We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaimi Alexander and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaimi, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has changed dramatically over time! We have a habit of thinking that the harder we work and the more hours we put in, the more we will get out of it. I used to stay up very, very late at night and worked tirelessly and endlessly, sometimes without even eating. I believed in what I was doing so much, I kind of became obsessed with it. As much as I give myself a pat on the back for being on fire and present, I absolutely burned out. Nowadays, I have no problem taking a day off. Rest is productive. Back in the day I would have judged myself and considered myself lazy just for taking some time off. That is an unhealthy culture.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It definitely wasn’t easy getting to where I am today. But the lessons along the way on this journey have been absolutely transformative. Challenges that I had to overcome were mostly those that were created from past traumas, my own perception and my personal mindset. Sometimes we do not know that we are setting ourselves up for sabotage. If your daily life does not include spirituality and self mastery efforts, it is very easy to live life day today as a victim of circumstance as opposed to really understanding the tools that you have within yourself to persevere and Live another glorious day. I used to be extremely impatient. I used to have such a big ego and I didn’t even know it was my ego LOL I used to be such a perfectionist. I used to get really bent out of shape if things did not go as planned. Now that I am much further along in my creative journey, I am so much more patient which is a beautiful thing because it gives so much room for Flow to happen, unexpected Grace, mercy, and resources to unfold. Everything does not have to be perfect. I let go of the part of myself that feels like I always have to be right or that I don’t want negative criticism or feedback from others. In these days I welcome all constructive criticism and I’m totally OK with things not being perfect. It’s so important to just get started let it be ugly let it be messy let it be what it is until it turns into what it’s going to be! I feel like we have not been taught to truly trust the process. It’s something that we say but our attachment to outcome really trip us up especially on a creative, entrepreneurial or professional journey. Let go, breathe, completely enjoy the journey and only get involved with the projects that you enjoy. I give myself space to do the things I love because that’s where my power and energy lies. Anywhere you are, any projects you start or any job that you have you can highlight your personality and what you love to do and expound on it in that role. Discover new ways to love where you are. I’ve spent too many days hoping to get to the next thing! Celebrate little wins. It keeps us going. We are human and we need celebration to be part of the fertilization to the seeds that we’ve planted. Keeps us going ! You do not have to accomplish some grandiose thing to celebrate yourself. If you got up in the morning and did two things on your list, make sure to celebrate a little bit at night just to acknowledge yourself for your efforts!
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 I had a friend visiting LA one of the first things I would do is take them to a beach. We could wake up, hit Trader Joe’s and grab some snacks and go to Newport beach or Venice Beach maybe even Malibu and enjoy. Go home change get dressed and eat at one of these cute rooftop or patio areas for happy hour. May be a little cattle and claw at the Sofitel or Madera kitchen in Hollywood. I could also reverse the two, wake up have an amazing brunch then maybe a bonfire on the beach at night. A little bit of nature a little bit of food and drink is totally a thing!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would absolutely say my sister circle. My friends are amazing and evolved, Spiritual, loving, compassionate and understanding. No matter what I’m going through whether I’m having a hard time or birthing a new idea I have a handful of amazing women that I can call on and for that I am grateful! Sisterhood is everything! I also love the Bible, anything by Wayne Dyer, Joe Dispenza, and Ed Mylett. You can find a lot from them on YouTube! Of course this should have been first but God. I would not be where I am today without God. He has kept me safe, encouraged, energized and intuitive. .