We had the good fortune of connecting with Aisha Tritle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aisha, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work:life ratio has fluctuated dramatically over time. I don’t think work and life are necessarily things you can divvy into strict time allotments. If you’re passionate about your job, you might need less time to care for your physical and emotional wellbeing. For a while, my ratio revolved completely around a heavy workload. It got to a point where I never unplugged, my eyes were becoming increasingly sensitive from staring at screens all day, and chronic stress meant I was getting sick all the time. The worst part was that “constantly being productive” became an addiction. I couldn’t rest even if I had somehow managed to tackle my whole workload, hanging out with friends was stressful because having fun and relationships for the sake of having fun and relationships felt foreign. All of these were obvious warning signs but only when I needed a therapist/psychiatrist/meds combo to glue my mind back together did I realize that I needed to make significant lifestyle changes. Now, I’m committed to bolstering the life part of the ratio in an effort for balance. I make sure to spend time with family and friends. Sometimes I make myself do absolutely nothing “productive” for a whole Saturday. I’ll read a book just because it seems interesting and not because it’s immediately useful. I really emphasize making time to rest – because if you don’t rest, eventually you will be forced to rest due to burnout. I’m much happier now and my mind has reset to a point where I can have a healthy perspective on life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Getting to where I am today professionally has not really been so much a strategic plan as a whirlwind. I studied drama, then got involved with startups to flesh out my resume, then had a few creative works published. The startups escalated into working with some really cool AI and analytics companies – I get to analyze TV shows and films for my day job. On the other hand, the creative works escalated into screenplays and novels that deal with AI and future tech. Back in February, Kyanite Publishing released a techno-thriller of mine called Endgame that explores the future of VR in dating. The background in drama informs the writing so really, everything has ended up overlapping in some respect. It definitely hasn’t been easy. I started working with startups before #MeToo blew up and rejection runs rife in publishing. But all of the experiences have definitely been eye-opening and in the end, I think, made me a more empathetic person. The most important thing I’ve learned along the way is there’s no point in trying to be successful if it leaves your mental health in shambles. But all in all, I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.
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?
I’m all about the caffeine and books so Swork in Eagle Rock is a staple hangout of mine. After that, I love Zweet (which is also on Colorado Blvd) and their scones with clotted cream. Grand Central Market and The Last Bookstore are great places to take friends from out of town. For a good drunk time, just wander around Silver Lake and hit up fun places like The Satellite. Make sure you stop by MILK for wicked post-dancing Birthday Cake cookies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents – Brad & Ayako Tritle. Also my best friend, Miranda Kelton.
Miranda Kelton Photography