We had the good fortune of connecting with Desiree Grobstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Desiree, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I was in my early twenties, I was working as a Child Life Specialist here in the Valley. I would regularly have procedures/tests/surgeries scheduled for patients past my work hours. While I was ready to stay late and work more, my boss would coach me on the importance of saying no. She would discuss having a healthy work life balance. That this balance allows us to reduce our risk for burnout and fatigue. She would encourage us to prioritize our health and happiness. In order for us to provide the best support to the patients and families, we needed to take care of ourselves first. It was during my time at the hospital that I learned that there will always be opportunities to do more, stay longer, work harder. I learned that my work is a big part of my passion and purpose. This made balance between work/life even more difficult to acquire because I have always loved my jobs. After having my daughter, I really struggled with balance. I often felt like I was being pulled into many directions all at once. Work life balance had an entire new meaning now that I had a completely new role as a Momma. It took a couple years and a ton of trial and error to figure out what balance really felt like again. Here is what I have learned so far… Balance is in the day to day and moment to moment. Presence and awareness allow us to make mindful choices about how and where we spend our time and energy. When we use our time and energy with purpose and intention we often feel less drained and more balanced. Saying no creates balance. Saying yes creates balance. Life feels the most balanced when we live authentically and true to who we are.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I was moving away from corporate life to being self employed, a wise teacher advised me to grow my business on word of mouth. This approach may take longer but would create a more robust and sustainable business.This would also allow me to have some control over how and where I use my energy. When I transitioned out of the hospital and into yoga and massage fully, my business was booming. I am blessed to spend every day doing what I love. I get to help people tap into their potential, to add spark to their life, to feel healthy and happy. I will always be a student first and I believe this mindset allows me to continue to grow and learn with my students and clients. I had a mentor who would say “intention is the creator and love is the healer.” This is the string that threads everything I do together and the space I always work from. This focus creates a unique and personalized experience for each person I get to work with and every class I teach. I want people to feel seen and heard. I want to see and hear the hearts and souls of humanity.
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?
Arizona really is an amazing place. It’s definitely worth the time to take a trip to Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Sedona to soak up all the magic and beauty of these areas. We have an incredible yoga community and some of the best instructors here in the valley so yoga would find it’s way on to the agenda for sure. I would ride bikes on the canal. Hike all the mountains that surround the Valley. I would get juices and smoothies from Kaleidoscope. Avocado toast from Gooder Goods. Bread from Noble. I would go to happy hour at Postino. I would host a dinner and invite all our family and friends to hang at out and enjoy the beautiful weather and breathtaking sunsets!
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?
I truly believe we are surrounded by people in this life who are meant to help us grow and evolve. And because of that I owe a thank you to everyone in my life. Every person has played a significant and vital role in helping me become the person I am. For that I am filled with gratitude..
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