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

Hi Mahaley, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance, or rather, integration, is a daily practice for me. I work as a pediatric sleep consultant and a marriage and family therapist trainee, I am finishing my last six months of graduate school, and I have a toddler—all in the middle of a pandemic. For me, I look at each day as an opportunity to integrate rather than balance. Balance always suggested to me that everything should be equal or of the proportion I would like. But that never felt attainable. Instead, I try to ensure that I am making room for the things that I want to do each day. Some days, doing that looks like a 15-minute workout in between appointments. Other days it might be more indulgent, and life allows me to get in more time for myself. And there are days where I do not get to do anything for myself at all. All of it is okay. Waking up before the rest of my house has helped me tremendously. It allows me some time to myself and a chance to get ahead of the day. Unplugging on the weekends has also been a game-changer for my husband and me. We put our phones down, get off of social media, and have quality family time. Giving yourself some time off is key to recharging.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, Trainee, and a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. Getting to this point has not been easy, but I could not imagine my path looking any different. I came from an entertainment background into this work, and I have never looked back. If you are being called to do something new, go with your gut. You will not regret it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The beach, Griffith park, and any of the hiking trails. Favorite restaurants are Jitlada, Night Market, Sushi Yuzu, and Crossroads Kitchen.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my 3.5-year-old. You are my reason for everything.

Website: www.mahaleypatel.com
Instagram: @mahaley_patel