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

Hi Tanae, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding importance in work/life balance has been key to maintaining my sanity over the years. Honouring down time and rest just as much as being on the go all day. Especially being an athlete, its not just mental stimulation but physical exhaustion as well. Keeping track of all the moving parts in my life, from being an athlete, a student, and a musician has been a challenge, but has taught me to respect balance over all.

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.
My professional life stems from a number of different areas. I am a volleyball player for one, competing across the country and soon internationally. I have been slowly developing my music as a singer songwriter over the years and hope to dive more into that in 2021. In the past I was lead to believe that I had to choose one passion to follow because otherwise my focus would be skewed, but I recently decided that giving up one would be like losing a part of myself. Therefore, I will continue to play volleyball until my music is developed enough to make a career of it, and keep a healthy balance between the two.

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?
San Diego has become my favourite city, it is like a second home to me. Life wouldn’t be complete if you did not enjoy at least one burrito. The diversity of San Diego ranges from beach/surf culture to high class dining in downtown, to the rural small town vibes in Julien, and the adventurous hidden deserts surrounding. I’ve lived here for 5 years now and still have more of the city and county to see before I start my next adventure.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Every person that I’ve had an interaction with over the course of these past two years has taught me a valuable lesson. But, I would be ashamed if I did not put the spotlight on both my amazing parents, my sisters and brother, and all my teammates and coaches. They have shaped me into the individual that I am today, and have supported me through my highs and lows.

Instagram: @tanae.fayad

Linkedin: Thana Fayad

Twitter: @ThanaFayad

Image Credits
Ian Cano, and Rose McPherson

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