We had the good fortune of connecting with Dairian Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dairian, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first started my career as an occupational therapist, I had no problem working long hours and overtime. I lived by the phrase “work hard, play hard”.
In 2017, I was expecting my first child, working full time in a very intense hospital setting including intensive care units. After a traumatic birth experience, I had a radical shift of perspective on work/life balance. I knew I wanted to find a more flexible work situation.
I didn’t return to the hospital and started working as an independent contractor and developing a business plan. Deep down, I knew that I wanted to work for myself and use my skills to help my community.
It took another year before opening my business, humbled by motherhood, but it has been the best decision!
Since I have had another baby (who is now a toddler) and have had more time to be present in all aspects of their lives. Moreso, I’ve been able to continue to pursue my own passions professionally and other hobbies.
Operating a business with two children is a challenge, but completely worth the work. With the start of the pandemic, I was able to make a quick and easy shift to translate my business online. It allowed me and my husband time and flexibility and finding the best next steps for our family.
Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but if it’s in your cards, definitely take baby steps toward your dream, it’s 1000% worth the work!
What should our readers know about your business?
My practice is different than most occupational therapy clinics. My practice only serves infants and specializes in feeding and overall wellness. I’ve taken a plethora of coursework and training to truly use an integrative approach to address feeding and development within the context of the whole family.
It was not easy to make it here today! It took an investment of time and money into learning about business and developing my professional skills. The support from my husband has been invaluable.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is flexibility. Sometimes things don’t go as planned or an idea doesn’t work out and it’s ok!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Kindred Space LA with Allegra Hill and Kimberly Durdin! The best mentors and friends!