We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Higdon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I know how to work. It’s one of the things I am really good at. Long hours, focus, and creativity have staying power for whatever my business needs. But I have also worked to the point that I ended up in the ER not paying attention to my body. I have neglected myself and others all in the name of my work. So after the ER wake up call it’s been my ongoing focus to take care of me first, to nurture that which is important to me and have my work be something that supports those endeavors, not sabotages them.
If you have ever walked on a balance beam you know that balancing is an act with constant movement. Nothing is static. I have had to learn to never hold too tightly to what I thought would be balanced because as soon as I thought I had things balanced, something would change and I would need to adjust or pivot.
But that is the beauty of owning your own business. You build something that can fit into your life and that can flex when needed. It can be what changes to accomodate the needs around you instead of asking your life to serve your business.
So for me balance is an ongoing juggling act dictated by your desires, priorities and life circumstances.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
@zynnyme we help mental health clinicians build and grow their private practices so they can have a healthy and happy life while improving clinical outcomes for their clients. I’m most proud of how we have helped shift the narrative around what it means to be in business as a therapist. Mental health therapists are amongst the top 5 worst paid Masters Degrees. Something so transformational as therapy is essential to our communities and future generations and yet it continues to be undervalued.
It hasn’t always been easy. Growing your business is like going through development all over. There is that infancy phase where things are new and exciting, adolescence where you rebel and try to define who you are apart from everyone else and then as you stay longer in business you start to really know who you are and settle into it without worry about other people.
Our manifesto says – We don’t compete, we stand out. We coach from the perspective on not just growing a successful business but utilizing business decisions to improve outcomes for our clients and their clients. That is what has set us apart. We go beyond getting your client in the door, we care about what happens to that relationship and it’s outcomes.
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 don’t even know where to start. I’ve lived in the LA, OC and SD areas. LA has my heart – big time. I love going to the Largo catching comedians with their new sets, dancing at the Edison and listening to music at the Hollywood Bowl. Live music and art never cease to amaze me in Los Angeles.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to my husband, Greg Higdon. I don’t believe we ever get anywhere on our own. There are people along the way who help us and he has been my rock and support from Day 1.
Katherine Beth Photography for all headshots Group and action shots are from Rebecca Kuritz at See Through Soul Photography