We had the good fortune of reconnecting with Spencer Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Spencer, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My work-life balance has completely shifted since starting my company, Monster + Ghost. Gone are the sleepless nights filled with partying only to lose the next few days recovering. Don’t get me wrong, I love my social life and the relationships I share with my family and friends, but I’m at a pivotal point where hard work and dedication are essential to the success of my business.

Each morning I wake up around 5 AM and immediately read whatever book I’m currently reading at that time. This helps me ease into the oncoming workload of the day. I follow this by a morning workout that consists of a 30-minute cardiovascular warm-up, then about an hour of physical weight training. Generally, I train on an empty stomach and fast until it’s time for lunch. By mid-morning, I’m already working on orders for Monster + Ghost, shipping packages to customers, and making more products. This work continues throughout the rest of my day, and I begin to wind down around 7 PM. My nightly routine is simple, a quick shower, eat dinner, read for an hour, then sleep.

Most weeks look like this, with an occasional outing on Friday or Saturday for some fun. I’m a huge UFC fan, so I watch almost every fight when I can. I do believe in living and having fun. My new rule is to have a few drinks (Dirty Martini w/Hendricks) and be home by midnight. So far, this strategy has worked for me, and I’m still productive when I need to be. It’s about holding yourself accountable and making changes to suit your lifestyle.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Monster + Ghost is a home fragrance brand specializing in hand-made candles, incense and, art. We share the need for tasteful, positive self-expression with people of all ages, ethnicities, geographic areas, and gender identities. Monster + Ghost is undeniably authentic as it seamlessly merges luxury and culture. We are featured in 50 specialty retail stores across the U.S., Canada and, Europe.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hopefully, they are visiting on a Sunday so that we can check out Smorgasburg LA for lunch and snacks followed by dinner at Nobu in Malibu.

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Here are my top 5 favorite books that I think everyone should read:

1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by. Neil deGrasse Tyson

2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by. Yuval Noah Harari

3. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by. Ashlee Vance

4. Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by. Laurie Woolever

5. The 48 Laws of Power by. Robert Greene

Website: www.monsterandghost.com

Instagram: @iownspencer @monsterandghostxx

Twitter: @monsterandghost

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monsterandghost

Image Credits
Product Photos- Allie Bussa Self-Portraits – Ronnelle Fuqua

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