’re a book nerd like me, we’d definitely take some time to scope out the local library to get away from the noise!

In my opinion, some of the most interesting places are hidden gems. Support small local businesses!

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?
Ah I love it! I’m going to bring a lot of people into my boat with me beginning with my friends and family for hyping me up after I announced I was launching a blog! I had never blogged before, and took a risk to just put myself out there on the inter-webs. The name ‘As Told by Victoria,’ came as a whisper in my head at first. I’m a spiritual person so I have to give credit to the Holy Spirit which is at the root of my creativity. Luckily the domain name was still open, so I decided to shoot my shot! I also want to shout out a book I read recently called “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. My goodness- she’s a compelling writer and she challenges you to have a relationship with creativity. Her book is behind my blog’s slogan- ‘a blog about real life, travel, and creative living’- we all carry creativity within us- we just need to tune into the cues of the universe and cultivate a connection with it. And lastly- I thank me. No really, I get in my own way- like A LOT. I’m so glad I had the audacity to not sleep on myself this time!

Website: www.astoldbyvictoria.com

Image Credits
Chan’Cellore Makanjuola, SnowDay Dallas, LaToya Shambo, Andaluz the Artist

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