We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Porteous and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I hold a high value to my life outside of the office. For one, this is where I tap into my creative outlets; outlets that I use to maintain a healthy lifestyle – mentally, physically and socially. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is something that I am consistently working towards.
When I finished school and entered the workforce I didn’t understand the importance of a positive work-life balance and, as a result, I fell into a cycle that eventually led down a dark road; I wasn’t happy and had all but closed the doors on everything and everyone that I enjoyed. When I figured out the importance of maintaining my life outside of the office (amongst other things), I found joy in the things that I had dismissed when I was only focusing on work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My day job is in Construction Management. I manage both the Pre-Construction and Construction phases of various projects for a real estate developer, specializing in multi-family apartment communities. As a project manager in this field I am able to work hand-in-hand with creative professionals, (Architects, Engineers, and Contractors/Trades) daily. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sit behind a computer all day and I was drawn to CM because you are in the field, at job sites. Everyday you’re faced with issues that require creative problem solving. Each project has its own unique challenges, and everyday you make progress towards a finished product. I receive a tangible reward for the effort I put forth in the form of taking raw land and turning it into places people call home.
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?
I’m based in Newport Beach and there is a strong beach/surf influence down here. Growing up surfing, I would plan something that revolved around that. Show them standout spots like the Wedge, camp at SanO, something like that. Maybe go out fishing or to Catalina. Each city down here is unique and offers something different while still being tied to that costal lifestyle. Being a fan of the arts, I’d probably meander around the galleries in Laguna or head up to LA and check out some museums.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The encouragement from my family and friends when I needed help for substance abuse is why I am here today. I had shut the door on everything I loved and their support pushed me to seek help. When I gave up drinking, that is when I was able tap back into my creative side; and their continued support is why I’m sitting here answering these questions.