We had the good fortune of connecting with Demetria Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Demetria, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I used to work 12-16 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. I was in a position of power and responsibility of a company. I took great pride in my work. I treated the business as if it was my own, yet it was not. That was the juxtaposition of my situation. I would stay from open to close to build someone else’s dream but began to neglect my own. It began to affect my health and relationships. It wasn’t until I fell ill and had to take time off that I realized two things, 1) I was replaceable in their eyes, and 2) I was aging myself faster than intended. Basically, God had to sit me down and open my eyes. I chose happiness.
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.
I have always believed in the Golden Rule. You treat others the way you want to be treated. I have practiced that both personally and professionally in my life. You never know who you are going to meet in your journey that could be a key component in your story down the line. I got to where I am today by looking people in the eyes when I speak to them and responding in all sincerity with a genuine smile and words from the heart.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, if this were Pre-Covid times, I would take them on a hike in Griffith Park to get some fresh air and beautiful view of the city. We would eat at Palermo’s Italian restaurant, as it is a locally owned business that has been a staple in my neighborhood for over 40 years. The nightlife can’t be beat, so whatever they wanted to do, I would rally. It’s not like I go out EVERY weekend (anymore lol). Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to Shoutout my good friend, Jennifer Buonantony, who has remained a constant friend and strong business woman that has always had my back. I want to dedicate this to my late father, Dwight Johnson, who would call me every Sunday after I moved 3,000 miles away to pursue my dreams to let me know how proud he was of me for taking giant leaps.
Armani Joseph (Live Art Love)