We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominique Deed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominique, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Looking back at my life prior to my son, balance was nonexistent in my life. I felt that I did not need to be organized because I did whatever came up & at whatever time.
However after my son was born I realized that if I did not come up with some sort of routine and balance I would never be productive enough to accomplish anything outside of motherhood. When I finally developed a morning routine, with the accountability of a couple friends of mine, my days stretched and the things I accomplished multiplied.
Balance is a necessity in becoming an entrepreneur and being successful. When you develop some sort of routine throughout your day, this will allow for time to do other things as well as work. You don’t want to spend your entire day working. For example, with this newfound balance I am able to workout, journal, listen to my podcast and eat breakfast before my son gets up. That way once he is awake I have finished my morning tasks & can focus on his needs. Same goes for the nighttime, I put him to sleep and am able to focus & read the current book I am on, and get some work done for my businesses. Balance is what will give you more time in your day to become truly successful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Looking as far back as I can remember, I have always had a journal and wrote down my thoughts, troubles or ideas I may have had. I do not think I really understood how much of a gift I had. In High School, as well as in college I was able to knock out research papers last minute with no problem and still pass with flying colors. I had my dad tell me for years that I needed to use my gift to write a children’s book, and for years I fought it. I had family tell me to start a blog because while my writing was good, I am also very social I am relatable as well. Finally, I decided to give his idea a go and while it took me a while, I look at how after having my son I had the inspiration, so the timing was perfect.
I decided to focus and create a children’s book, that would explain to children the mandate to wear masks and why but in a way that they would understand; using superheroes. All the time that I fought against finally writing this book, it has not only been a success but I enjoyed it so much. It is exhilarating to see how much positive feedback I had received, and how many of my friends were so quick to support me.
I also had someone reach out to me with another platform idea on where to post my writing, since they enjoyed reading my last story so much. It has taken some time to get to this point, and while many days I do not believe in my own words, I am glad that so many have enjoyed the writings I put out.
Right now I am currently working a full time job during the week, part time on the weekend & then am a single mother to my son so it’s definitely been grind time for me, but as busy as I am I remind myself I am busy to build a future for us.
This motivation and the confidence in myself is a daily challenge to overcome, and while many days are harder than others I have to remind myself that everyday is a new day and a new opportunity to start over – be even better than the day before.
I hope that while my book, and my blog stories gets out in the world they make people feel good and encouraged. I hope that I am able to put back some positivity into the world, by reminding those who need to hear it they are not alone & reminding those wanting to make things happen that it’s very much possible. If i can do it, so can the next person.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am all about the small businesses, and the hole in the wall spots that offer delicious food.
If she came in on a Sunday, we could do brunch for bottomless mimosas at Riley’s on Second St, then walk around after we were done to walk off our food. For lunch, since we both love seafood we could head to San Pedro Fish Market in Long Beach for a tray full of seafood. Afterwards, depending how full we were we could head over to Ample Hills Creamery for some Ice Cream made from all natural ingredients. We would probably sit and enjoy our ice cream, maybe head over to the beach to walk and catch up, enjoy the day out. Then for dinner, because they have some of the best Mexican food I have ever had we would head to Ola Mexican Restaurant on 2nd and PCH.
During the week, we could have small trips to museums, the beach.
We could go to the Pike, and shop a little. Maybe go have a funnel cake because why not. Tuesdays are for tacos, so the best street tacos are at El Sauz in Long Beach.
We could head over to Crooked Duck to have breakfast on another day, its the perfect hole in the wall spot on PCH, that serves the most amazing food.
A perfect dinner spot would be Steve’s BBQ in Whittier, of course we would have to get their Tri-Tip sandwich, with the most tender meat I have ever had.
We could head over to Downtown Disney, walk around a little and enjoy our inner child.
There are the hikes up to the Hollywood sign for the perfect sunrise view. We could head over the Sugar Factory.
Obviously with Covid, unfortunately things have been closed so many of us have had to improvise. I know for my sister and I we did a sip n paint in the backyard, we did a stress relieving activity as well; the neighbors probably thought we were crazy, but breaking the plates helped with with a couple of rough days. I think the thing I have learned, with everything being closed is this is the time to get creative, go on picnics and enjoy family. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This year, I have read multiple books that have completely changed the way I view life such as Dave Ramsey’s book, Russ’ new book, Think and Grow Rich, but there are new relationships in my life that have had a major impact on the new drive in my life as well.
My dad has always been a huge motivating factor in my life as well, we have similar mindsets and so when I feel discouraged or unmotivated he has always been there to remind me of the end goal. He is always looking at how he can help me, and I love him for that.
I also joined an accountability group headed by Chanse Patrick, a new mentor/friend of mine, and those who were in this challenge were all so motivating & inspirational. They answered any questions I had, we were challenged by Chanse to get our lives together & create a routine. It is a different kind of motivating to be around those who are further than you because you realize it’s a reality all based on the effort you put in!
Of course, the main person in my life that has completely evolved the way I see the world is my son. He is always so patient with me, he is so loving and at the most difficult times he reminds me that I need to keep going. They say kids change your entire way of living, and entire view on life and that could not be more true. Having him, and wanting to give him everything I can, is a motivating factor beyond any other. I want him, as he grows up, to see that with hard work his mom was able to accomplish everything I had set out to. I want him to grow up, and never allow anyone to influence him into thinking he cannot do it. I want him to be driven and motivated to be whatever he wants, and that influence starts with the example he sees through me.
Other: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Superhero-Dominique-Deed/dp/0578844001/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1MN5KC1H9JD3J&dchild=1&keywords=becoming+a+superhero+by+dominique+deed&qid=1612905793&sprefix=becoming+a+super%2Caps%2C309&sr=8-1 My Children’s Book – Becoming A Superhero
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