We had the good fortune of connecting with Nour Milla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nour, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I have always been a firm believer of achieving balance in every facet of your life… And this is especially in regards to work life. We need to establish healthy boundaries, in a way that allows us to always show up at our best and express our needs accordingly. For me personally, going through this pandemic taught me to slow down and be as present as possible, but it also highlighted the consequences of leading such a hectic life pre covid. It was after taking time off that I really began to savor the perks of mental stillness, which is why now I religiously carve time off every day to unplug from the outer world and focus on myself wholeheartedly, especially while having a full time job as an anchor. If I don’t fill my cup first, I won’t be functioning at my highest potential. Gone are the days were ultra productivity are celebrated. This is the moment to endorse working smarter, and not harder. We can be just as successful, if not more, if we slow down and practice presence with every chore take on. Nowadays my mantra is BE-DO-HAVE, which means I get to go inward every day and assess how im feeling and thinking before doing. And balance has a lot to do with having all these three concepts in check.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My professional life has been filled with tremendously valuable lessons on resilience, perseverance and the art of detachment. I love the fact that my bilingual condition allows me to interact with such different audiences. Also, in a way I can feel my personality shift in peculiar ways whenever im exercising my duty as a journalist in English or Spanish. I feel like hosting in English, curiously enough, makes me feel calm, relaxed and more like myself, where as in Spanish I can feel the firecracker in me come out. This year has brought me the beautiful opportunity to work as a full time anchor for Noticias 24 horas on Channel 62, but I will say the journey wasn’t easy. I had to face a lot of rejection, as well as jobs that were less than satisfying within toxic work environments. However I would never change anything about my past, for the simple reason that all these situations taught me to find joy in my day to day, even if I wasn’t working my dream job. This in turn taught me to feel great inside, and in turn, manifest amazing blessings down the line. I know it may sound woo woo, but I can definitely attest to the notion that feeling good is the best magnet for manifestation. I would also find solace knowing that whatever hiccup I was facing would undoubtedly lead me to invaluable lessons about perspective and attitude. At the end of the day, everything comes down to the lens through which you look at your own life. And I chose to trust my path however it was unfolding, knowing that everything always happens how its meant to. When you learn to lower the volume of your ego and flow with the current circumstances, you are able to see clearly and have better coping skills. I am still building myself professionally , and I know I have a long way to go, but at least I get to enjoy every step of the way versus desperately wanting to reach the top. its all about savoring each phase of your life.
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 am a huge coffee lover, and one of my hobbies is to check new coffee shops around the city. which is why I would make sure to take my friend to a different cafe every day. My favorite spots are: The boy and the Bear in Redondo Beach
Coffee Commissary in Burbank
Positano in Santa Monica
The Alchemist Project in Koreatown
I would also take them to the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, where part of Gandhis ashes were spread.
Of course. being the foodie that I am, going to restaurants would be an integral part of the trip. We would visit:
The Bun Shop in Koreatown
Bossa Nova brasilian restaurant in West Hollywood
Osteria Mozza on Melrose Avenue
Summer Buffalo (the greatest Thai restaurant in LA) located on Melrose as well
Acai Jungle (for the best breakfast açaí bowls in Burbank)
Castaway (one of my favorite brunch restaurants overlooking the mountains in Burbank)
When it comes to activities, I would take them to Disneyland and Six Flags, since I am a them park fanatic.
I would also take them to a hiking trip to Los Leones Canyon Trail, near Malibu, for killer views.
I know it sounds very LA, but sound baths are one of my favorite unwinding activities. So we would definitely catch a couple of those at Hallowed Ground in Marina del Rey.
Finally, I would take them to Olvera street in Downton Los Angeles, since that was the first street built in the city.
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?
Shoutout to my mother for being my anchor during my most challenging years while I was going through growing pains. Also to my boyfriend Alvaro, because he has taught me so many lessons on love, partnership and resilience.
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