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

Hi Tracy, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
About a year into motherhood I read an article where a dietician told parents not to judge their toddlers diet on a meal-to-meal basis, but instead, look at what they eat over the course of the week. To me this is the ultimate example of balance. Since becoming a mother I’ve found that I can’t always tend to work, personal life, household duties and the million other things on my to-do list every day- but I can get through a substantial amount by the end of the week. I’ve learned to let go of how and when I get through it, and just do what I can, when I can. For me, this looks like blocking out time for myself and deciding that day how I’m going to use it. Sometimes the time gets spent answering emails and drafting articles, sometimes it’s grocery shopping or putting laundry away and others I am totally fine using that hour for a shower and hot cup of coffee.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At 17 I started working in the creative industry as an actress. I worked professionally on stage and television for over 10 years. After giving up acting for parenthood, I founded a lifestyle blog, and the performer in me dreamed up who I needed to be. I think this happens for a lot of people on social media.
Throughout my experience running a blog about my personal projects I often felt like I was in a ship all alone when what I truly craved was a community built around supporting the multi-dimensional journey we’re all on. Perfection, followers, and recognition? It all just seemed so overrated and I knew there had to be a better way.

I called up Riley Youngstrom who is an amazing graphic designer and we decided to create Daisy Made, an online community dedicated to uplifting and supporting other creatives. Our biggest goal is that you see real faces, real work, real food and real life. We want you to feel like what you are doing makes you worthy of this community. You don’t have to be an influencer, killing it in sales, or the master of your skill to be important. We’re so passionate about helping others get in touch with themselves through the simple act of creating. I am so proud of what we’ve built in less than a year.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love living in Southern California! There are so many amazing places to visit! We’d have to hit some of my local Long Beach spots first!

Some of my favorite places to go are:
Bakers and Baristas, an incredible spot for delicious food + conversation.

Goods On Orange, which is a vintage paradise stocked by female collectors + makers.

The Seal Beach Pier + Main Street for fun shopping, nice views and delicious food.

Pacific City in Huntington Beach for more shopping, more beach views and my favorite SoCal spot for fresh and easy food- Lemonade!

Some of my favorite parks are: Irvine Regional (paddle boats, bike rentals + a zoo!), Huntington Central Park and South Coast Botanical Gardens.

For some pampering I highly recommend: Trilogy Spa in Manhattan Beach!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Some amazing mentors in my life include Ivirlei Brookes who helped me reimagine how to run a creative business, Anna Hetzel who teaches amazing workshops on creating and cultivating inclusive communities, Carolina Adame who takes the most beautiful photos of real life and my Daisy Made co-founder Riley Youngstrom who really inspires me with her talent and authenticity.

Website: www.daisymade.com

Instagram: @hellodaisymade

Facebook: facebook.com/hellodaisymade

Image Credits
Photo of Riley Youngstrom painting by Peter Valeri Photos of Tracy Pendergast by Adam Hendershott

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