We had the good fortune of connecting with Valentine Aseyo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Valentine, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
First of all, we need to make sure our language is empowering. I believe in work-life “integration” – not balance!
When you place work and personal life on the weighting sale, you inevitably imply they’re on the opposite ends of the spectrum and you’ll need to sacrifice one if you put more weight on the other. This approach is not conducive to a healthy, happy, and balanced life.
I call this concept work-life integration: as an entrepreneur, my business and personal life are integrated in a harmonious way. For me, the key is to have absolute flexibility in terms of time and location. I work wherever I want and whenever I want.
I have to admit: I work a lot. I often work on weekends. But I also take tennis lessons at 3pm in the afternoon, go for a haircut, travel whenever I want. Sometimes I take half day off in the middle of the week and then I make up for it on Sunday afternoon.
Work-life balance means you have predefined work days/times. For most people, it’s Monday to Friday, from morning till 6-7pm so if you end up working until 9pm or end up spending the entire Sunday working, you immediately think you have poor work-life balance.
Work-life integration means you mastered the art of taking control over your schedule, priorities, and commitments. It means you found a way to achieve success & efficiency in work and piece & joy in personal life while not sacrificing any of them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Matador Meggings was born out of the idea that guys should have access to quality leggings made specifically for the male anatomy, and they should wear them with confidence—just like the original bullfighters of Spain. Our signature men’s leggings are made with sweat-wicking performance fabric and offer a soft molded crotch cup with No-VPL* Technology™ (*visible penis line), which conceals the groin department and offers support where it counts. Numerous features like an open pocket for a phone, a zipper pocket for valuables, and a t-shirt/towel loop make these meggings functional for the modern man’s needs
Matador Meggings are men’s leggings on steroids. We pumped them with several features to fit modern men’s needs: soft molded crotch cup concealing VPL (visible penis line), an open pocket for your phone, a zipper pocket for your valuables, a loop at the back for your t-shirt or towel, an inner drawstring for extra security, and feather-weight sweat-wicking performance fabric. These are not your grandmother’s leggings! We thought of everything; you can wear them for everything from intense workout sessions to festivals to Sunday brunch. We also differentiate ourselves with the wild colors and bold prints we offer. As a man, you’ve typically had only 2 options: go to big brands to get high-quality leggings that only come in boring colors like black and gray, or purchase funky colors/designs from Amazon that are incredibly poor-quality nylon/spandex that will give your skin a rash. Matador Meggings combines the best of both worlds: high-quality performance compression pants with designs that (finally) match your personality.
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?
Venice Beach. Such a special neighborhood. Wake up and do yoga on the beach, then grab a healthy breakfast, soak up the sun, go for a walk or run on the beach. Lemonade Abbot Kinney is a MUST-TRY spot. I love their healthy food options and juices. Great vibe, very casual, and yummy.