We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Easton O’Neal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie Easton, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
This was a lesson I learned the hard way! When I transitioned my career from event coordination to working in social media I was completely glued to my phone. There were multiple occasions that people would remind me to get present and get off my phone. But success and validation had an addiction that was strong in me. Eventually too strong! I started becoming stressed to the point that was negatively effecting my mental and physical health. Multiple times I had thoughts of “Screw it! I’m done!” In those deep times, I really started to reflect why I feel this way. I had a moment where I realized my value wasn’t in my career or my success. My immaturity was telling me that I had to perform in order to be something. That is the opposite of the truth. So I quickly made life changes that served the things in me that mattered. I set work hours of times to be on my phone. I started each day nourishing my body with whole foods instead of just caffeine which allowed for my mind to be sharp. I made sure I scheduled 3 ME things during the week. Whether that was a workout class, date night or seeing my friends. During those times I put my phone away and tuned into the present moment. Oh! And therapy! One of the best investments for my life and my career. Working with professionals who can help keep me on the right path and allow me a healthy space to process emotions was life changing. Finally, road blocks! These are alarms I set on my phone to go off throughout the week to check in with myself, my business and my goals. I reflect to see if there are any changes that need to happen so I can maintain a healthy lifestyle and a growing career! From where I started to where I am now, I feel there is a huge difference to balancing work and life!
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.
Growing up my parents told me I should become a lawyer because I could convince anyone to buy or do anything! A lawyer sounded great but I loved being in front of people and working in a law firm was too much behind a desk. So throughout my young 20s I explored different careers all while following the momentum of the way of social media. I landed myself in the events space which I thoroughly enjoyed! Throughout the day I’d hop on different social media platforms and share my day. Sharing my day involved all the behind the scenes of what would go into the grand weddings or posh parties. Eventually people started asking more questions about me and less about the events. That is we’re the inner lawyer in me ( or more like salesman) came alive. If I loved it you bet I had you buying it. That was all fun for a while until I started to desire more meaning behind what I was sharing. As my career grew on social media, my mental health declined. It became so severe that I was hospitalized searching for help. As part of my healing process, I started to open the topic up to those who followed me. Braking off stigmas and educating those around the subject of mental health. The more vulnerable I got, the bigger I grew. It eventually reached a point where I had multiple companies reaching out because I inspired them and they desired to partner with me in my journey. Those partnership allowed me leave my events job and take social media on full time. It allowed me to get the healing I needed as well as growing a successful career. Healed and healthy, I am now able to be just as vulnerable but in a new season of my life as a mother! It’s a blast to be able to share the ups and downs of what it all entails. My desire is to stand along side those in every walk of life, sharing tools, products, and inspiring their perspective to living a life where they can genuinely live their dream with their mind, body and spirit alive and healthy!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Jamie’s Dream Day in Orange County -7am coffee from Sur Coffee
– 7:30am beach walk on the trail in San Clemente
– 9am lagree fitness class at Mantra Fitnesd
-10:15 grab a fresh loaf of bread from FKN Bread
– 10:30 brunch at Ramos House Cafe
– 12pm grab a snacks for the beach at Trader Joe’s
– 12:30-5 beach/surf day at Doheny State Beach
-6pm Dinner at Mayfield or Puesto’s
– 8pm Drinks and Games at Mission Control
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?
There is one phrase my husband always would say when it came to hard things. “If you don’t quit you win. So don’t quit!” It sounds simple but every time I would feel defeated this saying would ring in my thoughts. Without this advice, I don’t think I would be where I’m at today! I also have to credit my Dad for showing me what hard work looks like. He created a legacy and I am honored to carry it on!
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