We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Sukovaty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’ve been an entrepreneur for a few decades now and the one thing I’ve learned that has helped me in all areas of my life is that work/life balance is not a daily thing. In fact, in 2016 I wrote a book called “Balance is BS” which explains how we are led to believe that every day needs to be balanced with work, family, self-care, and other daily life activities. In actuality what I learned is that some days you will need to dedicate more time to your business and other days you will need to dedicate more time to your family. You may have to sacrifice a few work priorities to attend your child’s school function that will only come around once in his/her lifetime, but that work will still be there waiting for you to attend to later. On the reverse, there are days where you won’t be able to take your kids to the park as you planned because some urgent business has come up and it is a priority that can not be pushed off. I created a way of looking at my life by breaking it down by month and weeks on the schedule and making family, work, personal rocks, pebbles, and sand to-do lists. I determined what work was absolutely a non-negotiable when it came to the month and the week, the same for family and personal. Once I did this I was able to clearly understand what days were more dedicated to my business and what days I could dedicate more time to my family without feeling guilty. I’ve carried that into my new online business and it has helped me achieve growth quicker just by knowing what is necessary and what I can leave for later.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a professional performer for most of my life and recently closed my production company business that I founded and ran for almost eleven years. After a year of soul searching in 2020 (like everyone else) I realized that my life experience, education, and business skills all worked together as a platform to help women step into and own their power. This is how I created Body Soul Goddess. I did a lot of research and realized there are not many businesses out there that encompass the total package of intuitive health, wealth, and spirit for women. There are multiple businesses that address each area but nothing that gives women a place to find information on how to up-level their lives in all areas by connecting to their soul’s intuition. Body Soul Goddess is a safe space for women to discover how to love and take care of themselves first. How to block out external factors and noise on dieting, working out, health, life, and love and learn to be body positive, with high self-esteem, and confidence to live in abundance and joyfully daily.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For my friends and family that visit and aren’t from here, I like to take them off the beaten path to experience a more local flavor but still get some history. I’d start with my hometown of Malibu and take them to Lily’s for a breakfast burrito, then out for a surf, and then end the day with dinner at Taverna Tony’s. The next day I’d drive them through Hollywood so they could see the Hollywood sign and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, stopping only if they felt it necessary to see the handprints and stars. From there we’d drive to downtown Los Angeles for lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria where I’d tour them around the historic building with stories from how it was built to how it was restored. After a little drive tour of downtown, I’d drive them down to Long Beach and show them the historic Queen Mary, ending the day with a ghost tour of the ship and then dinner in the Long Beach Waterfront area. The next day we would take a road trip up to gorgeous Lake Arrowhead where we would first hike one of the amazing San Bernadino National Forest hiking trails, then explore the Village for shopping and end with dinner at The Grapevine. The next few days I would make sure they saw Beverly Hills and visited the Museum of Tolerance, as well as The Getty Museum and Santa Monica Pier and Third Street.
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 blessed to have so much support for my entrepreneurial ventures in my lifetime! My mom has always been my number one supporter, cheerleader, and fan and she’s the one who has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. In my new business venture, I was encouraged and inspired by a wonderful woman who lives in the UK and runs a group for women called Spiritual Queens rising named Denise Martinez Rossini. Lastly, I was inspired by my friend, Nicole Derosa who’s blog @nicolederosalifestyle reminded me that sharing what you know is of great service and value to others.