We had the good fortune of connecting with Gloria Yang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gloria, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work-life balance is extremely tricky for me in normal circumstances. I come from a background that emphasizes hard work and productivity. I feel great when I have a lot on my to do list and even better when I finish each task. That lead to regularly burning out and falling into anxiety and depression, relying on work wins as a bandaid for temporary happiness. When COVID first hit, work-life balance almost became non-existent. I’d wake up and plop down on my desk. I did take some time out here and there to walk my dog, but then I’d go back on my laptop in the evening and continue working until I was too tired. It was hard not to over-service clients as so many of my colleagues were losing clients, and others were losing their jobs. I did snap. I just didn’t want to work anymore. In fact, I didn’t want to do anything. I made it a goal to not do any work or even check my emails on the weekends. I also scheduled out my work day so I had a stopping point. It actually is a bit hard not having a workout class or dinner plans with friends as a signal to stop working. In addition, my dog started having health problems with a pretty bad prognosis. I had to shift my attention to him and to cherish each day with him. That meant actually living and doing things like going to the beach with my dog and just cuddling with him throughout the day. My productivity level has actually improved since I have to get work done by a certain time. I can’t procrastinate as much if I work to actually have a balance! With that said, as someone who has always struggled with work-life balance, I’ve experienced first hand how important that balance is for mental and physical health. To quote Eliza Hamilton, you have to “take a break.” It’s something I have to be mindful about as I consider new potential businesses as well. If a new project affects my work-life balance, is it worth it?
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Glow Yang PR is a full-service PR agency specializing in beauty and wellness. With almost 10 years of PR experience dedicated to skincare, haircare, color cosmetics, nail care, CBD, and wellness supplements and spas, I have elevated brand awareness for my clients by garnering top-tier press and securing prestigious awards through smart, strategic, creative, and timely storytelling. Her clients have been featured in outlets including Allure, Forbes, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Refinery29. Current and past clients include: ORLY International, Mazz Hanna Beauty, Wrinkles Schminkles I also have experience working with brands like Hello Products, Avene, Klorane, and The Body Shop.
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?
If my best friend was to ever visit me from NYC, and everything was completely safe, I’d take to some of my favorite spots all around LA. I love Mo-Mo Paradise for its AYCE shabu-shabu. The staff there are super friendly and the food is absolutely delicious. We’ll also head to Koreatown for a day at Olympic Spa followed by porky ribs tops with melted cheese from Sun Nong Dan. We’ll also spend a day or two in the 626 eating everything from Taiwanese food to tacos. We’ll also spend a day on the Westside, hitting up Abbot Kinney and all the funky shops in Venice, eating up and down Sawtelle, and visiting The Getty. I really like taking the tram and the views there are so beautiful. Downtown and Chinatown are also fun to spend a day. We can see the art deco architecture, visit The Broad, and get super spicy chicken sandwich at Howlin’ Rays. We’ll also spend some time in West Hollywood. First we’ll hit up the cat cafe Crumbs & Whiskers, where you can reserve time to play with adoptable kittens while having coffee and snacks. Then we can walk over to Jon & Vinny’s for the only acceptable pizza in LA. Around the corner there is ORLY Color Labs, a really fun nail polish bar where you can customize your own nail polish. They always have fun events and indie brands popping up there, so it’s fun to shop for unique gifts, too. I think it’ll be fun to hit up iconic spots like The Last Bookstore, Griffith Observatory, and Hollywood Forever Cemetery as those are places I don’t really go to since I live here. Of course, a trip to the beach is a must, whether it’s up in Malibu or my current favorite, Torrance Beach. Not a lot of people know that there is a Torrance Beach, so it’s mostly filled with only locals. If time permits, I’d love to take a train ride from Union Station to Santa Barbara. The view is gorgeous and of course, Santa Barbara has its own unique charms.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friends who allow me to vent without judgement–thank you.