We had the good fortune of connecting with Tateanna Hinds and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tateanna, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first started my creative career, I was a full time student working a full time job wondering how I’d possibly find the time to pursue something that would require just as much attention. Naturally, my mind shifted to making space in my schedule, what could I sacrifice? I was all work no play for a long time, which was productive but not completely satisfying. After the inevitable burnout, I was determined to find balance with work and leisure. In my studies, I came across the philosophy of 888. We have 24 hours each day and the idea of the philosophy is to spend about 8 hours working, whatever that looks like for you, 8 hours leisurely, and 8 hours resting. This made so much sense to me and I began to structure my days accordingly. Somedays, the system worked flawlessly and some days, it didn’t work at all. It then occurred to me that the system of 888 doesn’t have to fit perfectly into each day because rarely are 2 days the same.
Balance, to me, looks like tending to a specific area in your garden without neglecting the rest of the plants.
The variables of our life are always changing, it’s with mindfulness, management of expectation and intentional effort can we maintain equilibrium. Think of yourself as the balancing scale, some weeks you might have to clock more than 40 hours to meet deadlines, some weeks you have to take a few personal days in a row and some weeks you feel like you’ve got it all figured out. The important thing to note during each of those moments and any moment in between is the acceptance of where you are in that moment and the understanding of what you need to restore balance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Although some of the work I do is professional, I would very much consider myself a creative artist in the sense that my approach will always be inspired by my creative mind. Being a creative strategist, I bring fun, youthful, and sometimes ecentric solutions to corporate problems. It wasn’t easy to establish the rapport with companies to be given as much creative freedom, it involved a lot of risk taking. My journey has taught me to believe wholeheartedly in my ideas and to execute to my best ability always because once you paint the bigger picture, people usually love it. I want the world to know that when you hire Lil Power Move, the methods may be unorthodox but when creative problem solving you can’t be afraid to take risks and let creatives be creatives!
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.
A week in Detroit with Lil Power Move would look like hitting Palmer Park as the sunrises to workout & play tennis, we’d grab a smoothie bowl from Beyond Juicery, head to my studio at XVTV Productions to knock out some work and chill, attend local events, bar hop in Downtown Detroit, link with the creative homies, spend some time in nature and eat at a different spot each day – The Block, Babo, Good Times on the Ave, They Say, Seva- just to name a few of my favorites.
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?
Ceasar and the 1 Shot Radio Family, they were there from the beginning. I felt like I was all over the place but they always saw my potential and invested in it.
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