We had the good fortune of connecting with Niki Lomibao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Niki, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has definitely changed over time. It’s taken me a long time to accept that priorities shift and that I don’t have to do everything and be everything to everyone. Over the past years, I’ve done a lot of self-awareness work to understand myself, to align how I spend my time to the things that are most important to me, and building habits and tools to reinforce that. When you can do that, there isn’t a “balance” you’re looking for; each of those areas flow into each other and you feel whole. I work with so many clients on work and life balance and many people, myself included, often need outside accountability to create true change for themselves. That’s why coaching can be so helpful.
What should our readers know about your business?
At Desert Blue, I’m a Certified Professional Coach and partner with clients to help them Discover their Why, Create Goals, and Build Habits. I often equate having a coach to working out. If you want to go to the gym, are you more likely to go by yourself or if you have a partner waiting there, expecting you to show up? Sure, sometimes we have the internal motivation to do it on our own, but many times, we need that external accountability to really get to where we want to. It’s the same with coaching. Changing our habits or natural tendencies can be hard work, but when you work with a coach, you have a partner who’s helping you set clear and measurable goals, making sure those goals are connected to your long-term vision, helping you self-reflect in areas you might be working on and cheering you on along the way. It’s like having a best friend whose sole purpose is to help motivate you to succeed! That’s what makes me so excited about this work.
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’m a transplant from San Diego, but I’ve been in Phoenix for 15 years now. If my best friend was visiting the area, some of the awesome touristy places we’d definitely hit up are the Burton Barr Library, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Phoenix Children’s Museum if they have little ones. Some of my favorite local restaurants CherryBlossom Noodle Cafe, Sushiholic, and Phoenix Burrito House. And of course, if we want to take a quick road trip, Sedona and Arcosanti have some amazing views!
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?
My husband and daughters, of course! I didn’t go to college after high school and decided to enroll at Rio Salado College when I was 28 years old. I remember walking into the college to enroll with my two little girls who were 1 and 3 at that time thinking to myself, “Is this the best time to be going back to school?” I went to school for ten straight years, even taking summer classes, and finally graduated with my Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership. My family endured my relentless study nights and rearranged schedules so I can take classes. I’m a first generation college graduate, so my education is very important to me. I’ve also had some amazing mentors in my life, who really helped change the trajectory of my career and life. Christine Frazer is a previous manager who has helped me grow in my professional career and as a person. When we worked at the same company, I walked into her office and told her I had no Human Resources experience, but that I wanted to work for her and she took a chance on me. With her guidance and friendship, she has taught me, challenged me, laughed with me, and cheered me on. I contribute much my professional career to her continued faith in me.
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