We had the good fortune of connecting with Maresa Talbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maresa, how do you define success?
Initially, I defined success through the accomplishment of the goals that I had set for myself, to include my career path. Then I defined success FOR ME as earning a certain amount of income. Over time, that definition further evolved to enjoying my own autonomy. Once I found my own autonomy, I realized that it wasn’t quite enough. While I had the independence to choose my own working hours or choose how and when I worked, I was unable to take off from work without consequence.
I was exchanging time for money. Because time is finite, so was my income. I was working non-stop, and started to experience burnout. I realized that I could no longer exchange time for money, and I started to take back ownership of my time. Now, my definition of success is health, family, and FREEDOM. The freedom to enjoy life by my standards, and have BOTH the time and the money to enjoy life as I so chose.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
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?
As you can tell, I like to EAT! But after all of that, I need another week to recover.
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?
First and foremost, I thank God! God has truly directed my paths to allow me to occupy this space at this moment. I have to thank my husband, who has held me down through the uncertainties of my entrepreneurial journey, and my mother, who is just my ultimate role model.
I have to thank my mentors who were there in the beginning and encouraged me to take this leap of faith — those people include Judge Michael Washington, Doug Lytle, Johanna Schiavoni, the late Dr. Willie Blair, and so many others.
I’m so grateful to my community and the organizations that are doing the real work to make our city, state, and country better, and have truly supported me throughout my entire journey. Those organizations include the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, BAPAC San Diego, and San Diegans for Justice, among others.
The honorable mentions are not exhaustive, by far!! But my shoutout is dedicated to MY community, MY people — you know who you are!! Thank you for trusting me to serve you!