We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalia Ronceria Ceballos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I have always believed this is not really a thing. We are told over and over about this concept of “work life balance”, but in practice it rarely seems to work. What I mean, is that when we talk about balance, there’s the notion that means all elements of our lives are receiving equal amounts of attention, energy, resources, and so on. In practice, this is really hard to sustain. So I’ve reframed this concept in my life, I don’t strive for “work life balance” but instead for “work life harmony” — this small change in language resonates so much more for me. When we label these efforts as trying to create “harmony” amongst the different elements of our lives, I think it helps communicate that not everything is going to receive the same amount of your attention at any given time, but that’s ok. Adjust as needed to keep the harmony in place. Sometimes your work is going to dominate, and sometimes personal life dominates. Creating harmony amongst all is a constant dance, and I adjust often, many times on a weekly basis. It’s a great way to stay flexible and adaptable to both work and personal needs; and if one gets more attention than the other today, or this week, that is fine, because I know I just need to adjust moving forward to give more to the other areas that got less this go around.Some may still see this as trying to create balance; and if that works for you, then great.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
After more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector wearing many different hats, I struck out on my own in 2016 and founded my consulting practice, La NRC. Working in this manner is allowing me to fulfill my true calling as a Facilitator of Knowledge. Currently I focus on connecting nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals to the resources and education they need via bilingual facilitation, coaching, and training. My work is focused heavily in supporting Intercultural Competency, Strategic Planning, Community Engagement & Outreach, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts, & Leadership Development. In this line of work, where I am my brand and my brand is me, it is so important to continue evolving as a professional, and as a person. I am still carving out my unique niche in the consulting world, and will probably always be refining what I can offer. The next chapter for La NRC is to build a strong platform as a recognized speaker, and I am also working on my first book (slowly but surely!). My entrepreneurial journey has been full of unexpected twists and turns, like so many others, but I’ve never regretted taking this path. I love this wild ride of entrepreneurship, it is not for everyone, which is totally ok, but for those that it works for, what a crazy fun rollercoaster we keep hopping on!
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.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my Mamita Divina, Michéle Ceballos Michot, who has supported me in so many ways for a lifetime.