We had the good fortune of connecting with Free Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Free, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
First, I’d share that as a firm believer in the power of words, I’m not a fan of the concept of work/life balance. Are work and our lives two separate things? Further, work/life balance suggests to me that somehow our jobs diminish our ability to live our fullest lives. That said, I recognize the spirit of the question. I’m aware many people are doing work that doesn’t fill their soul. Some feel like they’re sprinting, yet standing still. Their jobs may not be aligned with their aspirations, and the end of the day, they feel more depleted than satisfied. The competing tensions between personal wellness, work, family, social and spiritual pursuits, to name a few, can feel overwhelming. Couple that with the illusion that somehow we can, or should, be crushing it on every front, and it’s easy to see why some people end up feeling disappointment and resentment. I think reframing the question to something more along the lines of: “How do you manage the competing priorities of life while keeping a healthy and joyful outlook?” might be a better way to tackle this topic. So in response to this question, I’ll share a few rules I live by. First, I recognize what I can and cannot control. All I can control is me. Accordingly, I’m very careful about the stories I tell myself. I control how I show up, to what degree I’m present, engaged and open. When I’m operating from gratitude and curiosity, regardless of the task, I feel fulfilled. Second, I remind myself everything is perfect, exactly the way it is. This helps me surrender my need to attain the future-based, illusory, states of perfection I might tend to obsess over. My desire to constantly improve things, easily leans towards perfectionistic tendencies. This can be disempowering to me and people around me. I’m learning good enough often is, good enough. Last, I try to practice detachment in life. In the end, I think what I do matters far less, than how I do it. When I move forward with love, abundance and joy, I build transformations in myself and those around me. That moves me more than anything else.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own two separate, but complementary, professional service organizations. Pacific Office Interiors, helps businesses create spaces people want to be in. We’re at the forefront of helping our customers reimagine the ways and where of work. Tutti Quanti, offers an outsourced alternative for an organizations’ internal recruiting efforts. We help companies identify, hire and retain talented teams. Both businesses share the common focus of helping organizations succeed, by matching appropriate solutions to recognized and unrecognized needs. I wholeheartedly believe business is one of society’s greatest forces for good and catalysts of change. I’m proud of the role we play in helping our customers adapt and thrive.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in one of the best spots in the world, so this is easy. I’ll share a few day trips I love. Day 1 – A drive down the Pacific Coast Highway from Point Mugu to Santa Monica. There are countless places to stop along the way, but I’d recommend Taverna Tony’s patio in Malibu, for lunch, and for first-time visitors, a stop in Venice is always fun. Day 2 & 3- An overnight in Santa Barbara at The El Encanto, with lunch along the way, at San Ysidro Ranch, in Montecito. While In Santa Barbara I’d visit State Street, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and would wrap the Day at The Lark, located in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. The next day I’d do a leisurely wine tasting trip in Santa Ynez (about an hour away). Day 4 – Stay local, Southern California is home to some of the best hiking and weather in the world. I’d visit the local trails and spend some time just relaxing by a pool. Day 5 & 6 – An overnight visit to the Ojai Valley Inn with a 7-mile hike along the way at Santa Paula’s Punch Bowl’s Trail. Massages and pool side relaxing at the Ojai Valley Inn are not to be missed. Day 7 – A day of culture at the Broad or Getty Museums. LA is full of incredible dining and I’d make sure to hit a couple of our best spots.
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’ve been a member of YPO, a global community of chief executives, for more than 15 years. YPO has helped me learn, mentor and lead, by providing me an environment that values trust, open sharing and idea exchange, across cultures and generations. I’m also so incredibly grateful for my parents (my yin and yang), key family members, and friends, for their love, support, and encouragement along the way.
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