We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Lebron-Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alicia, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?

Over time, work-life balance has changed so much. Earlier in my art career, I was a single young woman who had much time to balance between being creative and working full time. Once I had gotten married and became a mother of two, I had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom—it was anything but balanced. Between motherhood and taking care of my home, I felt I had no choice but to lay to rest my purpose as an artist to become the best mother, suppressing a part of my God-given identity. It wasn’t until I prayed about this very topic of balance and sought wisdom that I became aware that being a great mother as well as giving myself space to develop my art could coexist. For me, I see it as if my children can watch me do what I love, what fulfills a part of my purpose through art; then they can know it’s possible to strive for their dreams, live in their purpose, and carry the titles they’ll have within their lives. Of course, this balance is made possible by having a supporting foundation, which for me is my amazing husband who believes in my dream! And is an outstanding father. My heart overflows to be in spaces like art shows or galleries that are showcasing my work where I can bring my family and reach people who find meaning and even healing within my pieces. I have never seen this done before in my community growing up, it’s far from easy and many revisions have to be made at different times. That is what comes with being a creative parent, but I’m honored to be a trailblazer. I hope to leave a legacy that will reach generations after me.

The way I think about this balance is through prioritizing. My family is important to me. For example, there are times when I’ve scheduled my “creative flow time” in my studio (which is my dining room, for now) and while I am painting one of my children would need me, or just want to be around me so I stop to cuddle them, most of the time that is all they need. They usually see me just being their mom and doing “mommy things”, so seeing me full of paints and in my element is still new for them. My goal is to have them know doing what I’m called to do doesn’t take me away from being who I am to them. I also find that having my creative time refuels me, which in turn brings me joy, and that joy spills into my marriage, my motherhood, and being a better woman.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My Art serves its purpose by reflecting on where I see God move. Sometimes, through moments of interaction, but mainly scripture that comes to life as I read. What I am most excited about is how much my art has grown and developed. I’ve realized that as we go through life our insight changes and evolves— the same goes for our skills within our craft. I feel like that is seen and felt in my work. This growth was far from easy; it wasn’t until the beginning of the pandemic where I dedicated a lot of time to study my skills and ways I could improve as an artist. I’m a natural introvert so I started thinking of ways to get connected and share my work, which led me to start with going on Live via social media and creating videos of my work process. I even created a segment on my Instagram that was called #ReflectionThursdays where I spoke about my journey in life, quotes that inspired me, and encouraging words that I grew from. A lot of the things I shared I believe we’re a part of my thought process when creating some of my recent work. Within this time it inspired me to create a 5-day E-book devotional of Reflection where I go into depth about lessons I’ve learned, things I had to overcome, and encouragement that helped me. One lesson that I hold close to me is your “yes” matters. We don’t fully know how much we can help others in their lives by just saying yes to our purpose, ideas, even sharing our stories!

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 love the city, but I also love cute cafe’s one that I’d take a friend to is Willa’s in Tampa, the food, and coffee is amazing! The interior is stunning, just has a great vibe! Another place to check out is Armature Works also in Tampa—it is similar to Chelsea’s Market in NYC, so there are many different cuisines to try, which gathers different kinds of people and is right next to the water, so you have options. Definitely, a place to check out!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Michelle Ana and a community she cultivated called “The Flourish Collective”, which is a group of amazing women and entrepreneurs that are so encouraging, inspiring, and full of wisdom. I have gathered so much motivation from them!

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