We had the good fortune of connecting with Bridget Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bridget, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
For the longest time, I felt that to be a good employee; I needed to put everything into my work with no boundaries. Lunch? I was eating at my desk. Emails over the weekend? I was answering them. Vacation? I harbored heavy guilt for even attempting to take it. It was draining, but I honestly thought that’s just what the feeling was that came with getting ahead. I put work over every aspect of my life ultimately; I was a workaholic in every sense of the word. Then the pandemic hit in the middle of a giant project I was working on; Covid broke the entire supply chain, offices closed the world just halted. And honestly? I can say that was the pause I needed. Taking away my addiction left me with lots of time for introspection, especially my relationship with work. So I took the opportunity to quit my job and start something new. Slowly as the world began to inch back into motion and I went back to work. I had a moment to rewrite my narrative, set boundaries, take proper time off to unplug, and reset with a whole new company where I set the rules and emphasized the importance of work/life balance. There are days I still struggle with the boundaries, but ultimately shifting my focus into putting the BALANCE in work/life balance has been the healthiest and most freeing change in my life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
This past year I started a new aspect of my work and Handsome Girl, which is The Missing Piece. Handsome Girl is set on the premise of empowering, and The Missing Piece only amplifies that philosophy. You have a great idea, but not quite sure how to move it forward? We’re your missing piece; we bring absolute dreams to life by helping brands and individuals connect to their audiences in new and innovative ways. I’ll be honest starting a new business during a pandemic was a challenge. We’ve had ups and downs and a steep learning curve when it comes to all the inner workings of the company, but what’s kept us going is the shared excitement we have with our clients, the sparkle in their eyes when they talk about their dreams and we want to do everything in our power to get them there. Getting ahead in business is understanding that the path isn’t linear; it comes with hardships, long nights, expensive mistakes, and a lot of sweat and tears. We are coming to accept that it has been a true motivator to push actual and find victory in every challenge, no matter how big or small.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Kicking off the day’s coffee at some of my favorite places: Kindness and Mischief in Highland Park, Little Ground Coffee in Glendale, or LAMill in Silverlake. Followed by a hike on either hidden trails in Griffith or Looping around the Hollywood Reservoir.
Then maybe taking a leisurely afternoon in the Silver Lake Meadow, reading or sipping and snacking in the sun or taking a drive up the Angel Crest Highway to Mount Wilson Observatory (which use to be the most famous one in the world!) for a complete 180 in vibe only a mere 45 minutes from the city.
We wouldn’t miss a few key dinner spots: Hippo in Highland Park, Glendale Pho Company, or Mambos in Glendale/Burbank cusp.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Brandon Brewer. He consistently illuminates my path to be a better and more conscious person to myself, others, and my work. Brandon is the whole reason why I found the courage and confidence to start my own company. He’s lovingly assertive, direct, and honest, essentially empowering lighting in a bottle. I’m eternally grateful to him for shining the light on my strength and introducing me to a new version of myself that I don’t think would exist without him.
Outdoor shots of me, credit to Vanessa Acosta @fromabolivian Illustrations are my own.