We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Segovia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jamie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I have always considered myself a hard worker. As a child of immigrant parents, the value of hard work was already drilled in my brain, and with hard work and education came success. So, I always did everything at 110%. Every job I took, I gave my very best effort, and have always moved up in whatever company I was in. However, “success” came at cost. At some point, I would ALWAYS feel burnt out. On a few occasions, it led me to the point where my work no longer brought me any joy, and I quit. At some point in my life, after my first real burnout, I took a pause on my life to truly think about my life. Although my work life always thrived, my personal life, especially with relationships, and my physical and mental health, always took a back seat. I finally decided that success wasn’t just my career or finances. My definition of success had to change. It was no longer just about hard work (I still believe hard work can get you places). It was about creating a balance in all aspects of my life, so I never felt like something was missing, or spend days thinking “what if…”.. And so, I create blocks of time for everything that is important to me: time spent with loved ones, time for rest or reflection, time for creativity, and time to generally take care of myself. My life is a lot more balanced today than it ever was. It’s not perfect. I don’t believe there is ever a perfect amount of balance. It requires constant awareness, adaptability, and accountability to maintain it. But just making the constant effort to spread out the time you do have, is a major step.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am excited and proud of the business I have built so far. It was not an easy road. In fact, the first time I tried to turn my craft into a business, I failed. I was in my early 20’s and had no idea what I was doing, and in all honesty, I wasn’t committed to the process it would take to get it to the place it is today. However, years later in my 30’s, the opportunity to try again came, and I took it. One of the first things I did, was to define what I wanted to provide and what my purpose was. I knew that whatever I chose to do, I wanted to give back. It has always been a goal of mine to be able to contribute to a better world. I wanted to make a change, regardless of how small or big my impact was. Once I created my what and why, I was unstoppable. My first 6 months were amazing, up until the pandemic started and we were told to shelter in place. I know many people faced the same problem, but regardless, it hurt. Even though it wasn’t in my control, my ego was shattered. I had gone from having weekly, packed events, to crickets. My website was relatively new, and I had not spent time to truly make it what I had envisioned. And so, I decided to change my focus to create a strong virtual presence. Besides joining virtual events, I took the time to really look into improving our website, learned about organic digital marketing, and invested on a graphic designer, photographer, and a social media coordinator. The biggest thing I learned was I couldn’t do it all. It’s easy to learn this when you work with a group. In my previous jobs, I always knew I had team mates (coworkers) who could help. Running your own business was different. I had to admit to myself I couldn’t do it, and find people who could. It was the best decision for me to find the right people to do the things better than I could. There’s no shame in that. This gave me more time to do what started it all, design my jewelry. More importantly, it gave me time to really pay attention to our sourcing. I am proud that Meris Creations ethically sources our crystals and metals. I do my best to be transparent about where our materials come from. As someone who works with energies, what’s more important than making sure the jewelry you wear came from the right conditions? Ethically sourcing also ties in with my mission to give back. Every month, I am committed to bringing awareness and donating towards causes that are important to me. It’s important that everything I do has purpose and meaning, and that should start at the first step.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We live in Southern California, so I would definitely start with the beach. Not to sound like a cheesy line on a dating app, but I really do enjoy walks on (or by) the beach. Maybe, I appreciate the outdoors more ever since this lockdown, but that would be my first stop. After that I would stop by a local cafe. I love Flat White Coffee in Cypress and get the house brew. I would then head to Seal Beach at Nick’s Deli for a late breakfast. The breakfast burrito is my go to. I would then recommend finding one of our many museums to visit – just pick one, they’re all great, but since we’re in the neighborhood, we’d go to the Long Beach Museum of Art. At the end of our visit, we can have lunch at Claire’s.I’d probably end our day at 2nd Street in Long Beach to browse of the small mom and pop shops, and enjoy a chicken shawarma from Open Sesame for dinner and then head to Saint & Second to sip down some drinks. I would recommend their moscow mule. That’s day 1. The next day, I would recommend heading to El Dorado park in Long beach to have a picnic. We would also have the option to take a pedal boat onto the lake or just take a light nature walk through its Nature Center. After being one with nature, I’d head home for a quick rest and then head back out for dinner. I’d take them to Hungry Angelina that serves up some amazing plant-based food that has a rotating menu. Now it’s the middle of the week. It’s definitely a hike day. Hopefully, we ended dinner early and got some good rest, because I am about to take my friend on a 7 hour hike at the Laguna Coast. They’ll be huffing and puffing the entire time, but the views will make it worth it. At the end of that grilling hike, it’s time for a bit at Laguna Feast. We would scarf down the #3 combo, and enchilada and tamale. Now on Thursday, I would take my friend to Disneyland. I know it’s closed right now, but had it been opened, there’s no way they’re heading home without coming here first. Where to even begin. We would probably head to Storytellers Cafe to get started on the breakfast buffet to fuel ourselves before enjoying all the different rides; although, we may need to talk around a while before heading to California Screamin’. For lunch, I would head to Carthay Circle for lunch and pair my ceviche with a Rose Petal Soda. After heading to more rides like Space Mountain, and checking our Star Wars land, I would end the day at the Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. I would definitely recommend that they tried the Shrimp and grits. I have never ordered anything else. And for Friday, well, we are sleeping in. Once we’re both awake, it will definitely be a spa day before they head home. I’d treat them to a day a Burke Williams, complete with time in the jacuzzi, a facial, and a massage. We would probably relax and enjoy the rest of the day from home and call it a week.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I know it may sound cliché, but I do want to recognize my family and friends. They have been my biggest supporters. My cousins and best friends are the main reason my business even began. My friends inspired my love for crystals and crafting, and my cousins, especially Melissa, motivated me to turn my passion and craft, into my business.

Website: www.meriscreations.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/meriscreations

Facebook: www.facebook.com/meriscreations

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutSocal is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.