We had the good fortune of connecting with FaLawna Barton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi FaLawna, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I am such a busy body. I get consumed with everyday tasks, children, work, and other obligations. Since covid, I feel that I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to slow down and rest. It opened my eyes, and I saw that I was over working myself, stretching myself to thin, and saying yes to everything. I had to learn that it is ok to say no. It is ok to give yourself a break, and push away the feeling of FOMO. I find myself much happier, peaceful, healthier mentally, emotionally, and physically when I find the balance.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently a worship pastor at a large church in San Diego. If I am honest, being a worship pastor for a church was never on my bucket list. Initially, I wanted to be a pop artist. I had no desire to work for a church, but as time passed, it became less desirable for me. As I grew closer to God, my desires changed. I wanted what I did to matter and impact the lives of others. I wanted people to experience the same level of freedom as I have. I wanted to be a blessing to others and help them in their times of depression, loneliness, disappointment, and anger. The desire to bring people joy, share my gifts, passion, and bring people closer to God became my focus. There were many challenges along the way where my faith was challenged, but I was able to overcome them all. For me, God was the only thing that could satisfy my heart’s desire.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I haven’t lived in San Diego all of my life. It’s been about 3 years. Monday- Sea World ( when it’s not crowded) Tuesday- Belmont Park and Mission Beach Wednesday- Mimo’s and Salt N Straw in Little Italy Thursday- Carlsbad Beach Friday- Liberty Station and Ocean Beach Saturday- The San Diego Zoo Safari Park Sunday- Rock Church
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 would like to shout out my best friend Anu. She has been my cheerleader and coach for the past 2 years. She is my soundboard, and keeps me from being impulsive. She is a beautiful friend that is supportive, loyal, trustworthy, and wise. We have laughed together, cried together, and prayed together. She came into my life at the right time, and I am truly blessed by our friendship.
Nathan Maselli Timothy Gonzalez