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

Hi Natasha, do you have a budget?

I don’t have a set budget. I’ve tried to make one many times (using Google Sheets, apps and more), but hadn’t found much success or happiness living that in a way that felt like I was restricting myself.

Instead, I have a policy of categorizing the extra goodies that I want into a note… I’ll write down the top items I want to purchase from the following categories: fashion, food, beauty, technology and home decor. During the month, I purchase those items; but never more than one for each category per month.

If I really want two things from the same category; it’ll become a priority the following month. I found it helps me prioritize, and focus my spending; without breaking the bank.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I think we’ve all had a bad manager or job; and I found that instead of complaining about it; you can learn from them, From bad managers, I’ve learned to let your direct reports have autonomy, and provide the right tools to do their jobs. In crummy jobs; I’ve learned to leave work stress at work; and not take things home.

I started my career in entry level jobs. It gave me a lot of perspective into how I want to be as a senior member to an organization; since a lot of folks working in those jobs don’t get the recognition they deserve. As I’ve worked my way into my current role, I utilize a lot of the lessons that I’ve learned on a daily basis.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

If you’re in the San Diego area, start your morning at The Grounds Coffee Shop in Pacific Beach. Have a cup of mushroom coffee (yes, you heard that right!) and do a bit of people watching.

In the afternoon, head to Kate Sessions Park! I love the view there; you feel like you are on top of the world. If you have some spare time, head to Mission Bay to catch the sunset.

For dinner and drinks go to Don Pietro in Old Town. After their S’mores Martini and gnocchi, you can walk around the area and soak up the vibrancy of the city.

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I find so much happiness and comfort in really great cooking, and tasty food.

If you haven’t tried anything from the America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook, you need to treat those tastebuds.

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Jessica Fox Photography Xing Liu Photography

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