We had the good fortune of connecting with Clarissa Castillo-Ramsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Clarissa, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
We’ve got one life, the one we’re living today in the here and now. To me, work life balance is really about work life harmony. Am I living a balanced life for me?

Everyone is different. I tend to enjoy working on several different projects at once. I’m one of those people who has 3-4 books going at the same time. Inefficient? Maybe, but I like reading different things depending on my mood. I recently spoke with a friend who is long retired. She said she got tired listening to my plan for the day. She thought it was too much. To me, it was a day filled with adventure, the perfect balance of activity! Are all my days like that? No.

In my early career, working was a means to pay for my lifestyle. I didn’t think so much about “work life balance.” I lived, worked, and did my thing. Back then it was about going to parties, being with friends, having fun, traveling. As I’ve gotten older, what’s changed is that I’m working in a field that I really enjoy – leadership & life coaching. I’m an organizational psychologist by education, and I feel lucky to have found a discipline that resonates with me. When I’m doing that work, it doesn’t feel like work, and maybe that’s why it’s easy to feel balanced.

Another thing that’s changed for me, as I’ve gotten older, is to be intentional with my “me time.” I’m a morning person and yes, I’m one of those people who gets up at 5am and has a morning routine. It’s what I need to get started on the right foot. It’s exercise, meditation, journaling on some days, planning the day, doing a quick painting, and sipping on coffee. Might sound tiring to some, but for me, it’s pure bliss…what I’m working on now for even more work life harmony is an evening routine. Probably won’t be as elaborate, but I think how we wind down is equally important to how we start the day.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Ever since I was a little child, there were two things I’ve been interested in – art and helping others. I feel like I’ve come full circle in expressing my work through both of these lenses. It wasn’t easy. I grew up wanting to please my parents, teachers, everyone else. I felt like I had to be “practical” so I didn’t pursue a career in art. I didn’t think I’d earn any money. Those were stories I learned from those around me but the desire to create was always there. I went to business school because I thought that was the “right” thing to do.

As I got older, I decided to pursue careers that were in alignment with me. I followed my interest in arts and personal development. I invested in myself through coaching, higher education, coursework, and other modalities. What sets me part from others is this blend of right-brain artistic creativity, organizational psychology methodologies, and coaching frameworks.

What I want the world to know about me is if I can make things happen so can you. We are full of endless possibilities if we allow ourselves to pursue our interests, fail forward and keep moving in the direction of our dreams. As one of my coaches reminds me, we get the result we’re looking for or we get the lesson! I want you to know that I’m rooting for you and if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, what are you waiting for?

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.
Favorite spots in the city…such a great question. Let’s assume covid is over and we can go wherever we want, do whatever we want…I’d take my bestie to my favorite local bar, The Rancho in Altadena. That’s where my hubby and I got reunited, a story for another time. I’d also take my bestie to DTLA, hit the Broad museum and walk around; go hiking in San Gabriel Valley; spend a day at a Korean spa in K-town and then go to Soopsok karaoke. Because we both love nature, we’d go to Descanso Gardens in La Canada, and the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s so many people to thank in this shoutout; I cannot just name one! Who we surround ourselves with is critical to our success. I want to give a big shoutout to my husband, Robert Ramsey. He plays devil’s advocate and challenges me in a positive way! He’s also one of my biggest supporters.

I also have to give a shout out to my friend Kay Kelman, Founder of La Femme Artistes, who turned me on to VoyageLA.

Big thanks to my coaches over the years Andrea Scher, Cathy Heller, Jennifer Lee, Christine McAlister, Christina Jandali. It takes a village as they say. These women have all made an positive impact on me professionally and personally.

Website: http://www.clarissastudio.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ccr_sunshine

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/ccastilloramsey

Twitter: @ccatilloramsey

Other: Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/employeetoentrepreneurmindset/?ref=share My book Painting Your Path: https://www.amazon.com/Painting-Your-Path-Interviews-Extraordinary/dp/1734453001/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Painting+your+path+Clarissa&qid=1588436018&sr=8-1

Image Credits
La Femme Photo: Celine Sino-Cruz

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