We had the good fortune of connecting with Clarissa Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clarissa, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I think finding balance is extremely important. The way I look at it – what is the point of achieving all of this success if you can’t enjoy it or actually take time for yourself? So I make a commitment to myself everyday. Every morning between 6 am to 8 am is “me-time”. I start off with a 30-minute workout followed by meditation for 15-20 minutes, have my morning coffee, and do my morning skincare routine. Then, I start my work day at my home office desk but not a minute before 8 am. I owe it to myself to take make that commitment every morning. Because the more we work on ourselves, the more we can be present with everything and everyone else around us. It’s a win-win – for me and my clients. So yes, that was a long-winded answer, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to find work-life balance (whatever that means to you) as it will look different for everyone. And travel! Get out and see the world 1-2x a year at least if you can. It will help you expand in more ways than one and have a deeper appreciation for everything and being around you.
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
No it was 100% not easy. Taking the leap of faith is scary, but the best thing you can do is invest or bet on yourself. I quit my 9-5 job Nov 2018, for quite some time I struggled to get more clients than just the one I had at the time. And I remember May 2019 I got my second client, then my third, and then literally within the next 6 months I went from like 2-3 clients on average to 15 on average, and it was insane. It grew so quickly – it was like okay, it’s all in now. It was time to make the switch from a sole proprietor to an S-Corp, and hire people to help to grow this into a full-service marketing agency. And that’s what I did. Sometimes it’s important not to dwell on something for too long and just run with it. Because if you dwell for too long, you could miss out on a really great opportunity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d maybe go shopping on a Friday, out to dinner. I’m all about laying out by the pool and soaking up the Sun! So we would probably go up to the rooftop in my building and lie out by the pool – hit the hot tub and sauna afterwards. I’d probably have a massage therapist come to the house and we have an at-home spa day! (That’s my jam!) My best friend and I simply enjoy relaxing and a good pampering day. She has kids, so any excuse to relax and take time for herself is a win!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, my Mom and my Grandma have always been a big supporter of every risk that I’ve taken. They sort of just always trusted me in that whatever I was doing, I would always figure it out. I also my very first client, and taking a chance on me to give me that little push I needed to quit my day-job and do this full heartedly. Just 2 years ago I was a sole proprietor/freelancer with one client, and now my company so an S-Corp, we have 15 clients, and it’s growing every week it seems like! Plus 3 employees (and that’s always growing). I’m super blessed and grateful for every opportunity, struggle, love, encouragement, and the entire process. Because without all of those, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
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