We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephanie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work and life balance is a really important goal of mine. I think it changes in different seasons. Some seasons are a little bit busier than others for obvious reasons, seasonally with marketing campaigns, rebrands, or just seasons of life. My aim is to not always “feel good” but to work from a place of rest. The better the rest, the better the work. Sometimes rest is sleeping and staying home, sometimes rest is emotionally preserving, sometimes rest is mental health work or joining a new workout class for physical well-being- even a walk outside helps––I try to do that every day. Other times, rest is spiritual. For me, talking to God is a huge part of how I make it through this life. I am affirmed in those times that while work is important, I don’t get my identity from it, but rather, outwork everything from assured love. It helps me navigate what to give to and sacrifice for as well.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career has been a true miracle. It started with coming beside a CEO and her small business called The Giving Keys. I really wanted to impact LA’s homeless community and as she was following my personal blog, she saw a place for me to help her company with their voice. It grew into an amazing movement that I feel proud of. Since then I’ve been freelancing in Digital Marketing with a variety of skillsets such as copywriting, social media, marketing campaigns, and strategy. I love helping business find the right people to contract as well that will move them forward. I want everyone to win. It’s been a blessing and I don’t take it lightly.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I’m an LA native so this gets hard because there are so many variations of trips to do in this big city. I tend to stay away from major tourist traps while also letting my friends see those special landmarks they’ve wanted to see. Ideally, we’d start the week in Venice- have breakfast and Gjusta, walkthrough Abbot Kinney, the canals, and see skaters at the skatepark, and then cruise PCH north to Malibu. Day two, we’d start with breakfast at Ace Hotel in DTLA, visit the rooftop and enjoy the sites. We’d hop in the car and drive through DTLA/Arts District as I tell them about some history and the buildings my grandmother worked in and make a pit stop at Olvera Street and Union Station. Then we’d relax at Vista Hermosa Park with lunch from Sonoratown. After that, we’d finish seeing the city sites, maybe do some shopping, stop at Ameoba, and end the day at the Griffith Observatory. For dinner, we’d make our way to my favorite Taiwanese restaurant, Pine and Crane, in the Sunset Junction (the beef roll cannot be missed!). Day three, would be Malibu day. We’d have food at Malibu Cafe and then relax at the beach. In the evening, we’d go for happy hour at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood and catch a show at Hotel Cafe (if they were having a show). Another day would involve a drive through Laurel Canyon and making a stop for Coffee Coffee off Fairfax and a group hangs with other local friends. We’d venture to the Grove, go shopping, and end the evening at EP/LP. The last day would be a hike over at Los Leones in the Palisades and back to Venice for Great White. Then we’d cap the day off with a sunset in Manhattan Beach. I imagine that I would sleep for a week straight after this.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow, there are too many people to name for where I am today. I think my first shout-out would go to my parents who taught me to take chances. My friend Rheada has been a special mentor throughout the 20 years of my life. Caitlin Crosby, Tony and Brooke Anderson, Jens Jacob and Jason Pamer for all being people who gave me new opportunities with room to learn and grow. Juliann Cheryl and Augusto Piccio for being friends at all times in my personal and career. John Mark Comer and Alicia Britt Chole for being distant mentors on how to live lives that flourish while outworking purpose. I’m so thankful for many.

Website: sheiscaptivated.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/steph.martinez

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephdmartinez/

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