We had the good fortune of connecting with Aurelia Michael and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aurelia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance changed in the last few months when I finally realized that the term, nor the experience, exist. Everything is life. Work is a part of life. When I realized this, I began to see where in my life I was trying to compartmentalize something that was much more like spaghetti than waffles. Usually when people say they want work life balance, it is because they work too much and don’t spend enough time with family, friends, significant others, pets, and personal self-care. I am one of those people. At least I was – it’s a process! I recognized that when I focus too much on work, my other priorities suffer, and vice versa. What I have learned, in great part to the book The One Thing, is that I need to CounterBalance my life constantly. Focusing more energy on one task until it is at a good standing point, and then beginning to pivot back in the direction of what has been sacrificed. I love my work. It doesn’t feel like work. And that is a trap for many people who do what they love and love what they do every single day with the people they love. But that doesn’t mean I can let go of my other responsibilities and priorities, I just have to plan better. Be better. Live better. So now I have begun to section my days off with a bit more strategy. My fitness (which is #2 to my family because I am training for bodybuilding) happens between the hours of 7 and 12. My clients and other “work” happen between 12 and 5, and then my evenings are devoted to self care an family. There are obviously days where I have to be flexible (ie I get a voice over job at 10am), but I do my best to stay on the straight path. And so far, it has been MUCH more successful than believing that you can balance two things that are not of equal value, and where one is a subset of the other. Counterbalance vs work life balance.
What should our readers know about your business?
While I give little attention to what other coaches do (except for inspiration of course), I think there are a few things we do differently here in the AML house. For one, all of my clients are connected because we are really big on community. We support one another, hold each other accountable, and find opportunities for those in the group whenever we can. As for the coaches, we help people gain and sustain unconditional confidence. Confidence that does not waiver depending on what room you enter. We all have unique specialties, including Shame & Movement coaching, Actor Career Coach, Intimacy & Communications Coaching, and soon will bring other coaches on through our Triple Threat Coaching program.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Okay, so I’m honestly quite a homebody – so wish me luck. We would start off with some fasted cardio at freeman canyon, followed by a super cute breakfast at my favorite brunch spot in Encino – The Nook. The pancakes are to die for. We would definitely have to hit up the walk of fame, because I think that’s LA’s statue of liberty. We’d hit up Mel’s Drive-in for a burger and vanilla milkshakes, and then make our way to a museum or exhibition that LA always has going on. For the night life we could do some live music events, open jams, or a drive in movie to be safe! And lastly, gotta hit the beach – Malibu beach to be exact!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would absolutely love to shout out my Top 5. These are the people who I speak to almost daily that keep me encouraged, focused, and hold me accountable on the days where I want to slack. My best friend TJ and I meet every Sunday to discuss our work and fitness goals. My brother Zach and I speak daily with our to-do lists and updates. My partner-in-grind David and I constantly talk strategy, progression, and how we can continue to make change in the world. My good friend Roberto and I speak Spanish weekly to keep the instrument sharp, as well as share life coaching tips with one another and talk about our favorite books. Lastly, I talk to my dad every week and it just reminds me how much family comes first. I am so blessed to have these people around me.
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