We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayla Aguirre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayla, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’ve always been one to juggle a lot on my plate between school, multiple jobs, making time for friends and family so learning to balance all of it was a must at a young age. Over the past few years I’ve managed to finish school and narrow down to just one job which has allowed me to find a happy medium of making time for not just my work and my loved ones but also for myself which is something I didn’t focus on before. Overall I’ve continued to maintain my work life balance but I’ve definitely grown and learned how to do it in a healthy manner.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As much as I would love to have a simple glamorous answer about my career I don’t. I went to college with hopes of being a doctor but that changed my junior year, I knew I wasn’t passionate with my career choice but I also was not starting all over again so I completed the degree I had started. Truthfully I still don’t know 100% what I want to do for a career but I can say that the work experience I have is all over the place from working in the food industry, pediatric dental assisting, and coaching gymnastics and I’ve learned so much from each one of those jobs. I’ve also been fortunate to build up and use my social media as an outlet for my creativity. It’s been a place for me to open up and share my life and my travels and it’s opened so many amazing doors for me. I don’t think of myself as a brand I just want people to have someone they can relate to. Social media tends to show you mostly the glamor but I want people to know that it’s ok to be unsure of what you want, it’s ok to have insecure moments and it’s ok to fail but you have to keep pushing through until you find what makes you happy.
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.
I love this question for so many reasons but most importantly because I get to brag about how amazing of a state Arizona is! I would definitely have to dedicate a few days to going up North. Seeing the red rocks of Sedona, hiking and wine tasting would be the first stop then off to the snow in Flagstaff! Once returning back to Phoenix a staycation in Scottsdale would be up next, Hotel Adeline is one of my favorite spots for a staycation there’s always a party pool side, it’s perfectly located next to nightlife and restaurants and the entire hotel is so Instagram worthy. P.S there’s even a speak easy in the lobby! Diego Pops is a must in the area for happy hour and Maple & Ash for a memorable dinner. Next up on the itinerary would be a hot air balloon ride in North Peoria to see Arizona from a different point of view. Mochilero Kitchen would be the lunch stop, it’s a local Mexican restaurant off Happy Valley rd and trust me the food is to die for! The following day would have to start off with brunch at The Lola in Westgate, which is one of my favorite brunch spots in Arizona. Because if we’re being honest, can never go wrong with bottomless mimosas plus their boards are truly mesmerizing. It’s also located inside of an entire entertainment district that includes bars, restaurants, arcades, axe throwing, comedy clubs, and sporting venues. There’s honestly so much more I could add to this but you’ll have to make the trip to see for yourself!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to credit my mother for the person I am today. Her work ethic, energy and passion is unlike anyone else’s I’ve ever seen and I’ve been lucky enough to learn so many life lessons and develop so many qualities from her. She’s always taught me to go after the things I want in life and never hold back and I thank her for that. She is truly an inspiration.