We had the good fortune of connecting with Etisha Wilbon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Etisha, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In the beginning of course we all ideally want to have a work life balance. Who wouldn’t? It is a great concept but as I have delved deeper into work, I have learned that it has to be more than that. It has to become an intention that I work towards daily. I am very passionate about my work as many others are and it is easy to become engulfed in work and forget to take care of yourself in the process. Work, work, work. I started to notice that while I was doing something that I love, I started to stop enjoying it because it became another task to accomplish. I had to look at it different and start to separate the journey of work and my personal life. It is easy for it to become one and I had to be intentional in my separation. When I say that I am ending my work day, then I have to stand by that. Start to see my personal life as something more than time for rest. I have moved towards focusing my time in my personal life on things that bring me joy. Things that make me feel fulfilled, not for a lifetime, but for the time being.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to say that I fell into my current field. I had every intention of following a narrow path of work and life until I found my passion of advocacy and supporting underserved populations that often go unnoticed. I started working as a therapist with the homeless population and things just moved from there. I started to notice the disparities within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities, whether it be men or women. School has always been easy for me, but ending stigma and getting people to open their eyes to those in need has been the real challenge. I am very vocal and passionate about my advocacy. There is many barriers to overcome but if I stay loud and persistent someone will hear me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love Venice Beach, mainly to people watch. There is so much to see and learn about everyone around you. I would take my best friend because we are the same. We would also venture to the sugar factory or Hot N Juicy. Those are hot spots but I am a sucker for sea food and sweets. Its my own personal heaven!
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?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my mother, Ethel, Sister, Myisha Lea’ea and Mentor, Tami Gray. No matter what the interesting ideas or rants I have come up with they have always validated and encouraged me. They are the reason that I have been motivated to complete the work that I do daily.
Black shirt & Curly hair – other person is Roberta Smith Burgundy Shirt – Mother, Ethel Wilbon