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

Hi Amanda, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I first started my business I was still working a 9-5 marketing job and had most of my life predetermined for me. I didn’t have to worry about making my own schedule because my job dictated it for me. During COVID, I was let go of my job and decided to pursue my business full time. I struggled immensely with the time management and work life balance that is needed for a business owner. I thought having the freedom to create my own schedule would be a piece of cake and felt shame when it wasn’t for me. I would constantly try to recreate a 9-5 style schedule every day and would fail to achieve that structure without the external motivation of clocking in for a paycheck.
Things didn’t start to shift for me until I began to question all of my habits and motivations behind my daily business choices.
Instead of forcing myself to maintain a 9-5 style schedule, I asked myself if that was even the kind of schedule I wanted, or if it was just the only one I knew. I started questioning why I found it so hard to detach from working nonstop and always feeling like I hadn’t done enough work to deserve time off.
I uncovered deep roots of capitalistic programming that I was taught about productivity, priorities, and permission. I started breaking down the shame and obligation feelings to see that they were placed there by my parents and society. Once I realized those programs were not coming from me, I found it easier to give myself permission to create a work life schedule and balance that I actually wanted, not one that I thought I should have.
I began focusing more intentionally on what is important to achieve in the day as opposed to just trying to cram as many tasks in as possible. And I started to address my relationships between worth and money.
Now I have a deep understanding for who I am and how I actually work. I don’t try to make myself an early bird with a strict regimen. I bake in time for me to play and stretch and rest as part of my “work” because it helps me to remember that I am just a human and regardless of what I do for work I still deserve to life my life.

What should our readers know about your business?
I currently run 3 different businesses all centered on empowering people to connect with their bodies and intuition. It has definitely been a wild journey that started with crochet tops and is now at podcast hosting, hand foraged luxury apothecary products, psychic development, and inner child healing. When I first started my business I was searching for what I could offer to the world and simultaneously feel good about. I spent over a year learning new practices and getting certifications. I threw myself into the work without much of a plan but to learn as I went and it was extremely challenging.
Having a business, especially a spiritual business, is more of a self-development tool than anything. Being visible, being authentic, being vulnerable is necessary to connect with potential clients and provide meaningful services, and I definitely had fears around all of those. I became obsessed with trying to “fix myself” first in order to do better in my business, as this was a popular lesson many of my mentors told me I had to learn. And after a year of denying myself the feeling of being successful until I was “healed enough”, I discovered it wasn’t about that at all.
The pivotal moment that really helped me to clarify my business strategy and driving purpose came from my personal inner child healing practice. I was connecting to little me to help them to heal from their traumatic childhood and I saw this vision of what the most empowered version of me looks like. My inner child revealed that what they needed to heal was to end the cycles of harm that were inflicted upon them as a kid. They were deeply hurt by what they experienced and wanted to use their powers to make sure that other people never went through what they did, and to have to do it alone.
Ever since I’ve had that raison d’etre, I began to see the patterns in society that people, including me, exhibit and exist under that disempower them. I offer inner child trauma healing sessions, psychic readings and development, host a podcast with different guests centered on cycle breaking, and create apothecary products designed to help you connect with your spiritual practice and body. To me it doesn’t matter if I am creating new things to explore, making mistakes, or changing my entire offering suite anymore because whatever I do I know it is with my inner child in mind and their grand mission to help people heal from their trauma and take their power back.

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 to explore new things and connect with nature. With the immense privilege of being a Cali native I would be able to bring my hypothetical friend to some of the most beautiful places on Earth and delicious foods on the West Coast. You definitely have to hit up the beaches along PCH. I don’t usually go to the touristy beaches so we would start off with a morning hike at Corral Canyon because it provides a beautiful view of Malibu and ends right next to the Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market. My favorite beach out here is El Matador because it has beautiful exposed bluffs that you can walk under.
LA has some really amazing art museums so we would definitely hit up The Getty, The Broad, LACMA, Griffith Observatory, and Descanso Gardens.
In terms of the rich cultures available to explore I would have to take someone to Little Tokyo and eat ramen, try a tea from Steep LA, and ice cream from Wanderlust. I would take them to see the low riders cruising on Whittier Blvd. near east LA and then to experience the historic latino culture on Olvera St. and eat at Cielito Lindo.
I also love attending the weekend cultural events like 626 Night Market, art Walk, and Smorgasburg if they are in season. And of course you can’t not mention that amount of theme parks we have here like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a ton of credit for figuring out my work life balance and priorities to ADHD tik tok! Creators like Connor Wolfe who are breaking down stigmatic barriers and sharing what it actually looks like to live with ADHD helped me to have greater self acceptance for that way that I am. It the vein of self acceptance, I worked with a few human design and astrology practitioners like Pea the Feary, Kassandra Martinez, and Nicole Elyse who all helped to show me that life is easier when I am working with myself and my nature as opposed to forcing myself to be a certain way for success.

Website: amandasachartoff.com

Instagram: amandasachartoff

Twitter: amandasachartoff

Other: Other IG accounts for the my other businesses: Occult.Accouterments and WitchyandWeirdPod

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