We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Flowers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I have been building my business for about 5 years, the last two years I noticed the shift from my consistent labor. I was forced to develop a high level of awareness over my time as my business elevated to a level of stability. My day to day life used to be working at a side job for 4/5 hours countering my creative business. Then it shifted to 3/4 classes a day countering my creative business. Now I am in a space where I am blessed to have a main focus between my creative business and self-care.
I am focused on maintaining my health, my spiritual flow, and medium exploration, meaning I allow myself to experiment with mixed mediums while conducting the flow of my work. With the ease of stability I also have had to invoke more discipline to preserve the natural growth in my skill set.
I see the transition from working to get to the point to have my own business to being an adult with managing a small business. The balance for me is internal, teaching myself that the pleasure in my life currently comes from producing immensely creative visuals from a health space.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I learned early on that clocking into a 9-5 job for someone else’s business was not for me. No matter where you go or what you do you have to work, so I figured why not work for myself. I am highly aware that my grandparents lived in a deprived world with limited access to excel. Living in a time where I can locate information swiftly leaves me with a heavy responsibility of creating my life to be the stepping stone towards financial freedom for my posterity.
One lesson that I learned is to be kind with a boundary. I am a natural giver that can turn into an intense creative engine producing tangible work for any project. Early in my career I would be drained working with individuals by not having boundaries. Just to maintain energy for my own projects I had to learn how to disconnect professionally, set clear guidelines beforehand, and communicate in real time of discomfort. I learned to open the door and go to my desired aisle.
I intentionally form my platform as a space of direct warmth. I look forward to seeing how I can help cultivate a project, give guidance, and provide execution towards visuals. Whether it be a painting, marketing package, or set design.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well first thing in the morning we would get a watermelon cup from a fruit stand that can be found on any corner in LA, whether it be Mid-City, East LA, Silver Lake, etc.
We would drive up to the Malibu lagoons, with our beach gear. Set up to relax, read, and take in the space.
By dinner time we would be heading to Sugar Fish, preparing ourselves for “Don’t Think Just Eat”.
The following day would be spent in the Santee Alley
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
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