We had the good fortune of connecting with Desiree Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Desiree, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I used to think there was no such thing as a work/life balance. And that if you wanted to be successful you tilted the scale towards the hustle until you hit the goal. Then you could slow down and find that balance in between. However, real things become road blocks to staying off balance. Burn out, relationship issues, health, etc. all can take a hit. Sometimes all at the same time. Years ago when I hit that wall I realized I had to find a different way to balance my love for my craft and a love for myself. As a workaholic, perfectionist this was and still is not easy. However, I first and foremost allow myself grace. Reminding myself that everyone’s journey and sense of balance is different. You cannot compare! And when you step back and look at the overall picture, it’s impossible to stay perfectly balanced. But if you can find the right dance to tilt back and forth you’ll enjoy the journey that much more.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was so excited to begin my career, that I graduated college on Friday and began working the following Monday. I have had and still have amazing bosses and mentors that have taught me about work, art, and life all these years. Early on, I have always been opened to any opportunity within my jobs to learn beyond my title. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, so any lesson I can learn just adds more tools I can use. I have learned that am not a good fit for a traditional job and need to be able to creative in order to thrive. I also have learned that there is so much you can learn from just listening. It’s okay to sometimes to be the wallflower and just observe.

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.
I am a total foodie. I live on Yelp and Instagram. So, if it is up to me we are hitting up whatever has the best reviews and delicious looking photos. If we can slide in Disneyland and Knotts, always love getting in some rides and the joy of acting like a kid again.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It is impossible to do life alone. I am beyond grateful for my community of friends, family, and mentors.

Instagram: @dez_patterson.

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Luminaire Images Flurrsprite Photography

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