We had the good fortune of connecting with Mackenzie Belcastro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mackenzie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I used to think that “perfect” work-life balance meant running my own business on the weekdays, between 9-5, taking a “perfectly timed” lunch break midday, for exactly one hour. In other words, I used to think work and life were optimally balanced if I operated within the general societal structure. This didn’t work for me though. The reason I left the “typical world,” if you will, is that I operate in an atypical way. My rhythms are different. And I had to find those through listening to intuition. For example, because a portion of my work is highly creative, I’ve found I am personally most suited to working during the early hours of the day (5-11AM). Then I tend to work out, have lunch, go for a walk, and only then return to do my less creative work. This is all to say that balance, for me, means living not according to societal standards, but in unison with my own intuition, my own flow. Oftentimes, that means working on the weekends. And that’s more than okay. Provided I’m not overworking myself, of course, and that’s best identified, for me, by checking in with myself. Not by some standard suggesting what I should / shouldn’t be doing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe in finding the magic in the everyday. To me, that means finding appreciation and inspiration in the simple things that often go unnoticed. So, no matter what I create – be it a novel, an article, a story on IG, a workshop – I work to draw out and highlight these tiny marvels that live all around us, and live *within* us, too. Getting here… it’s been a journey, for sure. My friend once said going out on your own, putting your work out there for the world—she said that’s the greatest form of personal development. And I’d agree. Because, of course, no, it’s not an easy ride. You’re forced to take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror every time there’s a hiccup. You can’t blame anyone. But that’s a blessing really. You grow so much along the way. And maybe that’s the greatest gift of taking the path less travelled: the relationship you develop with yourself. I want people to know that there is nothing that separates them from their idols, that they have within them a pulsing North Star that, if listened to, will guide them to their most soul-nourishing life.
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?
Going to skip this as I don’t reside in SD atm.
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 best friend/celestial soul sister, Carina Jung, has played a massive role! We’ve been on our journeys together since 2017!