We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Wong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacy, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
At the beginning of my work career, I thought a perfect work life balance was possible and essential for success. But how exactly does one achieve this was the question. I have now realized, many years later, that a perfect work life balance is nearly impossible without unlimited financial resources and people/family assistance.
Today, my idea of the work life balance has changed. It means focusing on what’s important for yourself and for those who matter most to you. For me, my work life balance changed for the better when I left my corporate position and decided to focus on my creative work. Working creatively allowed me greater flexibility to support my family and their needs. It allowed me to be more present in the moment and attend my boys’ school and extracurricular activities without feeling guilty. Working creatively also provided me time to dedicate to things I wanted to do for myself, such as daily exercise and cooking.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Making the world a better place by creating beautiful things. I design and create modern wood goods and uncommon plant decor. My product offering has changed and evolved throughout the years. I make a conscious effort to make goods which are not currently found in the marketplace. Perhaps my design process is a little selfish – because I create what I would like to have in my own home or personally give as a gift.
This year, it’s all about focusing on the transformative, positive effect plants can have on our personal spaces and on our lives. My popular wall vase collection with vibrant designs and patterns, fits the modern decorating aesthetic beautifully.
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?
First, I would take them to the Manhattan Beach Pier and show them the pacific ocean. I would recommend going on a bike ride or walking along the strand to see the beautiful view from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes. Then, I would suggest a foodie tour starting with Grand Central Market in Los Angeles and then going to the San Gabriel Valley for authentic Asian cuisine including dim sum and sweet pastries at the local Asian bakeries.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband and two sons have always been extremely supportive of my business and creative endeavors. My sister, Kerri who also has a creative business, @treebykerrilee is always there to support me when I have a question or need a fresh perspective. I also credit local maker communities such as the Academy of Handmade and Craftcation with jumpstarting my leap into a creative business.
Deborah Tracy Photography